Susan Sarich has built a burgeoning bakery empire based on upscale versions of childhood favorites and sleek design. SusieCakes has already thrived in Brentwood and Calabasas, and Sarich has found early success in Newport Beach, yet another upscale community.
Sarich has gained justifiable acclaim for her red velvet cake, frosting-filled cupcakes and banana pudding with vanilla wafers. The store’s fruit pie changes monthly. For July, it was blueberry crumble. Sadly, pies are not available by the slice.
SusieCakes has seamlessly adjusted to the Newport Beach highlands. Given Sarich’s powerhouse desserts, it’s no surprise. My only regret is that I ate too large a lunch to be able to enjoy more of her baked goods.