Some things, such as cakes and dentist hands, are better small. Eat the superior version of a cake with today's Groupon: for $17, you get one dozen signature cupcakes at Shancakes in Leominster (a $34 value). Shancakes' owner and head baker, Shannon Sylvia, draws on a 20-year background in graphic design to sculpt whimsical cupcakes for all occasions. The bakery's signature cupcake fills its dark-chocolate foundation with a homemade vanilla buttercream, and crafty confectioners crown each cupcake with chocolate ganache and buttercream swirl before bundling the diminutive desserts into a sturdy take-home box.
Shannon Sylvia guides a frosting-cloaked spatula across made-to-order confections at Shancakes. The shop’s 38 flavors to choose from, 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. In addition to cakes in the form of guitars, and Coach purses, the bakers forge cupcake-shaped pooch treats for jealous canines.
French Hill,North Leominster
31 Middle St
Leominster, MA 01453