New Cupcake Bakery Opens on Main Street

“Get Baked” serves more than just cupcakes.

Those of us who live in Port Washington are extremely fortunate to have a number of top-notch bakeries in town. On Monday, March 14, a new one joined their ranks.

Get Baked, located at 16 Main Street, right by , specializes in cupcakes, and the array is dazzling. A large board describes the flavors (I counted at least 20), which include Spiced Vanilla, Red Velvet, Samoa, Peanut Butter and Banana, Vanilla and Oreo, and Roman Apple (described as “Roman apple pie cake with buttercream and toasted crumbs.” The cupcakes are located in a large display facing the front window. Cupcakes cost $4.25 each, or 4 for $16. If you buy a dozen, the price drops to $3.83 per cupcake. Each cupcake is easily large enough to share with a friend. Coffee, espresso and cappuccino are available to go with the baked goods.

Not a cupcake fan? No problem. The store also carries brownies, cannolis (with striking red colored cream to match the store’s décor), and cream puffs. The cupcakes and other bakery items are baked offsite in Hicksville and delivered fresh each day. The store can also make custom orders, including cakes, specialty cupcakes, and other items.

Another specialty of the store is snowballs – shaved ice, flavored and served in a Chinese take-out container. The extensive list of flavors is printed on a large blackboard and included unusual choices such as mojito, pear, white Russian, cake batter, and champagne. A half-pint costs $2.50, a pint is $3.50, and a pint and a half is $4.50. Snowballs are sure to be a summer favorite. According to the store’s day managers, Sharon Lee and Jen Winston, snowballs are all the rage in Hawaii and Louisana, and were even featured on the show "Hawaii Five-0."  

Get Baked’s bar with barstools, facing a large flat-screen TV, is the perfect spot for enjoying your cupcake and coffee. Or walk to the back of the store, which sports an overstuffed red couch and comfy black chairs. The store is owned by long-time Port resident Sandy Blane, and is the first of a franchise, with other locations currently in the works.

The store is open seven days a week and has long hours to facilitate a before-work cupcake, or an after-movie snowball.  Hours are Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  

Ignacio April 02, 2011 at 05:02 PM
How can we call this place a bakery? Because it sells baked goods. It doesn't matter if it subcontracts or not. They get their goods on a daily basis, and discard or heavily discount their old stuff. Second of all, while you are entitled about an opinion of how the cupcakes taste, you have no opinion to force it upon all of us. They are well aware of any problems they have, and have been hard at work trying to perfect the recepie. Third of all, you're mad because they sell them at a higher markup....really? Next time you go buy Nike shoes from your favorite shoe store, please feel free to yell at the manager for the difference in the price that it cost to make the sneaker in china and the price your paying. Because that logic is totally reasonable. In fact under the constitution it say: "No company shall ever try to make money...that would be bad for our economy!" Fourth of all, who cares what their name is or what they call their products, it's certainly not offensive to anyone born within the last century. If you wanna take issue with marijuana, that's a whole different story. Take it up with the schools that are loaded with pot dealers (I would know, I'm an 08 graduate) or with the negligent parents that let this happen, not with a bakery. Which brings me to my final point, even though I find it ridiculous that a name could set a bad example, its irrelevant here, cause clearly you don't know what goes on at Scheriber or Weber.
PC April 03, 2011 at 01:51 PM
I passed by and peeked in this new addition to Main Street and observed children along with their parents happily making their selections from a wide selection of very enticing looking baked goods. I'd like to make a painting of the pretty cakes. Seems like "Get Baked" is a great destination place to get something sweet for youngsters and adults alike. The cranks that leave overly negative comments here should consider spending their time volunteering to help out a charity instead.
hank ratner April 03, 2011 at 08:43 PM
With the main street shopping area in Port being so "uninteresting" in my opinion, why not applaud someone with the courage to bring a unique store to our town. With the coming of Just Baked as well as the new Twisted Yogurt store, Main Street has some new found charm as well as some pretty good product! I wish them well. Hank Ratner
hank ratner April 03, 2011 at 11:39 PM
Oh and by the way, my wife and I have tried both the cupcakes and the yogurt and they are EXCELLENT!!
Cheryl Podolsky April 03, 2011 at 11:44 PM
I agree with a number of the points made by Honest opinions, having actually gone to the store and eaten there. I can't attest to everyone's experience -- only my own -- and it wasn't exactly a positive one. The cupcakes, while large, are pricey at $4.25 each. Perhaps I wouldn't mind this so much if they were actually tasty, or even room temperature. What I got was a refrigerated cupcake, cold and firm, and nothing extraordinary taste-wise (which might have been a different story had it not been chilled. Now that I know that Just Baked brings their goods in from another facility, I understand why. However, I can't say I have any plans to go there again, nor would I recommend them to anyone else. And to Hank Ratner, while it is certainly commendable and even exciting every time a new and niche business opens in our town, quality does count. In the case of Twisted, the quality is there. As far as Just Baked is concerned, I don't see it. I certainly don't taste it.
JC April 04, 2011 at 12:16 AM
Ignacio you seem to have alot of insight into the bakery. How did you do know they were working on the recipe if they don't make the cupcakes there. Did you also notice something about it or they friends of yours? When do they discount the cupcakes? I'm just curious I like good cupcake I will probably try at least once but maybe I will wait till they get it right.
Cheryl Podolsky April 04, 2011 at 01:19 AM
I should add, in all fairness, that I have not tried the snowballs. I am certainly willing to go back and give them a try. And again I should stress that if the cupcake in question had not been refrigerated, the experience might have been completely different. Although $4.25 is a lot for a cupcake -- even of that size -- I wouldn't mind so much if the taste and texture matched up accordingly. Unfortunately, for me, it did not.
hank ratner April 04, 2011 at 06:50 PM
With all respect, when one posts especially a negative one at that, and DOES NOT identify oneself, in my opinion it raises a doubt as to the agenda. Perhaps it could be a competitor trying to hurt? Who knows? Just saying!
Ezra Raith April 04, 2011 at 09:57 PM
I have eaten the cupcakes personally I was not a fan. I have known the owner for many years and I wanted to support him and his work. I am not a fan of the name of the store even if it is a clear pun. I am personally a straight- edge person. I purchased four cupcakes and shared them with my family. I was disappointed to say the least. The cupcakes tasted like stale angel food cake but the frosting was good. I tried a vanilla cinnamon, red velvet, carrot cake and lemon meringue. Carrot cake was the "best" but that is not really saying much since it still was dry. I would be willing to give them another chance once the ball gets rolling. I agree with many of honest opinions thoughts and rather than accusing them as being a competitor perhaps they, like myself want to be able to have freedom of speech without being personally attacked over the internet. I think we need to respect one another, each others opinions and take them as what they are opinions. There is enough anger and hate in the world, don't take each other so personally. Everyone should volunteer with a charity of their choice.
hank ratner April 04, 2011 at 10:09 PM
I was NOT accusing anyone of being a competitor, it's just that when someone "hides" so to speak their name is can cause some doubt. I certainly was not "attacking" just an observation. I Still maintain that we should respect those who put their blood, sweat and tears let alone hard earned dollars into a business, particularly a small, local one at that, perhaps those who do not feel the product is up to snuff, they should consider telling the owner in person and not broadcasting it to the Patch community. I say we give small business owners a chance!!
Cheryl Podolsky April 05, 2011 at 12:09 PM
I can certainly understand why anyone would post under a pseudonym; believe me, I hesitated when I first registered here at Port Patch. However, since Port Patch seems to encourage the open exchange of ideas and opinions on a variety of issues, why should this be any different when it comes to sharing views on a local business? Our opinions -- whether positive or negative -- weren't exactly unsolicited. There was, after all, an article on Just Baked that preceded them.
PC April 05, 2011 at 01:00 PM
Unfortunately, there is more to all of this - "Honest Opinions" posted a vulgar and venonmous response to my single comment on May 3 immediately after I posted it. It was reported to Patch and removed by the Patch Censor. The people who joined in this conversation right afterwards didn't see it - thankfully. The nature of the -X rated - comment directed at me can only indicate that this person has a very twisted agenda about this one local business. I my "opinion" this individual should have been banned from leaving future comments once the Patch Censor read what "Honest Opinions" wrote to me. It was totally unacceptable.
hank ratner April 05, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Now you can better understand my comments about people who " hide" behind a pseudonym!
Sandy Blane April 05, 2011 at 03:04 PM
Hello to everyone reading this. I am the owner of Get Baked, and want to quickly address a couple of points made in this news feed. Firstly, while our recipe does come from an offsite location (just like most Dunkin Donuts) we have been working on its moist cake, and Top notch toppings. Our opening cupcakes WERE on the dry side, but NEVER stale. We have perfected the recipe and invite anyone who had a bad experience to come and try one on the house. I am sure you will all be delighted to have something so delicious. In reference to the NAME "Get Baked" In no way is this a PUN on words. I built a beautiful store for Port Washington as I have lived here my entire life. In no way do we refrence drugs or anything else illegal in our store. I appreciate everyones feedback, and hope all of you will give this new business a chance. As a business owner and Port Washington Resident I would hope we would support each other, give helpful feedback and not be so negative....life is way too short.
Cheryl Podolsky April 05, 2011 at 03:25 PM
I wouldn't say I had a "bad" experience; just not one that lived up to my expectations. But I did try your cupcakes during the opening week, and now that you've explained that you've been working hard to improve them, I am certainly willing to try again. As for my opinions, I think mine would fall into the category of helpful feedback. I am always happy when a new business opens, and make it a point -- especially when food is involved, lol! -- to go there and try the goods, as I did in your case. And I will try them again. I'm also definitely looking forward to one of your Snowballs. The hardest part in trying one -- much like your cupcakes -- is deciding which flavor to choose out of such a vast selection!
Linda April 05, 2011 at 04:05 PM
Hey gang! CUT IT OUT, PLEASE!! One of the reasons I love this town is how nice people are. (Or so I thought.) It's a cupcake store, for goodness sakes! Hurray for someone (especially someone who lives right here in Port Washington) who opened a new business, a nice looking business, right here on Main Street. Who is taking a chance and hoping for success. We have a collective interest in keeping local businesses open and supporting those who own and operate them. And for what it's worth, I've been to Get Baked twice, once during the opening week and once this weekend. And I really enjoyed the cupcakes!!! The folks who work the counter couldn'thave been nicer and everyone inside seemed happy. So to all those who might be reading these comments -- go visit our newest neighbor and see for yourselves. If you don't like the products, then don't go back. But you gotta admit, it's a heck of a lot better than an empty store or another redundant business.
hank ratner April 05, 2011 at 04:09 PM
Bravo Linda!
Adina Genn (Editor) April 05, 2011 at 04:38 PM
Sandy, Looking forward to trying the new recipe next time I'm on Main Street.
Sean Basdavanos April 05, 2011 at 05:14 PM
Hello Everyone! My name is Sean Basdavanos and I am one of the managers at Get Baked. I just wanted to clear so things up so everyone knows what we are about. We are not trying to hide the fact that we use an outside baker. In fact our baker is Francesco's Bakery in Hicksville. He does all of our baked goods and can create whatever your heart wants. It is true that at first our cupcakes were not as good as we hoped. However we have gotten the recipe right and they are simply amazing. We are constantly introducing more flavors almost daily. We encourage our customers to give us constructive criticism. Our goal is to constantly strive for perfection. We are now also serving milk by the glass from glass bottle's so it is the freshest and best tasting. We will keep adding more and more things new like this as time goes on. I am in the store 6 days a week (Mon - Sat) and will happily answer any questions that anyone has. We simply want to make sure that our customers enter and leave our store happy and content. For everyone that had our cupcakes in the first week or two, come in and try them again. I promise you will be impressed.
Ignacio April 05, 2011 at 05:29 PM
@JC I'm a fan of their page on facebook and they put on there a couple of days ago that they were experimenting with new recipes. They discount some cupcakes when they don't sell very well from what I've seen. If they're gonna go stale by the next day, they'd rather sell them that day than thrown them out. (Makes sense to me!) I'm actually their website designer and don't really know too much about what goes behind the scenes, but I go there from time to time when I'm home and that's what they've been doing.
Ignacio April 05, 2011 at 05:54 PM
For the record, that is putting words in my mouth. All I said is that the store is quite aware of the feedback that they've been getting from their customers and are working to fix that for them. And yes, my name is Ignacio, that's my real name, not a pseudo-name.
Ignacio April 05, 2011 at 06:31 PM
It is your opinion that these cupcakes suck, not a fact. I'm sorry you didn't like them. At the same time, you have warned people about the cupcakes based on your opinion, you have done your part for the patch. Second of all, like I said, you don't have a problem with the name, you have a problem with pot, and that understandable. This is not a drug dealer, this a store that sells baked goods under a name that implies the bake stuff. You're after the wrong enemy here.
Iamaparent April 06, 2011 at 12:07 AM
I have tried the cupcakes as recent as last Friday and I have had better ones for sure. I wish the baker would have conducted some competitive analysis as many "cupcakeries" have gotten it right. We were really hoping that this would be a fun place to go, but sadly it is not. Over priced for sure. Hopefully they will get it right and succeed. Best of luck.
rob April 06, 2011 at 02:37 AM
I did stop in today and it’s true! over price and a poor product. The Help was very nice and the place was clean. Good luck
barb April 07, 2011 at 03:04 AM
if you dont bake dont open a bakery why not open a restaurant and get your food from mcdonalds


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