The cupcake is the pastry world's current trendy dog breed: small, adorable, and likely to leave a mess inside an heiress' expensive purse. Feast on all treats large and small with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of cookies, brownies, breads, cupcakes, and more at Yum-Mee’s Bakery.
Pastry chef Terry Mee—who has prepped treats in some of the biggest names in the restaurant world—fills his full-service bakery with the aromas of fresh-baked bread, gourmet cupcakes, cookies, scones, and specialty cakes. Before baking in Fort Wayne, Terry performed sugary alchemy at Palmer House Bakery in Chicago and the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans. Terry crowns each gourmet cupcake with mounds of fluffy buttercream frosting, which is still recognized by the FDA as an anti-depressant and requires a doctor's slip ($2.75 each, $30/dozen). The double-threat taste of the strawberry blond fills a lemon cupcake with strawberry and vanilla filling beneath a plume of strawberry buttercream. The black forrest cupcake’s rich chocolate exterior, on the other hand, conceals a shadowy interior of cherry cream through which tiny Red Riding Hoods flee wolves trying to sell them time-shares. For other treats you could fit in a pocket but probably shouldn’t, try peanut-butter or sea-salted chocolate cookies ($1.75 each, $18/dozen) or chocolate ganache brownies ($2.50 each, $24/dozen). Yum-Mee's Bakery bookends the front of a meal as well as the back with fresh-baked breads ranging from the french baguette ($4 each) to an assortment of scones ($1.75 each).
If you're more in the mood to celebrate life's little victories, such as successfully tying one's shoes for the 8,760th consecutive day, Terry’s will toast your achievement with an individual slice of cake ($3.50 per slice). The carrot cake appears daily sporting a layer of cream-cheese frosting and concealed rabbit snares, while the signature chocolate-raspberry glazed in ganache remains a customer favorite. The bakery also prepares elaborate specialty cakes for larger-scale sugar cravings, allowing customers to ring in their birthdays with lavish confections adorned with cats, basketballs, black-and-white roses, and wreaths of electricity.
With a wire whisk and a passion for pastry, owner Terry Mee deftly whips up Yum-Mee cookies, cinnamon rolls, and crumbly scones. Pumpkin and pecan cupcakes are available individually or by the dozen, slathered with unique buttercream flavors such as chai and maple with bacon. While waiting on a fresh-baked focaccia or challah loaf, patrons can also solicit Terry's fondant skills for a 3D gavel cake in honor of an upcoming parole hearing.