Sweet Cakes by Melissa Price is a small-town bakery making homemade, treats for weddings, birthdays, and other special occasions.
The owner prides herself on creating baked goods that make a day memorable.
About Sweet Cakes by Melissa
Sweet Cakes is a bakery in Sandy, Oregon. The bakery offers custom-made creations based on your tastes and desires. Any cupcakes or cakes you order are moist and made from scratch using fresh ingredients. They offer friendly service in a quaint atmosphere.
Based on their website, they’re firm believers in God and stress the significance of marriage between a man and a woman.
They offer consultations and will set up your order at your specified location. They have gluten-free and lactose-free options. Even if you’re a vegan, you can find options that meet your diet restrictions.
Baked Goods Offered by Sweet Cakes
The baked good choices supplied by this bakery range from cakes and cupcakes to something known as cake in a jar.
Cake in a Jar
Cake in a jar is a unique concept. It features layers of cake in a jar. These jars make excellent Christmas gifts or just a way to say thank you. The cake in a jar is ideal if you want a treat with little mess.
You just grab the cake in the jar and dig in. If you don’t finish it all, you simply put a lid on it and save it for later.
To ensure the freshness of your cake in a jar, Melissa recommends eating it within a few days after you receive it or refrigerating it so it lasts longer.
Melissa has an extensive list of signature cakes including her adult-only cakes. The inspiration for these cakes are mixed drinks, and currently she’s asking for suggestions to create more cakes based on cocktails.
On her menu, she has a chocolate cake saturated in Kahlua, vodka, and Bailey’s then filled with French vanilla ice cream. The peaches and cream cake is a white cake packed with fresh Schnapps-soaked peaches and then filled with white chocolate ice cream.
Her chocolate-dipped strawberry cake is a savory chocolate cake stuffed with a fresh strawberry filling and topped with chocolate ganache. Her blackberry cream cake is a butter cake stuffed with a fresh blackberry and cream filling.
The white whisper cake is a white chocolate cake with a filling comprised of french vanilla cream and blueberries. She also offers a pina colada cake, which is a poppy seed cake with french vanilla cream and pina colada.
On the other hand, she offers a marionberry cheesecake, which is a butter cake filled with a marionberry filling and cream cheese.
She has a black forest cake made from a chocolate cake batter with a french vanilla cream and chocolate ganache. The black forest part of the cake is the cherries that give it that hint of tartness.
Her pink champagne cake is a combination of the light taste of pink champagne with a white chocolate cream filling and fresh strawberries. The after-dinner mint cake features a moist chocolate cake with chocolate chunks and chocolate mint.
Rocky road is a bakery rendition of the classic rocky road ice cream. It consists of a chocolate cake with a filling of chocolate, marshmallow, and nuts. If you have a nut allergy or don’t want that type of crunch in your cake, you can specially request for Melissa to hold the nuts.
Her caramel apple cake combines apples in a secret sauce and spice cake with a caramel cream filling while her peanut butter cup cake is a chocolate Grooms cake with whipped peanut butter in the center. Other signature cakes on the menu at this bakery include the following:
- Red velvet
- Boston creme pie cake
- German chocolate
- Strawberry shortcake
- Orange chocolate chunk cake
- Spiced pumpkin
- Chocolate cream heaven
- Chocolate coconut cake
- Toffee crunch
- Banana cream delight
- Heavenly banana cake
- Lemon berry delight
- Chocolate cinnamon ribbon cake
- Classic carrot cake
- Fantasy fruit-filled cake
- Candy cane cake
Every cake on the menu is available as four layers with three layers of filling in between. You can also order them as a sheet cake with two layers of cake and one layer of filling.
Another item on Sweet Cakes by Melissa’s menu is cupcakes for weddings, baby showers, birthdays, and other special events. You can order mini, standard, or jumbo cupcakes. You can also choose standard or jumbo filled cupcakes.
Any flavor in the signature cakes section is available as cupcakes. She does charge extra for some of the cupcakes based on the decorations you choose to have on them.
Sweet Cakes by Melissa Controversy
Although Sweet Cakes is a small-town bakery, it made national news. In January of 2013, Melissa and her partner and husband turned away a same-sex couple. They didn’t want to bake a cake since it was against their religious beliefs.
An administrative law judge declared Melissa and Aaron discriminated against the couple. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) advised judges to rule that Melissa pay both women $75,000 a piece for emotional and mental damages.
Reviews of Sweet Cakes by Melissa
Although the ruling against Sweet Cakes by Melissa impacted their business, those many people rave about the bakery. On the Wedding Wire website, the bakery received three awards including two Bride’s Choice awards and a Wedding Wire Rated award.
Of all the reviews from real customers on Wedding Wire, the bakery received an average of 4.5 out of five stars. Holly gave Sweet Cakes a five-star rating. She stated the baked goods are fantastic, and she said her guests reviewed raved about the items. She said she’ll use the bakery again for her birthday and other special events.
One Wedding Wire user gave the bakery 4.9 out of five stars and cited how clean it was. The user sasid the staff was helpful and described the cake as “heavenly.”
Robert gave the bakery five stars. He noted the cake was delicious, and the staff was professional and prompt. He’d recommend the service to others who need custom cakes.
Stephanie said Sweet Cakes made her wedding cake, and she was thrilled with it. She described it as delicious and exactly how she imagined.
An anonymous user said the cake was great. It looked exactly like she discussed initially.
Brandi enjoyed working with Melissa and her husband. This user said Melissa and her husband were more than willing to accommodate the changes they wanted to their wedding cake. She said the cake looked beautiful, and they plan to have her remake the top tier of their wedding cake for their first anniversary.
An anonymous user rated the bakery with only one star because the bakery ruined this person’s wedding. The reviewer said the couple delivered the cake late and wouldn’t compensate for the mistake.
Ron was very dissatisfied with the cake he received. He said it tasted worse than a box cake. Plus, the staff wasn’t friendly. He said the advertising on the website is false and misrepresents the business.
How to Order from Sweet Cakes by Melissa
You can visit the bakery’s website at www.sweetcakesweb.com. The site is easy to use, and you can maneuver through to find the cake flavors you can choose from like black forest cake.
The website only features some information regarding the sizes of cakes you can choose from, so you may want to schedule a consultation with them.
At the consultation, Melissa or husband will allow you to taste some of the cakes they make. You discuss the cake you want or make arrangements for when you want the cake delivered to your location.
If you want cupcakes, they request you put your order in at least 48 hours in advance.
To schedule a consultation or place an order, Sweet Cakes by Melissa makes it simple to contact them. You may choose to call them at 503-674-5400. You may choose to email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
They have a Facebook page you can subscribe to or use as a contact method. By clicking the “send message” located on the right side of the bakery’s page, you can send them a message. You can expect a response within one day of sending a message.
No Longer Up and Running
Unfortunately, due to the recent lawsuit against Sweet Cakes by Melissa, they’re not open at the moment. She had to shut her doors because she couldn’t afford the lawsuit and to continue to make delicious baked goods.
You can donate money to help they’re cause if you love her baked goods or strongly support her religious beliefs and right to refuse service. Maybe one day once she pays off the lawsuit, you can enjoy her sweet treats and use her services for your wedding or other special events.
If you would like to keep up on recent events to know when, and if, Sweet Cakes will reopen, the bakery’s Facebook page is still active.