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Sweet Confections celebrating anniversary

Sep. 05, 2012 @ 09:15 PM

BARBOURSVILLE -- School is back session, the leaves are getting ready to change color, and Sweet Confections Bakery owner Tina Francis has whipped up a batch of pumpkin spice cupcakes along with a whole pumpkin pie.

Fall is almost here as the Barboursville-based bakery is quietly anticipating its second anniversary.

The cake shop opened its doors in October 2010. The store gained a some national exposure in March 2011 when it was featured in an episode of TLC's "Outrageous Kid Parties." The store prepared a 350-pound birthday cake with a moving train and animals.

"As I understand it, TLC sent scouts out doing taste-tasting and looking at different products," Francis said. "They approached us, and then asked if we wanted to be on the show. There were five of us here for about a week making chocolate figures and building a support system. It moved, it lit up, it took three SUVs to get the cake to the party in Ashland."

While the circus-themed extreme cake is far from a typical order, Francis seems willing to go out of her way to please.

"We can do 220 different flavors of cupcakes and 60 flavors of pies as well as gluten-free and no-sugar-added recipes," she said. "One of our most popular flavors is 'The Elvis,' which is peanut butter, chocolate and banana. Carrot cake is also popular. For the fall, we have pumpkin spice and cranberry white chocolate." On a typical day, 10 to 15 varieties of cupcakes are available.

Cupcakes sell for $2 each, six for $10 or a dozen for $20. Most specialty orders can be prepared with about two days' notice. Customers can also order danishes, brownies, cannoli and cookies. Special orders can also include anything from pies to wedding cakes.

On any given day, customers can find just about any variety of treats.

"We have pumpkin pies, pecan pies, no sugar added cherry pie, pumpkin pie, black walnut bars, cheesecake, red velvet cookies, chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter, cream cheese croissants, blueberry croissants, 'hot dogs' (sausage-shaped pastries), donuts and cream horns."

Since opening, the bakery has expanded its catering in a big way. People looking to prepare meals for large parties can arrange a two-meat buffet, a pasta buffet and sandwich platters.

"We can do everything from barbecues to a formal sit-down dinner. We also have a lot of people special ordering certain meals who are on special diets. We can prepare a week's worth of food that can be frozen, taken out and baked. There are certain cancer patients we're doing that for," Francis said. "People looking for catering options should contact us as soon as possible because we do combo packages where you can get everything you need for one price. We are doing bookings for next year already."

Sweet Confections is located in River Place Plaza at 6007 Route 60 East, Barboursville. It is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is closed on Sundays. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. For more information, call 304-733-6622.

If you go: Sweet Confections Bakery

FOOD: Bakery and catering

ADDRESS: 6007 Route 60 East Suite 314, Barboursville.

HOURS: 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sunday.

PHONE: 304-733-6622

PAYMENTS ACCEPTED: Cash, all major credit cards and check.

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