Huggiebears hits the sweet spot in Old Sacramento with cupcakes, cheesecakes, brownies and more

Cupcakes, cheesecakes, brownies and other sweets are on the menu at a new pastry shop in Old Sacramento, Huggiebears Sweets and Treats. The business, which opened July 18 at 904 Second St., was born of the recipes from owner Jim Austin, whose cheesecakes and other desserts have won numerous awards at the California State Fair and county fairs for his amateur baking. Store Manager Jason R. Clark said he and Austin talked about the recipes and about bringing the baked goods to a wider audience. “I figured the rest of the world needs to be exposed to the delicious treats we were making,” he said. Those treats include an orange creamsicle cheesecake, fresh brownies and a number of cupcakes. The Dynamite Cupcake is chocolate cake with a caramel cream frosting topped with broken potato chips which are then drizzled with caramel and sea salt. Another cupcake pays homage to an American classic. The peanut butter and jelly cupcake is made with vanilla cake, which then has its core removed and filled with jelly. Peanut butter buttercream frosting and jelly are put on top. The menu will rotate seasonally, with pumpkin spice desserts coming this month, and possibly a s’mores cupcake. Hot apple cider will be served in the wintertime, augmenting the current selection of coffee, milk, chocolate milk and tea. Dessert bars and brownies run […]

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Cupcake Video Challenge- Submissions due by April 1, 2012

On June 23, amateur bakers will be given the opportunity to compete in the Cake War: Battle Cupcakes competition at the 10th Annual Sacramento Chef Challenge. Three amateur competitors will go up against three professional cupcake masters in a three hour competition, in which participants create an original cupcake and display that will be adjudicated by event guests and a professional judging panel. To determine which three amateur bakers will get to compete live at the Sacramento Chef Challenge, Cakegrrl.com and INALLIANCE have come together for a video challenge. Candidates have been asked to show off their stuff in a 3-5 minute video that highlights “why you and your cupcakes are the best!” The challenge began in late January, and April 1st is the deadline to submit a video . After that, the videos will be posted online where the public will have one week to vote for their favorite. The top three video winners will go on to compete live in the actual Cake War: Battle Cupcakes competition on June 23rd at the Sacramento Chef Challenge! The video challenge is open to all amatuer bakers 18 or older. For complete rules and event information visit www.chefevent.com or email jbean@inallianceinc.com.   Disclosure: Jessica Bean is an employee at INALLIANCE.

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Doughbot: A new flavor of donuts.

What’s cooking in Bryan Widener’s small Oak Park kitchen? Hundreds of donuts a week, with variations like “The Dude,” a white Russian Bavarian cream filled with white Russian glaze; a spicy cinnamon chocolate glazed, chocolate blended with cinnamon and chili flake and a maple bacon donut, which has bacon pieces mixed into the donut dough, glazed with maple syrup and topped with a small strip of bacon. He and wife Dannah O’Donnell began baking donuts in May 2010 and called their joint venture Doughbot. The couple is fascinated with donuts and robots. Widener attended the Institute of Technology’s culinary school in Roseville and graduated in 2006 from the culinary arts specialist program. He has been working as a chef since 2002. He first started at Streamers Cafe in Old Sacramento then he went on to Fat City Cafe and Enotria (on Del Paso Bouleverd) as the Sous Chef for two years. The couple makes about 100 donuts at a time, two or three times a week, Widener said. Their equipment takes up most of their kitchen. “We have a giant mixer, which is about three or four feet tall, and it weights around 200 pounds, ” O’Donnell said. “We have a proofing box – it helps the donuts to rise – it is about six feet tall. And we have a huge commercial deep-fryer.” They […]

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Huggiebears hits the sweet spot in Old Sacramento with cupcakes, cheesecakes, brownies and more

Cupcakes, cheesecakes, brownies and other sweets are on the menu at a new pastry shop in Old Sacramento, Huggiebears Sweets and Treats. The business, which opened July 18 at 904 Second St., was born of the recipes from owner Jim Austin, whose cheesecakes and other desserts have won numerous awards at the California State Fair and county fairs for his amateur baking. Store Manager Jason R. Clark said he and Austin talked about the recipes and about bringing the baked goods to a wider audience. “I figured the rest of the world needs to be exposed to the delicious treats we were making,” he said. Those treats include an orange creamsicle cheesecake, fresh brownies and a number of cupcakes. The Dynamite Cupcake is chocolate cake with a caramel cream frosting topped with broken potato chips which are then drizzled with caramel and sea salt. Another cupcake pays homage to an American classic. The peanut butter and jelly cupcake is made with vanilla cake, which then has its core removed and filled with jelly. Peanut butter buttercream frosting and jelly are put on top. The menu will rotate seasonally, with pumpkin spice desserts coming this month, and possibly a s’mores cupcake. Hot apple cider will be served in the wintertime, augmenting the current selection of coffee, milk, chocolate milk and tea. Dessert bars and brownies run […]

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Cupcake Video Challenge- Submissions due by April 1, 2012

On June 23, amateur bakers will be given the opportunity to compete in the Cake War: Battle Cupcakes competition at the 10th Annual Sacramento Chef Challenge. Three amateur competitors will go up against three professional cupcake masters in a three hour competition, in which participants create an original cupcake and display that will be adjudicated by event guests and a professional judging panel. To determine which three amateur bakers will get to compete live at the Sacramento Chef Challenge, Cakegrrl.com and INALLIANCE have come together for a video challenge. Candidates have been asked to show off their stuff in a 3-5 minute video that highlights “why you and your cupcakes are the best!” The challenge began in late January, and April 1st is the deadline to submit a video . After that, the videos will be posted online where the public will have one week to vote for their favorite. The top three video winners will go on to compete live in the actual Cake War: Battle Cupcakes competition on June 23rd at the Sacramento Chef Challenge! The video challenge is open to all amatuer bakers 18 or older. For complete rules and event information visit www.chefevent.com or email jbean@inallianceinc.com.   Disclosure: Jessica Bean is an employee at INALLIANCE.

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Doughbot: A new flavor of donuts.

What’s cooking in Bryan Widener’s small Oak Park kitchen? Hundreds of donuts a week, with variations like “The Dude,” a white Russian Bavarian cream filled with white Russian glaze; a spicy cinnamon chocolate glazed, chocolate blended with cinnamon and chili flake and a maple bacon donut, which has bacon pieces mixed into the donut dough, glazed with maple syrup and topped with a small strip of bacon. He and wife Dannah O’Donnell began baking donuts in May 2010 and called their joint venture Doughbot. The couple is fascinated with donuts and robots. Widener attended the Institute of Technology’s culinary school in Roseville and graduated in 2006 from the culinary arts specialist program. He has been working as a chef since 2002. He first started at Streamers Cafe in Old Sacramento then he went on to Fat City Cafe and Enotria (on Del Paso Bouleverd) as the Sous Chef for two years. The couple makes about 100 donuts at a time, two or three times a week, Widener said. Their equipment takes up most of their kitchen. “We have a giant mixer, which is about three or four feet tall, and it weights around 200 pounds, ” O’Donnell said. “We have a proofing box – it helps the donuts to rise – it is about six feet tall. And we have a huge commercial deep-fryer.” They […]

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