Monday, April 22, 2013

The Cake Place: You'll want seconds

Posted By on Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Last Fourth of July, my family all met up at my sister's place outside Dardanelle for a good old-fashioned barbecue. Unfortunately for us, there happened to be a burn ban on just about everywhere, so we had to content ourselves with meat from the electric smoker and some oven-made wings (both were delicious). When it came time for dessert, my sister brought out a chocolate cake that looked like someone had taken a Hostess Cupcake, enlarged it to full cake size, and made every single aspect of it — cake, cream filling, and chocolate topping — more delicious than I thought possible. She told me then who had made the cake, and I filed it away for a later investigation...which means I promptly forgot about it.

Fast-forward to this past weekend, and the family was once again at my sister's house, this time to celebrate my niece's first birthday. And what do you think the birthday cake was? Well, it was that same chocolate, cream-filled cake, and it was just as good this time around, too. This time I made sure to remember where it was from: a wonderful bakery in Russellville called, appropriately, The Cake Place. It turns out that this particular cake is a bit of a special order, because normally that chocolate, cream, and ganache topping is found only on The Cake Place's black and white cupcakes, but they very kindly turned that cupcake into a jumbo sized layer cake at my sister's special request (and they can turn any cupcake into a layer cake with just 48 hours notice). Not only is such accommodating service commendable, the quality of the dense, moist cake layered with light cream filling and wrapped in a blanket of velvet-smooth ganache makes it one of the finest cakes I've ever eaten.

Their normal cupcake list contains some expected flavors like red velvet and chocolate, but they couple these standards with more adventurous flavors like strawberry lemonade, maple bacon, and a peanut butter and banana concoction called "The Elvis." In addition to all this cake goodness, The Cake Place also has a full selection of brownies, cookies, pies, cake pops, cobblers, cheesecakes, and even tiramisu! Now, I've not made it by for any of their non-cake options (yet), but I guarantee that if all those other baked good are as good as that slab of layer cake I ate this weekend — well, I just might be ready to give Russellville bragging rights as the best town in Arkansas for baked goods. I'm not much of a dessert eater, but I seriously entertained thoughts of a second piece of the cake.

The Cake Place is located at 411 W. Parkway Drive in Russellville, and can be reached for orders and other information at 479-968-8945. You can also "like" them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter for up-to-date dessert news.

Tags: , , , , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

More by Michael Roberts

Readers also liked…

  • Rebel Kettle Brewing Company to open brewery and taproom in Little Rock

    Little Rock's ever expanding brewery scene got one stronger today with the announcement a lot of local beer lovers have been waiting to hear for over a year: Rebel Kettle Brewing Company is now a reality and has a place to call home.
    • Oct 8, 2014
  • A look at catering — from the inside

    There's a lot more to catering than just showing up and serving food. Here's an inside view of what it takes to serve great food to big crowds.
    • Sep 17, 2014
  • Pantry Crest to open Oct. 9

    The Pantry Crest, the much anticipated Hillcrest spinoff of West Little Rock's The Pantry, Times' readers pick for the best restaurant in Little Rock in our most recent readers choice poll, will hold a soft opening beginning 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9.
    • Oct 8, 2014

Most Shared

  • Finalists named in UALR chancellor search

    The University of Arkansas System has announced the three finalists in the search for a successor to Joel Anderson as chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
  • 2016 Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team

    Meet the 20 best and brightest high school students in the state.
  • The top 20: Segregation of the affluent

    Thomas Edsall writes about the segregation — by education, geography and other markers — of the people in the top fifth of the income scale in the U.S. He quotes from a recent academic research paper:
  • 2016 All-Star nominees

    Here are the students nominated to be Academic All-Stars. They are listed by their hometowns, as indicated by mailing addresses.
  • Low tactics every day: Walmart education

    State Education Commissioner Johnny Key fired Baker Kurrus as Little Rock superintendent last week because he ventured off the reservation when he presented data to the state Board of Education on the damaging impact of charter schools on the district, which the state now runs. Kurrus was questioning proposed expansions of two charter schools already draining easier-to-educate children from the LRSD.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

Slideshows

 

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation