Look out, Buckhead. There’s a new sweet spot opening today in your neck of the woods.
Mae’s Bakery on Lenox Road sells a range of from-scratch sweets from cinnamon rolls and cookies to cupcakes and whoopie pies. Owner Beth Castro has been an avid baker since she was a child and, like many, has long considered opening a bakery after receiving compliments on her treats from friends and family.
Castro has worked in the restaurant industry for the majority of her career. She has been a server, bartender and restaurant manager in both mom-and-pop spots and at chain restaurants like Ruby Tuesday and Longhorn Steakhouse. But it’s baking that “has always been a passion.”
Mae’s Bakery, named after Castro’s six-year old daughter, has also attracted the talent of Fahra Krifkovic, who served as head baker at Decatur’s Southern Sweets for nearly 12 years. A few of the goods you’ll find at the bakery include s’mores cupcakes with layers of butter-graham crust, chocolate cake and marshmallow fluff buttercream, cream cheese frosted cinnamon rolls and vanilla bean sugar cookies. Mae’s also prepares savory breakfast options like fresh yeast rolls filled with spinach and feta or chicken sausage and mozzarella.
This 25-seat bakery offers a full coffee bar serving Counter Culture Coffees. Brandon Malcom, former coffee manager at Empire State South, oversees the the shop’s coffee program and team of seven baristas. Syrups and caramels used in beverages are all made in house.
Long term plans for Mae’s include the possibility of instituting “Superhero Sundays” once a month for families. Castro is working with a local entertainment company to plan afternoons that include cupcake decorating and visits with princesses, Spiderman and other popular characters.
(See photos of Mae’s Bakery on the AJC Food and More Facebook page.)
7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. 2770 Lenox Road, Atlanta.
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–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog