For $15, today's side deal gets you $30 worth of gourmet cakes from Mert's Cakes. The artful bakery, which was visited by Paula Deen's son's, Bobby and Jamie Deen, during the second season of their Food Network series Road Tasted, is located on Plantside Drive.
Combining her grandmother's recipes with personal artistry, owner and chief baker Virginia Rankin sculpts sweet treats that stun the eyes and mouth alike. Mert's succulent cakes brim with fresh, full ingredients like eggs, sugar, and cream, and sandwich spreadings of real fruit filling and fluffy frosting. The iconic Louie's Derby Cake, created for the Kentucky Derby, deliquesces on the tongue with tastes of butter praline, dark chocolate, and top-shelf Kentucky bourbon ($19.80 for a small, $36 for a large). Other fine cakes circling the nucleus of nuts and sugar include rum-moistened cranberry walnut spice cake and bourbon-drenched butter praline cake (both $22.50 for a small, $38.50 for a large).