Are you craving for some moist cupcakes with lip-smacking frosting? Why don’t you have a satisfying piece at Sweet Little Things?
SLT, as it is fondly called, started out as a simple home-based business in 2010, catering to family and friends. After a few months, they tried selling their homemade desserts via Facebook. What started out as a pastime became a thriving business that owners PJ and Sandra Lee didn’t expect.
The couple who loves eating was overwhelmed with the hit of their online cupcake business. Their biggest break came when they received an order of a cupcake tower for a wedding anniversary. They hesitated at first because they were not sure they could handle the huge order, but they accepted the challenge and took the risk. Their hard work paid off as the customer that was referred to them by a friend got very satisfied. This made them realize that the time to open an actual shop has come.
In November 2011, they opened their first cupcake shop at the J Block, corner Apitong and Escario Streets, Cebu City. The investment of around Php1 million was worth it as dessert lovers came flocking in for their superior quality cupcakes. Since the opening of their shop, their thrice-per-week cupcake production increased to three times a day. As a sign of their continued success, a branch at the Northwing of SM City Cebu opened in July 2012. The entrepreneur couple believes that timing played a vital role in the success of their cupcake endeavor, plus PJ’s business background.
Among the different cupcake shops in the metro, this particular brand definitely stands out. Their delectable cupcakes cost Php50 each and Php290 per half dozen, less expensive yet more delicious than most coffee shop pastries. The more cupcakes you buy, the more discounts you get. Not only do these baked goodies look attractive, they also taste heavenly. Fruit variety cupcake flavors include Cinful Apple, Blueberry Crumble, Lemon Poppyseed, Strawberries n Cream, and Monkey Business. On the other hand, chocoholics will take delight on Cappuccino, Dark Chocolate Mudpie, The Red Velvet, Triple Chocolate, and Cookies n Cream.
With the cupcake craze in Cebu, what makes SLT cupcakes stand out? SLT brags to provide only the finest cupcakes. They believe that what separates them from other cupcake businesses in Cebu is the quality of their offerings. When you get to taste their cupcakes, you will realize that homemade is always better than commercial brands. Their moist morsel that simply melts in your mouth is paired with the perfect frosting, providing you with a wonderful play of flavors. They are not overly sweet, which is often the problem with other brands.
The owners always want to provide their patrons value for their money. In fact, this is how they describe their sweet treats on their official Web site:
“We only use the finest… It never really occurred to us before to boast about the real lemon zest in our Lemon Poppyseed, locally sourced eggs from happy free-to-roam chickens, fine sifted flour and fair trade sugar, or the real cocoa solid chocolate in our Dark Side of the Spoon chocolate frosting. But it’s nothing to brag about really, because who in their right mind would use the fake stuff? So basically, what you read is what you get. For real! And we wouldn’t have it any other way. Would you?”
With cupcake shops mushrooming here in Cebu, it can be quite difficult to be successful. You always have to think of effective ways to shine from the rest. Apart from delightful cupcakes, SLT also serves luscious coffee, tea and other beverages. They also have yummy made-to-order cakes for special occasions. Another way to make your celebrations unique and extra fun is to have a Sweet Little Things cart. For only Php2,980, you will get a beautifully decorated cart with 60 party-size cupcakes in various flavors. When you serve these to your guests, they will surely be gone in less than a minute.
What’s next for SLT? After the opening of the SM Cebu branch, the couple hopes to penetrate in other malls and have at least five stand-alone shops.
If you have a very special celebration coming up or you just feel that you need your cupcake dose, visit any of the SLT shop now. You don’t really need to have a reason to dig into some fruity or chocolatey pocket-sized cake, right? For orders, you may call their J Block outlet at (0922) 517-4626 and their SM branch at (0923) 869-0609. You may also visit sweetlittlethings.net or facebook.com/SLTCakes.
A) J Block, corner Apitong and Escario Streets, Cebu City
B) SM City Cebu