Customer Highlight: Bee’s Knees Bakery in Athens Georgia

Bee's Knees Bakery Athens GA

“We’re a simple, Southern bakery.”Owners Bradley and Jaime

You can almost taste the goodness in the five words Bradley Wilkins uses to describe Bee’s Knees Bakery & Gifts, the Athens sweet shop he operates with wife Jaime.

“This is the stuff your grandma used to make, but we put our own little spin on it,” the Walton Gas customer said about the menu of desserts that have attracted a loyal customer following.

The baking duo uses many Depression-era recipes and fresh ingredients to create the “from-scratch” cupcakes, cakes and gooey bars that have made them popular.

“All of our items are made in-house. Nothing comes from a mix or is frozen,” Bradley said.

Cupcakes, available in more than 15 flavors, are the bakery’s top sellers. Vanilla cupcakes topped with a homemade butter cream icing are the most requested. Salted caramel and red velvet flavors are also customer favorites.

The bakery is also known for its gooey bars. Red velvet, peanut butter and lemon are the most popular flavors.

Custom cakes are another Bee’s Knees specialty. A traditional, Southern vanilla cake with raspberry filling and buttercream icing wins out as the most popular combination for weddings.

The cake flavor lineup also includes the popular red velvet. “It’s NOT a chocolate cake colored red; we make a true red velvet cake,” the bakery’s website reminds. There’s also a traditional Southern carrot cake made with raisins and fresh carrots and a hummingbird cake that includes pecans, bananas and spices. 

In addition to bakery items, Bee’s Knees offers a lunchtime menu featuring fresh, homemade sandwiches. “We bake the bread in our oven. And we make the chicken salad, egg salad and pimento cheese right here, too,” Bradley said.

1850 Epps Bridge Pkwy, Athens Mon.–Sat., 9:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. beeskneesbakeryandgifts.com.

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