The Painted Cupcake….It’s Artfully Delicious!

     It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing! Just one of the timeless swoons you’ll hear upon entering The Painted Cupcake, a modern 30’s & 40’s inspired  cupcake bakery, nestled in the heart of Greens Hills. Duke Ellington, Jean Harlow and Dizzie Gillespie are just a few of the nostalgic tunes you’ll hear when entering the striped and floral accented shop. TPC is one of many cupcake bakeries in Nashville, but the difference between them and the rest of the competition is that they’ve got it down to a science. Simplistic beautiful aesthetics, moist cake full of flavor, and enough options to keep you coming back for more.
     I sat down with the owner, self-proclaimed MacGuyver of cupcakes, Tracey Davenport. In a hidden event room embellished in feminine decor of  black and white floral accents, a continuance of the signature black chandelier,  candle abras, and kitschy art decor that makes for a kids dream environment in which to decorate their own cupcakes and t-shirts. Tracey embarked upon this journey in 2009 during the beginning of the economy tanking. Inspired by her Grandmother and years of cake decorating Davenport stumbled upon the empty space in the nostalgic downtown  Arcade location, now relocated  to the  Green Hills location  at 2014 Glen Echo Road. “My Grandmother was an amazing cook and conservationist. I still scrape the mixing bowl of anything I make today.” Davenport tells us.  Which cupcake is your favorite? We ask. Tracey responds with a warm painted on smile . “The vanilla cupcake with the chocolate butter cream. ”  Reminiscent of that Grandma used to make.

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     The Painted Cupcake is bound to leap the idea of being a fad. Tracey is already embarking upon the changes that are to come with the quote on quote “trendy cupcake bakeries”.  At TPC you can have your child’s birthday with your customized slide show and the ‘French Chef’, a suave character who entertains your party guest with magic and a fantastic French accent. “I have to give my husband credit”, David Davenport, who is the French Chef  indeed. She tells us the dream wouldn’t be possible without his support and silent creative nature. He’s the behind the scenes man who makes it happen from plumbing to French imitations.
     We asked Tracey, what would you be doing if you hadn’t opened TPC?
“Well, I am a full-time financial advisor, but I ‘d still be baking in the form of a cupcakery, art-gallery, and floral design shop all in one.” Well, it might sound like quite the undertaking but TPC already encompasses all three components. Their floral decor-ed cupcakes with sugar and hand-piped worked are some popular sellers. And let us not forget the whimsical pieces of art on the walls created by Tracey herself.
     What advice do you have for someone who says they want to run a bakery? “You have to be willing to works a lot of hours. It takes  dedication and learning to delegate.”
     You don’t have to tell me more than once to bake cupcakes!…YUM! My wife and I  enjoyed the ‘Ike Johnson’ Red Velvet and Strawberry Fields. We’ve tried many a cupcake and not many are moist, with the perfect amount of icing. Let us also recommend the ‘The Bugsy’ Carrot Cake & Death by Chocolate.
     The smell of icing and fresh-baked cupcakes drove me crazy but it was a fascinating hour spent Tracey. Though it seems another bakery  pops quite frequently. The Local Forkful is definitely endorsing this jewel to fulfill the need s of your sweet tooth.  The Painted Cupcake can bring your cake dreams into reality. Bring in your Wedding Cake, Birthday Cake or Customized Cupcake Creation and Tracey and her devoted staff can make it come to life.  Don’t bother with the over-piled Crisco cupcakes from across the street. TPC is the real thing and we at the Local Forkful believe their here to stay.
     Well, you heard what we had to say. Push the treadmill to the dumpster and head down for some cupcakes! Tracey and her staff are waiting.

Welcome to Local Forkful

I am elated to bring you  Local Forkful. We aspire to bring you the best in  culinary eats that Nashville has to offer, plus.

Don’t pigeon-hole us here at Local Forkful. We will be highlighting everything from your favorite eateries, local businesses, local farmers, giving you our favorite playlist selections from your favorite coffee shops and more. Maybe even throw you a few deals for following us on Twitter.!/localforkful

We intend to deliver you the best in mom & pop food eateries around. That  will  keep your appetite fulfilled and satisfied. We aspire to get behind the scenes to deliver the Nashville Food Scene to you in a new and exciting format. Spread the word and Prepare to be served the  best in good eats by Local Forkful.

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Aaaahhh! Food Blog….Not Another One!
‘Local Forkful’ is not your ordinary food blog. We are strivin’ to find the best of the best that Nashville has to offer in delicious eats. We are advocates for the buy local movement, supporting the mom & pops of the Nashville Area.

Why should I read it?
Duh!…So you no longer waste you’re time & energy walking into restaurants looking for something new & exciting. Only to leave the establishment with a bad taste in your mouth.  Local Forkful wants to relieve the food patrons of Nashville from these stressful experiences by doing the homework for you.
(Don’t worry, no report cards here)

You might even learn something about that guy who makes your non-fat latte!

What sets us apart?
The Local Forkful will be taking a deeper look into your local favorite places to eat. At the owner’s allowance, we plan to make some of the items you enjoy to discover why they’re so good. And maybe even ‘borrow’ a recipe or two?


  • We want to find out who’s the staff?
  • What is in this? It’s so good!
  • Do they enjoy what they do?
  • What’s the inspiration behind this place?
  • Why this location? Why Nashville, TN
  • How can I work here?

How does the ‘Local Forkful’ benefit my business?
Do you have to ask? We will be plugged into today’s most popular social media sources. Facebook, & Twitter. Practically providing free advertisement for you and your business.
Which = bringing in the dollars!!!…I mean, PEOPLE! We also aspire to be a published entity in local media. Therefore producing even more regular patrons and allowing you to better establish yourself in Nashville! Or just take it over!

How do you pronounce it? Fork-fole..Fork-foul..Fork-foe?

No, No, No!…It’s Fork-full. We just like One ‘l’ better.

Thanks for being apart of something NEW!

Author & Food Enthusiast: Charles Hunter III