Smithfield's new Ivy and Lace Bake Shop is so sweet

Smithfield's new Ivy and Lace Bake Shop is so sweet

Word is spreading quickly about its tempting offerings, like baklava cheesecake and maple bacon scones.

SMITHFIELD

Open just a few weeks in Greenville, the Ivy and Lace Bake Shop is producing sweet treats that have people talking.

“I’d like to order a baklava cheesecake,” said one customer who walked in last Wednesday. “I’ve heard it’s delicious.”

So works the word-of-mouth concept.

It doesn’t take but a few bites to see how much deliciousness is behind the glass at 546 Putnam Pike.

And everything is so very pretty, too, thanks to the expertise of owners/bakers Amanda Thompson and Amy Ruggere. The two met while working as cake decorators for the past two years at Scialo Bros. Bakery, on Federal Hill in Providence. They arrived on Atwells Avenue from different routes: Thompson went to Johnson & Wales University and Ruggere is a commissioned artist who only recently discovered her passion for baking.

The baklava cheesecake at Ivy and Lace starts with creamy cheesecake spiced with the traditional honey syrup used to flavor the Middle East dessert. Then it’s wrapped in phyllo dough.

“It looks like a present,” said Thompson.

And it’s unique.

“You won’t be buying that anywhere else,” she said.

It’s not the only unusual item you’ll find on the menu.

A cranberry curd tart, flavored with a little orange, has a toasted walnut crust and a topping of fresh whipped cream and candied orange peel. It’s crazy delicious and will make a stunning display on a holiday table.

Other cheesecakes include a pumpkin spice one topped with toffee and pecans, and a spiced one on an apple cake base and topped with apples and caramel.

Ruggere stressed Ivy and Lace’s commitment to using local produce when possible. She said the carrot cake is made with fresh produce from Chepachet’s Hocus Pocus Farm, and savory scones are made with a pesto that incorporates the carrot greens.

Dutch apple bars, the caramel apple cheesecake and apple hand pies are made with fruit from Blossom Trail Orchard, in Greenville.

Also on the menu are cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies and sweet maple bacon scones. The oatmeal pies look like whoopie pies. The brownie bowls are just that, and they’re also delicious and adorable. Another different dessert is the sticky toffee cake, which is sweetened with dates cooked down with a bit of brown sugar.

For lunch, Ivy and Lace makes pizza strip hand pies. A pepperoni one was amazing, with a fresh flaky crust and spicy sauce and meat. On any given day you might find other varieties.

Coming soon are New England Patriot hand pies featuring the flying Elvis logo.

Thompson and Ruggere have transformed the space formerly occupied by Carriage Lane Furniture into a lovely, welcoming cafe and bakery with vintage furniture touches. 

That word of mouth advertising has spread to customers at Pixies Salon, which shares the building. Ruggere said the owners bring smock-clad customers over to introduce them to the new pastry shop.

Details: Ivy and Lace Bake Shop, 546 Putnam Pike, Greenville, (401) 349-5003, ivyandlacebakeshop.com. Closed Mondays.

Published at Wed, 24 Oct 2018 02:30:00 +0000