The owners of Light On The Sugar (Website), a local bakery known for their Instagram-ready cream puffs, macarons, cakes, and coffee, have officially announced that they will be opening a sister concept, Sugar Dough Bakehouse, this summer.
The new concept will specialize in scratch-made Asian-inspired French pastries along with house-brewed coffee and teas and is expected to open just in time for the Fourth of July.
The new 1,000 SF bakeshop will be located in the space formerly occupied by Blue Bird Bake Shop and Your Natural Bites Bakery at 3122 Corrine Drive [GMap] next to Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream across from East End Market. And also located right next door to Foreigner, a highly-anticipated pop-up-turned-brick-and-mortar chef’s tasting concept.
Sugar Dough, founded by husband-and-wife team Yixi Qiu and Wen Pan, is meant to complement their first concept, Light on the Sugar, by offering more fresh-baked bread versus desserts.
The concept will offer Japanese milk bread, savory and cream-filled croissants, danishes, cookies, Portuguese egg tarts, and le flan, a French-style custard made from sous vide egg. The bakeshop will also offer cruffins (croissant muffins), and both sweet and savory cruffles, a hybrid between a croissant and a waffle. Flavors will include sesame, ube s’more, and white chocolate oreo, and creations will rotate seasonally. To wash it all down, Sugar Dough will also offer fresh fruit tea and coffee brewed in-house daily from locally sourced roasted beans.
“We would make trips to New York just to get these Asian-style breads and pastries. We wanted to bring that experience back home with us to Orlando… open a place that offered delicious baked goods made-from-scratch that same morning. We love to eat and consider ourselves foodies so we’re very excited to be part of the growing local food community,”– CO-FOUNDER YIXI QIUI
Both originally from China, Yixi and Wen became high school sweethearts when they first met in St. Augustine in 2006. Both shared a passion for self-taught baking, with Light On The Sugar opening on Aloma Avenue in Winter Park just a few months before the Covid-19 pandemic first hit Central Florida.
Sugar Dough will offer delivery through UberEats and Doordash along with catering for special events.