Divine De-lites owner Kim Herring didn’t set out to become full-time baker. “I was really more of a cook,” she says, “but then whenever we had family functions I always baked stuff.” But not just any "stuff"––breads and cookies that had family and friends raving. For nearly 10 years, others tried to convince her to turn her part-time passion into a career, and when the economic downturn led her to leave her job in the corporate arena, she decided to do exactly that.
To craft her treats, Herring employs family recipes––including one for a much-lauded banana bread––and formulations she developed herself using organic and local products whenever possible. Cookies are her No. 1 specialty, which she whips up in flavors such as oatmeal apricot, peanut butter, and almond butter with fig, and can be made gluten-free, sugar-free, or disguised as salads to suit a range of dietary concerns. But it’s her chocolate-chip cookies that are the real crowd pleaser. “They’re kinda crispy on the outside, but when you break ‘em open they’re real soft on the inside. And [there are] lots of chocolate chips.”
Bakery Gingham owner Amanda Ellis’s life-long love of baking is evident in the tiny cake creations she switches up seasonally and offers in a bevy of flavors. Her cupcakes come in buttercream-iced varieties such as Dreamsicle (orange cake with vanilla icing), Snowball (coconut cake with coconut icing), What’s Up Doc (carrot cake with cream-cheese icing), and Elvis (banana cake with peanut-butter icing). Cookie Monster's blend of buttery yellow cake with homemade chocolate-chip cookie dough and vanilla buttercream icing might give you googly eyes and blue fur, while Grandpa's Coffee splashes a little Kahlua into the icing of an espresso cake. You can also show your Ohio pride with a Buckeye Nation (chocolate cake topped with peanut-butter icing with a homemade buckeye baked into the center). And if your operating policy in life is to order foods based on their names alone, try the Grim Raspberry, LL Cool Cake, or Mutant Turtle.
Human beings are the only animals that possess the ability to laugh, cry, beat every level of Pac-Man, and turn anything into a type of cake. Everything from carrots to birthday has been cake-ified thanks to humanity’s technological advances. Cheese is no exception. Today’s Groupon gets you a whole slice of this unlikely culinary marriage for half price. For $2, you get any slice of cheesecake from Columbus Cheesecake Company, a $4 value. This Grandview Heights operation has been cranking out the cakes since 2003 and recording Grammy-nominated albums since 1998.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Indulge yourself or others with gourmet brownie options such as this season's caramel apple fudge or peanut butter caramel fudge ($3.25 each), each decidedly more delectable than equally seasonal dried-leaf granola squares. New breakfast additions include cinnamon streusel and cappuccino pecan ($3.25 each), and standbys such as chocolate fudge and fudgy cookie ($3.25 each) give fans of the classics something to chew about.
As a friendly, family-owned neighborhood bakery, The Original Goodie Shop has been whipping up delectable pastries and tasty take-home fare since 1958. Today, it remains one of the few full-line bakeries in Columbus and the only place that still makes cakes for luring unicorns. Each “Bakery’s Best” assortment contains The Original Goodie Shop’s famous cinnamon sticks, which are doused in cinnamon and butterscotch, just like all the sticky doorknobs in Grandma’s house. Chicken pot pies provide a savory counterbalance to the collection of sweet concoctions, making for a hearty meal during dinner, breakfast, or the last few miles of a marathon. Additionally, visitors will be able to peruse a wide selection of the bakery’s tasty treats, including Danish pastries, salt rising bread, wedding cakes, and piñatas filled with éclair custard.
Established in 1977, The French Loaf caters to dessert hankerings with a sweet and starchy selection of decadent french pastries, holiday cakes, and fresh baked breads. Geologists can put their knowledge of layered formations to good use by peeling apart the soft strata of fresh cinnamon rolls dabbled with fragrant spirals of spice ($1.95+ each, $21.50+/dozen). Sweetsmiths concoct a sextet of specialty holiday cakes ($30+) and 11 varieties of everyday cakes ($30+), including velvety chocolate-mousse cake crowned with thick ganache. The bakers also pull a dozen types of fresh baked breads from the oven each day, from rustic italian loaves for sandwiches to sourdough baguettes for injury-free sword fights.