Today's Groupon lets you eat cake, though the phrase is commonly and unfairly misattributed to Marie Antoinette (who actually said, "Feed those peasants to my carnivorous cake"). For $10, you get $20 worth of fresh-baked treats and sips at FiddleCakes in Woodland-in-Waverly. There is no limit on the number of Groupons you grab, but you may only use one per visit.
The cozy European-style bakery offers a menu filled with a variety of pleasing edibles, most notably its baked goods. You can get a slice of fresh-baked cake ($3.50) or a series of unsliced slices that comprise an entire cake ($30 and up). Incredible shrinking patrons might feel more comfortable with a tiny frosted cake wrapped in a cup ($2.50 per cupcake or $27 per dozen). FiddleCakes' cakes of every shape and size come in a rotating roster of flavors that include buttermilk, pumpkin, red velvet, and many others. Rounding out the racks of sweets are supple brownies ($1.95) and soft cookies such as snickerdoodles and chocolate chunk ($1.50).
When your well-trained rooster gently leans in and whispers in your ear, "Wake up, sir or madam," FiddleCakes will be waiting for you with a concise lineup of grab-and-snack AM treats such as scones, muffins, and quiche. Stop by for lunch to grasp a tasty Little Italy panini (mozzarella, basil, tomato, and pesto, $7.50) or an unpressed sandwich ($6.99) such as the man food (roast beef, cheddar, horseradish, mustard, lettuce, and onion). Herbivores and herbivoyeurs, on the other hand, can feast upon a heaping salad (starting at $5.99).
For vegans and the gluten-challenged, FiddleCakes offers a variety of deliciously digestible options. Gluten-free options include chocolate-cherry and cinnamon-walnut muffins, caramel cupcakes, and more. Vegans can choose from an array of tastiness, including pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies, shortbreads, or banana-split cupcakes. Ask nicely, and FiddleCakes will make any sandwich or treat into a vegan-friendly delight (FiddleCakes' vegan pastries are a certified hit, having gone double platinum and feuded bitterly with Jay-Z).
The Traveling Vegetarian says this of FiddleCakes' banana-split cupcake:
- The cake tasted like real banana and had little chunks of pineapple and chocolate chips and it had walnuts and a maraschino cherry on top. The icing was very sugary, but was also quite fresh and yummy. Way better than the stuff you’d get on most bakery cupcakes. – Yvonne Smith
Two Google Maps reviewers give the bakery five stars:
- We just bought a white cake with an Amaretto buttercream icing for my Mom's birthday and it was a huge hit! It was a very unique cake yet affordable. – Greg
- I stopped by for a cup of coffee on the way to work and ended up ordering the best scone (ham and cheese) that I have ever tasted. The coffee was also excellent… – daniel