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Shannon Sylvia guides a frosting-cloaked spatula across made-to-order confections at Shancakes. The shop’s 33 flavors of batter, which range from lemon to devil’s food cake, bake into everything from tiered cakes to dainty cupcakes, and staffers coat the treats in made-from-scratch buttercream. The customizable goodies, which come in gluten- and sugar-free incarnations, can be adapted to suit occasions from birthdays to drills to make sure the President is ready for his birthday. In addition to cakes in the form of guitars, Coach purses, and princesses, the bakers forge cupcake-shaped pooch treats for jealous canines.