Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
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The Sweet Life: Sugar Pine Bakery

Posted on July 1, 2016
Filed Under Lake Tahoe Hot Spots

Whether you’re craving a macaroon or baguette, the Sugar Pine Bakery bakes it fresh daily.  It’s the sweet spot in South Shore.

Foccacia, ciabatta, fougasse and baguettes. Almond pear tarts, bread pudding, big flaky cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, chocolate chip cookies, and red velvet cupcakes, the Sugar Pine Bakery in South Lake Tahoe is simply irresistible.

Opened in 2009, Katie and Matt Hogan have created a haven for sweets and artisan breads tucked off the beaten path on Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Katie and Matt met in the Harrah’s kitchen, fell and love, and wanted more. Six years later they opened the Sugar Pine Bakery, and in a few short months have attracted a loyal following, many who are daily regulars. Like Dave who buys all the remaining sticky buns along with the the almond filled croissants, flaky cinnamon rolls, and eclairs.

While Katie and Matt didn’t meet until they were living at Lake Tahoe, they both graduated from The Culinary Institute of America.  Katie, a fine artist and costume design major at UC Irvine, turned to culinary art as her creative expression.  And boy is Lake Tahoe happy!

In addition to the perfection she’s mastered in her lemon meringue tart (not too sweet), her signature cupcakes and wedding cakes, and fruit tarts filled with creamy vanilla pudding, her desserts are her canvas.  As an artist, she must dress up every single delicious treat with graceful lines and patterns which add to the seduction.

Creativity and perfection runs in the family.  While Katie creates the sweet side, Matt adds his own ingredients for flair and ingenuity in his hand-crafted artisan breads.

As you enter the simply decorated yet classic bakery you see the bread altar behind Katie’s treats.  Baked fresh daily in an old world traditional style using all natural ingredients, it’s a wall and smell you’d find in France.  A basket full of baguettes, accompanied by ciabatta, foccacia, fougasse, challah, sourdough and rolls that line the wall like good soldiers going to battle for the cause – turning people on to delicious breads hand-crafted daily in their own home town.

In addition to their daily breads and desserts, Sugar Pine Bakery bakes specialty loaves like rustic wheat with raisins, nine-grain, and jalapeño cheddar sourdough. And Katie creates deliciously decadent cupcakes with her addictive cream cheese icing (also found drenching the flaky cinnamon rolls), and their ham and cheese sandwich baguettes ready to stuff in your pocket on the way to hike, bike or ski.  Keeping it local, Alpen Sierra Coffee is served.

Sugar Pine Bakery will also be the bread-of-choice served at Shannon’s 4 Seasons Soup & Salad Café opening in February in South Lake Tahoe.

The price can’t be beat, and the prices do beat Raley’s and Safeway. Baguettes are only $2 and all the baked breads and treats are more than affordable. Locals almost don’t want the word to get out, like Dave the Sticky Bun Fan, but we want Katie and Matt to fuel our passion for the sweet life in Lake Tahoe.

We want them to stick around. Sorry Dave.

In their free time, Katie and Matt enjoy biking, kayaking and cross-country skiing with and without their twins.

Sugar Pine Bakery
3564 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Unit G
South Lake Tahoe (turn at Tahoe Hemp Company and look for the bright gold and green building)
(530) 542-7000


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