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New Coffee Shop and Cake Ball Bakery Takes Over Serj’s Former Downtown Spot

Cakettes TX came all the way from Massachusetts for its Dallas debut

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This weekend, Cakettes TX a cake ball bakery with maple-bacon infused treats will make its DFW debut.

On Saturday, the shop will throw open the doors to its new outpost in Serj’s former space at 400 North St. Paul Street in Downtown. Cakettes TX comes to Dallas by way of Massachusetts, where owner Tessa Dagger opened her first shop in 2009. Dagger’s shop, with cake balls in more than 30 flavors like lemon, carrot, red velvet, and chocolate peanut butter, quickly developed a local following.

Dagger sold her Massachusetts bakery to a former employee, and headed to Dallas after her husband got a job transfer to the metroplex. She searched for two years for the perfect spot to open her cake ball outpost before her husband found Serj’s former space. “I thought it’s never going to happen. We had so many attempts that had failed already. Nothing was panning out, I was getting so discouraged,” Dagger tells Eater. “The owner of the building really, really wanted there to be another coffee shop in here. [Serj] had a long run, it was well-loved, we feel honored to be in the same space and hope we can live up to it.”

According to Dagger, the cake balls at Cakettes are all made by hand, nothing is automated - a process that takes two days. Out of the 30 rotating flavors her favorite is cinnamon coffee cake. “We make our own cinnamon streusel with brown sugar and cinnamon, then we blend it into a yellow cake and top it with cinnamon vanilla coating and more streusel,” says Dagger. “I could eat it everyday. You’d think I’d be sick of it after doing it for 10 years now, but that’s my absolute favorite.”

In addition to bite-sized treats, Cakettes TX will serve a host of other baked goods like bagels, muffins, and croissants, breakfast sandwiches and lunch options like chili and New England corn chowder. Her bakery also doubles as a coffee shop with mochas, lattes, coffee, espresso, and tea on offer along with lime-raspberry rickeys - a favorite in her native state. Although a relative newcomer, Dagger realizes how seriously people in Dallas take their coffee shops. “Caffeine is a drug — it’s not a negotiable thing. They need it everyday,” she says.

Cakettes, TX will be open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., closed Sunday.

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