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Sugar Babies Cupcakes: On A Sugar High

Kelli Shiroma |
October 22, 2012 | 8:21 a.m. PDT

Staff Writer

The elegant "Breakfast at Tiffany's" mini cupcake is this bakery's best seller. (Kelli Shiroma / Neon Tommy)
The elegant "Breakfast at Tiffany's" mini cupcake is this bakery's best seller. (Kelli Shiroma / Neon Tommy)
Located in a small shopping center, Sugar Babies Cupcakery is like a hidden gem in the calm Sherman Oaks, CA neighborhood.

The quaint cupcakery, owned by sisters Kassandra Workman and Rachel Crystal, opened last year and boasts a variety of unique mini cupcakes, cakes, cake pops and cookies.

Unlike many other bakeries, Sugar Babies does not, and never did, sell regular-sized cupcakes. Instead, the bakery prides itself on its mini cupcake creations ($1.75-2 each).

“(It’s for) portion control so that people could eat different flavors and varieties without feeling like they ate a bunch of sugar,” says Kassandra Workman, of the reasoning behind the tiny cupcake sizes.

“You don’t really need a huge cupcake,” agrees Regena Pauketat, who started working at Sugar Babies one-and-a-half months ago. “It’s (the mini cupcake) a couple of bites to get that dessert and flavor, and it’s healthier and cuter.”

Workman first had the idea to start her own bakery in Janauary 2010, and the Salt Lake City, Utah native’s dream turned into reality when the cupcakery opened on July 7, 2011.

With pink walls and little tables with dainty chairs, the bakery looks as delicate and exquisite as its name implies.

“‘Sugar Babies’ is a name that my sister and I came up with because we were going to make everything small,” Workman explains. “So they were our babies and they were made with sugar.”

When it comes to the bakery’s uniqueness factor, the cupcakes’ size is not the only thing that makes Sugar Babies stand out.

“I believe what makes our bakery unique is the selection,” Workman says. “All of our cupcakes are specially designed and have specific names. Instead of just ‘Vanilla’ and ‘Chocolate,’ they have names like ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and ‘All My Heart.’”

From the Sugar Babies’ beginning, the mini cupcakes were its signature item, and the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” flavor still reigns as its best seller. A vanilla cake with sweet vanilla buttercream frosting and adorned with candied pearls, the moist “Breakfast at Tiffany’s" is one of bakery’s most elegant creations. 

While “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is the cupcakery’s signature item, Pauketat says that “Pancakes ‘n Bacon,” a vanilla cake topped with brown sugar candied bacon and maple cream cheese frosting, has also garnered a large following.

“We rotate through flavors, so ‘Pancakes ‘n Bacon’ (mini cupcakes) are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays,” she says. “They always sell out.”

While Sugar Babies' cupcakes are small in size, they are big in flavor. The "Nutty Butter," for example, comprises a moist chocolate cake complemented by a strong peanut butter frosting and is adorned by a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. While the cupcake is light, the chocolate and peanut butter flavors blend perfectly, incorporating a good mixture of both (without skimping on the peanut butter).  

Besides being known for its mini cupcakes, Sugar Babies is also popular because of its cake pops ($1.75-2 each) and traditional sugar cookies ($1 each or $10/dozen). 

“We have our signature Old Fashion Sugar Cookie, which is thicker here than at most places,” Pauketat says. “We have a book of designs (you can choose from) for events.”

All Sugar Babies mini cupcakes are baked fresh every single morning, Pauketat says, while cake pops are baked several times a week.

“We start baking at 10 a.m. because we don’t open until noon,” she explains. “We don’t bake the cake pops every day … since they are covered in chocolate, they last a little bit longer because the air is not getting to them.”

Because Sugar Babies is a small business, the employees as well as the founders, all wear multiple hats. But the cupcakery’s independent nature makes the working environment enjoyable and family-oriented, Pauketat says.

“The small nature of the bakery gives you a lot of creative input,” Pauketat explains. “I like the community built by this bakery … working in a small team where you know everybody and are friendly with everybody. Kassandra and Rachel are two of the nicest ladies around and are very talented and creative.”

You can visit Sugar Babies Cupcakery at 4810 Fulton Ave., Sherman Oaks 91423. The bakery is open Tuesday thru Friday from 12-6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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