Big Ben’s Desserts

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Do you love a good sweet treat? Cakes, pudding, ice cream, we love them all. Kidding Around Contributor Melanie Coblentz visited Spartanburg’s Big Ben’s Desserts. She and her family all agreed it was a great spot to pick up a dessert treat and she’s got some advice for what you should order!

What do you get when you combine a hometown football hero and a love of baking?

The answer – Big Ben’s Desserts.

After opening last fall with a grand opening that left every last crumb sold, the Upstate has continued to show their love for Ben Hall and his dessert shop.

Big Ben’s offers ice cream, cake slices, cheesecake and his super popular banana pudding. A quick visit to one of the shop’s social media accounts will have you drooling and wanting to try it all – at least that’s what happened to me. Ben loves to tease online with Insta-worthy photos of his creations.

Well, I’m here to tell you. They taste even better than they look!

One bite, and you’ll be hooked. The hardest part of a visit to Big Ben’s Desserts will be deciding what to order.

I chose four items to share with my family and I recommend doing the same!  We all enjoyed the honeybun cake, strawberry cake slice, banana pudding and a chocolate cheesecake slice.

Big Ben’s Cheesecake

Forget what you think you know about cheesecake!  Not only is it the best I’ve had, it comes with unlimited toppings. I’ll say it again:  the cheesecake comes with unlimited toppings! Even ice cream!  I added Oreo, hot fudge and whipped cream to my slice. This is one of those times when you hate being a good example for your children. I totally hated sharing that cheesecake.

Big Ben’s Honey Bun Cake

The honey bun cake is even better than it sounds and came with full recommendation from one of the servers.  My family only left me a small bite of the cake, but that bite was so good. The cake was moist and it was just the right amount of sweet. I would definitely try this again. Ben also makes a lemon pound cake that is very popular with regulars.

Big Ben’s Strawberry Cake with Buttercream

The strawberry cake with buttercream icing was a huge hit with my family. My daughter has just discovered she loves strawberries. The cake had big juicy chunks of berry baked into it. This cake makes me excited to try the other flavors Ben makes, red velvet, chocolate, and key lime. Keisha, one of Ben’s fulltime associates, insisted that I try the key lime cake next time. It’s a hit even with people who think they don’t like key lime!  There are also cupcakes available in these flavors plus an Oreo flavor.

Big Ben’s Banana Pudding

Now, on to the banana pudding – my husband’s favorite. Apparently, they can’t keep them on the shelves!  I was told they started out with 80 orders for the day and they were already down to six, with 4 hours to go.  Judging by my husband’s reaction, I can see why!  He says it’s light and fluffy and creamy and wonderful and might even be better than his sister’s recipe. 

Have you been to Big Ben’s desserts yet? Which yummy treat was your favorite?

Big Ben’s Desserts
297 Spartanburg Highway South
Lyman, SC 29365
864.485.2001

About the Author
Melanie is a native New Yorker, who landed in the Upstate by way of Florida. She is the mom to two awesome kids, and the three of them love going on adventures! She enjoys sharing her finds with friends and loves even more that she can share them with Kidding Around readers! She can be found on Instagram @figuringthisoutdotcom

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The red velvet cake is my favorite. I have been buying cakes and cupcakes from Ben for years now and my favorite is the red velvet and the honey bun cake and I get extra icing on mine. He even makes ice cream cakes if you request it. He is a very sweet man and will encourage you to do better with whatever you are having troubles with. Talk about motivation, he can motivate you to do more just by speaking with him. His cakes are to die for and his cupcakes are just as good.

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Big Ben’s desserts is our favorite , the chocolate cake , banana split and strawberry cake are soooo good . Worth the drive !!!!