Cupcakes are a preferable alternative to birthday cakes, whose constant accompaniment by off-key singing has depleted the planet’s finite supply of forced smiles. Garner genuine grins with today's Groupon to Bake Me a Cake in Altamonte Springs. Choose between the following options:
- For $6, you get six assorted macaroons (a $12 value).
- For $8, you get a dozen small cupcakes (an $18 value).
Helmed by cake designer Mercedes Strachwsky, Bake Me a Cake is stuffed with sugary morsels that have sweet-talked celebrity palates including Paris Hilton and Shaquille O'Neal. Gluten-free french macaroons sandwich sweet fillings and edible berets between two tiny cookies, alluring eaters with an array of flavors and a spectrum of psychedelic colors. Bakers box up a dozen small cupcakes, bite-size creations available in 24 cake flavors including amaretto, pumpkin, german chocolate, and hazelnut.
Strachwsky's pastry techniques have proved popular throughout Orlando, garnering awards including WeddingWire's Brides' Choice for wedding cake in 2010 and 2011. The author of Satin Ice Sugar Craft also constructed a 1,000-pound sugar sculpture for Walt Disney World Resort, which has since been permanently installed at the Orlando Science Center under a secure layer of super-sticky frosting.