Q&A with Melissa from Sweet Lucy's Cakery

When I stumbled across cake pops from Sweet Lucy's Cakery, located in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, I fell in love. You might even remember seeing my little "research" teaser here

Melissa, the owner, has the magical ability to turn any concept into a cake pop masterpiece. Each pop I see is better than the next! I mean how cute and clever are these Easter bunny cakes? 

Since I'm often ordering specialty desserts to serve at my personal parties as well as providing recommendations to clients, I asked Melissa if she would be interested in participating in a Q&A. She was sweet enough to allow us to peer inside her enchanted world of art and icing.

Without further ado…

Q. What are your best selling designs?

Melissa: The Classic Cake Pop is my best seller (this is cake and icing rolled into a ball, placed on a stick and dipped in chocolate), but I can make Cake Pops in just about any theme. Recently, the biggest selling shaped Cake Pop has been The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which has been surprisingly ordered for 40-something year old men. I guess we all hold a special place in our heart for our favorite childhood characters.

Q. What flavors do you offer? 

Melissa: Sweet Lucy's offers certain flavors year-round, such as French Vanilla, Triple Chocolate Fudge, Red Velvet, Strawberries and Cream, Cookies and Cream, Confetti and Wedding Cake. I also offer seasonal flavors like Pumpkin Spice, Cinnamon Carrot, Gingerbread and Hot Cocoa. My favorite Spring flavors are Summertime Lemonade and Orange Dreamsicle. Although, the choices are almost endless!

French Vanilla is the most popular flavor, followed by Red Velvet. Lemon is a huge draw during Spring and Summer months.

Q. What designs will be popular for spring? 

Melissa: Easter will bring some darling designs (lots of flowers, eggs, ducks and bunnies), but I feel that most popular designs will be for graduations and weddings. There really are so many things that you can do with cake and chocolate. Your imagination is really the only limitation.

Q. What’s the most interesting project you have completed? 

Melissa: I have a lot of favorite projects that I have completed... I made Cake Pops for Jimmy Buffet when he was in town. That was pretty special!

Melissa: Honestly, I think that my  favorite project was a cake ball cake that I made for a wedding at Devou Park. It was five-tiers of fondant-covered cake forms, holding over 550 cake pops. When I completed the project, I found myself just gazing at it in awe. I could not believe that I had created something so beautifully grand and unique! 

Q. What made you want to start offering cake pops on a large scale? 

Melissa: I kind of stumbled into it. I had my first "large" order back in 2011 when I landed the GE Holiday party. The company happened to order 600 cake pops based on a friend's recommendation. It was mind boggling to me that I had to make six hundred! The whole family chipped in and it took us four days. Now, I can do at least 400 cake pops per day. 

Since then, I have partnered with Procter & Gamble, Core Resources and LensCrafters, among others. To date, my largest order has been 2,300 Cake Pops that I completed in a six-day period. Now that was a busy week! 

Q. What's your favorite cake pop (if you're allowed to have a favorite as the owner)?

Melissa: Of course, I have a favorite (whether I'm allowed to or not). My favorite flavors are the Carrot or the Lemon. My favorite character that I have ever made has to be Eeyore. I have a lot of fun with character pops like Mickey and Minnie Mouse or even Hello Kitty. Halloween Cake Pops are the most fun for me, because it's my favorite holiday! 

If you can dream it up, then I can probably turn it into edible art... pretty, yummy and so unique!

Want to see more of Sweet Lucy's Cake Pops, be sure to browse the photo gallery here.

A special thanks to Melissa for sitting down to share some insights with Simply Sarah Style readers! 

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