Before cupcake pans, personalized dessert portions were made by baking full-sized cakes and shrinking them in the dryer. Skip extra steps with today’s Groupon to Let Them Eat Cake! in Davis. Choose between the following options:
- For $8, you get a half-dozen cupcakes (a $16.50 value).
- For $15, you get one-dozen cupcakes (a $30 value).
Paulette Coffman and her two daughters design and bake cupcakes from scratch, employing fresh ingredients to create dairy-full, dairy-free, and gluten-free treats. Although the shop’s menu features three signature flavors a day and cycles through more than 20 flavors on a weekly basis, its display case overflows with inventive concoctions that could include The Raven, a dark-chocolate cognac cake crowned with rich cognac-imbued ganache, and Breakfast of Champions, which pairs bourbon cake with a garnish of sweet-cream frosting and cornflakes, served by an optimistic cartoon tiger. Unafraid of herbal or savory sweets, the family dessert-fashioners eschew the beaten path to cook cakes with unique ingredients, including rosemary olive oil, rose petals, and avocado. Eighty additional flavors are available by special order. Dairy-free indulgences also abound at Let Them Eat Cake!, with two vegan options available each week.
Let Them Eat Cake!
You won't find Let Them Eat Cake!'s indulgent cake recipes published anywhere, since founder Paulette Coffman and her daughters Brittany and Chelsea fiercely guard their culinary secrets from competitors and town criers. But an interview with Sacramento Press in 2010 reveals three signature flavors that are served each day: red velvet, Guinness Stout chocolate, and vanilla. "We’re really kind of geared towards childhood favorites,” Paulette divulged. "But we’re also a little bit more innovative…You can find your standard red velvet here, but you can also find a margarita cupcake here."
In fact, the mother-daughter trio's three staple flavors are joined by a weekly rotation of 24 flavors, and customers can also commission more than 80 other flavors—including vegan and gluten-free options—via special order. These desserts always include real butter, fruits, and pure vanilla, and forgo preservatives since they're baked fresh each morning. Paulette, Brittany, and Chelsea stack the cupcakes into towers, line them up in boxes, and fashion them together as specialty cakes, donating $2 of their Flavor of the Month sales each Wednesday to charity. Alongside steaming mugs of Ritual coffee and Mighty Leaf tea, the Coffman women also dole out scones, breakfast sandwiches, and gourmet cookies that, like hand weights divvied up in a divorce settlement, weigh in at a 1/4-pound each.