Eat! Lansing

September 15, 2010

Bake ‘n Cakes

Filed under: Bakery, East Lansing — dkastner @ 9:13 pm

Bake ‘n Cakes has a few favorable attributes. It’s a local establishment, which could give them an edge over places like Panera in that they could maintain creative control over their business and could add a personal touch. They have a cute-looking storefront, implying a specialty bakery where you might find a delicious cupcake. However, there are simply too many flaws that keep me away.

The bakery sits right next to US-127 just south of Frandor. You won’t be enjoying a pastry on a streetside table as you watch passersby. Instead, you can gaze at the adjoining parking lot, gas station and liquor store.

At times, such as when I had Bake ‘n Cakes cater an event (for which they performed admirably), the pastries are enjoyable. However, a recent visit had my wife and I throwing away our pastries that featured a strong propane-like flavor. The staff isn’t always particularly warm and the coffee service typically lags. Being a Lansing institution, they seem bound to brew the typical Paramount coffee blends.

From cakes I’ve happened to see other customers ordering, the designs seem good and would be a good place to order a birthday cake.

If there were twothings that would make me come back, it would be to serve specialty coffee and to improve the quality of their pastries.

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March 15, 2010

Sugarshack

Filed under: Bakery, Best of, Desserts, Lansing — Jack Lumanog @ 8:45 pm

Sugarshack
2315 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing MI 48912
(517) 316-2009
Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday: 11am-2am
Monday & Tuesday: 11am-1am
Friday & Saturday: 11am-3am

Sugarshack
A selection of two inch high cupcakes from Sugarshack – Mocha, Strawberry and their take on the classic Hostess

Sugarshack has been open since August 2009.  I finally strolled into this delightfully small place tonight on my way home.  There are cookies, brownies and some frozen treats for sale.  But the main event is the extra large gourmet cupcake.  There is even a baking rotation for the extra large gourmet cupcakes.  I went in on a Monday and the designated specials included: carrot cake, Hostess, Mocha and there was even a special St. Patrick’s Day themed cupcake.  (Flavors available by day are posted on their website.)

I ended up with taking home a sampler of three cupcakes: Mocha, Strawberry and the Sugarshack’s take on the classic Hostess.  All of them were amazing.  The cupcakes were so moist and to top it all off was their perfect icing.  The Mocha and Hostess cupcakes were both chocolate cake and both exceptional.  But  my favorite of the three had to be the Strawberry with angel food cake and the pink icing.

Sugarshack also offers delivery within a 5 mile radius from the bakery’s location for a $2.00 fee (Google maps tells me that I am 4.4 miles away from Sugarshack – so I’m good there!).  It’s worth a drive to check out this bakery next to the Marathon gas station serving up some amazing gourmet cupcakes.

October 1, 2008

Chapelure

Filed under: Bakery, Coffee, Desserts, East Lansing — Jack Lumanog @ 11:08 am

Chapelure
Ste 10, 4750 S Hagadorn Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823
517-333-7172

My wife and kids and I stumbled into Chapelure after taking a walk around Hannah Plaza after dinner.  And, what a wonderful surprise this was earlier this summer finding this little jem in East Lansing!  I also can’t believe that I’ve forgotten to blog about this place because it is amazing.

Imagine European bakery treats like traditional madeleines offered along with an Asian twist  —  green tea madeleines!  As far as I can tell, they do both European bakery items along with Asian bakery items and they do them equally well.  This is the only place where I’ve been able to find Asian sweet red bean buns in town.  The assortment of goodies is eye popping and wonderfully arranged. 

You can enjoy your pastries with coffee and tea inside a very cozy atmosphere with free wi-fi.  We went on a Saturday night and there was a great buzz inside the place. (And, note to bargain hunters: some items are 30% off after 7pm!)

May 12, 2008

Grand Traverse Pie Company

Filed under: American, Bakery, Desserts, East Lansing, Okemos, Uncategorized — dkastner @ 7:32 pm

Grand Traverse Pie Company – Okemos
http://www.gtpie.com
3536 Meridian Crossings, Okemos, MI 48864
Phone:
517-381-7437

Hours: M-Fri 6:30am-8:30pm, Sat 8:00-8:30, Sun 10:00-6:00

Grand Traverse Pie Company – East Lansing
1403 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone:
517-203-3304

Hours: M-Sat 6:30am-10:00pm, Sun 7:00-7:00

One thing you learn when you move to Michigan is that you must pronounce some town names incorrectly in order to blend in.  For instance:

Charlotte is “shar-lot” not “shar-lut” (don’t confuse it with that city in North Carolina!)
Delhi is “dell-high” not “deli” (they have to differentiate themselves, otherwise people might accidently fly half way around the world to India)
Grand Traverse is “grand trav-erse” not “grand truh-verse” (they must have meant to name it “Grand Travis”)
Traverse City is pronounced accordingly

One of the popular vacation spots in Michigan is Traverse City, the epicenter of Cherry production in the state.  Every year there is a cherry festival that draws a multitude of tourists.  The Grand Traverse bay area also features plenty of beaches and water sports.

A bakery cafe local to Traverse City decided to take their store and make it into a chain.  There are two GTPCs around Lansing and several others scattered around the state.  The stores are set up similar to Panera, et al.  The menu offers an array of sandwiches and salads that are adequate.  However, the store shines in its offering of baked goods, all of which are made fresh each morning.  The fruit pies are pretty good, but they won’t match your grandma’s (or my wife’s) homemade pies.  They just seem a bit too sugary and soft.  My favorite dessert there is the peanut butter cup.  A cup-shaped peanut butter cookie, the inside filled with peanut butter and chocolate frosting.  The fruit-filled turnovers are also delicious.

There’s also free wireless internet and the usual selection of coffee.  

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