Honey, Sweetheart, Baby…we’ve all used these terms of endearment. Here’s another one: “Sugar Dumplin’” – and it just so happens that Jessica Scott is the owner of the enormously popular bakery, SugarDumplin’s Cupcakes in Bryant. “SugarDumplin’s got its name because this is what my husband always calls me,” explains Jessica.
Jessica started making cupcakes for her church, First Pentecostal of Benton’s monthly deliveries of cupcakes and cookies to all the local fire departments. It didn’t take long for requests to start pouring in for more. “People would ask me to make some for them for a birthday, shower or some other event. Word began to spread so I started a Facebook page and baked from my home. After a year and a half we were up to 1,500 followers on Facebook and taking orders daily for both personal as well as some corporate events.”
In February of 2014, Jessica and Chris purchased an existing bakery that was planning to close, and on March 27, opened as SugarDumplin’s Cupcakes and since that time “have experienced a blessing of growth and some really wonderful customers.”
Jessica loves to come up with new flavors or treats, but her greatest delight is serving others. “I love that God has allowed us to manage the blessing of this business for the blessing of others. Foster children have been the burden laid on our hearts, and we give as much as possible to local organizations that care for them.” In addition to supporting foster care causes in the community, SugarDumplin’s also sends their tasty treats to Saline County teachers, nurses and first responders. “This is really what it’s all about for us, trying to do the best we can to use what God has given us to bless others,” says Jessica.
SugarDumplin’s offers over 90 flavors of cupcakes and typically bakes more than 30 kinds each day, rotating flavors to keep a variety. Their cookie menu offers over 25 kinds with 6 to 8 varieties available daily. “We also have cookie cakes, cinnamon rolls, icing shots and a room for Cupcake Decorating Parties – perfect for birthdays, church groups or children’s classes.” The new larger room available for rental is over 600 square feet, equipped with a multi-media option television for slideshows, presentations or videos.
Plans for the future include growth at the existing location, a possible second bakery in Hot Springs, and working to start a yearly scholarship award program for foster children in our community. ν Carolyn Buckner