Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery
2827 Atwood Ave
Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery has opened doors on Atwood Avenue, on Madison’s east side. Located in the building that used to house Bunky’s Cafe (which has reopened in the former Goodman Community Center a couple of blocks away), it is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Part bakery, part coffeehouse, part cafe, Daisy Cafe fits right in.
As the name suggests, the forte here is cupcakes. And the cupcakes are great. But they are not as good as the scones, which have to be some of the best scones offered in the city. These scones are have the prefect texture, with just a hit of sweetness hidden in with the fruit and nuts. The subtle icing adds to the taste experience. Flavors include combinations like dried cranberry and walnut, and raspberry.
But if you go to Daisy for only the bakery, you are missing the interesting and very good menu that they’ve put together to serve to diners for breakfast/brunch and lunch. Stratas are their specialty, and they do their version of this egg casserole very, very well. We sampled the Chorizo and Pepper Jack Strata, which also contained green onions and red peppers. A strata is a welcome change from your typical omelet, though if you have a breakfast purist amongst you, they serve omelets as well.
We also tried the Egg Sandwich. This sandwich had cream cheese, bacon, purple onion and cilantro on grilled rosemary bread. The bread was high quality, very good bread that stood up to the test of having breakfast ingredients piled between the slices.
Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery also serves lunch items daily. Meatloaf is their specialty for lunch, and they serve up a plethora of options. Ground Beef and Bacon, Turkey/Feta/Pesto, Chorizo, and a No-Meat Loaf can be ordered as an entree or as a sandwich.
Other sandwiches available include a pork loin sandwich with pineapple, a grilled Chicken and Onion Chutney sandwich, a “Sloppy Jose” made with Chorizo, and various burgers.
Don’t forget to take a cupcake home. They take a lot of care in the packaging of their cupcakes, placing them in appropriately outfitted boxes. Cupcake are iced with butter cream, and include apple with cinnamon cream cheese, banana with chocolate, banana with lemon, carrot with cream cheese, chocolate with blueberry, chocolate with chocolate, chocolate with mocha, lemon with blueberry, lemon with raspberry, lemon with strawberry, vanilla with blueberry, vanilla with chocolate,vanilla with lemon, vanilla with mocha and vanilla with strawberry.