July 28, 2014 - 12:27pm
The co-owners of Picasso’s Pastries and Cafe partner to offer from-scratch goods for the Westcott community.

Sun rays cast weak dawn light on the empty glass cases. Steam rises in wisps above the first brew of the day. In pink bunny slippers dusted with a coating of flour, Kayla Brandt balances a tray of warm butter croissants destined for the front display.

It’s 6:30 a.m. on a recent Wednesday, and Picasso’s Pastries and Cafe smells of French bread and apple tarts.

October 10, 2011 - 10:14pm
A local bakery finds a niche in Syracuse University's catering services with their varied cupcakes.

The smells of rising dough and vanilla hit you when you enter the small Cupcakes & Smiles bakery in Camillus. Rows of cupcakes piled high with frosting peek out of a glass display. The five flavors of the week are written in fluorescent green and blue on a board behind the counter.

But the kitchen in the back is more chaotic.