I think we can all agree that being spoiled by decadent desserts is a real treat!
On a rainy Monday night, I took a quick drive into Lakewood Ranch to attend a VIP open house at Pastries By Design on Main Street. There’s just something so perfectly comforting about a rainy night and sweet treats! I heard they were under new ownership and I was eager and excited to meet Alex.
I walked into the aroma of freshly baked cupcakes, whipped frosting, and apple pie. Apple pie? Yes, they actually fill their cupcakes with apple pie filling if you want. Mmm!
Spanish Bakery Inspiration
Alex is originally from Spain, where she owned her own Spanish bakery. This means we are spoiled with her very own shortbread cookie recipe and her hometown favorite cookie: sweet cheese lox. You have to try these! This bright and beautiful bakery comes layered with freshly baked cupcakes and cookies, daily. They are also known for their special-order cakes. They showed me how beautifully designed and diverse their cakes were.
Honest Opinion About Pastries by Design
Their cakes are AMAZING, absolutely delicious, moist and full of flavor.
- The icing does not overpower the cake, so much of the flavor actually comes from the cake itself.
- I actually felt semi-healthy eating these cakes.
- They use real butter and fresh local ingredients.
- They offer an “everything free” option if you or your kiddos have any food allergies
- Aside from “everything free” they also offer gluten, dairy, egg, vegan, and soy free options or a combination if you need it!
Party Perfect Cookies
I’m going to leave you today with my MOM TIP. We all have that perfect “Pinterest Party” in our minds, right? Let’s stop trying to do all the work, and instead hire out some help. Pastries By Design will help you plan your perfect party, and they’ll even host one! They recently hosted a birthday party for a young girl and her besties. The kids decorated cupcakes and enjoyed a black, white and pink zebra themed party. One of the girls said it was her favorite birthday party to date!
Cupcake or cookie decorating parties are great for children, starting around 7 years old. You provide the snacks + decorations and they provide the rest. Prices start around $25/child. Or have your party elsewhere and let Pastries by Design create a themed dessert for your child’s birthday. Even character themed parties like Nemo, Dinosaurs, Star Wars, Frozen, etc.
Moms Night Out
Moms Night Out. That’s right, think wine and cupcakes. They go really well together, ha! Prices start around $30/adult. Alex and her team can create just about any design you’re looking for. As mommas, we’re in a network now where we have a lot to consider.
Baby Showers and Gender Reveals
Our friends are getting married and extending their families on the regular. Pastries by Design can also help us plan for showers and parties. Think gender-reveal parties, bridal/wedding/engagement showers
Or Just Stop By!
If you want a bundle or a specialty cake made, make sure you call ahead. In the meantime, stop by and have cupcakes or specialty pastries and we can rave about them together. Enjoy!
A Few Flavor Options
Pumpkin with spiced cream cheese icing
Drunken Monkey: banana Baileys cake with Bailey’s cream cheese icing
Key Lime: white cake with cream cheese icing topped with key lime custard
German Chocolate: chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and coconut custard
Gluten-free chocolate with cream cheese icing
Thank you Pastries by Design for sponsoring our branded cookies at our recent Moms on the Town event!