The first time Yamini Desai tasted a bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes, she chose a white chocolate raspberry flavor.
She had bought it for her husband's birthday, and the family all loved it, the Ormond Beach resident recalled. With a bakery nearby from where her children go to school in Jacksonville, Nothing Bundt Cakes quickly became her "go-to gift" for every occasion for the past few years, Desai said. So her husband asked her, "Why not open one in Ormond Beach?"
And that's what she did.
Desai opened a Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery at the former Starbucks location at 1425 W. Granada Blvd. a couple of weeks ago. This was an accomplishment two years in the making, as she and her husband began the process to own a franchise of the bakery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We got approved very soon, and then we were looking for a good location," Desai said. "And we found out that Starbucks was actually going to move across and that's when they were still here, and we thought it was worth waiting for the spot."
"I love meeting new people and just sharing this delicious cake with everyone. We love it because everyone's typically celebrating something. We see happy people all day, which is really nice, and it's just nice to be part of the celebration."
Yamini Desai, bakery owner
Nothing Bundt Cakes was founded by Debra Shwetz and Dena Tripp in 1997 in Las Vegas. Desai said that, 25 years later, there are now almost 500 bakeries in the U.S. As a new bakery owner, Desai said she can pick up the phone and call any one of these bakery owners with questions, and they're all willing to help her, which is something she loves about the company.
"I really love the brand," she said. "I love what they stand for. I love their cultures, their values. They really want us to create those genuine connections in your community."
Some of the top flavors of bundt cakes include chocolate chocolate chip, red velvet, white chocolate raspberry — which is still Desai's favorite — and lemon. In Ormond Beach, carrot bundt cakes are also pretty popular, Desai has found.
"I love meeting new people and just sharing this delicious cake with everyone." she said. "We love it because everyone's typically celebrating something. We see happy people all day, which is really nice, and it's just nice to be part of the celebration."