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Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen

2525 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY - (502) 459-8184
Posted By Michael Stern on 5/7/2009 5:54:00 PM
If you have a sweet tooth in Louisville, you need to know about this place. It is cake-eater’s heaven.

The ice cream is homemade and hand-dipped and very good, including such seasonal flavors as pumpkin, peach, and egg nog. The pies are gorgeous. They include classic chess pie as well as lemon chess and chocolate chess, key lime pie and Shaker sugar pie, seasonal fruit pies, mince pie in the autumn, and the #1 customer favorite, Dutch apple with caramel pie.

But it is the cakes that make us weak-kneed. Beautiful layer cakes made (of course) from scratch, are swirled with sweet-smelling buttercream frosting. A few of our favorite varieties include red velvet cake (a deep, dark chocolate) with cream cheese frosting, banana-pecan cake with butter cream, coconut cake, mandarin orange cake with pineapple-filled whipped cream, and jam-spice cake with caramel frosting. For plan-ahead parties, cakes are available with writing and candles and decoration in edible colors that range from black and gold for Halloween to pink and lavender for Springtime.

Because we only visit Louisville for short periods of time, coming to this little shop is inevitably frustrating. There is no way two people can even begin to sample all the lovely cakes available any one day. Nearly everything is sold by the slice as well as the whole cake, and there are a few dining tables scattered about for drop-ins who require instant-gratification.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Hummingbird Cake
Chess Pie
Lemon Meringue Pie
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Food historians trace the name of hummingbird cake to the Doctor Bird, a swallow-tailed hummingbird that lives only in Jamaica, and a Jamaican banana cake that was its inspiration. It is sweet enough for a hummingbird to love.
"Food historians trace the name of hummingbird cake to the Doctor Bird, a swallow-tailed hummingbird that lives only in Jamaica, and a Jamaican banana cake that was its inspiration. It is sweet enough for a hummingbird to love."
Michael Stern





If you look closely at this piece of Georgia cake, you can see the mandarin orange pieces in the yellow cake and the pineapple chunks in the icing.
"If you look closely at this piece of Georgia cake, you can see the mandarin orange pieces in the yellow cake and the pineapple chunks in the icing."
Cliff Strutz


This picture does not convey just how red the red velvet cake is. It is particularily well-complemented by the cream cheese frosting.
"This picture does not convey just how red the red velvet cake is. It is particularily well-complemented by the cream cheese frosting."
Michael Stern


The French Silk cake is considered a ''special cake,'' which means it isn't always available.  But this moist, rich, but not overly sweet cake is well worth keeping an eye out for.
"The French Silk cake is considered a ''special cake,'' which means it isn't always available. But this moist, rich, but not overly sweet cake is well worth keeping an eye out for."
Cliff Strutz


Kentucky bourbon chocolate pecan pie.
"Kentucky bourbon chocolate pecan pie."
BSamuelson


Fluffy-topped and sweet-bottomed, the Pie Kitchen's lemon meringue pie is a classic. We were especially impressed by the lightness of the lemon part.
"Fluffy-topped and sweet-bottomed, the Pie Kitchen's lemon meringue pie is a classic. We were especially impressed by the lightness of the lemon part."
Michael Stern


The story is that chess pie got its name when someone asked the cook what kind of pie they were serving. The cook, a southerner of course, responded, 'jes' pie.' That crumbly top results from the heat of the oven.
"The story is that chess pie got its name when someone asked the cook what kind of pie they were serving. The cook, a southerner of course, responded, 'jes' pie.' That crumbly top results from the heat of the oven."
Michael Stern


For those who can't decide between ice cream or pie, a slice of ice cream pie might be the way to go.  This one is a turtle ice cream pie.
"For those who can't decide between ice cream or pie, a slice of ice cream pie might be the way to go. This one is a turtle ice cream pie."
Cliff Strutz


During Derby week, soft and delicious horse-shaped sugar cookies are available.
"During Derby week, soft and delicious horse-shaped sugar cookies are available."
Cliff Strutz


Yellow cupcake with caramel icing.
"Yellow cupcake with caramel icing."
BSamuelson


Shaker sugar pie.
"Shaker sugar pie."
BSamuelson


Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen's first-rate Dutch apple pie is made even better by the layer of caramel on top.
"Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen's first-rate Dutch apple pie is made even better by the layer of caramel on top."
Cliff Strutz


Temptation!
"Temptation!"
Michael Stern


In the window of the Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen is this sign of pie excellence.
"In the window of the Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen is this sign of pie excellence."
Michael Stern


A quiet bakery that is mobbed by people getting take-out orders before holidays
"A quiet bakery that is mobbed by people getting take-out orders before holidays"
Michael Stern



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