SSL Gluten-free Top Pick of the Week: Cakes in a Cup, Johnson City

Strawberry Dream

Gluten-free Strawberry Dream and Gluten-free Chocolate Lava Cheesecake–Be a little selfish when you stop by Cakes in a Cup *wink* Pick yourself up a cupcake or two and a cup of coffee *smile*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation. Today on the blog, we are chatting about Cakes in a Cup–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy a delicious cupcake (regular or gluten-free). Cakes in a Cup is a local, small business in Johnson City, Tennessee that offers made-from-scratch, baked-daily, never-frozen cupcakes.

A few weeks ago, I noticed that Cakes in a Cup was offering a new, gluten-free flavor. What? A new flavor? My curiosity got the better of me, and I decided to go check out this “new” flavor…hold that thought…

Time for a flashback…back in June of this year, Abby and I decided to check out Cakes in Cup. We tried the two gluten-free flavors that were available, and they were delicious. We went a couple of times after that, but we only had two choices…and the gluten-free ones were kept in the back somewhere…and they were cold because I am guessing they were kept refrigerated…not baked daily. To be honest, I grew tired of not having more options, and I decided that it wasn’t worth the extra insulin…being a Type 1 diabetic, I try to pick my sweet treats very carefully *smile*

Now, back to the present…


Take Cappuccino cupcakes–with the most scrumptious icing ever–to your next office party or meeting. Everyone will thank you *smile*

Long story short. I went to Cakes in a Cup with doubts, but I left there a fan girl because of all the new, gluten-free flavors–and there are more coming! I can barely contain my excitement!!!!! *happy dance*

I just had to find out what was going on…because the inside looked different, there were new flavors, and new folks behind the counter…so I asked *smile* And today, I want to share with y’all what I found out when I sat a spell with a good cup of coffee and chatted with the new owner, Tammy Scott–who is just precious.

Apple Pie Cupcake--I don't know what to say *smile*

Apple Pie Cupcake–Tammy chatted about a recent, inspiring trip to Paris. She wants to bring the Parisian pastry shops’ attention to details and quality to Johnson City.

Tammy Scott took over as the new owner of Cakes in a Cup on October 1 and has accomplished so much in such a short period of time. Her spirit and ambition is contagious, and she is working hard to introduce a new, gluten-free flavor each week. She chatted about how her small group from church came and helped out on the revamping of the inside, and all the goals that she has for her new business.

Tammy is not a baker by trade, and she never imagined that she would one day bake professionally. Her business and corporate resume is impressive, and she spoke fondly of her former work. But Tammy was wanting to spend more time with her family, and she made a brave decision to leave the hustle and bustle of the corporate world and buy Cakes in a Cup–which her mom called and told her was for sale. With a leap of faith, Tammy unlocked the door to her own business–best news is she works side-by-side with her mom, Linda Tanner. I love mother-daughter teams *smile*

What are some of the changes that have happened since October 1 and the plans for the future?

Here is a list–but Tammy has so many goals and has so much energy that the list is ever-evolving *wink*

  • added new, gluten-free flavors like Strawberry Dream, Cinnamon Swirl, Cappuccino, Apple Pie–and more coming
  • added muffins to the menu–blueberry crumb, Cappuccino and Orange Blossom
  • new display case for the gluten-free muffins (no more hiding them away in the back of the shop)
  • created separate mixing stations, brought in separate baking equipment, and is using different liners for the gluten-free cupcakes
  • spending time everyday in the “test kitchen”
  • Open on Saturday from 10:00-4:00
  • revamping the inside of the shop
  • working on social media–be sure to check them out on Facebook, click here.
  • working on a website
  • plans for an espresso bar
  • creating a welcoming environment where people can sit a spell like on Friends *smile*
  • expand the customizing–weddings, baby showers, birthdays
  • searching for speciality ingredients and moving in the direction of higher quality ingredients
Look how adorable!

Look how adorable! Cupcakes make the sweetest holiday centerpiece *smile*

What is Cakes in a Cup doing to make the gluten-free cupcake experience better?

  • a new display case, so everyone can enjoy the experience of picking out their cupcakes–“eating with the eyes” first + it is fun to fret over which cupcake to get *smile*
  • working hard to be a gluten-free “friendly” shop–making every effort to prevent cross-contamination. The GF cupcakes are mixed and baked first.
  • Tammy knows what are in the cupcakes and is more than willing to answer any questions.
  • offering more variety…no more limited choices at Cakes in a Cup!
Linda Tanner and Tammy Scott--these ladies have such sweet spirits!

Linda Tanner and Tammy Scott–these ladies have such sweet spirits!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about Cakes in a Cup and all the awesome changes that have happened and are happening. My goodness! There is just so much sweetness and deliciousness taking place that I don’t have time to mention it all!

I totally recommend stopping by and picking out a cupcake or two. The gluten-free ones are so moist, fluffy, and delicious–I give them five stars and two thumbs up *Big Smile* The hubby had a regular, Wedding Cake one–and he said that is was really good–just enough sweet and not too much icing (which he is not a fan of a lot of icing!). All this talk about cupcakes has me craving a cupcake. Y’all will know where to find me tomorrow morning *wink*

*Please remember that what doesn’t bother me might bother you, so please read all labels carefully, ask questions of your server, and be cautious when trying new foods. 






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