How much fun would it be to make the desserts served at your own wedding? The former Stephanie Kaat said it sounded better a year ago, but not so much two days before she exchanged vows with Keegan Waggett.
“We were up at midnight the Thursday before the wedding,” she said, as she addressed a gathering at the Seasonal Chefs program Dec. 5 at the Monona Public Library.
But, the Monona couple loves to bake in their shared commercial kitchen space in Madison, home of The Looking Glass Bakery.
The bakery began a few years ago as an expression of their love for food and desire to make people happy through dessert.
“My mom definitely taught me how to bake,” she said. “I kind of strayed away from the kitchen in college, and it was shortly after college that I was trying to figure out if I wanted to go and get my master’s or what do I do. I was definitely trying to balance my budget, so I figured I’d start learning how to cook and bake at home. That’s when I first tackled cheesecake.”
Waggett experimented with foods and ingredients, and working with her husband-to-be, they discovered several unique ways to prepare their desserts.
The Looking Glass Bakery has an extensive online menu featuring cheesecakes, cakes, cupcakes, pies, tarts, French macarons, bars, cookies, breads, muffins and scones, but customers can also contact the Waggetts with special requests.
As the seasons change, so do the flavors – but not as much as they used to.
“I used to adjust our menu … every spring, summer, fall, winter. I kind of stopped doing that, just because as a small-business owner, I kind of run out of time,” Waggett said. “But our menu has gotten much larger, so we sort of incorporate all the seasons. And then I look at what’s locally available. So, my winter menu right now, you can see some fresh fruit, but I tend to rely on your chocolates, your caramels. In summertime, I look at what’s coming up in the season. I’ll highlight blueberries first, then raspberries, strawberries whenever they seem to come in.”
Like many others, she makes use of local farmers markets in the summer months.
The Looking Glass Bakery does not have a retail location, so desserts are sold through special orders, catering, weddings and their food cart. Pickup and delivery in the Dane County area is available.