Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sugar Buzz

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 4:00 PM

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Picture this: You're headed home from a movie, but you feel like stopping on the way home for a nightcap. And by nightcap, we mean a slice of Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie—made mostly with locally grown and produced ingredients—and a cup of specialty coffee. That tantalizing possibility appeared over the weekend on the Maple Sugar blog. A call to baker/blogger Rebekka Seale raised our hopes even more.

Seale is closing down her popular dessert blog, alas. But she's devoting her energies now to The Sugar Bar, a bakery and dessert bar she plans to open this year. It's a venture with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Michelle Branch, formerly half of the popular country duo The Wreckers, who posted the news on her own site last weekend. Seale says she and Branch met through Seale's former blog The Cake Parlour, an outgrowth of her wedding-cake bakery of the same name, and struck up a friendship over their mutual passion for baking.

A Belmont alum who moved to Nashville from Alabama, Seale credits Branch with the Sugar Bar concept, which she describes on Maple Sugar as

a sweet little bake shop where you can purchase cakes, pies, cupcakes, and other old-fashioned homemade goodies, but also a place where you can go after dinner and have a specialty cocktail or local dessert wine with your slice of French vanilla almond cake.

Right now they're eyeing a location in 12South, but their immediate mission is to rent a commercial kitchen to provide catering as well as desserts for local coffeehouses. (If anyone knows of one, contact Seale through the website.) For regular progress reports, check out Seale's new blog—which carries (along with a photo of one heckaslammin' peach pie) a link to a menu.

Items listed include cupcakes (chocolate, red velvet, the usual suspects), baby cupcakes (pina colada!) and layer cakes (caramel, German chocolate, hummingbird), along with seasonal pies, cookies, and Mamah's Classic Banana Pudding ("in its own Mason jar"). To place orders, contact orders(at)thesugarbar.com. And don't schedule any blood work the day after they're delivered.

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