Poetry would be comprised entirely of haikus and sonnets dedicated to cakes and pastries if poets didn't devour their idyllic subjects before having a chance to write. Today's Groupon says what meter and rhythm cannot: for $10, you get a six-inch heart-shaped cake at Sweet Loralee Pastries, located in The Factory in Wake Forest (a $20 value). Sweet Loralee Pastries crafts made-from-scratch desserts by harvesting natural flavors and fresh ingredients, nuts, and fruits. The gift of a frosted heart-shaped cake wordlessly relays romantic messages such as "I love you," "Be my valentine," and "Sorry about the pyramid scheme." The six inches of saccharine sentiment—in flavors of either white-chocolate mousse or double-chocolate mousse—come adorned with chocolate-dunked strawberries and adorable chocolate curls.
Sweet Loralee Pastries
At Sweet Loralee Pastries, master pastry chef Ilya Koltusky crafts artisanal cakes, pies, cupcakes, and pastries for every occasion. Ilya uses only fresh fruits, nuts, and flavors found far away from the basement laboratories of mad scientists when whipping up buttery pecan tarts, devil's chocolate raspberry mousse, and elaborate four-tier wedding cakes. He is more than willing to accommodate customers who have sensitivities, such as a gluten allergy or stink eye.