Banana pudding cake or chocolate layer cake, which would you pick? The above photo was taken at Maxie B's cake shop on Battleground Avenue. Featured are a few of the over two dozen cake-by-the-slice offerings at the store. We cropped out the customers, thinking that at the end of a busy work day people might want a little anonymity in their celebratory cake purchasing. One man was going to surprise his wife with a slice of cake and we didn't want to spoil the surprise! Maxie B's is truly a Greensboro success story, which owner, Robin Davis outlines nicely on the company website.
Maxie B's dates back to 1985 when, in the first iteration, it was a frozen yogurt shop. Robin tells of the serendipitous nature of her shop's transformation to focusing on cakes. She was in search of the perfect chocolate cake. Combing through old recipes, she found one that hit the spot. Fast forward, nearly 30 years, and she has built an award winning business by baking old-timey cakes that please the 21st-century palate- local farm eggs, pure vanilla, and fresh ingredients. From cupcakes to cake-by-the-slice to whole cakes to cakes for special occasions (especially weddings), Robin built a business that fits nicely with the current trend for owners to specialize and to provide services and products for their local community. For a future post, we'll try to interview Robin. We want to know if she has a 30-year anniversary planned and what cake she will select for the occasion! For now, today is ABC Wednesday. For our A-Z Local series, C is for Cake!