Puff Love

Lei Chic When you throw a fiesta, you’re Hostess with the Mostess – most kitchen disasters, that is. Burned brownies and a carton of Costco cupcakes? Dessert FAIL.

To ensure your next soiree is a cake walk, turn to Sweetie Puffs – the  new, local catering company specializing in gourmet cupcakes, wedding cakes and dessert buffets.

Shy Tran, a self-taught pastry artist, launched the company in January this year. Her claim to fame is her original creation, the Sweetie Puff – a crispy wonton that's filled with light, airy cheesecake, then tossed in cinnamon sugar. For extra sizzle, you can add some drizzle — in chocolate,  strawberry or caramel.

More things that’ll make you go mmmmm: confections like cheesecake bites, fruit tarts with sweet lemon yogurt cream cheese spread, double chocolate chip scones, and dessert flutes in flavors such as vanilla cream wafer cake, triple berry layered butter cake and minty Oreo cream pie.

The icing on the cake: all of her treats are made with no trans fat, preservatives or artificial flavors. Everything is created fresh with local eggs, grade A butter, and high-quality Guittard and Ghirardelli chocolate.

Tran will whip up batches for any size occasion, whether it’s a large wedding or simply for your own sugar craving. Plus, you can pick up your Sweetie Puffs at her Hawai'i Kai home, or she’ll deliver them right to your door.

So you can consider your pastry problems solved.
Because when the doughing gets tough, the puffs get going.

To order Sweetie Puffs, call 808.221.6299 or visit www.sweetiepuffs.com.