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A new bakery springs from the prolific rental kitchen of Studio Cake in Menlo Park. At the beginning of the year, Melody Hu launched her patisserie business, Petit Bakery Co.

A native of Taiwan who moved to the Bay Area in her teens, she admits to falling into — rather than planning — her newest venture. “I ate a lot of sweet rice treats growing up, and when I lived in Paris, I did a lot of entertaining while working in the luxury watch business,” she said.

“I met and married a French man. After I had kids, I quit my corporate job and became a free lance translator and editor of cookbooks. And I watched a lot of cooking and pastry shows on TV!”

Back in the Bay Area, she started experimenting with sweet rice flour to make cookies. “My husband thought they were great and urged me to sell them,” she said.

As her website explains: “Petit Bakery Co. is the home of the original Mochi Madeleines and innovator of Mochi Cupcakes. We use the Asian mochi rice, combined it with French madeleines or American cupcakes and created something new… small bites of fusion delights!”

Locals can sample her creations at Cafe Zoë in Menlo Park as well as peruse her website to make a custom order, which Melody will personally deliver on the central Peninsula. “Part of the pleasure is tailoring an order to what a customer would like,” she said.

Melody also does pop ups. Our photographer caught up with her recently at the Pottery Barn at the Stanford Shopping Center, and she’ll be at all the upcoming Facebook Festivals.

“I love the idea of bringing people together so that they can share food as much as I like putting different flavors and textures together,” she said. “Diverse and inclusive tastes make the world a tastier place!”

Photos by Lena Kalotihos (c) 2018

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Spotted: Studio Cake with a snow flake theme

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We’re lucky enough to attend a Christmas dinner hosted by long time friends that each year has a different theme. This year is was snowflakes, and as she does every Christmas for this dinner, Bethann Goldberg of Menlo Park-based Studio Cake carries out the theme in a cake. This year’s was particularly elegant!

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Each year we enjoy a family Christmas dinner with friends we’ve known almost all of our life. The star of the dinner is always the cake baked by Beth Ann Goldberg, owner of Menlo Park-based Studio Cake. This year’s cake was no exception, a wonderful array of edible packages and well-decorated Christmas trees. It certainly […]

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Once again Beth Ann Goldberg, who owns Studio Cake in Menlo Park, has outdone herself in creating a totally edible masterpiece of a cake, this year featuring a swan. The graceful bird and a forest of trees were the theme at one local Christmas dinner that we’ve been lucky enough to attend for a number of […]

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Spotted: All that’s left of a reindeer made out of chocolate cake

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For those of you needing more proof that the cake Beth Ann Goldberg of Studio Cake created for a Christmas dinner — a totally edible reindeer pulling a sleigh full of presents featured yesterday on InMenlo — we stopped by today to assess the “morning after.” All that remained was half a reindeer body with head still […]

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You think it’s a decoration – we know it’s a cake!

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A Peninsula hostess enjoys doing themed Christmas dinners for her family and close friends, and this year’s dining table featured large beaded reindeer scattered among a sea of deep red roses. But how to carry that theme out when it comes to dessert? Beth Ann Goldberg of Studio Cake in Menlo Park to the rescue! […]

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Big, dazzling ornaments that taste as good as they look!

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When your Christmas dinner theme is ornaments – carried out on the table top with multi-layered surprise balls and paper balls filled with delicious Poco Dolce chocolates – why not continue the theme into dessert? No problem if you utilize the magical services of  Menlo Park’s Studio Cake. For this holiday festivity, designer/baker BethAnn Goldberg […]

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A work of Christmas art that’s edible

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Most of the Christmas dinner guests who walked into their hosts’ dining room presumed that the fanciful house surrounded by snow and candy canes was part of the decoration for the evening’s Candy Land theme. But this was a completely edible piece of decoration, in fact “just a cake” – another marvel created by Menlo […]

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Studio Cake – Cakes you want to hug!

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Beth Ann Goldberg is the proprietor of Studio Cake, a not-quite-two-year-old business in Menlo Park’s Willows neighborhood. Aptly named, the 750-square-foot storefront is not so much a bakery as a studio where the talented Ms. Goldberg carves, molds, brushes and otherwise brings whimsical creations into floury being. Studio Cake has been profiled on The Martha […]

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