Tarsha Eaddy had large cupcake pans to fill when she, the eldest of all her family's grandchildren, decided to take on the role of the family baker and establish MBK Fine Desserts. But upon starting off on her own, Tarsha didn’t stray far from her family’s confectionary roots. In fact, she extended them right into her bakery by turning to her grandmother—lovingly known as Mother Boyd—for her highly praised recipes.
Now, Tarsha handcrafts those Southern-style pies, puddings, cupcakes, cakes, and cake pops, ensuring each batch is made from scratch and preservative free. Her buttery piecrusts envelop sweet fillings of peach cobbler and bourbon pecan, and her cakes come moist and tasteful in Italian cream, coconut, and lemon flavors.
Even though Tarsha uses decades-old recipes, she takes a modern approach to her craft by transforming her sweet treats into edible works of art, whether by custom decorating wedding cake pops or making logo-covered cakes and graduation-themed cupcakes.
Glancing inside Made With Love Not Gluten, any unsuspecting visitor would think it looks like any bakery: rows of cupcakes topped in colorful frosting line the display cases and the expert bakers diligently paint scenes atop customized cakes. But all the delicious baked goods are gluten free and crafted by a baker with Celiac disease, meaning that all the treats can be enjoyed by those with a gluten intolerance.
For Darmayne Robinson, an off-the-wall cake-design request is nothing more than a chance to flex her creativity. With a cake as her canvas and icing as her palette, the owner of Sweet Confections Cakes can transform any item––including sports cars, high heels, and scuba divers––into a three-dimensional dessert. When it comes to the 3-D cake’s taste, however, clients take the creativity into their own hands, selecting from a list of more than 100 options that include white-almond cake and Italian wedding cake, and fillings such as french apple and peanut-butter mousse.
Each cake is made from scratch incorporating such high-quality ingredients as imported white chocolate, pure vanilla, real cream, and butter, and the staff can also bake gluten-free and vegan options upon request. Those without a design idea of their own can peruse Sweet Confections’ display room, where artsy cakes are showcased alongside a delectable selection of cupcakes, which can be sold solo, by the dozen, or sewn together as a giant cupcake cape.
At Tanya's Cookie Boutique, cookies can be disguised as almost anything. That's because Tanya, the baker behind the shop, decorates each cookie by hand after she pulls it from the oven. Miniature houses, ice-cream cones, and playing cards are a few of the designs she crafts with batter and icing. She also teaches groups how to make their own decorative sweets during in-store classes.
Starry Night Bakery & Coffeehouse owner Shannon Clarke found a passion for baking delicious treats as a child, when she would whip up fresh blueberry muffins for her family in between watching Saturday morning cartoons. After kicking aside her desk job to chase her dreams, Clarke turned her passion into her livelihood by opening Starry Night Bakery & Coffeehouse. Her career change paid off. In addition to owning a thriving business, Shannon was also ask to compete on Season 3 of Food Network's popular show, Cupcake Wars against other top bakers from around the nation.
Visitors to the popular bakery can sample a rotating seasonal menu of cupcakes in classic flavors such as red velvet and chocolate chip, as well as inventive varieties, such as salted caramel apple or an espresso and chocolate ganache voodoo cake. The caf? also features streamlined, black-leather sofas, so customers can lounge as they sip chai and freshly ground espresso drinks, snack on cinnamon rolls, or fuel up with breakfast items such as cheddar biscuits stuffed with hickory bacon. And when she is not making hand held cakes, cookies, and savory fare, Shannon combines her skills as a graphic designer and baker to create customized wedding and birthday cakes.
Snickerdoodles Bakery & Coffee House infuses holidays and special occasions with an extra dose of sweetness by supplying scrumptious and elegantly presented treats. The shop's bakers can fashion cakes in all manner of shapes, ranging from traditional round and tiered to dome-like lady bugs to 3D cartoon characters. To make finished products truly personal, the cake gurus customize creations with chocolate plaques, vibrant icings, and even hand drawings. In addition to baking cakes, the staff whips up other treats, such as cupcakes, scones, and 12-inch chocolate chip cookies, which feed a party or one cookie monster.