Bake some King Cake Cupcakes in #ABiteToEat with Short Street Cakes in Asheville, North Carolina.
(Photography by The Mountain Express)
How did you get started?
Short Street Cakes began over 10 years ago, in the home kitchen of Jodi Rhoden, the original owner of the bakery. After the release of the "Cake Ladies" cookbook, the shop gained attention, and became one of the best bakeries to buy a scratch made, all natural cake from. Olga Perez, the current owner of the bakery, was one of the original participants in Jodi's book. She was featured for her traditional Tres Leche recipe, a cake that's been a part of her family for many years. From one cake lady to another, the bakery remains in the heart of West Asheville, still making cakes for the community!
Where are you located?
Short Street Cakes is located at 225 Haywood Rd, West Asheville. We are minutes from downtown Asheville, and are right across from Urban Orchard Cider Bar.
What are your specialities?
Our most popular cakes include the Salted Caramel Cake, the Triple Chocolate Ganache Cake, and the Strawberry Short Street. We are also known for our gluten free and vegan options. Many of our cakes can be made vegan/ gluten free, and we have at least one of each option in the case daily.
What's your personal favorite thing on the menu?
Oohhh, that's a hard question! If it came down to just one flavor, I would have to choose the Mexican Chocolate Cake. Its a deep dark chocolate cake, with a fudge-like chocolate cayenne icing. Its 100% vegan, but you would never know it! You get that decadent chocolate flavor and then the kick from the cayenne.
What's on the stereo?
Between all the employees at Short Street Cakes, there are lots of different tastes of music. We switch it up daily, and give everyone the opportunity to play what they like. You'll often hear Gillian Welch, Sufjan Stevens, Gogol Bordello, Little Dragon, and lots of other artists. We also like to listen to Asheville's local radio station 98.1 the river . They feature local artists.
Where else should we visit in your area?
Working early hours, and long shifts usually means we're starving by noon. Our savior is Taco Billy, right down the road. They know us all by name, and sometimes we even trade tacos for cake. Some other great local businesses right down the road are Hole Doughnut, Urban Orchard Cider Bar, and The Hop.
Do you host any special events?
Short Streets Anniversary is on Mardi Gras, so each year we throw a big party open to the community. There is live music, free cake, and cocktails!! Its always a fun time!
Is there anything else you'd like us to know?
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