The cake ball trend is in full swing across Dallas, and two neighborhood residents have joined in, using old family recipes and some innovations of their own. “The taste is what sets us apart from everything,” says Jennifer Walters. She and her business partner, Jennifer Shannon, launched their own online bakery, D’Lish Desserts, in September making cake balls, cookies, dessert bars, cupcakes, tarts and other treats. They had 250 orders in their first week. While Walters handles the business side, Shannon does most of the baking, having learned from her mother. She tries simple tricks such as using fruit to cut the sweetness of chocolate. She took the red out of red velvet, leaving out the dye that can have a bad aftertaste, she says. “So, it’s just a velvet cupcake.” Shannon and Walters had a booth at the St. Thomas Aquinas market, and hosted a dessert night at Times Ten Cellars, which they hope to continue each month. The ultimate goal — to open an East Dallas storefront and become part of the thriving local business community.
Three more places to indulge
1 Corner Market
The popular sandwich shop carries sweets by Dude, Sweet Chocolate, the Oak Cliff chocolatier that has garnered attention for its experimental flavors.
Greenville & McCommas
2 The Pearl Cup
This noted coffeehouse carries baked goods from Citizen Sweet Bakery; the vegan Tough Cookie; Kessler Cookie Company; Cookies, Crumbs and Crusts; and Wackym’s Kitchen.
Henderson & McMillan
White Rock area resident Christina Haywood serves up cake balls on a stick and other sweet desserts through her online bakery.
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