Deprived of nourishment in the womb by stronger, full-size cakes, cupcakes have overcome their physical shortcomings by maintaining dignity, even when covered in sprinkles. Give a high-five to the little guy with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of cupcakes, baked goods, and sandwiches at Blakely House Bakery and Cafe in the downtown historic district.
Chef Kandi Alder crafts sweet and savory delights in the Victorian-style architecture of Blakely House Bakery and Cafe. Sample sugary innovation with an array of kaleidoscopic cupcakes ($1.88 each, $19.95/dozen) that butter up palates better than the teacher's pet in science class. Flavors change daily, including on Tuesdays, when teeth and tongues pose on red carpets of moist velvet cake and buttercream icing. Curb less saccharine cravings with a strong cup of joe ($1.50+) and a mammoth Not Your Mama's muffin ($3) chock full of fruit, nuts, and matronly wisdom. Others may opt to build a belly base with a pre-sweet sandwich from the Blakely Cafe griddle. The piping hot Reuben ($8.95) sinfully stacks warm layers of pastrami, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and thousand-island dressing between blankets of toasty rye bread.
Nestled in the historic scene-scape of downtown Ocala, the Blakely House is a stately beacon beaming with white columns and late 19th-century charm. On warm afternoons, diners recline on its large wraparound porch, sating sweet teeth over the calming clink of mismatched dishware and contemplating their previous lives as dogs in Norman Rockwell paintings.
Blakely House Bakery and Cafe
Housed inside an historic Victorian home, Blakely House Bakery and Cafe can easily be mistaken for a private residence. Yet, three enterprises share the elegant two-story space. In the café and bakery, Chef Kandt piles fresh baked bread with homemade lobster-crab salad, grilled chicken and crisp bacon, or Boar’s Head pastrami. After lunch, guests can enjoy decadent baked goods—such as banana-bread muffins and nearly 40 types of cupcakes—on the house’s wraparound porch. Meanwhile, hairstylists and skin specialists man a full-service salon and spa, where they push customers into relaxation mode with massages, mani-pedis, and full-service hair treatments. Once fed and beautified, clients can peruse the onsite gift shop, teeming with unique gifts, such as scarves and jewelry, alongside women’s clothing and pet accessories fit for dogs, cats, and large pieces of coral.
103 SE Tuscawilla Ave.
Ocala, Florida 34471
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