BY KAREN CHANEY
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THREE OF THE TOP SELLING CUPCAKES FLAVORS AT SMALLCAKES LANTANA Strawberry: strawberry cake topped with strawberry buttercream Hot fudge Sundae: chocolate cake topped with peanuts, hot fudge and a cherry Wedding cake: almond-avored cake with almond buttercream 1 2 3
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Smallcakes Lantana Locally owned Double Oak shop specializes in cupcakes and ice cream A uden and Lizette Gamboa said they con- sidered many franchises before deciding Smallcakes was the right choice for them.
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Auden and Lizette Gamboa opened Smallcakes Lantana in 2021.
cupcake to what he describes as “extreme.” “We had a bacon, beer and cheese option,” Auden said. “I actually put cheese, bacon bits and a dark lager beer in it.” They also make ice cream in house. There are six avors avail- able daily: vanilla, Blue Cookie Monster, Chocoholic, cookies and cream, banana pudding, and mint chocolate chip. Lizette pointed out they are family-friendly and have some- thing for everyone, including a “Pupcake” for the four-legged family member. One of the perks of working at Smallcakes Lantana is tasting the product. Lizette said when they launch a new avor, they ask their employees to try it so when customers ask for suggestions, they can speak from experience. The Gamboas said they are pleased with the number of regu- lar customers they have gotten to know over the year since open- ing. They said customers often come to see them to celebrate an achievement or to pick up a special treat for a loved one. “I have a regular whose brother lives in a nursing home, and she gets him a peanut butter cupcake every month,” Auden said.
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“It struck a chord with us, because he’s always liked to bake,” Lizette said. Prior to opening Small- cakes Lantana in 2021, the couple owned a wedding and event-planning business, which Lizette ran. They also worked for a private equity company where Lizette worked in accounting and Auden was in the human resources department. They said all these experiences proved benecial in running the Small- cakes business. “We’re a team,” Auden added. “I would bake, and she would decorate at home.” Representatives from Small- cakes’ headquarters, which is based in Overland Park, Kansas, trained the couple on how to make the cupcakes and ice cream. “We have 16 signature avors that we bake fresh every day,” Lizette said. “We also bring in dierent avors monthly. We have over 300 recipes the franchise provides.” Auden said the avors cover a wide range from the basic vanilla
Individual cupcakes are sold for $3.95 or bought by the dozen for $42.
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Smallcakes Lantana 8401 Justin Road, Ste. 104, Double Oak 972-355-0455 Blue Cookie Monster is blue vanilla ice cream layered with chocolate cookie crumbles and chocolate chip cookies.
2500 Lakeside Pkwy. Ste. 100 Flower Mound, TX 75022 www.lakesideurbangrocery.com 214-513-4000
www.smallcakeslantana.com Hours: Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
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