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  • Sweet 'Kisses'

    New Highway 62 business is all about tiny, tasty cakes — and eating them, too
  • While working as a card dealer in Las Vegas, Sjanna Sharbatz gambled on a new business with every intention of winning.
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  • While working as a card dealer in Las Vegas, Sjanna Sharbatz gambled on a new business with every intention of winning.
    Since her chocolate-covered cake bites scored co-workers' approval more than a year ago at the Monte Carlo casino, Sharbatz took home the prize for "best use of chocolate in a baked good" at March's Oregon Chocolate Festival in Ashland. Less than six months later, her Cakery Kisses bakery opened in a new building on White City's Highway 62.
    "I think it will bring a little bit of ... fun to this area," says customer Kenna Byrd, of Shady Cove, who stopped at the bakery for the first time last week.
    "They're delicious," she adds. "I tasted all of them."
    Sharbatz, 60, rolled out her "core four" flavors — chocolate nut-o-licious, triple-chocolate smoothie, lemon sunshine and cranberry-orange blossom — at the chocolate festival. To those, she added eight more, including three "seasonal" flavors — pumpkin snowball, pecan-pumpkin patch and peppermint-chocolate — that are new this month.
    "They're perfectly balanced," says Sharbatz, who explains that her product isn't a cupcake or a cake pop, two novelties that have fueled a baking craze in recent years.
    The idea "just came" to Sharbatz while she and her husband, Christopher, were driving home from a vacation and discussing the Food Network show "Cupcake Wars." If she were competing, Sharbatz said, she would make an entirely chocolate-covered morsel of cake. When the couple arrived at their Eagle Point home, she started experimenting with recipes for a rich, moist, almost brownielike center for the chocolate coating.
    "I let three of my picky friends try them, and they loved them," she says.
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