Sugar Croissant Donut
Vanilla Croissant Donut
Cinnamon & Sugar
Powdered Croissant Donut
Award Winning Croissant Donuts
The perfect hybrid between a croissant and a donut. This pastry is a unique creation of Celebrity Chef Ricardo Castro, and is taking Tampa Bay and Florida by storm.
Chef Ricardo Castro and Chef Rosana Rivera have been making croissant dough since the start of their Patisserie and restaurant. Chef Castro used to fry scraps of the croissant dough in the kitchen for the staff as snacks coated in sugar. After one of the crew members showed him a picture of a Cronut™, made by NYC Chef Dominique Ansel, Chef Castro went to work. It took him more than 10 recipe trials, but he was determined to come out with his own concoction that could rival the New York creation. It takes specific laminated dough, which has been adapted and uses a proprietary recipe. Once cooked, each Piquant Croissant Donut will have the flakiness of a croissant and the crispiness of the donut on the outside.
Our croissant donuts come filled with flavors like guava jam, Nutella®, vanilla bean cream, raspberry jam and silky chocolate ganache that would leave even the most expert chocoholics drooling for more. Join us on the first Sunday of every month at Hyde Park Village’s Fresh Market for the unveiling of a new specialty flavor. Past specialty flavors include pumpkin pie, smores, bananas foster, and apple pie. Specialty flavors are available in limited quality, so be sure to pick one up! Prices run from $3.95 to $4.50 per donut (pre-tax). To ensure the best taste, texture and freshness, these are made fresh daily, and completely done in house. We are always coming up with new and delicious flavors, so be sure to visit often.
Baby Shower Cake
The perfect cake should be just as special as the day itself, a beautiful, breathtaking, and delicious piece of your celebration. Our cakes are made using the finest and freshest quality ingredients, and are custom created to suit your event’s theme. From fresh and simple to elegant and ornate, Piquant will work with you to create the cake of your dreams, as memorable for its beauty as it is for its taste.
Chef Rivera, Chef Castro and their staff look forward to serving you, and hope that you will schedule an appointment to experience Piquant Cakes first-hand at our bakery.
To place an order for a cake, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 813-251-1777, ext. 6.
Tasting and design sessions are scheduled by appointment only Monday through Friday, during normal business hours, and usually last one hour. There is a fee of $25 per session (non refundable), that includes the tasting and refreshment. Because weekends are devoted to restaurant volume, delivery, and set up for events, we regret that we cannot secure tasting visits to the bakery on Saturdays and Sundays.
Ninja Turtle Cake
“It’s a boy” Cake
Do you have a catalog with additional samples, sizes, and photographs?
Since all of our cakes are custom-made to individual specifications, no catalog per se is available. Our website is designed to give an introduction to our style and services. You can view a few designs showcased in local magazines and/or media releases. Additionally, we are constantly updating our facebook page and there you will find pictures of a wide selection of our cakes.
I don’t see any prices. How much do your cakes cost?
It’s impossible to offer a hard-and-fast price list, since each cake incorporates so many variables. We take into account the number of servings, the complexity of diverse design elements, and particulars important to the celebrants. Sometimes a smaller cake may take longer to create than a larger one, and therefore, it will be priced higher per slice (the basis for pricing used by most bakeries). Our cakes are generally baked in incremental serving sizes of twenty-five, but we always try to present several possible variations and propose a few price tiers from which to select. For wedding cakes our minimum order is $300. Pricing for wedding cakes begins at $8 per person. Novelty and large sculpted cakes usually start at $800.
When should I book my cake?
We do not like to rush clients into making hasty decisions and we encourage research. However, we cannot guarantee prices and availability before a contract is signed. Most couples book our services six months to a year before their event. We have been known, however, to stay up all night to complete last-minute orders.
I’m getting married outside of Tampa Bay. Can you ship my cake?
We find that standard carriers cannot guarantee the safe transport of our cakes. The best method to deliver our cakes is by vans, and this service is available from Tampa Bay to most places in Florida. Long distance delivery is both extremely complicated and very costly. While we have flown our cakes to distant destinations, it is a highly complex process to engineer the delivery via a private or chartered plane. Additionally, most designs require the presence of a staff member who must assemble the cake on-site. It can be done, but it will require paid expenses.
My local baker is making my cake. Can you supply instructions, measurements, or sources?
Unfortunately, we can’t supply this information, as we need to devote our resources to meet the demands of our clients. The building and decorating techniques we use took a long time to develop and require special skills and tools. Therefore, we cannot assume the liability of providing long-distance support to third parties. We do offer learning opportunities when Chef Rivera and Chef Castro teach workshops and seminars around the country, and your baker may wish to attend these classes.
May I purchase edible flowers and sugar decorations from you?
We do not sell our edible flowers or sugar decorations separately from our completed cakes. Our sugar embellishments are very time-consuming to make and too fragile to ship on their own.
Do you serve kosher cakes? Gluten-free cakes? Vegan cakes? Sugar-free cakes?
We have developed a line of delicious gluten-free cakes. We do not, however, make kosher, vegan, egg-free, or sugar-free cakes. We do suggest that if you have dietary constraints, that you consider selecting a smaller cake that meets those needs, and then order a larger cake with a more traditional recipe for the rest of your guests.
May I come to observe you at work? May I work for you?
We love to accommodate other confectionery artists and enjoy meeting professional chefs from around the world. However, because of time constraints and deadlines, we usually cannot have visitors while we are creating our cakes. We are always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our team. We accept resumes from potential employees (artistic and creative backgrounds are preferred) with previous experience in the culinary field.
Do you teach classes?
Almost as much they love working at their restaurant, the Chefs love teaching. The Chefs are experienced culinary and pastry instructors with more than 30 years of combined teaching experience. In fact, they have been instructors for many of Tampa’s elite upcoming chefs of the industry. The Chefs offer a limited number of workshops and classes at different locations around the US and abroad. Interested in a private lesson with the Chefs? Interested in a team building cooking class?
When may I come for a tasting? Are you open weekends/holidays/evenings?
We try to accommodate everyone’s schedule, but most appointments are made during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; consultations and tastings last about an hour with a cost of $25 for the tasting and refreshments. In the busy season (April through June and September through October), we need to concentrate on completing orders and, therefore, during that time frame, sessions are scheduled from Monday to Thursday. Unfortunately, because we are almost always in production or on location on weekends, we are rarely able to schedule a tasting for the weekend.
What is a groom's cake?
The groom’s cake grew out of an old tradition that is very much in vogue again. These cakes are often playful and depict an interesting or amusing side of the groom’s personality. Additionally, for a large wedding, the groom’s cake provides secondary flavor combinations. This very personal cake can be presented to the groom as a surprise by his bride, and it can be the perfect counterpoint to the “main” cake. Keep in mind that on occasion the groom’s cake might end up being more complicated to execute than the main cake. Moreover, the smaller scale cannot accommodate every idea.
I loved your seven-tier cake that I saw in a magazine. I’d like it for my wedding, but to serve thirty-five guests. Can you make adjustments to the cake?
Not every cake that appears in a magazine is ideal for a real-life celebration. Just as in couture fashion shows, silhouettes are often presented on the runway (in our case, in the press) to illustrate trends, new styles, and fresh ideas. Not every design will scale up or down with success, and some structures require a different minimum number of servings. As always, we’ll do our creative best to present you with a few options and choices.
I heard you’ve created many cakes for celebrities, but I don’t see them mentioned on your website?
Simply put, we don’t like to name-drop. We treat all of our clients as if they are the most important people in the world when we design and execute their cakes. We respect our clients’ privacy, but we would gladly pass along your story to a publication or a TV show, if you were interested.
Do you do other kinds of special-event cakes?
We very much enjoy creating all kinds of special-occasion cakes. It’s a great pleasure to be part of our clients’ celebrations throughout the years, whether for anniversaries, birthdays and births, or bar/bat mitzvahs. Not surprisingly, we think cake is the perfect accompaniment to all life’s celebrations…and we hope you do, too.