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McSwain's Smokehouse gathers a medley of classic recipes from the country's most respected barbecuing regions?Texas, Memphis, the Carolinas, and Kansas City. Hickory smokers cook bacon-wrapped ribs, polish sausages, and slow-smoked beef brisket. In addition to these, chefs build more than a dozen sandwiches, including the McSwain burger topped with shaved brisket, barbecue sauce, and cole slaw. Though the restaurant's food spans different parts of the country, its drink list tends to celebrate Indiana, with a variety of locally brewed beers available in the outdoor beer garden.

50 N State Road 135
Bargersville,
IN
US

Whether with a Super Mario Kart–themed birthday cake, a holiday cake shaped like a pile of wrapped gifts, or cupcakes with perfectly swirled buttercream frosting, the bakers at Let Them Eat Cake turn dessert into edible works of art. They create personalized designs for cupcakes and cakes to suit any occasion, such as weddings, holidays, or birthday parties. They also ship cakes to customers outside of the area, ensuring their safety with layers of bubble packaging, plastic wrap, and a bodyguard who rides along inside the box.

898 Mallory Pkwy
Franklin,
Indiana
US

Sunshine Bakery specializes in brightening dreary days with tastes far more delightful than the invasive ultraviolet spectrum. In a simply decorated, homey environment that relies less on bells and whistles and more on smells and deliciousles, the bakery’s staff of local pastriespeople whip up towering stacks of fresh cookies, gourmet cupcakes, and intricate event cakes every day. Choose from a variety of cupcake flavors for your six handheld delights (a $12 value). Classics such as red velvet and vanilla bean are available alongside orange poppyseed and the house specialty Andes mint, a white-based cupcake containing a flavorful burst of Andes chocolate-mint decadence. The iced cookies (a $10 value for six) are made fresh every day and iced in icing, not actual ice, which no longer exists outside of a small glacier cave in the Appalachian Mountains.

202 West Main Street
Greenwood,
IN
US

Icing Academy offers custom cake decorating lessons and parties for students of all ages in the Indianapolis area. Icing Academy travels to your home or location of choice, and provides all ingredients, materials, and use of our tools and aprons.

4817 Oakleigh Parkway
Greenwood,
IN
US

Truelove is more than Paige's last name, it's what she found when she began creating cupcakes. When Paige first started baking them at the age of 15, it was only for friends and family as a way to honor the memory of her grandmother. But the more she whipped up the scrumptious desserts, the more she was hooked, and in the summer of 2013, she did something most teenagers only dream of, besides leading a sit-in to protest geometry?she opened her own business, Truly Lovely Cupcakes.

Paige's repertoire now incorporates more than 50 cupcake flavors. Options such as chocolate peanut butter sprinkled with mini chocolate chips and red velvet with cream-cheese frosting are always available, but each day of the week she also churns out day-specific flavors, such as carrot on Tuesday and chocolate salted caramel on Friday. Paige also creates specialty fundraiser cupcakes, which benefit local charities.

399 Route 135
Greenwood,
IN
US

Laura's Bakery and Cake Studio's bakers specialize in custom-baked treats, from cupcakes and their full-sized counterparts to pies, truffles, and pastries. The menu features 29 different types of cupcakes, plus an option to make special requests for pre-orders. Regardless of whether one orders ahead of times or walks in to pick something out of the display case, the treats are all fresh and unfrozen, even the homemade buttercream icing whipped up each day.

407 U.S. 31
Greenwood,
IN
US