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To Pie or To Cake - That is the Question

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To Pie or To Cake - That is the Question

If you have spent any amount of time in Downtown Kenosha in recent years, you are probably familiar with the delicious dessert options available. From pie to cupcakes and even Kannebulle, there is something for everyone.

Pecan Pie at Elsie Mae's Canning in Downtown Kenosha, WII recently discovered my love for pie. Thanks to the fine folks at Elsie Mae’s Canning – Pineapple Upside Down Pie is one of my new favorite things. I’ve always enjoyed pie, but not as much as other desserts. Pie isn’t the end of the menu at Elsie Mae’s though. I would highly recommend checking out the Mint Chocolate Whoopie Pies! The cream center is amazing, to say the least. And the Elsie Tarts (pop tarts for grown ups) are adorable and yummy at the same time. Almost too cute to eat. Almost. This store is named after the owner's late grandmother, who taught her all about canning and baking. This little bakery is doing so well, they are actually expanding! Watch for them in their new space at the former Downtown Toy Store location!

Groom's Cake from Robin's Nest Cakery in Downtown Kenosha WI

My real passion though, is cake. I am a cake person. I love cake. Like when people say “I love you like a fat kid loves cake” – I am the fat kid who loves cake. I do not like frosting. I just like cake. That being said, you can probably guess that Robin’s Nest Cakery is one of my favorite places. The smell, the adorable atmosphere, and the friendly faces are all a bonus to the delicious flavors that appear in the display case. Robin made our wedding cake a few years ago, and she also made an incredible junk food-themed Groom’s Cake, which was a surprise for my husband. She does amazing work, and the cake and cupcakes are always super fresh (you know this because she is often at the shop in the wee-small-hours of the morning).

If you’re looking for something a little “exotic” – Linnea Bakery offers Kanebulle (a pretzel-style cinnamon roll of sorts) and a number of other Scandinavian treats. Ssmarty Cakes is also downtown – located inside Scoops Ice Cream. Yes, you read that right. A cupcake store inside an ice cream and candy shop. Talk about heaven! And speaking of ice cream – Sandy’s Popper has a fantastic selection of Wisconsin-made ice creams in addition to their popcorn, caramel corn and candy selection. All that ice cream makes a fabulous side for a slice of cake or pie al a mode.

So, the only question is now…. To pie or to cake?


Elsie Mae's Canning
Expanding Soon at 
5819 6th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140

Linnea Bakery
512 56th Street
Kenosha, WI 53140

Robin's Nest Cakery
5607 7th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140

Sandy's Popper
5503 6th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140

Scoops Ice Cream and Ssmarty Cakes 
5819 6th Avenue 
Kenosha, WI 53140