Wade on Birmingham

Birmingham’s Best Eats: Dreamcakes Bakery – our cupcakes can beat up your cupcakes


Dreamcakes cupcakes

Cupcake varieties from Dreamcakes Bakery include
(clockwise from left) Curious George, Chocolate High (twice),
Curious George, Old Fashioned Caramel and Dreamsicle.
Photo by Jen Barnett.

By Jen Barnett

Cupcakes are yesterday’s news.

Despite still being the sweet, moist, single servings of frosted deliciousness you remember from 2005, or maybe 1975, fickle foodies have kicked them to the curb in favor of up-and-comers like macarons or milkshakes.

Screw ’em.

They can’t help it if they live in epicurean hot spots like New York, L.A. or San Francisco, far from the most divine cupcakes to ever spring from heaven’s hearth, found inside Dreamcakes Bakery.

Jan Moon opened the shop in 2009 in the Edgewood area of Homewood. She tested and developed recipes in the Southern Living and Cooking Light test kitchens on Lakeshore Drive. The display cases are stocked with trays of colorful cupcakes, but Dreamcakes makes wedding cakes and other delicacies, too.

Cupcake flavors include Chocolate High (tastes like a Hershey bar), Creamsicle (a dead ringer for the frozen treat), Curious George (peanut butter and banana) and Old Fashioned Caramel (a personal favorite). The clever flavors are only part of the allure; the cakes themselves are moister and denser, the icing creamier and more flavorful, than any we’ve ever tasted.

Nonetheless, if you can’t bear the faux pas of noshing on a passé pastry, Dreamcakes also sells macarons.

• • •

Dreamcakes Bakery

  • 960 Oxmoor Road, Homewood [map]
  • 205-871-9377
  • Dreamcakes-Bakery.com
  • 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

• • •


• • •

Jen BarnettJen Barnett is the managing editor of VisitSouth.com, a travel hub with tips on where to stay, what to do and where to eat in the South. Her favorite dish in Birmingham is her mom’s fresh veggie plate, but she didn’t bring enough for everyone, so she won’t mention it again.

• • •

Hungry for more? Check out the menu of Birmingham’s Best Eats!

2 Yips for “Birmingham’s Best Eats: Dreamcakes Bakery – our cupcakes can beat up your cupcakes”

  1. emily.n
    Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 2:39 pm

    I love Dreamcakes, and their cupcakes are, in my opinion, the best in Birmingham… but I’ve got a beef with them: the last two times I’ve been to visit them this summer during posted hours, they’ve been closed for different reasons. I’m a cupcake-aholic, so I won’t give up, but nothing drives away business like being closed when your hours say you should be open.

  2. Wade
    Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 3:45 pm

    I have the same beef with the barbecue place on the same block, but you gave me a reasonable explanation as to why it might be closed some nights.

    But you’re right: Any retail business that can’t maintain posted hours is hurting its reputation and its bottom line.

Leave a Yip

Subscribe without commenting