Franklin’s famous Ivey Cake earns its stripes from a star
November 17, 2011 § 2 Comments
Just around the corner from Main Street in downtown Franklin, Tenn. (also located in Brentwood), is a little bakery called Ivey Cake. The closet-sized shop barely matches its success.
It was started by a woman named Ivey Childers in 1999 who dreamed up a way to make a cupcake to mimic an amazing piece of cake. It is now featured in several magazines like People: Country Special and Brides. One of country music’s biggest weddings was that of Carrie Underwood in 2010. Her cake of choice? A cupcake tower with a variety of flavors created by Ivey Cake.
One of my favorite things to do is wander around Franklin with no agenda and an empty stomach. Recently I went in the unconventional (but typical for me) order of eating dessert before lunch. As my friends and I were walking to Puckett’s for lunch, I couldn’t resist seeing what Ivey Cake had to offer since I had never been.
The tiny room was painted a bright pink and had nothing but glowing glass filled with whimsical, lovely cupcakes. One cupcake looked like a real caramel apple, complete with a stick coming out of the top. Another was white with beautiful (and edible!) glitter coating the frosting.
The competition for me was between a dark chocolate cake with coffee frosting, dipped in chocolate and a chocolate cake with mint frosting, dipped in chocolate, sprinkled with Andes mint pieces and an Andes mint on top. No offense to the Bad Kisser (coffee frosted), but I think by the description of the latter you can guess that’s the one I chose. I made an excellent choice, if I do say so myself.
Ivey Cake cupcakes are perfect for birthday parties or gifts, holiday gatherings, a unique wedding cake (who doesn’t want to copy Carrie’s wedding?!), or simply a pre-lunch snack.
What would your dream cupcake be? Maybe Ivey Cake can make it a reality!