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Easter Menu has arrived!

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Spring Time means time for the Easter Menu!! Starting this weekend we will have Hot Cross Buns!!! (This way we can all pretend to be “The Little Princess” while we tuck into hot tea and one penny buns! Well, maybe Shawn can’t pretend that but…) Yay!!  We will be closed Easter Sunday. We will have slightly extended hours on Friday and Saturday for Easter Weekend.

We are running one Easter Shipping Special. All boxes will be shipped March 30. The Easter box includes: Cheddar Pigs, Candied Cream Pecans in carrot packaging, Ginger Lemon Chews and our Easter Bunny Coffee Blend (chocolate, caramel and French Vanilla) $35.00 includes shipping! Shipping orders must be placed by March 29th!

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam Bars $2.25

Carrot Cake Muffins $2.00

Rhubarb Pie $18

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie $18

Blackberry Lemon Pie $18

Sour Cherry Pie $18

Hot Cross Buns $1.25 each

Blueberry Crumb Cake $8.00

Cream Cheese Brownies $2.25

Country Coconut Pound Cake $6.00

Caramel Cake $30.00

Lemon Lover’s Cake $30.00-lemon zested cake layers filled with lemon curd and frosted with cream cheese frosting garnished with candied lemon peel

Super Strawberry Cake $33.00-pastel pink strawberry cake stuffed full of strawberry jam and frosted with strawberry buttercream

Raspberry Filled Coconut Cake $30.00 alternating layers of bright raspberry jam and vanilla buttercream frosted with coconut frosting

Easter Basket Cake $28.00 chocolate cake filled with chocolate frosting and frosted with pale yellow cream cheese frosting


You know the drill. PLEASE. PRE-ORDER.  We will STOP taking orders Tuesday March 31. These are the ONLY items available for pickup the Friday and Saturday of Easter weekend. All cakes will be festively festooned. I will not be able to write on any cakes that weekend. There will be additional items available for pick-up those days as far as Easter cookies and cupcakes and our full assortment of local pecans packed in adorable carrot bags!

Thanks for your unwavering loyalty, warmth and support!! We so enjoy being part of your family! I leave you with Connor’s all-important Easter question:



Logan Leprechaun Luna Pop

I am sure you are assuming that’s the name of one of my pets-but no.  March is St. Patrick’s Day and since my house is riddled with Shawns and Patricks and Logans and Connors, it gets a little leprechaunish over here. And, we are getting Luna Pops back in this weekend and it started with an “L” so I just rolled with it.

In other news-Date night was a spectacular success!  As I mentioned, Luna Pops will be back in stock this weekend for all of our organic popsicle lovers!  And the espresso machine is up and running!! We are once again offering espresso, lattes and cappuccino!

Local honey, Holy Smokes Smoked Olive Oil and Sunshine Energy Drinks are all back in stock-all locally produced treats that we are madly in love with-for good reason!

Even though St. Patrick’s Day is on a Tuesday, WE WILL BE OPEN FROM 10-2 so you may pick up fresh treats to accompany your meals!  The following treats will be available starting this weekend through St. Patrick’s Day. Please call ahead to reserve your snacks!

This year we are pleased to offer:

Bailey’s Irish Creme-dark chocolate muffin studded with mini chocolate chips and swirled with Bailey liqueur and cream cheese
Oatmeal Crunch-oat and barley muffin sweetened with honey-brightened with orange zest-gluten-free-high fiber and protein
Scones-Savory $2.00
Shamrock Scones-kale, spinach and aged Irish cheddar make this scone healthy, delicious and a happy nod to St. Patrick’s Day
Scones-Sweet $2.00
Almond Date Scones-sweet, chewy and crunchy
Oatmeal Currant-an Irish must during March
Irish Creme Brownies
Whiskey Walnut Brownies
Irish Soda Breads:$5.50
Classic with currants and caraway
Caraway Free
Beer Bread-dark beer bread (Guinness o’ course) loaded with chunks of Irish Cheddar and spiked with black pepper. Insanely yummy with Irish stew! $6.50
Shamrock Shaped Sugar Cookies with the obligatory green sparkly sprinkles
Irish Shortbread made with Kerrygold butter-an excellent keeper and so delicious with hot tea
Irish Creme Cake-rich chocolate cake flavored with Bailey’s irish creme filled with a Kahlua Caramal and frosted with chocolate buttercream-studded with mini chocolate chips $33.00
Pot O’ Gold Cake-rich yellow Irish pound cake brushed with whiskey and filled and frosted with caramel and accented with Vanilla Sea Salt $29.00
Buttermilk Whiskey Pie in a crisp and flaky pastry crust $15.00
Guinness Pecan Pie-chocolatey, gooey pie with a lovely hint of bitterness from the Guinness, the crunch of local pecans and the salty-complement of a homemade pretzel crust $18.00
and of course Blarney Stone Granola! ($6)
See you soon!




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NATIONAL PIE DAY IS ALMOST HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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People like pie. Why not celebrate National Pie Day if you are one of those people???  Friday is National Pie Day (not to be confused with National Pi Day 3/14 which we also celebrate!!) and we are going to have all manner of pies; whole, by the slice, hand pies, creme pies…!

Feel free to call or FB or email in your favorites and requests-we will be open till 5, st least with PIES GALORE!!

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Another hole in the wall…


Since we couldn’t be outside in this foul coldness we put a hole in the wall! You guys said you missed the bakery smell when we expanded and our Wilmington folks said they missed the seating we had downtown and SO! Now you have two floors of seating, a gracious arch in the wall to allow the baking smells to waft about and #cakeslabSaturday and #piebythesliceSunday to bring back some of the specials we featured at Sugar on Front St.  To date, #piebythesliceSunday has been going for 4 months now and has been a lot of fun!

King cakes are available now thru Tuesday the 17th. Available in a 10″ round or a 12″x 18″ sheet pan. These King Cakes are cream cheese filled with a baby tucked inside and garishly decorated with frosting and green, yellow and purple sprinkled. 10″ $18.00 Sheet pan $28.00.  Please order ahead.

January 23rd is National Pie Day!! So we will be having pie by the slice that day in addition to our #piebytheslicesunday!

New to you is #cakeslabSaturday where we will be offering two different types of the cake by the slice in addition to our normal case full o’ tasties!

The Valentine’s Day menu will be up early next week.

Our winter hours are as such:

Thursday 10-4 Friday-Saturday 10-5 Sunday 10-4 Monday-Wednesday you are welcome to order for pickup. We WILL BE OPEN Monday 19 10-3 since it will be a long weekend and Connor wants to work the counter!

We can’t wait for you to come in and see the changes! We had so much fun putting it together and it is full of gifts from friends in the form of art, furniture, pillows, dishes- (Susan Wilson, Donna Meinhold, Shelly Laine, Pattons, Barnetts, Cec Meinhold, Louise Eisenhauer…) Thank you Thank you!! chocolate thunder hole in wall king cake National-Pie-Day pistachiao-cake-2_picnik super-strawberry-cake wedding cake

Whoop up on Wednesday for a Marvelous Monday!

CYBER SALE!!!! For all your food-centric relatives or hard to buy for friends we are having a SUPER SALE!! You MUST ORDER BEFORE 8 P.M. WEDNESDAY EVENING!  These orders are to be shipped out on Monday or picked up in-store, on Monday. You may order via FB, email or the shop phone. Contact information below!  The following shipping specials and in store specials are being run:


“My family is NUTS” box $25.00- One bag each of our signature Sugared Pecans and BBQ Pecans and 2 Gingerbead Men with your customized enclosure card. This price covers shipping via UPS anywhere in the continental USA. Ships out Monday.

“Christmas A-plenty” box-$75.00-all three types of our Pecans, Cheddar Pigs, Jam Bars, Christmas Coffee, Gingerbread Men, Fruitcake, Biscotti, Apple Cider Granola, Reindeer Food, Sugarplum Pound cake and a handfelted-locally made Santa Claus make this an amazing box of gracious goodness for a favorite friend, relative or office. This price covers shipping via UPS anywhere in the continental USA. Ships out Monday


Christmas Carol Cupcakes-an excellent office or teacher gift-show up with a box of a dozen of our assorted cupcakes all festively decorated and in a be-ribboned box $17.00 (ordinarily $24.00!!)

Cheddar Pig Parade-for the pig-lover in your family-our best selling cracker-2 dozen for $14.00 (normally $16.00) CHEDDAR PIGS ARE NEVER ON SALE-ASK ANYBODY!!!



Below please find our contact information and the current December menu. We will be open from Thursday, December 11 every day through Christmas Eve when we will close at 4. We will reopen the Saturday after Christmas and have a New Year’s Eve menu to join you in ringing in the New Year!



p.s. if anybody asks I want a reindeer for christmas. thanks.


30 Days of Joy Hath September!

I have figured out the whole beach-instafriendship equation! It’s like summer camp for grown ups!! We are the counselors and each week we have new campers that we are instantly enamored with and form friendships with, so that we are excited to see them the next year! Some campers this year were returning campers, others were new and some came to camp for several weeks! Parting isn’t quite so hard though-because we ship so nobody has to go without!

(And no, there is NO reason to compare the classic Parent Trap with that mess Disney tried to recreate years later. Blech.)

Of course it is time to change the hours and update the menu to reflect what’s coming into season down here!  Due to threats and cajoling by the locals, we will be sticking to a 5 day schedule AND opening earlier.

New from Nye’s this month-Blackberry Cobbler and Latte! The Latte ice cream sandwich is pure genius.

Speaking of lattes…Shawn, Logan and Tanis will be attending latte school this month so soon they will be slinging chai, espresso and dairy in specific 27 second intervals. We are going to be using all organic coffees from our beloved Java Estate and making our own hot chocolate blend that will make you grin!

Again, the Muscadine Festival is coming up and we will be in attendance (

That Sunday, the 28th, we will be having another Logan Smith Art Show! It’s been three years so Mr. Smith has had time to build up a fair collection of intriguing pieces. This show will be combined with cider, punch, wine and samples of our holiday fare! We look forward to seeing you. An email and mailer will go out with the specific times on that day.

This month we will also be taking our annual apple trek and taking orders once again. The list will be at the bakery of what apples are available and when you will be able to expect them.

It really was a spastic and fantastic summer and we thank you all for indulging your sweet tooth, embracing you inner bread loving self and coming to interact with the ever-amazing talents of the Tanis-Shawn counter show. NEVER A DULL MOMENT.

September Hours (NOTE-We will be closed from Sunday, September 7-Wednesday the 10.)

Thur-Fri 9-4

Saturday 10-4

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Happy Mother’s Day and G.O. Day!


Happy Mother’s Day to all my friends who were crazy enough to have children!!  What were we thinking? What were our mom’s thinking?? Do not answer either one of those questions, please.

The shop is coming along nicely-below is the view from my oven-so bright and sunny!! No more mole hole for me!  We are setting a Grand Opening Date for Thursday June 6th-and having the party continue all through the weekend-we were going to say Saturday but that’s a Market Day-so…

I am so excited for you to see all the wonderful new things we have!! Mrs. Ruth ( went crazy and our jam selection is HUGE! We have local honey coming in from Nature’s Way and Ti Wind Apiaries, Green Family Farm ( made us some beautiful soaps and awesome koozies, and the shelves are groaning with pickles from Angela ( and sauces from Rum Island (!!! Jess Demaria has made some amazing new art ( in the form of highly collectible greeting cards and we will have the most adorable earrings from Re-Eco ( AND we have our new t-shirts, tank tops and mugs!!!!  Plus coffee from our friends at Java Estate and Brown Dog Coffee Company ( available by the pound.

On top of which I have SO MUCH MORE ROOM TO BAKE!!! So there will be more cookies, pies, scones, muffins, pigs, pecans, granola AND we have 2 of our very own custom coffee blends available NOWHERE else! We also have smoothies now made from only the bestest fruit and using Greek yogurt and MOCHA SHAKES!!! As Connor says, “It’s gonna be amaaaaazing!”

So you can knock yourself out stocking your shelves with locally made treasures and then I will pack you a box of treats and make you a frosty drink and show you a set of wooden steps that you can traipse over to enjoy your indulgences on THE BEACH!!! And there is FREE AMPLE PARKING! Nary a meter maid in sight!!

And did I mention we have selection of vintage cookbooks?????

So-again-Happy Mother’s Day to you hard working Mommies-I hope your day is filled with love and appreciation and something yummy!! See you tomorrow at the Wrightsville Beach Farmer’s Market (!


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It is REALLY December…that’s nuts!

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Not that I am a big quoter of quotes, but for the first time in 14 years, I am going to be OFF on Christmas Eve!!!!! I am so excited! So, as usual, please order ahead for any or your personal items, teacher gifts, corporate gifts,etc…last day for pickup will be Sunday, 12/23. 

The last week of December I will do a recap of the year blog. I have some great gossip, some high humor and a tear jerker! If you have any favorite anecdotes or photos from this year-send them in so I can have them ready to incorporate at the end of the month!  Merry Merry Christmas-see you soon!

—December Dessert Decisions—

Cherry Pie $16.00

Apple Pie $16.00

Pecan Pie $17.00

Pumpkin Pie $14.00

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie $18.00

Kahlua Cake $28.00

Really Rum Cake $28.00

Cranberry Orange Pound Cake $6.00

Gingerbread $6.00

Gingerbread Man/Woman $4.00 each

Classic Cherry Cheesecake $28.50

Candy Cane Cheesecake $27.00

Caramel Apple Cheesecake $27.00

Peppermint Bark Brownies $2.00 each

Cookies Trays $8/$16/$24

Pumpkin Maple Toffee Cake $30.00

Lemon Coconut Cake $30.00

Triple Chocolate Cake $33.00

Carrot Cake $33.00

12 Layer Chocolate Cake $45.00

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Top 4 things to ask your Pie Baker this Thanksgiving!

Have you ever seen the wedding planners where they give you a checklist of things to ask your cake baker? Well, I’m composing a similar guide for your Thanksgiving pie baker! Now there are a few rules you MUST adhere to:   #1 NEVER ask an in-law, your sister, mother or neighbor ANY of these questions                             

                       #2 If you are getting your pie from a grocery store, Sam’s, Costco, Wal-mart don’t bother asking.

Here are the questions:        #1 What kind of fat do you use in your crust? Any baker worth their flaky crust will have an absolute favorite AND some alternatives for specific tastes. Butter, lard, Crisco and blend of butter and lard…you get the picture. 

                                                                                                        #2 Do you make the top AND the bottom crust?  Surprisingly a lot of people buy pre-made bottoms. While not a terrible thing, per se, you shouldn’t pay premium prices for shortcuts. 

                                                                                                       #3 Is the fruit fresh, canned or frozen and are the pecans local?  If the answer is canned fruit you are better off getting a pie from the freezer section of Harris Teeter and baking it off.  Flash frozen apples aren’t bad but don’t hold a candle to fresh apples.  Why not local pecans? It’s a huge NC product! 

                                                                                                      #4 Are the spices for my pie freshly grated, hand-mixed or is it a canned “pumpkin pie spice blend?” Fresh spices make a huge difference in baking! Fresh grated nutmeg is a treat of the gods! The pre-packaged spice mixes are probably like the candy that used to be in my Grandma’s freezer-leftover stocking candy from 1992.  If the answer to these questions is NOT satisfactory then re-think your order or ask for a discount!

So- while this is asking a lot, this is how I do it. No shortcuts-just straight up crazytown. ‘Cuz that’s the only way to do it.

We have a gorgeous selection of Thanksgiving cards in the shop now-both locally handmade and some high-end stunners!  One of the cards is a vintage reproduction of a 1941 gentleman’s guide to turkey carving! It’s a thing of beauty but I only have 6! Turkey Carving0001

  Don’t forget to snag your Red Ape cinnamon and Singing Dog vanilla now too, for your crazy baking next week! 

Also, we are doing a fundraiser for Children At Heart!/media/set/?set=a.1571773589744.46306.1697659368&type=3 selling the most amazing Hess trucks! 100% of the proceeds go to C.A.H. and all purchases over $25 is a tax deduction! Best present for little boys EVER.

And as a final good new/bad news: Good News-we are unleashing some AMAZING new technology here soon that not a single soul in NC currently has-it’s soooooooooooo cool! Also Good News-I am completely booked and over-booked for Thanksgiving! Bad news I really can’t take any more orders… So, start thinking about your Christmas orders so I can make everyone happy!  Finishing on a Good Note-this weekend we will release the details of our mind-blowing Black Friday sale! 

Happy November All!