So today…ahhhhhhh…very interesting start. Had early meeting with publisher and had a text from my friend D while getting ready. We have been having photog dialog which got me to thinking…D and his son T were my very first official photo shoot eva! I shot some pictures of them for his Mom’s Christmas gift and it happened to be about this time of year…I thought it was 2 years ago however, D reminded me it was last year.
At that point I started thinking back…it has only been 1 year since I felt confident enough in my photog abilities to actually charge money for photos. Well lordie, what a dang year it’s been…someone opened those gates and life took off along with my photography! YEAH ME!
Oh and I need to mention….D, T, L, A have had a hell of a year as well…they hired me Nov 08, Dec 08 for Christmas cards, March 09 for engagement photo’s, then again in May 09 for a wedding! Seems my friends and I don’t waste time…ha!THANK YOU CLARKS FOR ALL THE BUSINESS..KEEP IT COMIN!
So back to today…blowing through the past year, there’s been weddings, PR pics, holidays, lots of shoots, recent shoots like baby Hayden, Sloans, Dovers the Monell’s 15th anv book deal, pics published…and they keep coming! That being said…I decided to celebrate with a Naticake cupcake. I haven’t been in a week or so and was missing my cupcakes.
I just finished my meeting with the Monell’s publisher and decided to take my files in and enjoy a little time sitting down and enjoying my cupcake. It was funny, I found myself helping the lady in front of me decide which ones she wanted…I was really just wanting her to hurry so I could get my cupcake and then 2 sisters came in behind me. They wanted to know what a Naticake was, well they sure asked the right person! See they weren’t from around here, they were here from KY so I got to start at the beginning with them and share they were the best cupcakes in the world, then they had to try the Natichino…and then I started in sharing Nati story, mission, and Naticlub info. Before they hit the counter they were both so excited they even bought matching Nati-shirts!
We all sat together and shared stories, the Nati story hit home personally for them so we shared a nice time chatting and learning about each other. It really reminded me how very important it is to always be open and avail to others..you never know who might need you to listen, or who might be there to listen to you. They were both 2 of the neatest, most creative, caring people I have met in a long while. We all shared a hug before I sent them to Monell’s for lunch around the corner. I’m assuming they prob rolled back to KY so full from all the food…ha anyway…I wanted to share a picture of them as well as a picture of the write-up on Naticakes that included one of my photos..what a great wrap up to a blessed 1st-ish year!
Thank you Naticakes for being a part of my celebration!
So..been working on the books..in fact so much I’ve not been as good getting my cupcakes in as I should. Today I decided to be a GOOD CUPCAKE LADY..so I headed out in the baby benzo to my FAV cupcake location in Franklin, TN Naticakes (makes my mouth water just to type this blog).
Of course I open the Nati-door and whooooosssshhhhhhh the smell of fresh baked cupcakes…it’s like that cartoon with the snake eyes that go all silly..that’s what the smell does to me when I open the Nati-door. Who’s with me on this one? Lordie, we need to bottle that smell and make Nati-home spray and Nati-candles. I bet they would fly off the shelf! OK, back to the story….
I usually get my Naticake to go however, I decided to plant my rear and people watch. OH OH lordie can’t believe I didn’t mention….hello Chocolate Peanut Butter dreamiest cupcake yet. New flavor..and it has GOO! Huge fan of the GOO in the middle Naticakes HUGE….however, before I could dig in a huge group of younger less exp cupcake fans came in…one claimed the line of tables on the left…I knew they were here for a long while. They were having a little Naticake love time togetha…I just love that. THEN…4 more exp Nati-lova’s came in – these were the fully decked, big huge bling, vuitton, dior sporting SKINNYYYY Nati-lova’s (we come in all shapes and sizes).
As I was listening to the orders…they all ordered Nati-chinno’s and then they were all deciding which cupcake they were going to SPLIT..STOP RIGHT THERE..did you hear me? SPLIT? a NATICAKE? how do you split a Naticake 4 ways? are they nuts? right then I decided they were nuts! Then I decided I would rather be fat and have my OWN NATICAKE thank you…and then I felt sorry for the skinny Nati-lova’s…I can’t imagine having that kind of control! If Nati-team would let me…I would dive head first into the cupcakes and I wouldn’t come up for air..who needs air when you have Naticakes cupcakes? So I thought…JUST EAT ALREADY SKINNY NATI-LOVA’s! FREE YO-SELF..
So today while out running around I was thinking it had been a while since I’ve tried GiGi’s Cupcakes. In all fairness I like to keep giving everyone a fair shot at the best cupcake in Nashville, TN.
As you all know, I believe there is an ass for every seat and I think cupcakes are the same…some you will like, some I will like…it’s just all opinions so please feel free to voice yours…and I am always open to trying new cupcakes so please keep me posted!
So I went in to the GiGi’s location music row and was greeted by some great people…I shared with them this was my 2nd visit to GiGi’s and I asked for coaching on picking 2 cupcakes. They were super sweet and I ended up with a Lemon Dream Supreme, and a Midnight Magic with choc buttercream icing. They packed them up and I headed home.
This is what I found when I opened the box. It seems they are top heavy and took a spill…I had them so they wouldn’t move in the car…so I was less than excited.
As far as taste well….they were almost as bad as the Ivey Cupcakes – GiGi’s Cupcakes are runny, way too much too-sweet frosting. The cake portion was dense but gummy and the Lemon Dream Supreme had a chemical-like aftertaste. The Midnight Magic choc buttercream icing was like eating straight sugar…there seems to be a HUGE difference in what people call “buttercream icing”.
So Naticakes is still the champ for BEST CUPCAKE Nashville, TN and surrounding with the best service with a smile.
it’s been a while…I know I know, you missed me but I’ve been BUSY working on a book you know…for 15th anv of Monell’s – coffee table photog book as well as a cookbook. Met with publishers last week..shot all 4 locations…lordie it’s been crazy and fun all wrapped into 1 cute package.
So back to the important subject..cupcakes….I was out today top popped on the baby benz wind through my hair when I decided to make a trip to downtown Franklin, TN. Seems the car points that direction whenever it can..I think the baby benz has a crush….on Naticakes! Suits me just fine…don’t think there will ever be a day I will find a better cupcake – EVA!
I always park as far away as possible, my mind seems to think I can eat however many cupcakes I want as long as I work for them…so if I get a close spot I can only have 1..and if I have to park in the garage on 4th I can get 2 only if they SCREAM at me when I open the door. If you’ve ever had a Naticake you know they SCREAMMMMMM LOOUUUDDDDD…
Just as you would think the very second I put my hand on the Nati-Door I heard it….the sreams from the cupcakes..as well as all the chatter from the full house! It seems word has gotten out about Naticakes and the place is always packed….which is fine…they always make plenty of cupcakes!
Wouldn’t you know they just happened to run out of single boxes when I got up to the front…I couldn’t just let 1 cupcake be all lonley in a 4 box…fill’er up I told the cute little Nati-Lady…
So there I was all these cupcakes and I was thinking there was NO way I could wait till I got home so I broke into the box and cut the top off the devils food cupcake while shifting…well I took a few licks of that one and decided I wanted some of the orange dream cucpake – it just looked too pretty not to be eaten however, there was nowhere to put them down…that’s when it HIT ME…the cup holder is actually really a CUPCAKE HOLDER! GENIUS thinking if I do say so myself! The perfect size..LOOK!
now if I can just figure out why they only have 2 cupcake holders in the baby benzo…..
What would my world look like if I didn’t know exactly where I could go at anytime to grab a happy cupcake?
Do you know the only reason I love to hike is because it makes it okay for me to eat a cupcake? Do you know I just like driving downtown Franklin just so I can open the door to Naticakes and smell the sweet sunshine? I really do..and I never know what or who’s going to be there to greet me with a smile and have me ask them which cupcakes have the “goo” in the middle..lordie I love my goo!
So last week I went in for a moment of sunshine and there were pup cakes….what? yes…for dogs! I loved it…then she brought around a magical tray filled with these ball things…she called the nati-bites-I call them heaven. They are perfecting the nati-bites to be able to ship and share with everyone around the world! That’s a LOT of sunshine!
So today I’m thinking if Naticakes wasn’t blessing us everyday my life wouldn’t be nearly as sweet and fun as it is today….thank you naticakes!
With Downtown Franklin Square buzzing again after the summer lull, I popped into Naticakes, one of the square’s newest tenants, to check out its highly-acclaimed cupcakes.
Greeted warmly by the staff, I was eager to sample some cupcake delish. Presented in a white display case
the little cakes looked more like Louboutins at Neiman Marcus than the staple food of children’s birthday parties. In lieu of a nutritional dinner I opted for a cupcake dinner – it’s a real diet people I have proof!
The shop itself is quite charming, white tables, chairs, and counters, and pale blue and yellow accents dotting the boutique. The story of how Naticakes all began and pictures of cupcakes fill the wall space, making the place an idyllic backdrop to a post-dinner (or movie) date stop. To actually grab one of its tables requires a combination of fortuitous timing and sharp elbows. If you do land a seat you could be entertained for hours by the people watching Downtown Franklin.
I couldn’t wait to dig in. Each cupcake was gorgeous; the highly-stylized confections complemented the equally beautiful setting in which they were served.
I thoroughly enjoy every moment when visiting Naticakes.
And the shop is adorable, it is worth the trip to charming Downtown Franklin!
328 Main Street
Franklin, TN 37064
“I think Im going to try Ivey Cakes 1 more time” I say to myself as I pull into a parking spot. I had a reader challenge my thinking on my other reviews of Ivey Cake – so fair is fair right?
But to my hearts dismay it didn’t get better, in fact I think it was worse. I’m so a positive person and can spin anything but they still tasted like a log of grease or butter. Look at the picture, I live 10 min outside of Franklin, TN in Brentwood so I don’t have far to travel and look at it. Now when I say it’s greasy is it fair to say I have proof now? I took a bite and tossed them in the trash.
- Pros: cute shop
- Cons: horrible taste and overpriced