They always say it’s the little things that make a big difference—and that is especially true when it comes to sweets. The smallest bites can turn a bad day better, and a good day amazing. When it comes to baking, grandma’s recipe is always best. Somehow answering the age-old secrets of how to get that perfect pie crust or to how to keep your cookies from looking like a pancake is harder than it looks. We decided to find out who’s making the most wonderful, most delicious pies and cakes in the kingdom. So grab a napkin to control the druel and feast your eyes.
If you’re anything like me, you’re looking at this beautiful custard-looking pie and thinking, “What IS a gooseberry pie?!” Well, I’ve got the coop. Sharon Penrod, the heart and soul of The Pie Safe, explained that gooseberries are tart, similar to rhubarb, and make for a very old fashioned pie that farmers traditionally create using groceries found around the house, i.e. milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla and nutmeg. This recipe was passed down to Sharon from her father-in-law, much like most of the recipes Sharon offers in her bakery/cafe. One of her great passions is restoring old recipes for new-age diners, baking custards, using homemade whipped cream and making everything from scratch—of course. She offers about four to six baked goods a day and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sharon began selling jams and jellies at a local farmer’s market, but has since expanded to offering light lunch and dinner options of soups and sandwiches with a special every week, whether that be meatloaf or chicken and dumplings. It seems that Sharon can make almost anything, and sells full pies by request only, just give her a call at (573) 833-6743 and a few
days’ notice, and I promise her skills will impress.
Located at 146 County Road 530
Relatively new to the area, Mandy Potter opened MAB Cupcakes in June of 2014. She offers a variety of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, cheesecakes, candies, bars and pies. With more than 35 different flavors of cupcakes, a few of the MAB favorites are Very Vanilla, Cookie Dough (pictured), Gooey Butter and Chocolate Lovers, but Potter says any flavor is possible with a few days’ notice. MAB is a combination of Mandy’s three kids’ names, Madeline, Alex and Benjamin. The store is located at 752 Maple Valley Dr. in Farmington and is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
You really haven’t experienced downtown Cape Girardeau if you haven’t had a cupcake from Socials Café and Coffeehouse. Every year I wait patiently for the pumpkin spice cupcake to emerge from hibernation, and it has never disappointed. Open Tue., Wed., Thur., and Sat. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Socials proudly admits it does not serve fast food. Serving an array of sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts, most everything is made fresh and homemade on site. But trust me, the wait is worth it. This week the
baked goods ranged from Tiramisu cupcakes to Pineapple Upside-Down, while every day offers multiple options, including a scrumptious chocolate cupcake with Oreo crumbles! Socials has been a staple in Cape since 2007 and with free Wi-Fi and relaxing atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Located at 31 N Main St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701