A singing ballerina, Marilyn Monroe, a dainty geisha, and a tap-dancing chicken are just a few of the characters that deliver the singing telegrams that oft accompany CareAway Cakes & Gifts celebratory cupcakes. The crooning characters arrive to requested locations, whether that be the home of a loved one or the board meeting of a Fortune 500 CEO, to croon out personalized messages. Aside from the singing and sugar offerings—CareAway Cakes & Gifts acts as a one-stop shop for all party essentials including flowers, gift baskets, and specialty treats. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience, their pastry chef craft anything from cheesecakes and cupcakes to cookies, homemade pies, and gluten-free brownies. They also decorate customized cakes bearing designs such as a 3D rendition of a Georgia Bulldog, a 3D electric guitar, or cakes displaying cherished comic book heroes such as Spiderman and Business Casual Dan. Most baked goods are available for local shipping, and some are available for national shipping via UPS.
From one side, it’s a traditional wedding cake: dainty piped swags swoop across smooth white tiers. But as the quadruple-decker delicacy slowly rotates on its motorized stand, they come into view—fondant zombies. Carnage. Chaos. And, notes Deborah, real buttercream frosting.
This monstrous delicacy is only one example of the heights to which Deborah aims to reach in her quest to personalize cakes. The inveterate baker has frosted life-size guitars with intricately wrought whammy bars, and has solved the logistics of balancing a cake atop a perfect sphere. Each triumph is the result of in-depth consultations with clients. “I have to get to know them, get to know their personality,” says Deborah. Once she has ascertained her client’s style, a sketch and negotiations ensue, and the end result is a centerpiece that harmonizes with the celebration. Along with her careful attention to appearance, Deborah does not shirk taste: 10 pounds of butter and four heaping cups of real vanilla go into her buttercream frosting, which remains as airy and light regardless of the design.
Cooks at The Big Easy Cafe stir pots of grits and stuff po-boy sandwiches with fried oysters and crawfish. In addition to the Cajun classics of seafood gumbo and jambalaya with Andouille sausage, the chefs also grill Angus beef bacon cheeseburgers and toss blackened chicken in crisp caesar salads.
Rum cakes are the treat of choice at JustRumCakes, though there is more to this business than meets the eye. Seven styles of rum cake pepper the menu, ranging from raisin rum cake and pecan rum cake to pineapple rum cake infused with fresh pineapples. Celebration cakes make for a tasty and eye-popping addition to any occasion, and feature designs such as 3D renditions of objects or images printed on the frosting. The menu also teases tongues with indulgent cupcakes in flavors such as vanilla swirl and pineapple express.