Thursday, March 22, 2012

Maxie B's

In my 24 years, I’ve encountered only a few others who have a sweet tooth quite as strong as mine. When Southern Living deemed Maxie B’s bakery in Greensboro one of the best in the South, I knew it was a place I needed to try. As soon as I walked in, I knew that it was my heaven.

Elegant white couches, dangling chandeliers and sophisticated art make for a peaceful setting to enjoy a cup of coffee and indulge in a treat. On any given day, there are at least 30 varieties of layer cakes and cupcakes on display, not to mention the cookies, brownies, ice cream and frozen yogurt selection. It is truly a sugar-lover’s paradise.

Lucky for me, much of my work takes place in Greensboro, so after a few visits I had been able to sample (too) many of their delicious flavors. They cut their three-layer cake slices larger than the average person’s face. I’m not sure if it’s a great thing or a dangerous thing that I’ve discovered the best cake in the universe: Fresh Apple Cake. Non-fruit fans, don’t rush to any conclusions – it’s not really apple-y, it’s more of a moist sourdough cake with a few bites of apples baked in, topped with a luscious cinnamon cream cheese frosting. To my approval, Maxie’s PILES on the icing between the layers (I am flabbergasted when people scrape off “excess” icing; there is no such thing as too much icing.) Every time I’m lucky enough to enjoy a bite of this cake, I am embarrassed how loud my moaning is. I will celebrate every birthday from now on with Fresh Apple Cake.

A close second place goes to the Italian Cream Cake. Walnuts and coconut fill the cake, and the rich cream cheese frosting is the bomb. It’s impossible to eat just one bite. My grandmother makes an awesome version too (maybe I will share if I ever create a baking blog.)

In close third (are you noticing a pattern?), is the Fresh Strawberry Buttercream Cake. I don’t know what the secret in their vanilla buttercream is, but it’s absolutely the best I’ve ever had. It’s thick, velvety and a perfect complement to their light white cake. Fresh strawberries fill the layers – ridiculous. Honorable mentions go to Red Velvet Cake and Sour Cream Coconut Cake.

If I had to pick my least favorite out of all the ones I’ve tried, it would be the Caramel Cake, which is disappointing because I’m usually a fan. The piece I got was a little dry, and the icing was too sweet (yes, I never thought I’d say that either.) I also didn’t love the 18 Carat Cake, perhaps it’s because my grandmother’s recipe can’t be beat. It was TOO chock-full of carrots for my liking.

Maxie B’s stays open until 11pm, which is perfect for those late-night cravings. And as if this place couldn’t get any better, they serve treats for dogs! Check out the photos on the website. If you aren’t drooling afterwards, there’s something seriously wrong with you. If you are drooling, wipe off your keyboard, then get in your car and go to Maxie B’s immediately. 


  1. I love this place! I always went there growing up - it has changed so much over the years! I always make sure to go when I am back in town visiting my parents!


  2. I can't begin to count how many cakes I have ordered from Maxie B's! Our favorite is the Strawberry Buttercream! They also designed some miniature wedding cakes as birthday cakes for a princess party for two of my grand girls last year. Cutest cakes ever!


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