Since 1989, Johnnie Gabriel has been in the business of baking. It could be said that Johnnie's talent for cooking and baking is genetic, since southern chef Paula Deen is Johnnie's cousin. But Johnnie's baking career did not begin as a conscious choice.
Johnnie began baking on nights and weekends to supplement her family's income during the tough times that a recession and college tuition bills can bring. Johnnie had watched her mother and grandmother bake desserts and cook meals for their family, and reasoned that she too could bake enough cakes to make a difference.
Seven years after her baking venture began, Johnnie left her day job and opened Gabriel's Desserts. She started with just 2 bakers, but the popularity of her desserts led her to hire a professionally trained staff and customer service personnel to meet demand for her made-to-order, freshly baked from scratch, "just like your grandmother used to bake" cakes.
In 2003, Gabriel's tripled their space, and opened their first restaurant on Whitlock Avenue in Marietta. They expanded their dessert selection and added a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu.
During the last decade, Johnnie published 3 cookbooks where she has shared many of her popular southern dishes and desserts. Johnnie has appeared on QVC's cooking shows to share her talents and showcase her cookbooks. She also travels the region doing book signings and public speaking.
Despite her hectic schedule, Johnnie has continued her active involvement in the local community, supporting numerous local causes close to her heart. If you've visited Gabriel's, you've likely met Johnnie yourself as she goes from table to table making sure everyone is enjoying their food and telling them how much she truly appreciates their patronage.
Best of Weddings, The Knot
Best of Weddings, The Knot
Couple Choice Award, WeddingWire
Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor
5 star Couples’ Award, WeddingWire
Five Star Rating, The Knot
Best Meat and Three, Cobb Life Magazine
Best Desserts, Cobb Life Magazine
Best of Atlanta Awards, Atlanta Magazine
Best American, Taste of Marietta
“Little Shop of Wonders”, Atlanta Magazine
German Chocolate Cake Recognition by Food Critic: Stephanie Siegel, Atlanta Journal Constitution
2007 Best Birthday - 2006 Best Bakery in Marietta for cakes 2005 - Best Bakery
2004 - Best Party Cakes - 2001 Best Cakes - 2000 Best Cakes to Go
"You guys are amazing. Your desserts are to die for. And you guys made my Valentine’s weekend amazing with a fantastic dinner at your Acworth location. It was so good, we placed to go orders again on Monday. I wish I could give you more than 5 stars.”
–Christina Bryant Felker
"Absolutely divine!! Visited for the first time yesterday, and I had the pleasure of meeting Johnnie. What a delightful southern lady. I look forward to my next visit!”
-Leslie Ann Holbrook
"If you want a red velvet cake that will change your life or a strawberry cake that will bring tears to your eyes, there’s no other place to go in Georgia.”
"Ordered a lemon pound cake with lemon glaze and lemon curd for my niece’s baby shower today… It was amazing!!!!!!! Thanks y’all!!!”
–Julie Hadaway Merendino
"I drive all the way from Midtown Atlanta for a Gabriel’s dessert! Nothing better!!”
-Martha Crissey Craft
"Your restaurant is awesome and the food and service is amazing! We have already been for lunch and dinner!! The deserts are out of this world too!!! The place is beautiful and everyone is so friendly!”
-Kristy Jones Cobb
"We drive almost an hour just to enjoy their amazing lunch & bakery. All of the staff is amazing!!”
We visited from Alabama and had a wonderful meal with very friendly service We also brought a lot of desserts back home with us! It was the best choice to eat there and we will definitely be back. It was so good we thought about moving states to be closer to it!! ;)”
Love this place! Best cinnamon rolls around. Oh, don’t forget the desserts!”
-Austin Phillip Aldridge
"The wedding cake that Gabriels made for our wedding was splendid! Thanks to Pam and the team for working with us and making a cake to die to for! !! It was so yummy!”
-Ashley Lovelace Cantrell