Mission business aims to prove there’s a new cupcake queen in town

Celeste Gant first honed her cupcake baking skills by making treats for co-workers at her office job.
Celeste Gant first honed her cupcake baking skills by making treats for co-workers at her office job.

By Mitch Kaskie

There’s a new cupcake queen in town. Celeste Gant, owner and creator of Kansas City Cupcake Co. LLC. Located at 5038 Lamar in Mission, Gant’s cupcake company is baking up sweet treats which will she says leave customer knowing they are “simply the best.”

Gant has been baking cupcakes and other sweets for more than 25 years. It started as a hobby, but then she began to bring her cupcakes into work at a corporate insurance company.

“When I was in corporate life we kinda had the opportunity to move around the country a little bit,” Celeste said. “At the different offices and jobs I worked, I would bring in cupcakes. They became really successful and people started buying the cupcakes, and it kind of just led into a natural business idea.”

That business idea became a reality two years ago when the Gants moved to the Kansas City area. Gant saw it as a chance to get out of the corporate life and follow her dream.

“That’s when I decided to do what I really wanted to do: bake and sell cupcakes,” she said.

The Gants began by selling their treats at First Fridays with a stand inside of Hello Sailor in West Bottoms. Soon after they started the search for their own location, and ended up stumbling upon a storefront in Mission that had previously been a Mexican restaurant.

After deciding the price and location were just right, the Gants began redoing the entire property from the floor up. Last month, Kansas City Cupcake Co. had its grand opening.

“We have had incredible community support,” Gant said. “It’s just been phenomenal.”

That support can be clearly seen on their Facebook page, which already has 3715 likes. Luckily for Gant, she has two daughters to help her fill an average of 200 orders a day.

Kansas City Cupcake Co. has eight standard flavors of cupcakes and rotates through four different featured flavors each week. They also have offer scones, cake pops, dipped pretzels and more.

Free delivery is available for a minimum one dozen regular cupcakes to metro area businesses or events, including parties, weddings, showers, birthdays, corporate events and others.

Kansas City Cupcake Co. is open for phone orders and deliveries Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the store is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. They are also still available at Hello Sailor during First Fridays in West Bottoms.