The Cookie Baked Inside The Cookies and Cream Cupcake from Grace & Shelly’s Cupcakes

via Cupcake Takes the Cake blog:

Sometimes, even when I’m not looking for them, cupcakes find me. That’s what happened yesterday when I went to see a movie as part of the Milwaukee Film Festival and literally looked up and there was Grace & Shelly’s Cupcakes, who are based in Florida and also have a Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin location. I’ll post more about my visit, but I will say that ice cream and cupcakes are a win/win, and this is the cookies and cream cupcake I tried. I loved the cookie baked into the bottom! Find out more at their Facebook page and at


My Top 20 Milwaukee Area Activities

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Wine, live music, summer nights, and friends. A few things many people enjoy and all of them are encompassed in Milwaukee’s Jazz in the Park on Thursday evenings in the summer. So it makes perfect sense why it’s hard to find an open spot to lay your blanket down every week! The atmosphere is so laid-back, the food is delectable, and the music is incredibly upbeat, it is impossible to not have a great time! Jazz in the Park is just one of my favorite activities in Milwaukee. I’m sure majority of people wouldn’t expect a city in Wisconsin to have so much to offer, but the M-K-E sure has a lot of things that make it unique!


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Sweet Life: Making Dessert is No Piece of Cake

Cover Story from Estero Magazine. Full article here

Satisfying a sweet tooth is easy in Southwest Florida. Whether it’s cupcakes, donuts, truffles, or pastries, you don’t have to drive far for gourmet treats. 

Making tasty desserts takes much longer than eating them. Local bakers start working long before sunrise to produce fresh bread and cakes each morning. And that’s only half the job.

Here are the stories behind some artisans who decorate their treats with style, presenting desserts that are as lovely as they are tasty…

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Grace & Shelly’s Cupcakes Open in Whitefish Bay

The Whitefish Bay store offers more than a dozen gourmet cupcakes and 28 different ice cream flavors.

Four years ago, Grace Bolen decided to end her career as a software consultant and pursue her passion for baking cupcakes.

After a little more than a year in business, she was joined by business partner Shelly Stayer, and together they have built a mini cupcake empire around Naples, FL. With five Florida stores, Grace & Shelly’s Cupcakes decided to expand to Whitefish Bay.

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WATCH: 5th Avenue Magazine with Grace & Shelly’s Cupcakes

A lovely video stroll through the shops of 5th Avenue South in Naples, Florida.

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Wisconsin – Sweet On New Location

Cupcake Shop to Sweeten Silver Spring Drive

With five stores in Florida, the owners of Grace & Shelly’s Cupcakes plan to open in Whitefish Bay on August 1.

Whitefish Bay’s business district will get a little sweeter come August 1, when Florida-based Grace & Shelly’s Cupcakes plan to open in the former Think Toys storefront at 308 E. Silver Spring Dr.

Shelly Stayer and Grace Bolen have made quite a name for themselves in Naples, Fla., where they have opened five cupcake shops. In addition to gourmet cupcakes, the Whitefish Bay shop will also be offering Wisconsin-made ice cream and gourmet popcorn.

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Naples Illustrated – Sweet Talk

Sweet Talk

There’s something about a languid afternoon on the beach (conveniently accessible from the west end of Fifth Avenue South) that fires up appetites. When a sugar craving takes hold, these spots are to the rescue:

  • Grace & Shelly’s Cupcakes bakes a brown sugar caramel treat that is our particular brand of kryptonite.
  • Adelheidi’s Organic Sweets (239-304-9870) offers crepes and baked goods, but nothing beats the gelato on a sunny day, especially in exciting flavors (avocado, chocolate chili, lavender).
  • Abbott’s Frozen Custard serves the frosty indulgence, but also houses the Mon“Key” Bread Factory. Anyone who hasn’t tried a warm, gooey Key lime Mon“key”buntz simply hasn’t lived.
  • Cafe LurÇat whips up fabulous cuisine, but we secretly wish we could start with dessert—the restaurant is known for its warm, irresistibly cute little sugar-cinnamon donuts.
Grace & Shelly's Cupcakes

-Naples Illustrated, March 2013 Annulinkrastwea

Grace and Shelly’s Cupcakes Featured on Wink News

Sweet! Cupcakes for breakfast
FORT MYERS, Fla – A local cupcake store is more than doubling in size. Grace and Shelly’s Cupcakes will soon be opening new locations along Fifth Avenue South in Naples and Coconut Point in Estero.

The owners showed up Monday morning with plenty of sweet treats for the crew of WINK News This Morning. The stores offer more than two dozen flavors of cupcakes. And new for the holidays…mini cupcakes to go. stores are offereing 24 mini cupcakes in their own sealable cupcake container to send as a gift or to share with your friends or co-workers. And the best part? They’re only 90 calories each!

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Gulfshore life – Scene & Heard

Cupcake Team

Attention, cupcake lovers: New sweets are coming to town. Grace Bolen, the fine hand behind those popular Gracie’s Cupcakes shops in Naples and Fort Myers, is teaming up with star philanthropist and socialite Shelly Stayer for a new sweet shop—Grace and Shelly’s—on Fifth Avenue South in Naples. Grace, a Wharton School grad-turned baker, and Shelly bonded over their shared love of cupcakes, Naples and their daughters. Shelly has an extensive background in food service and will plunge right into day-to-day operations when the store opens in November. wish I could have joined Shelly for her recent research in New York—a cupcake tour to find the best frostings around. Batter up! Count on me to be following my sweet tooth to Fifth Avenue South and the results of her quest.
-Gulfshore Life Magazine, October 2011

Dream Seeker Grace Bolen Creates a Recipe for Success

From the cover of e Bella October 2010
Cupcakes may be all the rage these days, but Bolen is a businesswoman with big dreams: that Gracie’s Cupcakes are one day known around the country, and that other working women like her will have the chance to duplicate the success she has achieved.

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