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Charlotte bakeries gear up for DNC with themed cupcakes & more

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - There are some new sweet treats in town for the Democratic National Convention, as Charlotte bakeries cash in on DNC fever.

Emma Merisier is known as the "Southern Cake Queen." Even though she's been baking for years, she recently quit her corporate America job to focus on her passion.

Merisier operates a bright pink mobile cupcakery that can be seen all over the city, including Food Truck Fridays on South Blvd., where many Cake Queen fans line up to get their hands on fresh cupcakes.

Her latest creations are all about the DNC and include vanilla, chocolate, and new "blue velvet" cupcakes with red, white, and blue presidential-themed icing.

"People have been inquiring about it, people have been ordering," said Merisier. "So we're going to be extremely busy over the next seven days. Christmas in September!"

When the Southern Cake Queen isn't  forking out delicious cupcakes from her food truck, she's baking at Kai's Cookies & More on South Blvd. with her new partner in crime, Tracy Watkins.  Watkins specializes in cookies and offers up a long list of other sweet treats.  She's ready for the DNC with patriotic cookies and other special confections, some of which feature the faces of President Obama and the entire first family.

Merisier and Watkins aren't the only ones baking up sugary goodness in Charlotte. At Southpark Mall, Tami Jewell recently opened Jewell Treats near the Apple store.

"This is a great opportunity," said Jewell. "This is something that I never dreamed about, because a few years ago I couldn't even find a job."

Jewell is selling her own DNC sweets, including cupcakes, lollipops, and giant red, white, and blue gummy bears. She'll be feeding DNC delegates from inside the uptown perimeter next week and hopes to run into the President.

"I heard he likes red velvet, but we are natural so we would have to do it with beet juice instead of red dye," laughed Jewell.

She'll be stationed by the Harvey Gantt Center for African American Culture starting Tuesday, after dishing out thousands of cupcakes and other treats during Monday's CarolinaFest.

Stay with and check out #wbtvdnc for DNC updates and local business news throughout the Convention.

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