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When I was first introduced to Melody’s work, I was immediately smitten. Melody Brandon is an incredibly talented pastry chef and the co-owner of Sweet and Saucy Shop in Long Beach, California. Her cake designs and dessert displays are beyond perfection. I had the opportunity to interview Melody about how she got started, a few of her favorite events and what the future holds for her growing business. Read on to get to know Melody a little bit more and get inspired by some of her decadent desserts!

{Kentucky Derby Party}

1. You are a such an inspiration to so many, not only as an incredible cake and dessert designer, but as a savvy business woman. When did you know that this is what you wanted to do for your career? Tell us a little of your background and how Sweet & Saucy Shop came about. 
Well to be honest I actually always thought I would be an elementary school teacher and that is what I went to school for and almost finished my degree in.  I was assistant teaching in various classes when I found that teaching just didn’t have enough creative freedom for me and I didn’t like all the rules and regulations you had to follow.  I stopped teaching at the particular school I was at for a little break and in the meantime had just gotten married and loved throwing parties for friends and family and for quite some time had been obsessed with Food Network & cookbooks; although I had never really thought of it as a career option.

One day I saw an ad for pastry school and it just clicked in my head.  I was loving baking and cooking and finally thought of it as a job!  I did a complete job change and went to pastry school at The Le Cordon Bleu In Pasadena, CA.  Once I graduated I worked at a bakery in Newport Beach for a couple months, but then found again that the creative freedom and constant learning I was craving wasn’t there, so I decided that I could tutor math on the side to make money and then work out of my apartment kitchen and see if I could make it on my own.  To make a long story short, I worked out of my house and a rented kitchen for about 2 1/2 years until my business was at a make or break point.  My wonderful parents decided to help me out and partnered with me to open Sweet & Saucy Shop in Long Beach.  It was more work than I ever imagined, but so worth it!

2. Of all the beautiful dessert tables that you have created and styled, which one is your absolute favorite? Why?
Picking one is WAY too hard!  My top three would have to me Tori Spellings Wedding Vow Renewals, my baby shower, and a recent modern wedding that veered away from the popular trend of rustic/vintage wedding spreads. For Tori Spellings table I absolutely loved the color palette and had a great time creating just the perfect dessert that look and tasted amazing. She let me be creative and trusted my vision and it was so fun to see her reaction when it was all set up.

{Tori Spelling’s Vow Renewal}

For my baby shower I was blown away with the invitations my best friend Karrie Pyke and Elizabeth from Posh Paperie came up with and the inspiration for the desserts and cake flowed so easily that is was a dream to create. I loved seeing it all come together and sharing it with all of my best girlfriends.

Lastly with the modern wedding I am in love with my new plexi stands that I had custom made for our bakery and think the whole look of the set up is something so new and different. The stands really highlight the desserts and let you focus on our work rather than cluttering the table with so many items that everything becomes one big blur. Carissa, from JL Designs, created the amazing cake stand base for us and I love how it makes the cake pop in the center of the table.

{Modern Wedding}

3. Which dessert is your favorite to design? Which is your favorite to enjoy? 
My favorite dessert to design are definitely the cakes. Designing and decorating cakes is such a creative experience and you can really push the limits with trying out new techniques. I am always surprised how many times I see a clothing item or home piece and think to myself…”I can design a cake from that!” My favorite dessert to eat changes all the time, but right now I would have to say that I am in love with our passion fruit panna cotta!
4. You recently launched a new line, Cake Lollipops. Tell us more about the line and what motivated you start yet another division of your growing company.
Yes, my mother (who co-owns the business) and I were really blown away with how many people love our cake lollipops. We were constantly being asked if we could ship them to friends and family. We were also receiving many emails from readers who see our weddings and events on blogs, asking if the cake lollipops were available to order. We decided that out of all of our desserts the cake lollipops would be the perfect item to ship because they still stay perfectly fresh and arrive looking great!  They have been quite the hit with buyers, especially around holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
5. What’s next for My Sweet & Saucy?
Well, the couple of months I have been quite busy enjoying every waking moment with my new little bundle of joy, Blake! I just had my first baby girl on March 20th and I am completely smitten with her! As if my one shop and my new little one didn’t keep me busy enough, my mother and I also decided it was time to open another Sweet & Saucy Shop bakery. We are so thrilled to be opening our new location next month in Newport Coast at the Crystal Cove Promenade. This new bakery will feature a much larger storefront with lots of seating, more dessert selections and a lot more eye candy!

Thank you so much, Melody for sharing so much insight and inspiration with us! We can’t wait to see what you design next!



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