Frosted Over Cupcakery: Sweetest New Bakery in Bradenton

Red velvet is by far the store’s best seller. Other favorites include chocolate-chocolate, carrot and cream cheese, lemon, peanut butter and Oreo.

When that sweet tooth cries out for a little indulgence, is just the place to go. Since opening on Manatee Avenue in October, co-owners Shirley Stewart and Jodi Ennis have quickly established themselves as the mavens of all things cupcake in Bradenton.

“To get something different, we’re the first and only place you can go in Manatee County,” Ennis said

Frosted Over is not just any bakery. It is a “cupcakery,” meaning that it specializes in the art of the cupcake and its derivatives, which include mini-cupcakes, cake pops, cake pop-ups and whoopie pies. Frosted Over’s product range may not be as broad as that of other bakeries in Bradenton, but what it does, it does very well.

No request is too difficult or outlandish for Frosted Over’s adept cupcake artists, who say they have been commissioned to create everything from cupcakes decorated to resemble leopard thong-clad rear ends to elaborate lollipop-sized, three-tiered wedding cake pops.

In addition to selling fresh cupcakes, the store makes donations to local schools such as Manatee High School, nursing homes and first responders, such as EMTs and firefighters.

Frosted Over’s entire staff consists of Stewart and Ennis, as well as part-time baker, Stephanie Killian. The three women work around the clock to bake and decorate cupcakes from scratch to keep up with a surprisingly high demand, selling approximately 1,000 cupcakes over the five days per week when the store is open for business.

“If you’re going to have a problem as a new business owner, you want that problem to be trouble keeping up with the demand. That’s our problem, and it’s a problem we’re very happy to have,” said Ennis.

Judging from the quality of Frosted Over’s moist and flavorful cupcakes, one may be led to assume the team spent a lot of time perfecting their recipes. However, that is not the case.

“We make all the cupcakes from scratch, and some of the recipes we just make up as we go along,” said Ennis. “Other times, we just experiment with recipes we find until we perfect them. Since we opened in October, we have made about 200 different flavors. In January, we finally narrowed it down to a selection of the highest sellers, but we’re still always trying new things.”

Red velvet, Ennis and Stewart agreed, is by far the store’s best seller. Other favorites include chocolate-chocolate, carrot and cream cheese, lemon, peanut butter and Oreo. On any given day, the case at Frosted Over carries a dozen flavors, including two weekly specials. This week’s specials are cherry and a banana-pineapple creation called “hummingbird.”

Ennis, a lifelong baker, learned the craft from her grandmother, and Killian studied the culinary arts at Kaiser University. Stewart, however, tied an apron on for the first time in her life less than two years ago after a bout with breast cancer caused her to re-examine her priorities.

“We like to joke that she just fell out of bed one day, bumped her head and decided to start baking,” said Ennis.

Having worked in childcare for the duration of her career, Stewart – who still owns and operates and is contracted by Happy Cubs America – said she was looking for a way to begin transitioning out of the daycare industry.

“My kids can tell you – I never, ever used to bake. But cancer can make you rethink your life,” Stewart explained.  “I didn’t know what I wanted to transition into, but I knew I wanted to do something different. I started baking cupcakes and this just kind of happened.”

Stewart was in the planning phases for Frosted Over when she ran into Ennis at a craft store in August. Ennis and Stewart first met when Stewart cared for Ennis’ son at her daycare approximately twenty years ago. They remained friendly acquaintances for two decades, but never had any plans to go into business together – at least not until the fateful day in August when they ran into each other and Stewart told Ennis about her idea for a cupcake shop and discovered that Ennis shared her enthusiasm.

Ennis recruited the assistance of her husband to remodel the interior of the 5120 Manatee Avenue location. The building, which Ennis said was originally a large open space, now features a kitchen, a lobby with seating and a separate party room – a popular spot for birthday parties where children can decorate their own cupcakes.

Frosted Over opened two months later, in the first week of October.

“I wish there was a more fascinating story about how we got started, but it really did just kind of happen,” Stewart said.

In just four months, the cupcake shop gained an impressive following – primarily from Bradenton residents tired of driving out to Sarasota to get their specialty cupcake fix.

“It’s just really fun here,” said Stewart. “Every person who comes in here smiles. Cupcakes just make you smile.”

Pam February 07, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Can't wait to try it!! Yummy.
Daniel S. February 08, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Whatever happened to stacie who used to work at happy cubs and was doing the cupcakes for you? Thought she was the one who started it up?
Kate February 08, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Yes, what did happen to stacie? I remember her baking cupcakes out of her home before the shop opened I was under the impression the recipies were hers.
Jamie Cowan Everett February 08, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Stacie has an amazing gift and I know she put her heart and soul into helping to open this cupcake shop. She made cupcakes for my wedding when the shop first opened and delivered them to me in Longboat Key with a huge smile on her face. Her cupcakes are made with passion and love and cant be duplicated.
Sue February 08, 2012 at 06:32 PM
WOW amazoning what happened to Stacie??? I remember her idea and her samples that everyone loved including one of the mentioned owners. Did she move out of state?
Sue February 08, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I guess we will not get answers about Stacie. Was wondering about why reduced your hours of operation? I can remember a time when there was a line waiting for you to open?
Chet February 08, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I think it's unfortunate that Stacie didn't receive any recognition at all in this article since she was a big part of this starting up. She is very talented at baking and will be missed inthe field.
jodi ennis February 08, 2012 at 09:58 PM
I would like to be VERY clear to all the questions about Stacie. She was NEVER a partner, ALL the recipes were under Frosted Over and there was nothing that she baked that we have not continued to bake and for our hours changing we now have a new restaurant next to us and are VERY happy about it and we are trying to accommodate to their hours and our faithful customers. Stacie is very talented and we wish her success. I do not believe that Stacie has left town so please feel free to contact her for any further questions that you might have. Thank You
Daniel S. February 08, 2012 at 10:55 PM
found stacie eliseo on facebook. she will be doing an order for me this weekend. Feel free to contact her with any order needed. Sad story behind what could be a great story but she said not to post anything about it. Did find this on my own though. The name frosted over was originated by stacie, shirley and jodi and is listed with the county.
Fred February 09, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Truth is partnerships are like marriages, one partner is bad enough, but three partners rarely work. Regarding partnerships, Dave Ramsey says anything with more than one head is considered a monster. I agree with that statement. I think this situation is simply three people agreeing to certain startup guidelines where one couldn't perform or make alternative arrangements. No one was pushed out.
Kelly Rae February 09, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Awsome place, with great people. Great Cupcakes !!!!!!!!!
Beth Davis February 09, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Cupcakes are fabulous, shop is adorable, hours are convenient, Jodi and Shirley are welcoming and friendly! Great spot for a children's party! Wishing you continued success!
Rachel February 09, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I have been to Frosted over Cupcakery many times since they first open. They have the Greatest cupcakes in town. Both Jodi and Shirley are the sweetest people. Wishing them lots of Success!!
Loves Frosted Over February 09, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I am from the "daycare" Daniel S,and I'm not sure what story you "dug up" ,but its not the accurate one. Those of us from the "day care" know that Stacie left both places because she wanted to be home for her family. Shirley and Jodi are wonderful woman. Their shop is to die for! We wish Stacie happiness and peace!
irene February 09, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Love Frosted Over the shop is soooo very cute the peolple are friendly and the CUPCAKES are wonderful!!!
Tamara February 09, 2012 at 06:46 PM
The decor for the party room is beyond adorable. I wish my daughter was still a little girl so she could have a cupcake party. I have visited the shops many times for those specialty flavors that are so great!
B February 09, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Frosted over is amazing! Shirley and Jodi are true artists. And they do it bc they love to not for the money! Yeah! Cupcakes my fav is the peanut butter ones!!!!
Kristen February 09, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Can't say enough wonderful things It so good to have a great place in Bradenton to go to and feel welcomed!
Loretta Graham-Giles February 09, 2012 at 06:51 PM
The cake pops and mini cupcakes are fabulous! The full-sized cupcakes are also beautiful! My family loves the treats from Frosted Over, every single one is special! Looks like these ladies put their heart into each one. Thanks for providing such a whimsical atmosphere too - the trip to the shop is half the treat for my kids! I have heard mention of a summer baking camp there. Is there any way to get on a mailing list to find out more?
Danielle February 09, 2012 at 07:04 PM
The Cupcakery is a wonderful idea! We all need a little sweet indulgence with a touch of cuteness from time to time. So stop in and grab a variety of fresh cupcakes and get to know the gals behind the aprons.
Danielle February 09, 2012 at 07:07 PM
The Cupcakery is a wonderful idea! We all need a little sweet indulgence with a touch of cuteness from time to time. So stop in and grab a variety of fresh cupcakes and get to know the gals behind the aprons.
Fred February 09, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Great place with fun and happy people doing what they love to do. Wish you success!
Jacob M February 09, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Shirley and Jodi are both wonderful women who, unfortunately, seem to be receiving plenty of slander for unqualified reasons. If either party have chosen not to speak about this topic, then it will be in everybody's best interest to drop the conversation and get back to what the story is about. So before you write something negative about this place, why don't you first go and try it out. This little shop has brought a great product and service to West Bradenton and it deserves to be applauded. My best wishes to the both of you and thank you once again for your service.
Meg O. February 10, 2012 at 12:15 AM
I absolutely love Frosted Over... if you want off the chart cupcakes and AMAZING service I totally recommend this cute, adorable shop!!!(:
Madison B. February 10, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Best Place In The World!! I love service and a smile, and that is what you get at the Cupcakery!:) The shop is so incredibly cute, I love the happy, friendly atmosphere. I wouldn't choose anywhere else to go, for cupcakes!
kapi whitfield February 10, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Jodi, I don't think you are understanding what the public saying here.. I was there, at that location several times when Stacie was there working with you, I heard Jodi and Shirley work with Stacie as a partnership. I helped watch Stacie's daughter as Stacie and Scott where there very late at many nights, working. I watched both of Scott and Stacie's children, for the "partnership meeting", that all of you had at a Pei Wei, at which the husbands where included. I think what everyone is saying here is that, Stacie was working with both Jodi and Shirley and all of a sudden she isn't, not sure what the definition of a partnership is in Jodi and Shirley eyes but pretty sure, that all those long hours and dreams that Stacie had and put into action, and no she is not even mentioned in this article.. As if she wasn't a huge part of starting Frosted over. I was there when two years ago when Stacie started putting what was her dream into action. I believed in Stacie, I believed in Jodi and Shirley too, but unfortunately Stacie believed in Shirley and Jodi as well. :( this my friends is a true statement, I was there, and I am posting my REAL name.
Debbie Thorn February 10, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Ok I am going to make a post because I am an adult and can use my real name. I am Stacie's mom I flew down fro Ohio for the Grand Opening of the beautiful shop. I also worked until 2am the morning of the GRAND OPENING getting ready for that Saturday that was my daughters dream. As for Fred I am sure you are Gene. So best wishes to FROSTED OVER!!
Scott Eliseo February 10, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Stacie and shirle started. Their first public display was at the relay at bayshore highschool. A large purple cupcake display. Pretty sure stacie had a big part in it.
Sassy Tate February 10, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Oh my, I was visiting Bradenton and came across this precious cupcakery and I could not believe how fab!!! I hope they franchise to have one in my state!!!! Thanks Jodi and Shirley.....so talented:-)
B February 10, 2012 at 02:35 AM


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