A new bakery has debuted in historic downtown Plano, bringing home-style cakes and sweets. Called Tell Me Something Sweet, it's a mom-and-pop venture now open at 930 E. 15th St., a few steps from the Downtown Plano stop on the DART Red Line.
The bakery is on the ground level of the Junction 15 Apartments building, in a space previously occupied by Amazeballs, and is offering a tempting array of baked goods including cakes, pies, cobbler, brownies, and bars. They're open six days a week, closed on Mondays.
Tell Me is from husband-and-wife Kevin and Candace Ford. Kevin's a third-generation baker but this is their first restaurant venture. He handles the baking, while she serves as operations manager.
They started out as a cottage-style bakery, selling their goods for more than a year at Frisco Fresh Market. Finding the Amazeballs space was a blessing, since it was already set up to be a bakery.
The couple moved here from Chicago, where Kevin learned to bake from his mother and grandmother. Pound cakes were their calling card, and Tell Me offers them in a variety of flavors including cocoa, lemon, and strawberry.
Customer favorites include German chocolate pound cake, a dense milk-chocolate cake with coconutty toffee topping; peach cobbler, which they do with a pie crust topping; sweet potato pie, which they make from fresh sweet potatoes. In fact, they had to briefly suspend baking them in October because they couldn't find a steady supply. (No worries, they found a source and the pies are back.)
They also offer a few items that are notable in that they're rare in these parts: lemon bars, featuring a pastry crust with a lemon curd topping, very common up North; and fresh apple cake, a spice cake boasting delectable chunks of apples.
They also do similar pecan bars, plus brownies, and you can get all three bars in a "bar trio." Prices range from $59 to $69 for a whole cake, pie, or tray of cobbler.
They also offer breakfast items including muffins, scones, kolaches, and quick breads including banana bread. Although truthfully, any of their items would be suitable, because who doesn't like apple pie for breakfast?