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Sweet shop, The Sugar Path, open in Geneva

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What do beer and pretzels, Mexican hot chocolate, banana splits and pancakes have in common?

They’re all cupcake flavors at The Sugar Path – a sweet shop that recently opened in downtown Geneva.

Sisters Michelle Adams and Nina Cater – an attorney and former mental health counselor, respectively – started their baking business in November 2011, specializing in cupcakes, artisan cakes and pies with a focus on buying the freshest, local ingredients they can find. They started off selling baked goods at various farmers markets and became so successful that they decided to open a storefront.

Adams said she was raised in Sterling, a city surrounded by farmland where the philosophy was “fresh food is best.” She remembers eating fresh fruits and vegetables from her grandfather’s garden, and she learned to bake with the freshest ingredients as a result.

Starting out at farmers markets helped Cater and Adams create a network of local food vendors who sell fresh, seasonal products, such as apples and pumpkins. Adams said apples come from Kuipers Family Farm in Maple Park, and the cream they use comes from a local creamery.

They’re all cupcake flavors at The Sugar Path – a sweet shop that recently opened in downtown Geneva.

There aren’t many ingredients Adams and Cater would hesitate to turn into a cupcake or pie flavor.

They held a contest over the summer they called the “farm stand cupcake,” where they took a product and turned it into a cupcake flavor.

The competition resulted in a cheese pizza-flavored cupcake and one of the most popular flavors, a wheat berry and beet cupcake.



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