Sweeten holidays with these treats

Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 02:51 PM.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — I caught up with Renee Schaarschmidt on Tuesday at her bakery and café, where the aroma of home-cooked lunches beckoned visitors.

Customers at Fatty Patty’s Cakes & Café, 948 Thomas Drive, were overflowing into the recently added dining area next door.

“We opened up and added new seating overflow for the restaurant in September. Now this side is just a bakery,” Renee said. “If you’re decorating cakes, you need some room.”

With a separate kitchen just for baking, Renee also is doing wedding cakes again.

“This is the biggest engagement season,” said Renee, who has been recognized for her award-winning cake design, including the WeddingWire 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards.

I passed from one adjoining side of the café to the other, with the smells of breakfast and lunch lingering. But I forgot all about the stuffed pork chop and lima bean special when Renee pulled a hot almond pound cake out of the oven.

Fatty Patty’s is selling sweet breads, $5.95 each, for the holidays. Other loaves include pumpkin and banana nut. The Christmas Cookie Tree, $7, continues to be a big-seller.

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