Cupcakes and ice cream coming to Lake Lorraine

By Jodi Schwan

Cupcakes that have been featured on “Cupcake Wars,” MTV and “The View” are coming to Lake Lorraine.

Smallcakes Cupcakery & Creamery, a national chain, plans to open in a new retail center along Marion Road that includes Moe’s Home Collection and a future Toppers Pizza.

Franchisee Dani Nordhagen operated Smallcakes in Rapid City before moving to Sioux Falls.

“I just love the unique flavors,” she said. “The cake is amazingly delicious, and I think it will do really great here. I don’t think there’s anything like it. There are other cupcakeries, but they’re a little bit different.”

Smallcakes offers  250 rotating cupcake flavors, with 16 featured daily, as well as specialty cakes and truffles. The menu also includes small-batch homemade ice cream that is cupcake infused, with 60 rotating flavors.

The cupcakes are jumbo-size and made from scratch in the store. Flavors are eclectic, from a classic hot fudge sundae or tiramisu cupcake to more exotic combinations including Doritos and Mountain Dew.

“They’re so fun, and they always come up with the coolest ideas,” Nordhagen said.

She plans to open in September and said she likes the idea of serving the area around Lake Lorraine, including hotels, workers and shoppers. She plans to work with the developers to sell treats on a cart around the lake during special events.

“Smallcakes is a perfect fit for what we have envisioned for the development,” said co-developer Mike Van Buskirk of Van Buskirk Cos. “As people are enjoying Lake Lorraine, it’s pretty likely they’ll have a desire for a tasty treat. We love that they will have the option to shop and then walk on over to enjoy a cupcake or ice cream cone.”

Nordhagen plans to have two Sioux Falls locations “in the near future” as well as a food truck for weddings and special events. The stores also will feature ladies’ night vendor shows, cake-decorating workshops and wine-cupcake pairings.

“We’ll always be actively doing things in the community,” she said. “That’s what we loved about Rapid City. We did whatever we could to be part of everything going on.”

Smallcakes Cupcakery & Creamery will be in a retail center along Marion Road at Lake Lorraine.

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Cupcakes and ice cream coming to Lake Lorraine

Cupcakes that have been featured on “Cupcake Wars,” MTV and “The View” are coming to Lake Lorraine.

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