Fresh Madeleines at Daisy Cakes

Tanya Catolos, the pastry chef at the Washington Duke Inn, just opened Daisy Cakes, a mobile storefront (technically a 1978 chrome Streamliner) for her cupcakes and other baked goods, located a block up from the Farmer’s Market.

Here’s the Streamliner in context, on the corner of Foster and Geer, right across from the Manbites Dog Theater and the now-defunct King’s Sandwich Shop.

After some truly heinous cupcake experiences in the Triangle, I was really happy with Daisy Cakes. That’s the Pink Lemonade cupcake (lemon with raspberry buttercream frosting). The cupcake itself is more cakey than spongey, and the frosting is creamy and super light but not at all airy like grocery store frosting.

If I ever buy a madeleine mold pan (or mini loaf pans) my masculinity will be officially rescinded, so I’m pretty elated I can now get fresh madeleines in Durham. It doesn’t get much better than warm, lemony discs of pound cake.

One of the cuter items on hand are “Pop’t-Arts,” which is basically flaky shortbread with a layer of strawberry preserves. They’re warmed before serving, but they really open up when you toast them at home too.

They’ve got a couple of tables set up next to the bus, great local coffee (Counter Culture), and tons of adorable in the vein of Locopops. I hear they’re starting to get swarmed, so in case supply doesn’t keep up with demand, you may want to show up earlyish for your Pop’t-Art.

Daisy Cakes (map)
Saturday: 8 am – 1 pm

Published in: on August 16, 2008 at 9:27 am  Comments (20)  


  1. […] and seeing a few photo samples, about the new Daisy Cakes mobile storefront in Durham, from the Carpe Durham blog I may have to make the drive and pick up one. What’s your favorite cupcake shop in the […]

  2. I wonder, do they have a central kitchen somewhere, or were they able to get the trailer licensed to actually produce food in?


  3. The Pink Lemonade the best cupcake IMO. They are all good, but that is just the best.

  4. Dude, go ahead, suck it up, and buy a madeleine pan. I won’t tell anyone. 🙂

  5. Ever hear anything about Ox & Rabbit opening on 9th street?

  6. it’s open

  7. Hey Rachel! We did a post on Ox & Rabbit the day it opened.

  8. Does anyone have contact info for Tanya of Daisy Cakes? Thank you!

  9. I assume the email address at (which is info at daisycakes dot com) is the best way to get in touch with her.

  10. I had one of the Pink Lemonade and didn’t like it. I don’t know if it was too late in the day, or if they have some QC issue, but I couldn’t even finish it. The cake was far too dense and dry. And the icing had a funny taste that I was still trying to get out of my mouth an hour later.

    Did I just get a bad cupcake? Or is this just the style of cupcake they make?

  11. Their cupcakes are pretty dense, but it’s entirely possible you got a fluke. How could you not love the raspberry buttercream frosting? Maybe you may like one of the other flavors more – I’ve heard good things about the black & white.

  12. I think Daisycakes is actually going for the dry cupcake profile.

    We got our cupcakes @ 9:15am this past Saturday–banana with Nutella icing, chocolate on chocolate, and red velvet. I found them to be very ordinary, dry, nothing special at all. It did boost my ego because I know that my cupcakes could kick these cupcakes’ asses.

    We also sampled the poptarts. I like them better than the cupcakes, but they’re not stellar.

  13. I had a vanilla one the other day and thought it was pretty good. The coconut one is also good and was less dense.

  14. I had the cherry-almond scones on Saturday and loved them! They have the perfect scone texture–flaky, crumbly, not too moist and not too dry.

  15. I have to disagree about the cupcakes being dry. I got the banana and the pink lemonade on Saturday. They actually sat in the fridge until Sunday night before we ate them. The pink lemonade was wuite dense. Heavier than I like my cake, generally. But it was still moist. And delicious. The banana was just about ideal — moist, light and loaded w/ banana flavor. So either the quality of the cupcakes is varying widely across the batch or I just have different standards. Such is life and more for the rest of us, I guess.

  16. […] across the street from Man Bites Dog Theater.Official site of Daisy Cakes for more information. Carpe Durham has some more information on Daisy Cakes, and so does Valerie at We Love […]

  17. Incidentally, if you go to the Daisycakes website and sign up for their E-Newsletter, you’ll get a coupon for a free cupcake.

    Just in case you want to make an informed opinion, and you dont want to pay $2.50 for a cupcake. 😉

  18. The lemon & blueberry bread pudding they had on Saturday was off the hook!

  19. […] already heard about the Daisy Cakes legend on a couple of Durham blogs (such as Durham Bull Pen and Carpe Durham), so I insisted that we go try it out.  It turned out to be a great decision, not only for the […]

  20. I love your site! Thanks for introducing me to this great local. I posted a link in my own blog about this place and linked it to you guys.
    I think I’ve tried about 10 of the places you’ve suggested and they have all been top notch. Keep it up.

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