If you are looking for a charitable bakery with a comfy-cozy environment and owners who will make your friends and family feel right at home, look no further than Cake, Hope, and Love in Beavercreek.
Four years ago, Shannon Teague began baking goods in her kitchen and selling them to friends and family. “Once I couldn’t see the dining room table anymore, it was like, we need to move somewhere else,” said Shannon.
Now, merely six months after hatching the idea of opening a bakery, Shannon co-owns Cake, Hope, and Love with her best friend, Connie McFarren.
Cake, Hope, and Love is located at 1490 North Fairfield Road. The shop is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. “We worship on Sundays, and we have Mondays for our families,” said Teague.
The bakery sells a variety of cupcakes that range from chocolate and vanilla to raspberry red velvet and cinnamon hot chocolate. They have approximately forty combinations of cupcakes that they sell for $1.25 each, and gourmet cupcakes which sell for $2.75.
“[The gourmet cupcakes] are like a little party in a cupcake,” said Teague.
One thing that sets the bakery apart is their custom cakes. Unlike most bakeries, Cake, Hope, and Love has no sheet cakes or premade cakes available – all cakes are custom made to order and must be ordered up to two weeks in advance.
The owners also enjoy creating custom flavors for special events, such as a butterbeer-flavored cupcake they made for the Harry Potter movie premiere this past summer.
There are a few other things that make Cake, Hope, and Love different than most bakeries, the first of which is their love for philanthropy work. “We’re just social media geeks that like philanthropy,” said Teague.
Cake, Hope, and Love supports a different philanthropy each month. The philanthropy receives 20 percent of all proceeds made during that month. They support both local and national philanthropies. In the past, they have worked with the Hope Foundation of Greater Dayton and A Kid Again, which raises money for terminally ill children in Central Ohio.
On a broader scale, the bakery is currently working with the No Kid Hungry project. From September 18-24th, Cake, Hope, and Love will donate a portion of their proceeds to help end childhood hunger in America. To learn more about this charity and other ways you can help, visit www.nokidhungry.org.
Cake, Hope, and Love is also preparing to take part in the Walk Now! For Autism Speaks event that is happening in Columbus on October 9th. “[Autism Speaks] is very near and dear,” said Teague, who has a son with autism.
The employees of Cake, Hope, and Love will be walking for Autism Speaks and are asking their customers to join or sponsor them. They will also be selling an Autism Speaks cupcake at their store for $2.00 and will donate $1.50 per cupcake to Autism Speaks. T-shirts will be available for $15 and will say, “Cake Nation – Changing the World One Cupcake at a Time.” All proceeds from the t-shirts will go towards the walk. For more information on how to join or donate to Cake Nation, visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.org.
In addition to making custom cakes and supporting charities each month, Cake, Hope, and Love caters to local events and rents their location out for private functions at a reasonable price. The bakery also runs weekly specials, such as “Buy 2 Get 2 Free” every Tuesday. For more information about catering, private events, specials, and coupons, check out the bakery’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CakeHopeandLove.
Cake, Hope, and Love is a fun, family-oriented bakery with enough custom cupcakes and flavors to please the entire family. The owners use their baking skills to put smiles on people’s faces while giving to charity at the same time. Stop in and enjoy their comfy lounge area, along with a tasty treat and a chat with the owners, all while supporting a good cause.