Apparently this ambitious bakery chain, with sights on international growth, didn’t get the memo that cupcakes are out. Appearances on the Food Network, a new cookbook and a gig catering the MTV Video Music Awards has helped keep it in the spotlight. To sweeten the franchising pot, Smallcakes began co-branding units in September 2014 with its new Smallcakes Creamery concept that serves small-batch ice cream made daily; 15 such co-branded units are on tap for 2015. 

LocationOverland Park, Kan.
2014 Systemwide Sales$38,700,000*
% Change in Sales133.1%
2014 U.S. Units88
% Change in Units114.6%
2014 Average Unit Volume$600,000*
% Change in AUV-0.8%
Future 50 Year2015
FranchisingYes