Cooking was always LaDonna Andeel's passion, but when she opened LD's Specialties & Gourmet Cafe in January 2009, it became her business as well. Now, she spends her days doing what she loves: baking fresh quiche, crafting gourmet sandwiches to pair with pots of fragrant tea, and getting to know the patrons who stop by. She also bakes specialty desserts for private events held in her café or at offsite locations. For children's parties, LaDonna brings out a castle backdrop, pintsize tables draped with shimmering pink or powder-blue tablecloths, and other whimsical decorations.
Self-taught baker Megan Stottlemyre has been tempting her family’s sweet teeth for years. Once the demands of her friends and family reached critical mass, she realized she could make a living by sharing her delectable treats with Yukon’s hungry residents. Now the proprietor of Mimi’s Piece of Cake, she leads a team of bakers as they whip up more than 20 cake flavors, such as lemon blueberry, italian cream, and double chocolate. These delectable flavors take the shape of cakes, cupcakes, mini cupcakes, and cake balls.
Based on the customer's desires, each cake or cupcake can be customized with gourmet fillings before being capped with sweet puffs of cream cheese, caramel swirl, or german chocolate icing. The bakers whip up special-event cakes, including customized, color-coordinated cupcakes and cakes that show off their artistic prowess with carefully sculpted characters, blooming frosting flowers, and realistic family portraits made entirely from sprinkles.
Under the guidance of new ownership, you'll find more than just classic slices of cake inside Mimi's Piece of Cake. That's because the chefs specialize in putting a unique spin on the dessert, both in flavor and in the way it's served. They can wrap up cakes in sculpted fondant for theme parties, mold cakes into bite-size portions with cupcakes and cake balls, and even create mess-free treats with cupcake push pops. The treats come in a range of flavors: alongside classic cupcake options such as red velvet and birthday cake, bakers craft unique varieties such as blueberry soda, chocolate peppermint, and maple bacon. They top these with a choice of 13 icings, including two flavors of fondant, as well as buttercream, whipped frosting, and cookie-infused frosting.
Sugar artist and pastry chef Cherry Duran has been turning whole eggs and pure vanilla extract into edible works of art for 20 years. Simple sheet cakes can be transformed into favorite animals, popular cartoon characters, and beloved bank tellers at the bidding of her capable hands as she carves three-dimensional, icing-covered likenesses and uses photo-scan technology to imprint images onto frosting. She also whips up bunches of delectable cupcakes, cookies, and brownies to suit any type of get-together and helps home bakers to hone their batter-wrangling form in cake-decorating classes for differing skill levels.
Sara Brinson loved making cupcakes with her family and friends. When she died unexpectedly in 2007, a cupcake bakery seemed a fitting way to honor her memory. Since then, executive chef Eric Smith has assembled a menu of 21 original, seasonally inspired cupcake recipes. Rather than being slathered with inches of frosting, each treat conveys its unique flavor profile with elegant minimalism. A single blueberry perches on pristine buttercream, a cluster of toasted marshmallows sits like a cloud that drifted too close to the sun atop a cocoa-puff-inspired creation, and a ring of br?l?ed pineapple perfectly fits an upside-down-style cakelet.
Customers stopping in to pick up special orders for weddings or parties might still be tempted to sit and enjoy the sweet smells for a while inside the bakery?s two cafes, one a dollhouse of a cottage in Edmond, and the other a mod-styled, royal-frosting-white downtown space. Both locations reach out to their communities in a variety of ways, from selecting charities to benefit with their sales to date-night and family events.
Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine?s 2012 list of Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. The shop?s reputation grew, and so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&M?s, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real showstoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.