Little London Cake Shoppe Best Of

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Best Of 2012: Cake Bakery

Little London Cake Shoppe competed on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars recently, and won with exotic offerings like a Stilton cheese, pear and toasted walnut cupcake with cucumber-dill cream cheese topping. Baker Reuben Russell says the shop agreed to be on the show after being asked, and he was initially delighted to win. But since then, he says, fans have been stopping by regularly, asking for autographs and photos, and asking the bakery to sell them single cupcakes. This might be great if Little London's business was cupcakes, but it's primarily a special-order cake shop — you know, the kind of place you go for a wedding cake. "We just basically need to try to stay away from the cupcakes and focus on the cakes," Russell says. And fancy cupcakes aside, Little London makes awesome cake — delicious and moist with creamy frosting. — J. Adrian Stanley

Best Of 2010: Cake Bakery

The Little London Cake Shoppe takes the cake again. While the category is only two years old, the bakery has been "creating art out of cake" for 28 years. So it's not that it's needed any help — but the shop has gotten some from shows like Cake Boss and Ace of Cakes. "When I first started, I did a lot of writing, roses and baby booties," says owner Jane Vasterling. "Now everyone's getting personalized cakes." Vasterling came from England to the U.S. as a registered nurse, but couldn't practice until she took the American board exams. Meanwhile, she started washing dishes and gathered enough business acumen to create Little London. Now she particularly loves sculpting, even when someone asks her to create an alien baby emerging from a woman's pregnant stomach. Most popular item next year: "Cupcakes, especially the wedding cake made of cupcakes." — Leah Barker

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