Too Nice to Slice
Owner Audrey Oswalt can adorn Halloween cupcakes with mummy faces, eerie eyeballs and spider webs ($1.49 each). Halloween sugar cookies and sugar-free cupcakes also available. If you’d rather not have a creepy Halloween, Too Nice to Slice offers pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese icing, pumpkin cheesecake, pecan bars ($1.29) and pumpkin rolls ($1.99 a slice, $15-$18 whole), as well as pies and whole cakes. Last year, Oswalt made a Frankenstein sheet cake and a jack-o-lantern bundt cake. This year, she’s working up a zombie cake (red cake, black frosting, fake blood).
204 Grace St., Oxford, 256-403-5396, www.cakestoonicetoslice.com, Too Nice To Slice on Facebook.
Mad Hatters Cakes
Owner Carol Watts is making party-sized cupcakes for Halloween, topped with handmade fondant cutouts of ghosts, gravestones, bats, witches’ hats and jack-o-lanterns. The Halloween cupcakes are smaller than the bakery’s regular cupcakes — good, Watts said, for class parties and frazzled moms. They come in chocolate or vanilla, and must be ordered in advance. Minimum order of one dozen for $24. Non-creepy cupcakes include white chocolate-pumpkin spice and cinnamon-caramel. Watts is also working up a new flavor called Fall Festival, a funnel-cake-flavored cupcake with a tiny candied apple on top. Delivery is available to businesses in Jacksonville, Anniston and Oxford.
30 Coffee St. SE, Jacksonville, 256-452-2486, Mad Hatter Cakes on Facebook.
Jillybean's Cupcakes and Ice Cream
The cupcakes at Jillybean’s were named Best Dessert this month at “Taste of Calhoun County,” sponsored by the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce. Jillybean’s has also been nominated for al.com’s “Best Little Cupcake in Alabama.” For Halloween, owner Jill Waters has whipped up designs including Frankenstein, Dracula, a spider, a black cat and the sure-to-be-a-hit bloody knife (jumbo cupcakes, $2.50 each). Jillybean’s will also bake cakes, including a sweet little Halloween cake topped with an enormous black spider. Non-creepy seasonal cupcakes include pumpkin cheesecake, apple cider, candy corn, s’mores, hot chocolate, caramel apple and pralines and cream. Jillybean’s also has gluten-free cupcakes.
11 Public Square E., Jacksonville, 256-435-9600, Jillybean’s Cupcakes Ice Cream on Facebook.
Bonnie Ray's Bake Shoppe
The Halloween offerings at Bonnie Ray’s start with ghost, pumpkin and candy corn cupcakes (75 cents-$1.75 each, or $8-$20 per dozen, depending on frosting and decorations) — but also include sugar cookies decorated with the likes of mummy faces and jack-o-lanterns ($1.50), large cream horns sprinkled with orange and black ($1.50 each, $18 per dozen) and fall-themed petit fours, bites of red velvet with cream cheese ($10 per dozen).
5818 McClellan Blvd., Suite 18, Anniston, 256-847-7303, Bonnie Rays on Facebook.
Wake & Bake Pizza and Coffee Company
Co-owner Sandy Knight doesn’t do cupcakes — too much science involved. But she says she can turn anything into a cookie. Knight puts a thoroughly inventive spin on the traditional flavors of fall: pumpkin, ginger, Halloween candy — and bacon. Oh yeah. Fall treats at Wake & Bake include pumpkin-flavored Rice Krispie treats ($1.29) and pumpkin truffles (75 cents). The oversized cookies ($1.29) come in such flavors as ginger spice, chocolate toffee crunch, triple peanut butter and Buzzkill (chocolate espresso). Wash down the cookies with a steaming cup of bacon hot chocolate ($3.69). Yes, you read that right. Knight uses homemade chocolate syrup and bacon syrup (made by steeping salt pork in simple syrup) to make a deeply flavored, salty-sweet cup o’ chocolate.
109 Ladiga St. SE, Jacksonville, 256-435-9272, Wake and Bake on Facebook.