By Amanda Hatfield
INDIALANTIC -- Sinfully sweet and mouthwatering morsels await your taste buds at Sue Ann's Bakery in Indialantic.
Housed in a bright pink cottage along the north end of Fifth Avenue, this quaint bakery has been serving the Space Coast for 24 years.
"Sue Ann's originally opened in 1989, but Kerry Moran and I purchased the business three years ago," said Jennifer Phelps, co-owner of Sue Ann's Bakery. "We purchased the business specifically to do wedding cakes."
When Sue Ann's Bakery first opened its doors, there were only two cake/cupcake flavors: red velvet and carrot. While these staple flavors can still be found in Sue Ann's display case today, current owners, Jennifer Phelps and Kerry Moran, have expanded the flavor selection quite a bit.
"When brides came in for tastings, they needed more flavors," Mrs. Phelps said.
Mrs. Phelps, a former elementary school art teacher, and Mrs. Moran, a business professional, gradually came up with a variety of tantalizing tastes to woo brides and sweets lovers alike.
"We like to make specialty flavors that are inspired by the season," Mrs. Phelps said. "During the winter, we're always talking about s'mores, so we created a s'mores cupcake."
With typically five to seven fun flavors in stock, guests of Sue Ann's Bakery can select from classics, like chocolate, to out-of-the-box tastes, like the ever popular raspberry lemonade.
"I'd say 80 percent of our brides select raspberry lemonade as their cake flavor," Mrs. Phelps said.
It's easy to understand why raspberry lemonade is a popular choice amongst those about to take the plunge.
Sue Ann's Bakery prides themselves on the fresh ingredients they use.
"We try not to use any kind of flavoring in our food," Mrs. Phelps said. "So our recipes are from scratch. Not bases."
For example, the tangy sweetness found in the raspberry lemonade comes from the fresh lemons and lemon zest Mrs. Phelps and Mrs. Moran, along with their staff, grate each day.
"Baking from scratch was a challenge at first, especially with the frosting, but we found the ways to get the flavor we wanted," said Mrs. Phelps.
Desiring to give their customers the best quality treat, Sue Ann's Bakery also offers gluten-free and vegan options, upon request.
"We came up with a flourless chocolate cake and our macaroons are also gluten-free," Mrs. Phelps said.
Sue Ann's Bakery offers much more than sweet treats; they also have a delicious selection of sandwiches and other lunch options, as well as dinners to go.
"Dinners To Go was originally started by Sue Ann, with her chicken pot pies and meatloaf," Mrs. Moran said.
Noticing a trend in customers purchasing dinner entrees, the small Indialantic bakery must make a lot to keep up with the demand.
"When people come in and see our chicken pot pies cooling, they say, 'Oh! I want one right now!'" Mrs. Moran said.
Customers can also choose from shepherd's pie, ziti, eggplant parmesan and quiche.
"We will make just about any quiche requested," said Kerry Moran. "It's one of our most popular dinner items."
Dinner items are available for pick up each day, but Mrs. Phelps and Mrs. Moran recommend that customers come in sooner, rather than later.
"When customers pick up a dinner entrée from us, they come pre-cooked and frozen," Mrs. Phelps said. "There are instructions on the package, explaining how to prepare the entrée for their enjoyment."
Sue Ann's Bakery also supplies bulk orders for various gatherings.
"If you need a platter of sandwiches for your business meeting, we can do that," Mrs. Phelps said. "We just ask that you call a week in advance."
Sue Ann's Bakery is located at 300 Fifth Avenue in Indialantic. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an option for early morning pick-ups, if requested.
For more information, call Sue Ann's Bakery at (321) 952-5256, email firstname.lastname@example.org.