Bakin Bishop | Smoky Mountain Sweets

Review by: Michael Stern

Sweet Tooths, Stop Here

If you are visiting eastern Tennessee with a sweet tooth, put this charming little spot at the top of your itinerary. Cakes by Bakin Bishop is its full name. Cakes are swell if you are planning a wedding or a special occasion. But to a traveler passing through, the full-size, special-occasion creations of baker Shannon Bishop don’t make sense. On the other hand, consider Shannon’s cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, brownies, cups of icing (yes!), lemon bars, cookies, and gingerbread men. These are Smoky Mountain sweets that demand a Roadfood traveler’s attention. If you like pastry, here you will find some of the best eats in Pigeon Forge.

Decisions, Decisions: What to Eat?

Oh, the cupcakes! Tender, full-flavored, available as full-size jumbos or two-bite minis, they rule. Choose from among chocolate, strawberry, wedding white, lemon, red velvet, and orange. Once you’ve decided, pick your icing. Choices: fudge chocolate, buttercream, peanut butter, Key lime cream cheese, or amaretto pecan cream cheese. Piped onto the cake to order, these icings are nothing short of magnificent. They are airy, fresh, deeply satisfying. They’re so good that the menu actually includes little cups of nothing but icing! If you like sprinkles on a cupcake, about a dozen different colors are available.

Big, ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls are Bakin Bishop’s big guns. Although swirled with thick, buttery veins of cinnamon and veiled with icing, they are not insanely sweet. Fine, fragile dough mitigates their sugary goodness.

Bakin Bishop’s whoopie cushions resemble an old-fashioned whoopie pie. But instead of cake, they’re made with chocolate chip cookies — chewy, buttery, chocolaty cookies. Between the cookies goes a thick swirl of icing. Peanut butter in concert with the cookies is nothing short of swoonworthy.

Eat Here or on the Road

Much business at this adorable little bakery is take-out. But a single table inside as well as seats outdoors on the porch allow for sit-down enjoyment of these Smoky Mountain sweets.

What To Eat

Cinnamon Roll

Whoopie Cushion

Chocolate Cupcake

Lemon Brownie

Strawberry Cupcake


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