Rewind to 1980....When I was a little girl, my Meemaw and I would walk to the bakery down the street in Asheville. This was a huge treat for me. I can remember the anticipation as we walked. I knew what was in store at the end of the journey. We walked and talked. I miss those days. When we got to the bakery, the smell was overwhelming. In a good way. In a real good way. The cakes, the pies, the cupcakes, the pastries, the breads, all perfumed the shop. It is a smell I will never forget. Then she would say those magical words to me...."which one do you want"? Picking a single treat to try was near impossible but I always managed. On the walk back home, I would carefully lick the frosting until there was just enough left to eat the cake with and just like that, it was gone. That bakery is long gone and so is my Meemaw but those memories will stay with me forever.
Fast forward to last week....Jacksonville doesn't have much in the way of bakeries. Well, I guess there is Publix but does that really count? I did discover the delightful Edgewood Bakery when I first moved to Jacksonville but it is so far away from me now. I heard celebrities talk and brag about Sprinkles out in Cali and secretly felt a bit envious of their little slice of heaven. Then I saw it. An ad for Cami Cakes in Jacksonville. Now, Cami Cakes isn't a bakery but they do make cupcakes. Lots of delicious cupcakes. I had an errand to run and decided that I had to stop and try one. When I walked in, the smell was delicious, however still not quite the same as I remebered. There were 12 flavors the day I stopped by and there was no way I was picking 1, so I did what any rational person would do. I bought 1 each of all 12. It nearly killed me to get home and try them. Each flavor was a new and different experience and ohmygoodness yummy. I ended up with an empty box over the course of an hour and a serious tummy ache. Was it worth it? Um. YES. Oh, and my favorite? The Elvis (classic chocolate cake covered with creamy banana and peanut butter frosting topped with a hint of sea salt)! Sorry, I didn't get an image of it. I ate it too fast.
This little gem is the toasted coconut. My son Sean picked this one to try and he loved it!
All dressed in pink, this is the Classic Cami and it is simple and delicious.
If you ran out to Cami Cakes for a cupcake (or twelve) after reading this, let me know!