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Posted on Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 8 a.m.

Frugal Friday at Glee Cake & Pastry - satisfy your sweet tooth for less than $5

By Mary Bilyeu


Salted Butterscotch cupcake from Glee Cake & Pastry in Chelsea.

Mary Bilyeu | Contributor

My boyfriend, Craig, and I took a trip out to Chelsea last Saturday to putter around, to see the Christmas-y sites, and to revel in small-town friendliness, quaintness and charm. And a highlight of our afternoon, of course, was cupcakes. But not just any cupcakes — these were baked by Glee Havens, who won the 2012 Girl Scout Cookie Bake-Off Benefit that I was thrilled to help judge this past September.

And so, when you can relish decadent treats like these for less than $5 per person, Glee Cake & Pastry is a natural fit for Frugal Floozie Friday!

There are so many treats to choose from: cupcakes, dessert bars, slices of tortes or cakes... sigh. I wandered back and forth from one display case to another (there are three); and instead of narrowing down my list of options, each time I considered my choices my list grew longer.


Boston Cream cupcake

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Craig knew readily what he wanted: the Boston Cream cupcake pictured at right: "A light moist vanilla cake topped with a rich vanilla custard and dipped in chocolate ganache." Having gone to graduate school in Boston, it was a taste of his former home. And who doesn't love this lovely, decadent treat?

I debated among the Peanut Butter and Ganache cupcake, the coconut-topped Toasted Mounds variety, and the Death by Chocolate (no surprise to learn this is the shop's best seller). But I succumbed ultimately to the Salted Butterscotch cupcake pictured at the top of the post — salty, sweet, and sublime.

Cupcakes cost $3 each — well within our mandatory Frugal Floozie Friday budget of $5 or less per person; but if you buy two or more, they are only $2.75. Slices of elegant, sophisticated, luscious cakes and tortes cost $4.25; and cookies, brownies, or bars range from 75 cents to $3 each.

Even better, if you visit Glee on a Sunday you can enjoy Happy Hour prices: from noon-5 p.m., "all items in the case are half off!"

Whether you're looking to enjoy treats for a special occasion, or just want a little something sweet "just because," be sure to stop by Glee's shop for wonderful items.


Mary Bilyeu, Contributor

Glee Cake & Pastry 117 S. Main Street Chelsea, MI 48118 734-475-3000 Tuesday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday: noon - 5 p.m.

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Mary Bilyeu writes for on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, telling about her adventures in the kitchen - making dinner, celebrating holidays, entering cooking contests, meeting new friends ... whatever strikes her fancy. She is also on a mission to find great deals for her Frugal Floozie Friday posts, seeking fabulous food at restaurants on the limited budget of only $5 per person. Feel free to email her with questions, comments, or suggestions:

Go visit Mary's blog — Food Floozie — where she enthuses and effuses over all things food-related; and look for her monthly articles in the Washtenaw Jewish News. "Like" her on Facebook, or send a tweet on Twitter, too.

The phrase "You Should Only Be Happy" (written in Hebrew on the stone pictured in this post) comes from Deuteronomy 16:15 and is a wish for all her readers - when you come to visit here, may you always be happy.



Sun, Dec 30, 2012 : 5:26 a.m.

To the writer....Anything called "Boston Cream" in Michigan comes from the term used for Vernors ice cream drink. He created the Sanders confectionary company and is thought to have invented the sundae and ice cream soda. The term "Boston" comes from Boston Blvd in DETROIT, not Boston Massachusetts. See wiki for vernors...


Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 11:05 p.m.

Wow!! Thanks for the Happy Hour info!! I did not know that!! Guess where I'm going to stop on Sunday!!!!