- $20 for a half-dozen decorated cake pops, cupcakes, or cookies ($35 value)
GBD Cakes and Sweets
Maria and Victoria Maya, a mother-daughter pair, just thought it'd be fun to post a photo on Facebook of a cake they had made for a family gathering. But when inquiries about their baking services came rolling in, they started to take their talents more seriously. Maria enrolled in a Le Cordon Bleu patisserie program, later graduating as a certified pastry chef. Victoria began applying her artistic acumen—honed by the University of Chicago's visual-arts department—to fondant figures and custom cake decor. From their partnership emerged GBD Cakes and Sweets, which bakes beautiful cakes, cookies, cupcakes, cake pops, and more for special occasions and everyday indulgence.