The inspiration for our family bakery came from when I was pregnant with our son. With my serious cravings for sweets, I just couldn’t wait the hour it would take my husband to return with yummy treats, so I started baking for myself. Instead of pickles and ice cream, it was red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting for me!
My Italian heritage speaks volumes! There is just something about Italians and their kitchens. Both of my grandmothers loved to cook, so at our family feasts, you would think there were 40 people coming when there were only eight of us. It’s all about the warmth of home and family surrounded by delicious food.
While I was in my kitchen baking and very pregnant, I was completely addicted to watching the Food Network, especially the cupcake and cake competitions. I started experimenting with a lot of different cupcake recipes, changing or adding ingredients. I would bake batches of cupcakes at a time. The word got out and suddenly, people were calling and placing orders for my specialties – red velvet, lemon blueberry with cream cheese frosting, pumpkin spice and chocolate peanut butter.
During this time, my dream for owning a bakery became a very clear vision. I wanted to turn my passion into a business that I could build for my family, eventually bringing my husband in to run the operational side and getting other family members involved.
The French Macaron is never to be confused with the American macaroon coconut cookie. This exquisite pastry is a sweet meringue-based confectionery made with egg whites, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond and food coloring. The macaron is commonly filled with ganache, buttercream or jam which is sandwiched between two cookies. Macarons, which come in a wide variety of flavors, easily melt in your mouth!
A macaron is technically a French petit four, which is a bite-size, elegant and savory cake. So, it is only appropriate that the inspiration for the name of our bakery came from France. Noticing a beautiful tree display at a fancy French bakery, The Dessert Tree was born.
There has been much debate about the origin of the macaron. Some have traced its French debut back to the arrival of Catherine de’ Medici’s Italian pastry chefs whom she brought with her in 1533 upon marrying Henry II of France.
“Since the name is derived from the Italian word maccarone or maccherone,I am claiming it to be part of my Italian heritage!”
-Nicole Spurge, Founder
With the support of our family The Dessert Tree has become an exciting and delicious reality!