Y’all, there is nothing that makes me happier than picking out a variety of Texas-made treats to send to a friend, and acquaintance, or a work associate. I recently picked up a few things for a client who is based in Louisiana (also a great state for delicious goodies), and the hardest part was trying not to go overboard.
I posted yesterday about Royers Pie Haven and the warm pie delivery that earned me brownie points (see what I did there?), sharing that they ship here, there and everywhere, as well. Some of my other favorite local businesses who ship are Delysia Chocolatier, Lammes Candies (those Longhorns!), Confituras (because who can resist Salted Caramel Pear Butter? Not me.), Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, and Kohana Coffee. You can pretty much cover all bases with this group.
I’ve learned of another Austin business that my waistline would prefer I ignore. Stephanie Ayers was born into the tradition of making rum cakes to gift to friends during the holidays. Her mother developed the recipe, and taught Stephanie. By the time she was in high school their cake production had gone from less than five cakes baked to more than 40 delivered to what certainly must have been very grateful friends. Stephanie turned that tradition into Rum Yum Cakes, and has been busily building up a loyal following for her incredibly tasty cake.
Rum Yum Cakes launched last year, with three flavors: the original rum cake, pecan rum cake (made with Pecan Street Rum distilled in Pflugerville) and coconut rum cake. They’re adding new flavors for 2014, too.
I love that Rum Yum Cakes offers notecards to send with your cake, including a cute one celebrating expectant moms, and a sassy way to tell someone you love them. I think that opening a cake business requires a great sense of humor and lots of rum, don’t you?
Growing up in Corpus Christi where Stephanie’s father had a medical practice that included low income patients, her holiday memories also include tamales. He would forgo monetary payment in favor of handmade tamales, and their delectability is something Stephanie associates with the season. She says “Perhaps it was also an experience because you got to literally unwrap your own food! Aside from the taste, I love what they stood for — helping others who may be less fortunate.”