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"Sweet Pizza," Fun, Spectacular New Dessert Comes From Northern Westchester Bakery.

Homestyle Desserts Bakery's New Creations Look Just Like Sicilian-Style Rectangular Pizzas, But Are Creative Cakes Instead. Other Special Items Include Cake Football Stadiums, Football Cookies.

Known for Its Great Flavors and Innovative Approaches, Peekskill, NY-based Homestyle Desserts Bakery Scores Another Hit With its New Confections.

For Immediate Release
Monday, January 30, 2012
Contact: Rose Sanca, Homestyle Deserts

PEEKSKILL, NY_With its great taste, incredible flexibility and ease of eating, the pizza has become one of the world's favorite foods. But now the tomato-sauce pie has a new competitor: the sweet pizza, created by bakery innovator Rose Sanca.

What makes Homestyle Dessert's Sweet Pizza's Sweet Pizzas, or "Sweetzas," unique is that they look incredibly like classic Sicilian square pizzas--but they taste like the best cake imaginable.

Homestyle's Sicilian-style Sweet Pizzas have mushrooms, peppers and sausage slices that exactly resemble the real thing. But they're made out of frosting, butter cream and fondant instead of mozzarella and bell peppers. Homestyle's Sweet Pizzas cheesecake filling instead of just cheese. Incredibly creative frosting techniques using a marshmallow-based meringue ensure that these items also look fun and tastes great.

In the same way as with regular pizzas, people ordering Sweet Pizzas can request a varied combination of condiments, flavors or ingredients. But whatever variations people order, one thing will remain the same: the sweet pizzas will all taste as good as they look.

"One of the rules of the cooking world is that food should look good as well as taste good. Sweet pizzas do more than look good. They're an incredible amount of fun as well," Sanca says. Though sweet pizzas are new, people who've taken them to parties have already found them to be tremendous hits. Sweet pizzas have many of the same advantage as regular pizzas. Because they're relatively thin, slices are easy to pick up and devour. And, since they're so unique, Sanca expects them to add a real sense of fun and energy to any event they're part of. Homestyle is putting together a full arsenal of additional items to celebrate the biggest day of the football year, including:

It's famous "Cannoli Chips and Dip," which has been featured in the New York Times and include genuine cannoli-style chips with cannoli filling dip, and which cost just $25 a platter. Homestyle regularly sells out these treats.

Football stadium cakes, which include team colors, flags and cheering crowds. They can be fully customize, and cost just $45 each in the regular-sized version.

Football fan cookies, which capture the game's excitement in bite-size chunks. Numerous versions are available.

Sweet pizza prices start are the same as those Homestyle charges for conventional pizzas: $55 a half sheet. Homestyle Bakery is located in Peekskill, NY, but Sweet Pizzas can be shipped anywhere. A link to an image of a sweet pizza can be found at Homestyle Sweetza.

As founder and owner of Homestyle Desserts Bakery, Sanca is renowned for creating marvelously complex cakes that both look good and taste great. She's done everything from recreating the New York Yankee's World Series award to doing a replica of the Vatican in cake.

Homestyle has received Westchester Magazine's "Best of Westchester Award" three times. They have also been chosen three times for the Knot magazine's "Best of Weddings" list. For more information, contact Rose Sanca at 914-737-2902.


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(This article was written in July 2007 and the prices reflect that years prices. The 2011 price of our Cannoli Chips and Dip is $25. For other current prices, please check our menu page)

Taking The Cannoli To a New Level

Are you a cannoli lover who thinks the traditional Italian dessert can't be improved on? Then visit Homestyle Desserts Bakery in Peekskill for one of their latest creations.

Called "chips and dip," the new offering features three kinds of triangular cannoli shell "chips" -- powdered sugar, chocolate-covered and chocolate-drizzled -- on a platter with a bowlful of cannoli filling for dipping ($20). The chips are grease-free, crispy and flavorful; the filling is rich, creamy and shot through with chocolate chips. In this presentation, you can balance the flavors the way you want with each bite.

Chips and Dip is just one of the wonderful tastes at this 37-year-old bakery that produces pastries, cookies, cakes (and more) from scratch. Rose Sanca, the owner, uses only real butter and whole eggs, so the products have none of the chemical tastes or flimsy feel of so many other baked goods.

Part of Homestyle's appeal is the wide variety of desserts it offers. Dozens of cookies ($8.50 - $15 a pound) include German-style rainbows, Jewish hammentaschen and Italian sinfuls -- delicious round nut cookies with powdered sugar on top. Danishes line a wall of cases -- from cheese-filled to eclairs to choclate horns ($1.25 each). Pies ($10 to $14) range from traditional apple to complex cream and fruit tartes. There are a dozen kinds of cheesecake including basic, tiramisu, chocolate and Key lime, $14 to $22.

Wedding and specialty cakes make up 33 per cent of the business, which is split evenly between wholesale and retail.

The retail end grew six years ago, when Ms. Sanca was able to double the storefront area. The back bakery grew too, to about 5,000 feet. But it's coming up with new products that makes this businesswoman happiest. "I love the creativity of it," she says.

Homestyle Desserts Bakery, 24 South Water Street, Peekskill; information can be found at (914) 737-4659 or at

New York Times
July 2007