East Longmeadow, MA
If you live in Western MA, chances are you’ve heard of my featured vendor, Pete’s Sweets! So many of my wedding couples have hired him to create their wedding cakes, I’m always impressed by his creations. Not only do they look amazing, but they taste amazing… perk of being a wedding photographer – I get to eat the cake too! Pete’s Sweets is a full service bakery pumping out amazing sweet treats of all kinds. From cupcakes to cookies to cakes, Pete offers custom creations for any occasion. Whether it’s a wedding, baby shower, or birthday, you’ve got to check them out!!
To learn more about what makes Pete’s Sweets a top bakery in Western MA, we asked Pete a few questions about himself and his business…
I have been in business for the past 6 years. I opened the bakery on Dec. 15th, 2012 after appearing on TLC’s Next Great Baker hosted by Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro. Since then, we’ve tripled the baking area of the kitchen, added on a wedding cake service, and we now host birthday & holiday baking classes! I went to New England Culinary Institute in Vermont after graduating from East Longmeadow High School (The same town that the bakery resides in today!)
What inspired you to open your own business?
After my television appearance, I was asked if I wanted to co-sell out of a seasonal Gelato business in town which blossomed into the booming bakery I own today!
What makes Pete’s Sweets stand out from other wedding cake bakeries?
We are not in the business of selling you anything that you don’t need. A lot of bakeries pressure you into Fondant covered masterpieces that come with a heavy price-tag but offer nothing more than an added layer of icing that all of your guests might peel off. We educate you on your purchase and you are always in control of the direction that you would like to move in. I think that way the couple feels more involved in the decision making process and they are able to better understand what things might be a good use of money and what might be frivolous. Not to mention the taste! We use only high quality ingredients like Cabot Butter, King Arthur Flour, and homemade vanilla extract – made in house!
What is one thing you want clients to know about your business?
We only want you to be happy! We are in the “celebrations” business, we don’t want to be a one-time use bakery. Your wedding day is only the first event that we hope to be a part of! We love being a part of all your future celebrations. I want to be the bakery that makes your wedding cake and years down the road make your children’s graduation cakes!
Do you offer any other dessert options for weddings?
Yes, we are a full service bakery!
- Cupcakes: Are a great way to keep down cutting fees and are a great way to have a variety of fun flavors at your event.
- Cookies: We have done full cookie bars for weddings. It’s a great way to use the dessert as a partial Favor! Invest in some personalized take home favor bags and encourage your guests to grab some late night sweets to go!
- Candies: We have a full line of artisan chocolates.
- Popcorn: Pete’s Sweets has made caramel corn for fall weddings (Also a great favor).
- Decorated Cookies: These are a little higher of a price point but edible favors are HUGE right now (too many couples waste money on favors that guests will toss after the event…But cookies are great favors).
- Dessert Bars: Brownies, Bar Cookies, Pies, you name it! We have it all!
Any advice you can give to engaged couples trying to decide on a wedding cake?
Don’t settle for a cake that you choose out of a 3 ring that a lot of other bakeries offer. Even though we are not re-inventing the wedding cake industry but it should still have some personal touches that make your cake feel custom to you and your fiancé. We want all your guests to leave on a sweet note!
Thank you Pete for taking the time to tell our readers about your business!!
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