Creamy original cheesecake. Phots by Mark Davis

Chocolate cheesecake

There’s cheesecake, and then there’s Cheesecake Love. “People are used to going to the grocery store and buying a manufactured cheesecake,” says JoAnn Sitton, owner of the shop at Easton and Northwest Highway. “People love the product that I sell. Every cake is hand-poured with quality ingredients.” It’s all about the crust, she says, a portion of the cake that is often overlooked. Sitton makes a thicker, crumbly cookie crust instead the thin, spongy graham cracker typically used in store-bought cakes. She launched her small business four years ago and specializes in 2.5-inch, cupcake-sized cheesecakes as well as 10-inch cakes. Other than her shop, Sitton’s cheesecakes also are available locally at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Hillside Village, Sam’s at Park Lane, and Atomic Pie at Walnut Hill and Audelia. Standout flavors include caramel pecan, creamy original and chocolate, which features four different kinds of chocolate on top of an Oreo crust. “My flavors are not too fancy, so I try to make sure the cake itself is high quality,” Sitton says. She also has special varieties for the holidays, such as pumpkin walnut and Irish cream.

Cheesecake Love

10230 E. Northwest Highway

214.707.0545

Price range: $3.50-$35

Ambiance: take out

Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. tues.-fri; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. sat; closed sunday and monday

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2 The Cake Ball Company

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