Aunt Gingibread’s Bakery (https://www.auntgingibreadsbakery.com/) is a hidden gem in “downtown” Apopka, west of Altamonte Springs. I almost never drive that far west, but I recently discovered it when I had to order ten dozen cupcakes for a function at work. My predecessors had used a few different bakeries in the past, with mixed results, but I decided to try a new place that I had read good things about for a while. Plus, they were surprisingly a lot cheaper than other local bakeries’ custom cupcakes. Since I really wanted to try Aunt Gingibread’s myself and see what they had in the shop, I offered to drive out of my way to pick everything up on the big day.
I was greeted by the very friendly and welcoming Jennifer (“Aunt Gingibread” herself) and Dan, who had our ten dozen cupcakes all prepared and boxed up. Part of me was a little worried about some complication on the day of our event, but they did everything right and were incredibly professional. It came as no surprise that a lot of their business involves gorgeous custom cakes for special events, including wedding cakes.
But as nice as cakes and cupcakes are, while I was at the shop, I was more intrigued by the goodies in their refrigerated glass display cases, and I made some impulse buys to bring home to share with my wife later on.
Here are all the beautiful, elegant cupcakes from our work event. I didn’t make the actual selections, but it was a good mix of flavors to please our students and staff. A co-worker labeled the boxes, which came unmarked:
- Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream icing,
- Chocolate specialty cupcakes with chocolate chip cookie dough icing,
- Chocolate premium cupcakes with Nutella buttercream icing, and
- Vanilla cupcakes with lemon icing. (I love citrusy desserts, so I tried a lemon-iced cupcake and can vouch for it being excellent.)
- Carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese icing (another big hit),
- Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing,
- Strawberry cupcakes, and
- Vanilla cupcakes with Funfetti icing:
- Butter specialty cupcakes with cookies and cream icing and
- Butter specialty cupcakes with salted caramel buttercream icing:
Like I said, everyone loved these, and I felt like a big damn hero for discovering the bakery and hand-delivering them to work.
But even better, here are the treasures I brought home from Aunt Gingibread’s for later. Clockwise from the top:
- Chocolate cream pie bar slice,
- Blueberry cobbler bar slice on a shortbread crust,
- Triple berry cobbler bar slice with blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries on a shortbread crust, and
- Oatmeal creme pie cheesecake bar slice.
These were all rich and indulgent. Long-time readers know my undying love for cheesecakes, pies, cobblers, and desserts in bar form.
And these were also awesome: lemon pie bar slices and key lime pie bar slices, with rich, moist graham cracker crusts. Dan wisely advised me to stick these in the freezer before enjoying, since they wouldn’t fully freeze. I did this, and actually forgot about them for over a week, which made a huge, pleasant surprise when I finally rediscovered them waiting for me.
Everything from Aunt Gingibread’s Bakery was such a treat. They have a tiny little space in Apopka, which is off the beaten path for most foodies and snack-seekers, but I strongly encourage everyone to check them out and bring home some sweets and treats for yourselves.