Michigan Football Cookie Class

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I have to admit the Michigan football thing is contagious. Moving here from San Francisco, at first I was confused. The traffic was bothersome, the college kids rowdier and things seem to stop when Michigan gets on the field. But slowly my dislike has turned into pride. I ask for scores, watch games (um…sometimes) and oh yeah… decorate cookies. Imagine a chilly fall evening decorating cookies amongst friends.

Our Michigan football cookie class is one of my favorites. I love the adorable helmets, the mini footballs  and those deliciously attractive block M’s. Plus, you get to take home enough cookies to share on game day. I also find the royal icing techniques taught and practiced in the class can only make your cookies the envy of others. And come on, what’s better than that!  You take away practical experience and tricks to make your cookies look professional bakery quality. Plus, you get my favorite brown sugar cookie recipe. I have been known to eat so much of the dough.

Come join us for the first class of the fall/winter 2013 line up. We would love to see you there.

Coming soon: Thursday November 7th at 5:30 -8:00pm

Price: $75.00

Bring a friend and get 15% off the second class!

Contact us at info@sweetheatheranne.com to sign up.

For more information, please visit our website.

Photo by the talented Abby Rose Photo.

Father’s Day Dessert Counter

ImageFather’s Day is next weekend! Our dessert counter will be stocked with assorted cookie boxes (including Mexican shortbread, chewy chocolate molasses cookies, white chocolate cranberry cookies, and Dad themed decorative cookies), Mexican spiced chocolate cake truffles, and a limited supply of chocolate praline 6″ inch cakes. Call us at 734 913 2025 by Wednesday to reserve your Dad some treats.

Dessert Counter hours are Friday June 14th 10:00am-6:00pm and Saturday June 15th 9:00am – 2:00pm.

Mother’s Day Pop Up

It is a big couple of weekends here at the Sweet Heather Anne Dessert Counter.  Last weekend we were chock full of Michigan themed sweets for graduation.  This week we are gearing up for Mother’s Day.

Not only will we be offering our own very fine desserts decorated beautifully for your mom, we also will be welcoming Hello! Ice Cream & Gelato who will be popping up in our cake studio for the Dessert Counter this Friday from 10-6 and Saturday 9-2.  We can’t wait for all the excitement.

Hello! Ice Cream & Gelato will be selling six packs of their delicious and adorable gelato jewels.  Each package will contain six different flavors to tantalize mom’s taste buds.  In addition they’ll have macaron ice cream sandwiches in your choice of chocolate or raspberry, and ceylon cinnamon ice cream sandwiched between chocolate molasses cookies.
Pop Up at Sweet Heather Anne

The ladies of Sweet Heather have created a gorgeous set of desserts special enough for the lovely mom(s) in your life.  Our chocolate caramel cake (a new flavor we’re introducing just for Mother’s Day) is topped with a hand-painted heart topper.  In honor of Heather’s mom, Julie, we’re making Mexican spiced chocolate cake truffles (they’re her favorite).  And our hand-decorated brown sugar cookies and French macarons in earl gray and blood orange will also be available.  sweet treats for your mom

We can’t wait to see you this weekend!

Thank you Penny Stamps

It was a big weekend for the University of Michigan.  In case you haven’t heard, the basketball team played in the NCAA  Division 1 Final Four and National Championship for the first time in twenty years.   Perhaps with less national pomp and circumstance, but no less worthy, is the celebration of  the re-naming of the School of Art & Design to Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.

Penny Stamps and her husband E. Roe Stamps have been instrumental in positioning the school to become a national leader in art and design education.  Their generosity is particularly poignant to our own Heather Leavitt, Sweet Heather Anne‘s owner and head decorator. Heather not only is a graduate of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, she also was a Stamps Scholar.  Much thanks to the leadership and generosity of Penny Stamps, Heather’s time at the University of Michigan sculpted who she is as an artist today, laying the foundation for Sweet Heather Anne‘s signature artistry.

In celebration of the re-naming  Heather created a cake (and accompanying cookies and macarons) to commemorate Penny Stamp’s enormous impact on the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.

Sweet Heather Anne. Corporate Cakes“Creating this cake was such an honor.  When I was in art school, my thesis involved creating cakes as edible monuments to local farmers and food producers.  Now that I am a local food producer, it was amazing to have the opportunity to create an edible monument to Penny Stamps and the art school.  I feel like I’ve really come full circle.  It was awesome to see all of my Professors, and celebrate Penny, and everything she has done for the school and the arts. ” -Heather

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Many thank to Abby Rose Photo for the gorgeous images above.

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Edible Monument to Tantre Farm, part of Heather’s thesis project at the Stamps School of Art and Design in 2007.

Celebrate Spring in Style

I love Easter because it means that spring is coming.  After a long winter of bitter cold and lots of snow, the pastel colors and green buds add welcome cheer and a reminder of what is to come.

We are so exited about spring, and welcome you to celebrate with us Sweet Heather Anne style.  Thursday March 28th we’ll be teaching our Easter Cookie Decorating class.  Students will learn our signature cookie decorating techniques, leaving with two dozen decorated cookies and the skills and recipes for dozens more.

Sweet Heather Anne Custom Cake Boutique

The Dessert Counter will be featuring gorgeous treats perfect for Easter baskets and celebrations.  In case you miss the class we’ll be selling our decorative sugar cookies in dozens and 2-packs.  Our Easter cake is 6-inches and serves 8-10 guests.  It features lemon cake layered with lemon and raspberry curds and covered in a light pink vanilla Swiss buttercream.  All topped with our adorable Easter banner.

Sweet Heather Anne Custom Cake Studio

Packaged for gifts in boxes of 5, our pistachio and blood orange French macarons  are beautifully tied up with a ribbon.Sweet Heather Anne a custom cake boutique

Our chocolate cake pops with pastel drizzle, packaged in 2-packs, will brighten up even the dreariest of days.

Sweet Heather Anne a custom cake boutique

Last, but certainly not least, carrot ginger is back!  It will be making a limited time appearance at the Dessert Counter in the form of cake-in-a-jar.  Come and get it before we sell out.

Many thanks to Abby Rose Photo for the gorgeous images.

Sweet Heather Anne Cooks Breakfast

We had the pleasure of chefing at SELMA cafe this past Friday.  For those of you not in the Ann Arbor area SELMA is a weekly local foods breakfast salon, celebrating Michigan’s bounty and the community by which the bounty is both fueled and supported.  Every week local food professionals (supported by loads of other volunteers from all walks of life) volunteer their time and skills to create a delicious breakfast for the community.

If you have never been, I highly recommend it.  The joy and energy surrounding this weekly ritual are inspiring.  It is testimony to the strength of the community that it keeps happening, every week, and has only been growing stronger.

Creating a delicious local foods breakfast during winter in Michigan is not an easy feat.  But we managed, much thanks to Zingerman’s Creamery and the Brinery.  The menu included a spicy potato hash (with greens, sausage, and Brinery kimchi topped with a fried egg and a side of toast) and a potato, kale, and bacon tart (with Zingerman’s Creamery Great Lakes Cheshire and Lincoln Log cheeses and a side of hoop house greens). For dessert we served Sweet Heather Anne Cookies: Mexican shortbread and chewy chocolate molasses (a personal favorite).

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Warm Up with Sweet Heather Anne Classes

I know I’ve written previously about my dislike of winter.  This year I’ve been making a more conscious effort to take a positive view of the biting cold and dark nights.  For one, it is a great excuse for sleeping in and staying at home.  I’ve been busily crossing items off my long to-do list, including remodeling my bathroom.  Winter, I’ve decided, is a time to focus on what’s important.

Here at Sweet Heather Anne winter means less large special event cakes which frees up some of our time for fun classes.  This winter we have some great classes scheduled.  The classes offer anyone interested in beautiful and tasty desserts to come, learn new techniques, and take home some tips from the pros.  This year’s class schedule covers a variety of cake and cookie decorating techniques, including all of the techniques pictured below.  Sweet Heather Anne

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For more information on how to learn any of these fabulous decorating techniques visit our web site or give us ring at 734.913.2025.  Private classes also make great birthday and bachelorette parties, as well as showers. We are looking forward to seeing your smiling face in one of our classes.

Classes Give a Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes

As the weather cools and we all slow down to rest for the winter the Sweet Heather Anne calendar opens up a bit, which allows us time to offer classes.  We love the opportunity to share our love of sweets and knowledge of decorating with you.

We kicked off this year’s classes with a Block M cookie decorating class for all of our Michigan fans.  In addition to a couple different cookie decorating classes, this year’s class list also includes a buttercream class where you’ll learn to do all four of our simply stunning buttercream finishes, and some basic and advanced fondant technique classes.  Tonight we are excited for our sold out Chocolate & Bubbly class where students will learn to make and dip cake truffles while sipping bubbly.

The classes are a great way to get a sneak peek behind the scenes at Sweet Heather Anne and to learn tricks of the trade which Heather and Claudia have picked up during their 8 plus years of combined experience.  Classes make great gifts, and are also perfect for private events like showers and bachelorette parties.

Here’s a sneak peak into the Block M cookie class, and a big shout-out to Abby Rose Photo for the gorgeous images.

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Go Blue! Sweet Treats

Michigan Football is so much a part of fall in Ann Arbor: there’s the traffic (I’m looking at the standstill on Main street right now), the long restaurant lines, but more importantly there’s Michigan pride. This being our first fall at 920 N Main Street, we are so excited to be a part of the Ann Arbor community and the Michigan spirit that consumes downtown.  We just couldn’t resist celebrating Michigan pride Sweet Heather Anne style.

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Every home game our dessert counter features Michigan-themed treats including: maize and blue french macarons, mini cupcakes with maize and blue confetti, Michigan football cookies, and Marzipops.

Any of these items are also available for pre-order, as are the Michigan fondant cake pictured above and the sculpted helmet cake below.  All perfect for your tailgate or other University of Michigan-themed event.  Contact us for more information.

Michigan Helmet Cake

Special thanks to Abby Rose Photo for capturing the football helmet cake in all its glory.