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EatBeat: Cake Kingdom Moves to Tequesta – Muffins, Cakes and More

November 4th, 2009 · 10 Comments


Jaye Norris, Greg Stanley, Cheri Sarner of Cake Kingdom

Cake Kingdom, a bakery staffed by a fun group, opened last week in Tequesta. They were in Stuart, but one of the principals, Jaye Norris (no relation), lives in Tequesta a few blocks away.  “It was for convenience,” said Jaye Norris, one of the founders.

Norris and partners Greg Stanley and Cheri Sarner were on hand to greet customers who had been waiting  for this bakery’s opening for some time.

“We can’t  put up a sign by the road because of the town rules,” Norris said. “But we’ve been at a lot of events handing out muffins and cupcakes to get the word out that we’re finally open.” A few balloons helped guide customers to the small space near the fountain on Main Street.

Full line of fun cakes, muffins, breads

Norris handed out samples of some of the goods on hand opening day — right before Halloween. Lemon-blueberry muffins, pumpkin-cranberry muffins, mini-cakes layered with silky mousse and buttery creams, cupcakes – chocolate and vanilla – filled with mousse and Key lime pie tarts filled the refrigerator case. Two-fist sized cut-out cookies for Halloween parties — bats, black cats, pumpkins and sparkly purple spiders – hung from the ceiling.

Custom birthday cakes sculpted

Castle cake

Castle cake

cakekingdom-bdcake-carouselFanciful cakes, such as the castle cake and carousel cake – both made for 4-year-olds – are fun for Norris, who works into the night (“it’s quieter then”) with Sarner to create them. Delicate details make these labor-intensive. “I learn from every cake I make,” she said.

 “They took about three days each to make,” she said. Advance notice and plenty of time to plan and engineer the cakes are needed for elaborate designs, but simple birthday cakes that are already prepared and can be customized with piping or decorations will be available for purchase at the bakery in the near future.

Key lime pie in two sizes

I liked the Key lime pie “tartlets” – -reasonably priced at 2 for $5.  They’re rich enough to serve two each, though that likely won’t happen. The muffins also were tender and flavor-filled (and lasted two days in the fridge). Again, they’re enough for two if you halve them.

Prices all around are palatable: muffins, $1; “muffin loaves” (or quick breads – 1.25 pounds), $6; carrot cake loaf, $8; mini-cakes (feed at least 2, more likely 3 or 4), $6; cupcakes, $3 (minis are $1.50); Key lime pie, $11.

Custom decorated cookies start at $3 each, and cakes, $5 a person ($7 p.p. for fondant icing).

Nothing fake here

Cookies are all natural with real butter and sugar — no trans-fats, and no high-fructose corn syrup – and like all other foods, they’re made from scratch – not a pre-made dough. Flavors include: Sundried cranberry, Cinnamon oatmeal butterscotch, Triple chip, Grandma’s oatmeal raisin, Chocolate truffle, Gold rush (toffee, milk chocolate and pecans in a caramel cookie) and White chocolate macadamia nut – as well as good old Classic chocolate chip.

Quick breads and muffin flavors include: Lemon blueberry crumb; Cranberry pumpkin; Zucchini with cherries, raisins and walnuts; Brown sugar banana; and Caribbean coconut with pineapple, banana, coconut and pecans.

There will be special flavors on occasion.

Already gearing up for holidays

Thanksgiving breads, pies and desserts are on November’s agenda – a number of pies will be available. (Put in your order now – bakeries all around the area are crazy-busy for this holiday.) Drop by and you may get a free sample of pie.

Cake Kingdom

  • Address: 1 Main St., Suite 100 (in Urgent Care plaza), Tequesta, FL 33469
  • Phone: 561-222-CAKE (2253); web site coming by mid-month
  •  Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed Mondays.
  • Catering and delivery: Call for quotes

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John Terzakis // Nov 4, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    FINALLY !!!!! This is a MUST taste. Jaye is absolutely the best.

    Best of Luck to you….but you won’t need luck.


  • 2 mark woodruff // Mar 14, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    debi wanted ma to ask you about a salmon cheese cake. good luck with the shop

  • 3 Jan Norris // Mar 17, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Salmon cheese cake?? Are you talking to me – or directing a comment to Jaye Norris – the gal (no relation) who owns Cake Kingdom? Let me know and I’ll do what I can to help get you a recipe if that’s what you need.

  • 4 Jan Norris // Apr 30, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Greg Stanley of Cake Kingdom says that he does indeed make the smoked salmon cheesecake – call the bakery for details.

  • 5 Danica Papali // May 15, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    My favorite cakes are the baby shower and wedding cakes, delicious and creative!

  • 6 Sabrina // Aug 19, 2010 at 11:12 am

    That carousel cake spells F-U-N! And the smile on that little boy’s face is priceless. I bet being in this business is rewarding indeed!

  • 7 Rachel // Nov 12, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    As well as good old Classic chocolate chip. And the smile on that little boy’s face is priceless. Delicious and creative.

  • 8 Steven // Nov 15, 2010 at 3:03 am

    And the smile on that little boy’s face is priceless. I bet being in this business is rewarding indeed. Delicious and creative.

  • 9 Angie // Jun 24, 2011 at 11:40 am

    And my little girl’s birthday cake is just round mound of vanilla cake and icing. 😉 Oh well. At least I made it myself for her! 🙂

  • 10 Jan Norris // Jun 24, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Good for you, Angie!

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