In the 1960s, Margaret took her first trip to Paris and fell in love with the sights and sounds that filled the teeming streets. But mostly, she fell in love with the flavors. "I ate my way through that city," she says with a laugh. When she returned to the States, she could not find anything that measured up to what she'd tasted in France, so Margaret, who'd been cooking since the age of 10, began trying her hand at re-creating the flavors and textures that left her enamored with the City of Lights.
When she opened her first shop in 1983, she began crafting croissants, brioches, and tarts. Now, in her appointment-only headquarters, Margaret and her team continue to create those French confections as well as custom cakes, which serve as impressive centerpieces at weddings and natural habitats for tiny, well-dressed couples. Fondant and marzipan from Switzerland shield the towering creations, which are filled with Belgian chocolate and locally grown fresh fruit. Popular creations include a cake steeped in strawberries and Grand Marnier, a chocolate-raspberry mousse torte, and a princess cake, which layers spongy vanilla génoise, raspberry preserves, and Amaretto cream filling.
Margaret especially relishes the challenge of sculpting unusual cakes. In her kitchen, she holds her breath while putting the finishing touches on a batter-based construction sculpted into the shape of a stack of tires, which she is building for the wedding of two Jeep lovers.
Every item in Sugar Butter Flour is baked fresh daily using the finest, preservative-free ingredients with no artificial flavors or intelligence. Head Pastry Chef Irit Ishai combines unparalleled dedication with more than 15 years of professional pastry making when crafting every recipe prepared in the shop. The bakers whisk together a passion for excellence and a little sprinkle of love into all of the pastries, prompting local bags of ignored gas-station doughnuts to weep frosting tears.
Andrea Parks discovered both a passion and a talent for baking at a young age as she served her own chocolate-chip cookies at family gatherings. However, it wasn’t until 15 years later, when she was laid off from her corporate job, that she finally seized her chance to tap into that drive. She began mixing the baking knowledge she’d gained from her mother and aunt—a professional pastry chef—into each original recipe as orders from friends and families started pouring in. Now, at her own bakery, Parks whips up batches of her signature moist, gourmet cupcakes in a variety of innovative flavors, such as coconut mojito, lemon meringue, bacon, and strawberries and cream. She and her team of bakers cap each handheld cake in sweet, delicate icing and can craft eye-catching custom designs and corporate logos upon request. They thoughtfully put such finishing touches as personal messages or the likeness of local cupcake thieves onto each custom cake they craft.