People love cake. People love ice cream. Combine the two and perhaps even add a little Van Gogh Vodka, people may just be enamored. If you happen to be a foodie and obsessed with the Food Network and shows like Three Sheets, Cake Boss or Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, it is worthwhile to try a tasty offering from Select Confections in Annapolis. Your taste buds will be delighted at the fusion of cake and homemade ice cream creations that have put the Annapolis-based business on the map.
“To this day I have never said no to a request for a custom ice cream cake design”
Owner Chris Yapur started the custom ice cream cake company less than two years ago, and has already established an impressive list of clients who come back and again for his delicious and beautiful creations. When you normally think of ice cream cakes, perhaps you envision a pre-made item from Baskin Robin’s or Cold Stone Creamery. Those cakes are okay, but Chris’s creations blow them out of the water. For instance, have you ever seen a 3D Sarah Palin ice cream cake or a Jagermeister ice cream cake? Those are just two requests Chris has made (plus no artificial colors or ingredients are ever used). When asked about odd design requests he has received Chris replies, “To this day I have never said no to a request for a custom ice cream cake design.”
Perhaps that is one of the many things that sets Select Confections apart… a willingness to work with customers who request intricate and complicated ice cream cakes. Of course, it could also be the quick turn around time, which is generally 48 hours or two business days. Next time you are in a pinch and need an impressive addition to the party or event? Select Confections has it covered. Swing by their Annapolis location to pick up popular retail items, or just give a couple days notice if you need something custom and more elaborate.
Ready for the really good news? Ice cream cakes are not the only specialty at Select Confections. One bites (mini ice cream sandwiches), ice cream cupcakes, gluten-free cakes, gluten-free cupcakes and liquor-infused cakes and cupcakes are also available. Need a pint of ice cream to keep in the freezer? Regular and seasonal ice cream offerings such as caramel apple are delicious. “The two most popular ice cream flavors are definitely lemon meringue and peanut butter and jelly,” Chris explains. I taste a sample and have to throw the spoon away so I do not eat an entire pint. Next time you are planning a girl’s night, holiday party or special event, consider a spread of one-bites, cupcakes and liquor-infused ice cream…your guests will thank you.
Chris, who worked for Cold Stone Creamery for over eight years, always knew he wanted to start his own business. Inspired in part by his mom, “an incredibly talented artist,” he originally thought Select Confections would focus on creating wholesale cakes and confections primarily for businesses. Yet, their signature ice cream cakes have continued growing in popularity among consumers, allowing the business to evolve in its own unique direction. While there are many great local options when it comes to traditional cakes, it is apparent after spending a few hours in the Select Confections kitchen, they are onto something really special. As I watch Chris create a blue crab ice cream cake, it is obvious he is just as much an artist and sculptor as he is a cake master. Over the last year, Marylanders are not the only ones taking notice and placing orders. From politicians and celebrities to event planners and retail stores, the confectionary dry ships their creations all over the United States.
Considering the workload Chris manages, (he creates each custom cake himself), his passion is obvious as soon as he starts talking about the business. What started as an entrepreneurial vision has grown into a successful company in less than two years. For the humble business owner who is only in his early twenties, Chris personifies the American dream to become a successful entrepreneur while still doing what you love.
When asked where he plans to take Select Confections in the next couple of years, Chris envisions a storefront establishment with vintage décor, cakes, ice cream and retail items. At present, Chris is focused on creating the one-of-a-kind cakes and sweets that allow him to showcase his artistic talent while wowing his customers with flavors that would make anyone’s palate scream for ice cream. And just like that, Annapolis has its very own ice cream cake boss.
Orders can be placed online at the Select Confections website
Phone – 410-267-9866