Made In Orange County: Floral and Succulent-Themed Pastries from Sweet Songbird Bakery

Photograph by Hugh Foster

The signature succulent-themed cupcakes by Westminster-based Sweet Songbird Bakery are picture-perfect for bridal showers, birthday parties, and weddings. They come in flavors such as Earl Grey tea with lavender buttercream, and chocolate with rose buttercream. $65 per dozen at

Here’s more from the owner Tiffany-Ann Huang:

How did it all start?
I started Sweet Songbird Bakery in June 2018 and it is home-based at the moment with hopes of opening a storefront in the near future. The name comes from my love of singing, as well as, one of my favorite songs by Fleetwood Mac called “Songbird.” I think the name is fitting because I’m always running around in the kitchen singing!

What do you specialize in?
I specialize in bespoke buttercream cakes, cupcakes and macarons. My most popular flavors are my tea-infused cakes, especially my earl grey tea with lavender buttercream, which is also my personal favorite, and my chocolate cake with rose buttercream.

When did you notice your succulent designs getting attention on Instagram?
A couple of months into my business. I received an email which was an invitation to film a succulent decorating tutorial with none other than Cupcake Queen, Candace Nelson. My initial response was a full-out scream, with some sort of wide-eye crazed look, I’m sure. I was so speechless because I thought that someone who knew how much I admire Candace Nelson must have been pranking me. When I hold pop-ups, I have people who drive hours away stop to get their hands on my succulent cupcakes and the furthest by far is a group of girls who drove all the way from Tijuana, Mexico!

Photograph by Hugh Foster

What are you inspired by?
Most of my designs are inspired by nature and my love of art. 

What keeps you motivated?
I have been baking for as long as I can remember. After going on a different path in college, I finally decided to pursue my passion because I truly love seeing how happy my creations make people and it is always an honor to be a part of such special moments in my clients’ lives.

Where are your usual pop-up locations at?
My pop-up location is usually at West Elm (South Coast Plaza) in Costa Mesa. The West Elm team there is like family—they are so kind and incredibly supportive!

How do you see Sweet Songbird Bakery growing?
Honestly, I just started my Instagram page for Sweet Songbird Bakery to showcase my love for baking and decorating and as a means of letting my creative energy flow. When I was younger, I had dreams of opening a bakery but pushed the thought aside to pursue something more stable, but starting the page and seeing the great response and reactions became a sort of permission for me to follow my dreams and an acceptance to pursue my passion. I would love to someday open up a small studio/showroom where I can showcase some of my designs, as well as hold decorating classes. The ultimate goal though is to open my own bakery with a café someday!

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