Ebonie Hughes has had an affinity for baking since she was a child, making cakes in her Easy Bake Oven and longing to help make cakes at her mother's bakery. After years of honing her talent decorating and baking cakes?even doing it to earn extra income while in college, instead of selling lesson plans to unprepared teachers like the other students?she decided to open her own business, Scrumptious Cakery.
Using recipes perfected over generations, Ebonie creates cakes in a variety of flavors, including red velvet, key lime, and classic butter swirled with chocolate. She then swirls buttercream-cream-based icings on top of the sweets. Her classic butter cake with vanilla buttercream icing is the cakery's most popular pick.
The Browns have been entrepreneurs for more than 10 years, establishing more than five businesses and counting. Through one such business, Golden Brown's, they deliver fresh, homemade cookies directly to customers’ doorsteps. Flavors include classics such as chocolate chip and M&M, as well as indulgent selections such as macadamia chocolate chip. They can also prepare specialty cookie pies and multi-tiered cookie cakes.
Sweet Tooth founder Chalandra "Missy" Strickland discovered her talent for baking and pastry decorating in 2004, just before her daughter's seventh birthday. With little money to spare, she baked a cake shaped like SpongeBob SquarePants, and the rest was history: her daughter's delight upon seeing it gave her the inspiration to continue perfecting her trade.
Sweet Tooth's selection of cupcake flavors runs the gamut from traditional red velvet to unconventional Bacon-licious, and several of each occupy a gleaming glass case at the café's entrance. During the day, sunlight illuminates the playful lime ceiling and cushy detached backboards of the café as patrons sip espresso drinks, trawl the Internet, and nibble on sandwiches or pastries. As night falls, the café slips on a more glamorous feel as Sweet Tooth's plated dessert menu becomes available. Adult taste buds delight in alcohol-infused cupcakes ¬and the more complex flavors of the Turtle Delight, a caramel-and-pecan brownie supporting a generous scoop of ice cream.
Sweet Tooth's baking sages also educate blossoming bakers on decorating and desserts. Dessert-tasting sessions delight with 8–10 bite-size confections, and decorating lessons help finesse frosting dexterity as students drape cake stand-ins in fondant and adorn cupcakes with tiny flowers or weekend to-do lists.
The pastry chefs at Gone Cupcaking Across America share a wealth of gourmet cupcake experience with aspiring dessert artisans, in flavors that include whisked buttercream atop classic vanilla, chocolate, and red-velvet cake bases, and more exotic choices such as Grand Marnier or peaches 'n' cream. At lessons, students learn piping techniques, how to make frosting, and how to make iced flowers without the hassle of fertilizing regular flowers with milk and butter.