It was only the day after Christmas as I stood in the checkout line at a grocery store, but already, the next holiday was looming large. There, next to the discounted candy canes and specials on New Year’s Eve sparkling wine was a Valentine’s candy display.
Not that I’m complaining. Whatever excuse there is for a bit of candy (and sparkling) is fine with me.
So, in the idea that dessert should be honored every day, all the time, it’s time to congratulate Patisserie Angelica in Sebastopol for coming up with convenient ways to get us more cake.
With its Let Them Mail Cake website, the bakery offers a “click and pick” option for local shoppers who don’t want to wait in line, or need a cake fix on the days that the retail part of the bakery is closed. Customers can browse cake selections or request custom orders, and indicate when they would like to pick up.
Regular shop hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but online shoppers can get their cakes Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., too, by buzzing at the front door.
“It’s kind of like a cake speakeasy, but without the password,” says Condra Easley, who owns Patisserie Angelica with her sister Deborah Morris. “Our Signature Cake selection (listed on the website) shows what we always have in stock, and if you need a cake for the same day, please give us a call and we can tell you what is available.”
“Our little business ships thousands of cakes each year across the country,” says Easley.
Although the cakes are all natural, and works of art with elaborate designs like the “Blue and Brown gift box” enrobed in ganache, they do well with shipping, Easley promises. The sisters spent more than a decade developing cakes for venerable mail order catalogs like Dean & Deluca and Williams-Sonoma, and became experts in the details of matching Polka Dot cakes” with the postal-Fed Ex service.
Former clients when the duo worked in Aspen included demanding types, too, with Hollywood celebrities like Kevin Costner, Cher, Lee Iacocca, Goldie Hawn, Michael Eisner, Richard Wagner and Jill St. John.
There are gluten free options, as well, such as The Cardinal Sin, a classic flourless chocolate cake made with Callebaut bittersweet chocolate, unsalted butter, pure cane sugar and fresh eggs, then glazed with a luscious butter ganache and topped in hand-rolled chocolate shavings.
Details: Patisserie Angelica, 6821 Laguna Park Way, Sebastopol, 707-827-7998, patisserieangelica.com.