Red velvet cupcake
One of my favorite guilty pleasures is a local shop called Favor Desserts located in Durham, NC. The owner's story is inspirational, the desserts are impeccible.
The owner, Keijuane Hester served almost four years in prison for drug dealing. Once released (and after a string of dead end jobs) he decided to take up a skill he was already familiar with in the kitchen. With $30, a hand mixer, one regular oven, and no pans he started a baking business in his home. Starting small, he sold his cakes by the slice at beauty salons and barbershops and used that income to grow his business. He would sell a cake, buy a pan, sell a cake, buy a pan. Hester now has a store front to sell his delectable desserts.
When you walk into Favor Desserts, the first thing you notice is the smell--that heavenly aroma of something absolutely delicious baking in the back. The second thing you notice is the contemporary decor which makes it the perfect spot to relax with a date for a devine cupcake and a cup of coffee. If you're in the Raleigh-Durham area (or planning to visit), this place should go on the top of your list if you're looking for a sugar fix.