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I'm currently cooped up in a hotel with two small kids, so I've been checking out the local bakery scene in my area for a sweet reprieve.
I'm in the Fairborn/Beavercreek area and there are a handful of bakeries within driving distance. Score! A friend of mine recommended Cake, Hope, Love, but after a few U-turns, I finally found the place and weaved my way into the butter yellow colored building only to find out that they were closed on Mondays. Oh well. In all my driving around though, I spotted elé Cake Co and decided to try it out.
Here's what we tried:
My youngest girl picked out the White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake (because it was pink).
I settled on the Peanut Butter Brownie.
My oldest chose the Fudge Brownie.
And we rounded out our order with the Basic Cupcake in vanilla.
As for the desserts we had, they were just alright. Nothing memorable. The white chocolate cupcake had subtle hints of the flavors listed in the name, but nothing special. As for the brownies, they looked decadent, but they tasted like an average sweet brownie you could get from any grocery store. I love a good basic vanilla cupcake topped with silky buttercream, but this one fell short. The good part about the desserts were they were reasonably priced, except maybe for the white chocolate raspberry cupcake. I would rather pay a bit more for a dessert that has that 'wow' factor and leaves me wanting more.
So, all and all I was underwhlemed and I wouldn't go back when I'm having a sweet/dessert craving. I will say, they did seem to be selling quite a few birthday cakes, so maybe their focus is on wedding/party cakes more than small individual desserts. They have another location in West Carrollton that seems to get good reviews (I went to the Beavercreek location).
The packaging was cute and simple. And just to be picky, I like logo stickers to seal the box better than a piece a tape. Just looks a little cleaner in my opinion (I'm a weirdo, I know).
The inside was OK, well lit and open, but very random. It must have been a large store front of some kind and elé didn't make any changes, just moved in and had to fill in the space. It's part bakery, part gift shop, part wedding cake displays. There wasn't any seating available, which would have been nice, so my girls and I could have hung around and enjoyed our cupcakes.
The outside leaves a lot to be desired.
elé Cake Co - 2 1/2 Stars