Cakes by Bakin Bishop is the full name of this adorable little Smoky Mountains bakery; but to a traveler passing through, the full-size, special-occasion creations of baker Shannon Bishop don’t make sense. On the other hand, Shannon’s cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, brownies, cups of icing (yes!), lemon bars, cookies, and gingerbread men are a Roadfood traveler’s siren song.
The big, ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls are Bakin Bishop’s flagship pastry. Although swirled with thick, buttery veins of cinnamon and veiled with icing, they are not insanely sweet. All their sugary goodness is balanced by the fragile dough it envelops.
Cupcakes are tender, full-flavored, available as full-size jumbos or two-bite minis. Choices include chocolate, strawberry, wedding white, lemon, red velvet, and orange. Choose one, then whatever icing you want: 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: 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.
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. I chose peanut butter, which, in concert with the cookies, was nothing short of swoonworthy.
Much business is take-out; but there is a single table inside as well as seats outdoors on the porch.
If you are visiting eastern Tennessee with a sweet tooth, put this place at the top of your itinerary.