A person standing by the phone to deliver cupcakes at your beck and call? The emperor Caligula would have blushed at such decadence. And yet here's the number for the Cuppycakes Bakery in Franklin: (615) 569-8342. Sure enough, I call, and there's owner/baker Jessica Parsons, ready to bring me as few as a half-dozen all-butter cupcakes for $12 or $13.50. (The image above is swiped from her site.)
So far, I've only tried the coconut (excellent) and the black-raspberry chocolate (good, even if I wouldn't mourn the stomping of the world's last raspberry), and the menu offers dark chocolate, mocha, orange marmalade and strawberry among other flavors. The best part is Parsons' butter-cream frosting, dense as fudge and whorled atop each cupcake like sculpted roses of sugar. Want a lesson in futility? Try using butter-cream frosting in triple-digit heat. "It's been pretty rough," Parsons says, laughing, "but it's all right as long as the air conditioning holds out."
Parsons, the single mom of 2-year-old twins—they're the pixies pictured on the website with rings of frosting around their mouths—says she started the little bakery to work closer to her kids. Right now, she's using the production kitchen at Franklin's The Cocoa Tree, where her mother, Cathy Parsons, is chocolatier. She's available for everything from weddings to kids' birthday parties, and she uses organic produce and no dyes. Call 24 to 48 hours ahead of time, depending on the size of the order.