Actresses from ‘The Help’ have received lots of accolades. Viola Davis won several awards for her portrayal of Aibileen Clark and her cast mate Octavia Spencer walked away with an Oscar for her role as Minny Jackson. But the cakes and pies also took a star turn in the film.
In particular, everyone raves about a seven-layer caramel cake. It’s nine inches round and the layers are held together by frosting that looks so good and sweet that it may be a sin.
Well, the makers of the on-screen beauties used in the film do their work in Annapolis. For more than a decade Caroline’s Cakes, known mostly for their seven-layer, caramel cakes, has been serving up treats to happy customers. Several years ago, the bakery opened up a small café two doors down that offers a breakfast and lunch menu.
Over the weekend, Substance & Style took a road trip to Annapolis to experience Caroline’s firsthand. At the bakery, we were greeted by a friendly and knowledgeable staff person who helped us make a selection. We were tempted by many cakes but stuck with the original plan--caramel.
The café, Caroline’s Gourmet, is intimate and warm and just when you thought you’d met the friendliest staffer in the world at the bakery – you realize in fact that she has competition from the two young men at café. They greet you with a smile and make you feel like family.
Our party ordered curried chicken salad on lettuce, a chicken foccacia sandwich and slices of the seven layer lemon and caramel cakes. The meal was worth the gas mileage from the District to Annapolis. We washed down our lunch with ice cold bottles of Cheerwine soda. Bottled since 1917, it has been called the "Nectar of North Carolina.” You’ll have to buy a bottle. We bought several to take home.
We went for the cake. But the lunch made us linger. We will be back for more.
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