The Norman Transcript


March 3, 2013

Emma J’s, now Sweet Sisters Bakery, expands to full service bakery



Dozens of different kinds of cupcakes and cakes are available and many are imaginatively out of the ordinary. “Toasted” is vanilla bean cake topped with vanilla icing and toasted coconut. “Heavenly Swine” stuffs southern buttermilk cake with bacon then drizzles maple topping over a chunk of bacon and vanilla icing. Chocolate cupcakes are the best seller.

“Our traditional red velvet cake with cream cheese icing is a customer favorite,” Mowdy said. “We use my great aunt’s recipe for our ‘24 Carrot’ cake.”

Hard work, attention to detail and using quality ingredients has been paying off for the early 20-something single mother of a toddler and infant. She regularly works 13 hours a day and has been completely satisfied with business traffic at the location. Valentine’s Day sales hit four figures. That’s a lot of cupcakes.

When partner Christy Mowdy arrives in the spring the plan is for expanding the bakery’s offering to include breads, pies, puff pastries, cookies and ready-to-go cakes.

“We’ll have French, Cuban and pita breads,” Mowdy said. “Crackiln’ bread made with brioche dough and sugar cubes is something a lot of people haven’t had. You eat it hot and it has a nice juicy delicious flavor.”

Her former employer and now competitor La Baguette has a location about a quarter mile away. She knows first-hand how good their products are and wants to give the well-established bakery a serious run for their money. Mowdy has a business strategy for doing so.

“We’re a little bakery and should be able to offer our products a little less expensively,” she said.

Mowdy makes a fruit tart now that has every bit the eye appeal of La Baguette’s signature pastry. Emma J’s had a table at the 2013 Chocolate Festival in Norman and picked up new customers from that exposure. Their “Heavenly Swine” cupcake was a hit with multiple return visits for the unusual treat.

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