Real-estate agent LaKisa Taylor may have been a longtime whiz in the business of brokering homes, but brokering cupcakes began as a hobby. As a thank-you to clients and potential buyers, LaKisa would bake and decorate batches of the confectionary delights. Her sweet tooth and background in event planning eventually propelled the pastime into a full-fledged career when she dreamed up Pretty Girl Cupcakery, named for her still-flourishing real-estate campaign, Pretty Girl County. Inside the shop's recently opened doors, LaKisa and her staff bake treats fresh each morning in an atmosphere more welcoming than a doormat carved from peanut brittle. Their classic menu keeps it simple with chocolate and vanilla, double chocolate and vanilla, half and half, and red-velvet cakes topped with rich buttercream frosting.
LaKisa and her team spread their passion for edible artistry at classes that broach subjects such as basic frosting techniques and crafting fondant that deliciously embellishes cakes. They also host themed bashes at the bakery, enveloping birthday kids and their guests in a world of pretty princesses or doll and tea parties.
Cotton’s made-from-scratch cupcakes are each meticulously crafted and aesthetically presented. Flavors include the cream-cheese-topped sweet-potato pound cake and the White Raspberry Dream (white chocolate cake crowned with luxurious buttercream and fresh raspberries). Cotton’s red velvet cupcakes tickle taste buds with red buttermilk-cocoa cake and creamy icing. Cake cravers can use the value of this Groupon toward any bakery item, from the zesty lemon-butter-filled Lemonicious cake ($33) to a dozen soft chocolate-chip cookies ($16). Celebrate the birthday of your sapphire-encrusted washing machine with a scrumptious custom cake in a flavor such as 24-Carrot Gold ($33) and piña colada ($35). Call at least 72 hours in advance to place your order.
The bakers at the sister-owned cheesecakery use fresh ingredients to create creamy, handmade confections. This Groupon is good for 12 two-inch microcakes, and you can mix and match among the original flavor, chocolate, strawberry, and cookies 'n' cream to assemble a delicious dozen. The bite-sized baked goods are perfectly portioned to prevent guilt-induced post-cheesecake regret, and as such make a fitting gift for calorie-counting suckers for sweet or someone who underwent a surgical procedure that replaced his or her human mouth with the mouth of a striped bass.