Cake Occasions adds store in Superior as it celebrates 2nd anniversaryFor its second birthday, a Twin Ports bakery held not one but two parties. Cake Occasions celebrated two years of serving sweet treats last week at 129 E. Central Entrance — and at its new Superior site at Food Service Marketplace in the Mariner Mall, 69 N. 28th St.
By: Maria Lockwood , Superior Telegram
For its second birthday, a Twin Ports bakery held not one but two parties. Cake Occasions celebrated two years of serving sweet treats last week at 129 E. Central Entrance — and at its new Superior site at Food Service Marketplace in the Mariner Mall, 69 N. 28th St.
Kerry Cain of Superior dropped by the mall to pick up six of the bakery’s cupcakes, which change weekly and include such flavors as PB&J, pink lemonade, Almond Joy and lemon blueberry.
“I just realized that they had a store now in Superior,” said Cain, who got her first taste of Cake Occasions treats more than a year ago. “I love it because it’s closer to home.”
Her favorite is their red velvet cake with a whole cheesecake center and cream cheese frosting, but every flavor has been good — even a plum cupcake she wasn’t sure about.
“I thought, ‘Oh, I don’t know if I’ll like it’ ... it was really good,” said Cain, whose son Vaughan, 7, and daughter Ayla, 4, helped pick out the cupcakes.
Cake Occasions owner Amber Griffith has a passion for cakes, said Trudy North, who works full time at the bakery.
The business website, cakeoccasions.us, shows a sampling of cakes for all occasions, including a popular birch bark design and sculpted cakes shaped like a lighthouse, pirate ship or bag of golf clubs.
“But cupcakes are fun and easy to make, and there’s a demand for them,” North said. So Cake Occasions serves six cupcake flavors each Thursday and Friday.
“People love all these flavors,” said Sarah Hodgson, who also works at the bakery. They include creative pairings like maple bacon and salted caramel chocolate and unique tastes such as buttered popcorn, snickerdoodle, monster cookie and bubble gum. Many are inspired by customer requests, North said.
The bakery also sells cake by the slice and jumbo cupcakes, which are the equivalent of three or four regular cupcakes, on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Now all those goodies are available in Superior at Food Service Marketplace. The food-service business, which provides food-service products to businesses, individuals and organizations, also is turning 2 this year, in November. Owner Steve Sorensen said partnering with Cake Occasions made sense.
“Both of us were looking for something and just kind of came together,” he said. Adding an option for people to purchase cakes makes Food Service Marketplace more of a one-stop shop, he said.
“I think it’s great,” Sorensen said. “Why duplicate when you can do it together?”
Although everything is baked in Duluth, the fresh treats are available in Superior during normal store hours, and customers can arrange to pick up specialty cakes and orders at the mall. The bakery, which makes the most of social networking, has launched a second Facebook site, Cake Occasions-Superior, for its Superior customers.
People can order cupcakes for pickup or suggest new flavors online, North said. Pre-ordering cake slices and cupcakes is the best way to make sure you get some.
“Sometimes I come in Thursday, and we’re out of a flavor,” Hodgson said, and they may not have time to bake more.
Sorensen said business has been good in Superior, and Food Service Marketplace now offers delivery. He stressed the business’ products are available to all customers, not just restaurants, with no membership required. The store’s hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The Duluth Cake Occasions shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.