I fell in love with sugar at a very early age. Growing up, I loved eating frosted sugar cookies, aka Nancy’s cookies, from Nancy’s Cake Creations in downtown Independence, Kan. Immediately after walking in, my eyes were filled with rows and rows of her bright-colored, frosted sugar cookies. I would stare through the glass case, intently sizing up each cookie. Which color looked the prettiest, which cookie looked the freshest, and the deciding factor, which one had the most frosting. Every visit was heavenly.
Well, like most small town shops, Nancy’s time had come to close. Since then, a few bakeries took its place. Today, the shop is Uptown Sweets. Still staying true to the store’s history, it is a specialty cake shop that offers a daily selection of cookies, cupcakes, and candy. And, of course, you can still buy the infamous frosted sugar cookie.
Disappointing. The frosting look sloppy, a few sugar sprinkles were thrown on top. Looks like something I would find in the average mom’s kitchen, who has little or no experience with baking. I’ve seen some of their beautifully decorated cakes, so I don’t understand how this could be that sub par.
Different than what I had expected.
Cake – very light and fruity, with a lemon twist. Tastes exactly like a common wedding cake flavor – lemon with raspberry filling and white buttercream frosting. I was half-expecting to find some raspberry filling sneaked inside this cake!
Frosting – Crisp top, with a very smooth and creamy center. Very light vanilla taste, wasn’t overbearing (again, still thinking I might find some raspberry!). Great thing about this frosting is it would make for easy transporting. With the stiff top, you wouldn’t have to worry about the cake falling over in your container, smashing the beautifully decorated cupcake. (Although in this case, it may have helped the cupcake.)
The taste of the frosting was very familiar to me. Have you ever made the traditional frosting recipe from Wilton? If you have, then that’s what this particular frosting tastes like. If you haven’t, go to Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, pick up the Wilton Course 1 Kit, make the frosting, and then imagine it with a lemon wedding cake, and bam – you have a cupcake from Uptown Sweets.
My favorite thing about the store was the Kid’s Cupcake Coloring Korner. Kid’s could color their own cupcake artwork, and if desired, put it on the community display board. A very nice touch for the little visitors.
It’s worth a visit. Like any small town bakery, it has charm, character, and friendly people. Go for the sugar cookie. Nothing on their menu can top my favorite childhood memory. After all, it was the first time I fell in love.