From baked goods to custom cakes, Auburn has several local bakeries supplying the community with different types of treats.
Miriam Terry, a pastry chef and founder of Sweetly Sifted, said she focused her business on custom cakes.
Terry said before she started Sweetly Sifted, she graduated from Auburn’s food and restaurant management program and then, after interning at Acre, was its head pastry chef.
She said every cake she makes is different for each event, but there are some favorites.
“My signature cake is the Milk ‘n’ Cookies cake, which is a chocolate chip buttermilk cake with cookie dough frosting, topped with chocolate chip cookies,” she said.
Terry said she makes cakes for events like weddings, birthdays, baby showers and bridal showers.
“My favorite aspect about making custom cakes is having the ability to be a part of a customer’s special event and working with the client to tailor a cake that fits their style perfectly,” she said.
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Terry said one of her favorite cakes she did recently was a gold leaf-detailed cake with a pyramid of macarons on top. The more unusual the cake, the more fun it is to make, she said.
Outside of cakes, Terry has partnered with Whimsy to make gluten-free and vegan baked goods, and Hornsby Farms with making baked goods for their produce baskets.
She said she will be partnering with Sword and Skillet and is planning on making holiday pies.
Anna Freeman, the owner of Serenity Farms and Bakery, said they focus their goods on breads, brownies and cookies.
Some of their breads are sourdough, wheat, banana, lemon blueberry and pumpkin spice. For their wheat bread, they grind their own wheat berries and make it 100% whole wheat, she said.
Freeman said her sister, Mary, founded Serenity Farms and Bakery. It started when their brother was asked to bring vegetables to a farmers market, and her sister brought some baked goods to the market as well, and it took off from there.
Freeman said she has been baking for farmers markets with her sister since she was 13. When her sister got married, she passed the business on to her. Now her younger sister helps her at the markets, she said.
“It’s been a great opportunity to spend time with my sisters and bake with them,” Freeman said.
During the summer, they frequent the farmers markets, while in the winter, they take special orders, she said.
Freeman said they will be at Auburn’s Strawberryfest in April, Opelika Farmers Market every Tuesday from May to August and Auburn City Market every other Saturday from May to August.
“I pretty much just bake all day and sometimes into the night,” Freeman said. “Then I get up the next morning before the market and bake, and then we are off to market.”
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