Boasting baking savvy showcased in magazines and on Food Network's Cupcake Wars, Ivey Childers devises decadent confections in more than 20 playfully named flavors. Each miniature morsel is baked from scratch daily, then adorned with a balanced dose of creamy frosting before taking its place amid the shop's Victorian-inspired décor. Customers can savor the pillowy sweetness of Big Dreams, a strawberry cupcake crowned in cream-cheese icing whose recipe came to the owner in her sleep. Or they can dive into the rich custard center of the Boss cupcake, which infiltrates French dessert armies with an éclair-frosting disguise. The Good Kisser tops the ganache-covered goodness of chocolate cake with the zest of mint buttercream frosting and Andes mint pieces, merging light and dark sides more sweetly than Jekyll and Hyde’s grandma.
What do you get for the recent Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee who has everything? Well, if you're the daughter of Brenda Lee, you start by setting up a meeting with Priscilla Romans. The confectionary architect behind Cakes by Priscilla sat down with Ms. Lee's daughter to get to know Brenda. After intense brainstorming, Priscilla drew up the blueprints for a 2.5-foot Christmas-tree cake that rested on the foundation of Brenda Lee's holiday hit, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."
Whether there's a star encounter on the line or not, Priscilla puts the same level of planning, execution, and detail into all her custom cakes. Party planners start the process by choosing from a slate of traditional and unorthodox flavors—such as red velvet, vanilla spice, s'mores, and orange—and fillings including lemon, mocha, or swiss chocolate. From there, the only limitation is the client's imagination. Priscilla sculpts premium ingredients into animal-print top hats, shoulder bags complete with edible buckles and zippers, and lobsters. Beyond the custom-made delights, Priscilla whips up small-scale treats—namely, cinnamon bun cookies and Oreo cake pops.
Rich cocoa browns and soft pastels lend a nostalgic feel at Nothing Bundt Cakes, where every day lava-powered ovens warm up batter made from fresh eggs, real butter, and cream cheese. Flavors such as chocolate chocolate chip, pecan praline, and white-chocolate raspberry remain constants on the menu, and a new flavor makes a guest appearance each month. Cakes can be prepared for any occasion—from birthdays to baby showers—and come in several sizes, from the standard 8- or 10-inch bundt to the single-serving bundtlet and the bite-size bundtini, all frosted with a signature blend of cream cheese and butter.
Each Nothing Bundt Cakes location also houses its own stock of gifts. Patrons may come across the brightly hued handle of a confetti cake knife or opt to take home an old-fashioned tin, perfect for stowing coffee and imprisoning gingerbread men who have tried to run away. Contact the location of your choice for gift pricing and availability.
Naticakes is in the business of making life a bit sweeter. They do so by supplying customers with frozen yogurt and cupcakes in more than 30 flavors, including lemon-merengue cupcakes with toasted frosting, and rich devil's food cake with caramel buttercream frosting, sea salt, and dark-chocolate curls. Patrons also can opt for bite-size cupcakes or specialty cakes to share. Crafting delectable desserts isn't the only way Naticakes sweetens things up; the company also donates 10% of profits to support the Natalie Wynn Carter Foundation, an organization committed to improving the lives of children throughout the world.
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King Kandy of Candyland fame wasn’t born into royalty; he fought sweet tooth and sweet nail to gain power over that barbarous confectionary kingdom. Today’s Groupon recalls a time when a man’s worth was measured by the amount of sweet treats in his possession. For $20, you get $45 worth of gourmet desserts at Merveilleux Confections, the rustic-chic chocolate kitchen located in The Factory at Franklin.