Hi Friends!

Here is the content from our most recent newsletter, in blog post form.  If you would like to receive our mostly-monthly newsletter, filled with cake specials, community news, holidays, and pretty pictures of cakes, then sign up here.  If you are already on our list, but have not been receiving the emails, check your spam filter and add the email address to your safe sender list. Cheers, thanks, and love!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12th. May we suggest that you bring the beloved mothers in your life a cake from Short Street Cakes?  Our 2013 Mother’s Day Special: order a heart-shaped 8″ single layer cake in any flavor ($18 simple, $20 classic, $22 deluxe) and we will add fresh edible flowers from Flora for free! Order by Thursday for Saturday pickup or Friday for Sunday pickup. We will also have a limited number of Mother’s Day cakes available without an order this weekend, so stop by and see us or give us a call at 828-505-4822.  (And a good thing to remember as we express our love and respect to all the mamas: Mother’s Day began as a call for an international congress of women for peace.)

Thank You, Hannah Dansie. 

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After almost three years of bringing her trademark excellentness in everything she does to everything we do at the Cake Shop, Hannah Dansie is leaving Short Street Cakes to focus on continuing to create and sell her beautiful paintings (click here to see more).  We are so incredibly grateful to Hannah, for the time, love, and attention she has given to the Cake Shop.  Hannah has seen us through trials, tribulations, and triumphs with grace and skill, and I am so grateful to know her, and watch her grow into her next endeavors.  She is a gifted artist with a keen eye and a big heart.  We love you, Hannah!

Short Street Cakes Weddings!


Wedding cakes have always been a big part of our work here at Short Street Cakes, and this spring is no exception.  Thanks to the efforts of our exceedingly talented General Manager and Weddings Coordinator, Jessica Rosenkoetter, this spring has seen the blossoming of many new forms of design, color, and texture in our wedding cake offerings.  If you or someone you love is considering a wedding cake from Short Street Cakes, just click here, fill out the webform, and you will recieve an info sheet on our simple and painless wedding cake booking process.  Cheers to love.

Congratulations, Duggels!

921357_590527217625087_1089608643_oI would like to also take this opportunity to congratulate Douglas Cooper, AKA Duggels, for completing his course of study in Baking and Pastry at AB Tech!  I am even more pleased to annouce that Duggels will be joining us as a full-time baker now that he has graduated.  Duggels came to us as an intern from AB Tech last summer, and since then he has worked at the Cake Shop every weekend while going to school full time, and has grown to be one of our most patient, reliable, and creative bakers.  Cheers and love to you, Duggels!

Cake Shop and Community

stacyAs always, our work at Short Street Cakes remains grounded in the people in our community, like Stacy Joseph (pictured, photo credit Mountain Xpress), who rents the Cake Shop kitchen in the off-hours to bake her delicious savory Caribbean patties to sell at the FBFC Tailgate Market, or the kids at our neighborhood school, Hall Fletcher Elementary, whose chess club was just featured on TV, and whose new, collaborative mural in progess is inspiring everyone who sees it.   I’ve written a bit about my past and recent experiences in community, especially as a parent at and community partner to Hall Fletcher on this blog, my life in cake.  Thank you, again and always, for allowing us to continue this simple and beautiful endeavor of making cakes.  We love you and we thank you.

Strawberry Season!


As a part of our mission to “support the local food and agriculture economy,” we are very excited about this year’s strawberry crop.  We are stocking up on fresh strawberries for use in our Strawberry Short Street and Hummingbird Cakes, and look forward to the growing season for more local produce to use in our cakes: sweet potatoes, blueberries, raspberries, apples, fresh flowers, and many more.  Thank you to the farmers of Western North Carolina for providing such bounty!  Happy Spring, y’all!

Best Of WNC 2013:



I know it seems like we just did this, but Mountain Xpress has changed their annual Best of WNC Poll from Fall to Spring. So be a good sport and go vote for Short Street Cakes as best bakery, wouldja?

All you have to do is log on with your email address, and vote for at least 25 categories. Much obliged.  xo

Cake Ladies: Celebrating a Southern Tradition



You may be wondering, “what if I want to get my mother something from Short Street Cakes, but she doesn’t live here?” May we suggest that she would enjoy a copy of Short Street Cakes’ Owner Jodi Rhoden’s book, Cake Ladies: Celebrating a Southern Tradition? The book includes life stories of 19 women and 21 recipes of beloved Southern cakes, and lifts up the life experiences of all women who express their love through food and creativity.  Click here to order the book directly from an independent bookseller near you (or your mom), or swing by the Cake Shop for a personalized, signed copy.

Cake Shop Info:



Short Street Cakes is located at 225 Haywood Road in East-West Asheville, just up the hill from the River Arts District.  we are open 7 days a week: Monday through Saturday 8am til 6pm, and Sundays 10-2. 
phone: 828.505.4822
menu at www.shortstreetcakes.com/menu/
Please allow 48 hours for advance cake orders, or stop by and see what we have on hand!
The mission of Short Street Cakes is to add meaning to life’s celebrations by providing beautiful, delicious, all-natural, scratch-made cakes, and in so doing, generate a sustainable livelihood for our employees, educate the community about traditional foodways, and support the local food and agriculture economy.
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