In this age of 24/7 accessibility, we feel impatient if we can’t get something right away. But there’s a lot to be said about learning to wait.
There’s a buildup of excitement and anticipation, and when we finally do get the thing that we were longing for, we appreciate it more.
That’s how I feel about the baked treats from Frosted Cakerie. When I take a bite of one of the cupcakes, cookies, or other sweets from this bakery, I savor it just a bit more because I know that these goodies are only available to the public once a week on Walk-In Wednesdays.
During the rest of the week, Kristen Scheafer, owner of the bakery, tantalizes us with Instagram photos of the yumminess to come the following Wednesday; that is, when she’s not busy creating custom cakes for clients (which are the mainstay of her business). Her modern cakes, with creative designs and unique color palettes, are works of art – and they taste amazing, too! This winning combination is what has made Frosted successful since opening in 2016.
I visited Frosted on a recent Walk-In Wednesday. It shares a space with Bearded Lady Roasters, which roasts and serves some of the best coffee in Joplin. Pairing a coffee shop with a bakery is a brilliant move.
On the day I popped in, Bearded Lady Roasters was celebrating its first birthday (at that location), and Frosted was celebrating its fourth birthday (for which Kristen made these adorable cannoli).
There was a party going on in the display case, too, with sprinkles adding extra flair to the baked goods.
The offerings at Frosted change weekly, and sometimes there are even vegan and gluten-free options to try.
I decided to pick out a variety of things to bring home for me and my family to share, including the prettiest lemon doughnut I’ve ever seen.
I also chose a Pink Champagne cupcake (one of Frosted’s most popular flavors). The cake was a pretty blush color, and the delicious champagne buttercream was topped with a dusting of glitter and sprinkles.
I also brought home one of the popular – and gigantic – lemon cookies. I loved the shortbread-like consistency, and the nice balance of sweetness and tartness.
My kids devoured the Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie Sandwich first. This sinful creation consisted of two cookies held together with a layer of buttercream frosting.
We loved our goodies so much that I came back two days later, on a Friday, to take advantage of Frosted’s Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Shop. I snagged one of the Red Velvet cupcakes to share with my husband that night.
The moist, red cake was topped with heavenly Milk & Honey cream cheese frosting made with locally sourced milk from Edgewood Creamery.
Other local products are available to purchase in the Frosted/Bearded Lady Roasters shared space, including coffee, honey, and pottery, like this cake stand – which would be perfect for displaying lovely Frosted treats.
But, be warned. Those irresistible sweets will disappear quickly, leaving you staring at a cake stand covered in crumbs.
But at least it’s a pretty cake stand.
Visit Frosted Cakerie on Walk-In Wednesdays at 218 South Main Street. Click here to view Frosted’s website, or follow Frosted on Facebook and Instagram.
Christine is a Chicago native and has lived in Joplin for almost two decades. Growing up in the Windy City, she loved to explore the wide variety of museums, restaurants, sports venues, theaters and parks. When she moved to Joplin her goal was to learn about the unique culture and attractions in the area. Now Christine discovers new things each week, whether it be a little-known park, a new restaurant or a community event. Joplin can be just as exciting as a major city if you dive in to all the community has to offer.