Seven Party-Perfect Pastries

Shawndra Russell

Photography by Ryan Gibson and Sara D’Eugenio


Many 2013 weddings will indeed include the newest dessert craze: macarons. Nicole Rene Schwalge, owner of Simply Savannah Events, predicts we’ll see “lots and lots of French macarons! They are not only delicious but they are aesthetically appealing, and with all the color options they are perfect for any dessert spread.” And who better to fill those orders than Maison de Macarons, who’ve just celebrated their one-year anniversary and teamed up with Roberto Leoci of Leoci’s Trattoria to incorporate his new raspberry jalapeno jam into one of their creations?

Best-friends-of-seven-years turned business partners, Laura Hale and Amy Shippy offer a macaron tower showcasing 225 macarons, available in any color combination and with virtually any flavor combination. “I brought macarons to a cookie swap last year, and everyone convinced us we should open a store,” Shippy says. Hale adds, “Our most popular is the salted caramel; two of our crazier flavors are green tea or crystallized ginger.” They also offer favor-sized treats, featuring two perfect macarons nestled inside a small box.

These ladies have the support of Visit Savannah’s Social Media Manager Amy Brock, the voice behind Savannah I Do: “I think the macarons are having a moment! Maison de Macarons in Savannah is the perfect addition to a reception or shower: They are consistently delicious and the perfect size to enjoy at a party!”

Maison de Macarons 1100 Eisenhower Drive, Suite 28 Another new business to Savannah in 2012, Sweet Carolina Cupcakes opened a second location to bring their mini cupcake towers, topper cakes, and whacky flavors like “Elvis” to Savannah. Owner Holly Slayton shares, “As far as color, we are seeing more requests for emerald green than ever before.” In terms of most popular wedding flavor, not surprisingly their Wedding Cake flavor—almond cake with an almond butter cream frosting—takes the, uh, cake. So what does Slayton attribute to the cupcake craze? “Cupcakes are fun and playful; when you make them smaller and bite sized they’re even more fun. Often our clients will order several flavors at a time when ordering minis. The size makes it easy to sample a variety of flavors without feeling like you’ve eaten a lot.” Amanda Hollowell, owner of Savannah Events and Weddings (formerly JL Events, LLC), echoes that sentiment. “I have a June 2013 wedding for 200 guests at Savannah Station,” she says. “We are doing a dessert station that will feature an assortment of cake pops and designer cupcakes from Sweet Carolina Cupcakes—they have one flavor called Moon Pie. So good!”

Sweet Carolina Cupcakes 38 Whitaker Street