Cupcakes are a preferable alternative to birthday cakes, whose constant accompaniment by off-key singing has depleted the planet’s finite supply of forced smiles. Garner genuine grins with today's Groupon: $25, you get one dozen standard cupcakes (a $32.89 value) or $50 worth of custom cakes at The Cake Bar in Franklin. The shop is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Orders must be placed one week in advance and can be picked up as early as January 1, 2012.
Having soaking up the limelight on episodes of the Food Network Challenge and TV Diner, the experienced bakers at The Cake Bar whip up screen-worthy gourmet cakes and cupcakes made fresh from proprietary small-batch recipes. Confection connoisseurs can treat palates to one dozen of the bakery’s cupcakes in any combination of 18 monthly rotating flavors such as zesty limeade, cooling thin mint, and the always-available chocolate cake oozing with peanut-butter filling. Fluffy buttercream icing generously tops each handheld sugar bomb in a classic swirled pattern modeled after that of Napoleon’s legendary 4-foot-tall bedazzled crown.
Patrons can choose to sample The Cake Bar’s custom full-size cakes ($40-$200+), which range from traditional round shapes to elaborate 3-D sculptures. Bakers nimbly handcraft each cake to order, enhancing any special-occasion theme, from weddings and baby showers to parties celebrating graduations from staring-contest college. Cake crafters discuss designs and decoration ideas with clients before constructing moist batter bases and finishing up with artful accents, including fondant. Cake prices depend on the number of servings per cake and the intricacy of the artwork, with working volcano replicas requiring at least one child for refundable deposit.
The Cake Bar
The Cake Bar can fulfill all your sweet needs, whether it's a custom cake for a birthday party or a frosting shot for a quick burst of sugar. This bakery creates artistic cakes decorated into any shape desirable. These 2D and 3D creations include a gown on a dress form, Elmo in a wagon, and a realistic leather purse. For an everyday treat, cupcakes come in 13 flavors including coconut cream pie and sticky toffee. Patrons can sit at one of the cafe tables and sip on espresso or calming herbal tea while tackling a plate of triple chocolate cake truffles or contemplating the nature of icing.