Whether Cupcake Kitchen customers are in the mood for s'mores, key lime pie or a root beer float, owner Helene Grzybowski has a solution that fits perfectly in the palm of their hand.
"They're small enough if you want to eat two, you can," said Grzybowski of her cupcakes, which unlike those found at many cupcake bakeries are of a manageable size to be eaten without a fork.
Grzybowski said she loves to come up with unique creations, such as her orange cupcake made with fresh-squeezed orange juice, orange zest and real mandarin orange slices folded inside.
Her S'mores cupcake features chocolate cake with fudge filling and a graham cracker crust on bottom, topped with marshmallow buttercream icing and an actual S'more.
"I usually like to have some kind of embellishment on it to tell you something about what it is," she said.
Pastry chef Emily Stone incorporates adornments made with bubble sugar, chocolate filigree and other sweet decor to transform the treats into works of edible art.
The cappuccino-flavored cupcake features a chocolate filigree handle and swizzle stick.
"I like coffee, so I decided to make a cappuccino cupcake," she said. "It's really adorable, and people really like the look of it."
A former full-time homemaker and mother of five, Grzybowski said she has always loved to bake.
"I really enjoy doing this," she said. "When people come to pick up an order, it makes me happy to see them open up the box."
She said she built up her customer base selling cupcakes to friends and neighbors from her Hixson home prior to opening the bakery.
Cupcake Kitchen is at 5450 Hwy. 153, Suite 134, and can be reached at 475-6733.
"My kids have always encouraged me to start my own business," said Grzybowski. "It felt like it was time to follow my dream and my passion."
The cupcakes are baked fresh daily and sold for $2.50 each. Mini-cupcakes are also available by custom order for $1.25 each or $30 for two dozen.
Customers can find their favorites with a dozen-cupcake sampler, or order a cupcake bouquet as a tasteful gift. She said she also offers most varieties in eight-inch and six-inch cakes.