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La Lune Sucrée
Downtown San Jose
Pastry chef Bettina Pope bakes puff-pastry quiches, flaky croissants, and crusty baguettes for gourmet sandwiches alongside handmade crepes
In 1997, friends Dena Tripp and Debra Shwetz set out to create a luscious, melt-in-your-mouth bundt cake. What began as an endeavor in their own home kitchens soon blossomed into a bustling business with bakeries in 13 states. Rich cocoa browns and soft pastels lend a nostalgic feel to each bakery, where every day lava-powered ovens warm up batter made from fresh eggs, real butter, and cream cheese. Flavors such as chocolate chocolate chip, pecan praline, and white-chocolate raspberry remain constants on the menu, and a new flavor makes a guest appearance each month. Cakes come in several sizes, from the standard 8- or 10-inch bundt to the single-serving bundtlet and the bite-size bundtini, all frosted with a signature blend of cream cheese and butter. Each Nothing Bundt Cakes location also houses its own stock of gifts. Patrons may come across the brightly hued handle of a confetti cake knife or opt to take home an old-fashioned tin, perfect for stowing coffee and imprisoning gingerbread men who have tried to run away. Contact the location of your choice for gift pricing and availability.
Raised in Germany, La Lune Sucrée founder Bettina Pope further cultivated her passion for carefully crafted baked goods while living abroad in Paris and Sussex. So when Ms. Pope moved to America, she ached for the crusty baguettes and puff-pastry quiches she had savored in European patisseries. She began gathering family recipes and seeking out apprenticeships with pastry chefs such as Olivier Grimaud of Aux Delices de Pierre in France. Now, as head chef at La Lune Sucrée, she fills plates with her favorite French and German cafe fare, from flaky, light croissant sandwiches to crisp salads and homemade soups. Additionally, Ms. Pope enfolds European cheeses and cream sauces into crepe batter she makes from scratch and doles out fresh-baked French baguettes to picnickers and arcade-goers short a mallet for Whack-A-Mole.
Experienced baker Sepi, her husband Mark, and their daughters, Shakila, Shay, and Nirvana, spend family time at C'est Si Bon Bakery making a visually stunning and delicious array of wedding cakes, cupcakes, Persian cookies, and French pastries. Along with help from a close-knit staff of long-time employees, the family conjures creamy chocolate mousse cups, delicate chiffon opera cakes, nutty halva, and cupcakes customized with colorful decorations of buttercream frosting, custard fillings, and playful shapes. The bakers' well-honed dessert-making skills shine forth in their cakes, from multi-tired wedding cakes of smooth fondant and shiny sparkles to graduation cakes with frosting mortarboards and diplomas baked inside.
Amid Honey Berry's simple, forest-themed decor, a bank of flat-screen TVs announces an eclectic menu of sweets: fruit-packed smoothies, shaved-ice cones, roti buns, and milky bubble teas with tapioca pearls. A large toppings bar crowns gelato and low-fat frozen yogurt with more than 20 sweet add-ons, such as gummy worms, M&Ms, or a sunroof. While a barista tamps espresso and steams milk for cappuccinos, patrons sit at cozy green banquettes lit by paper lanterns.
Regal Bagel's bakers churn out bushels of fresh bagels every morning and serve them throughout the day with a variety of toppings. Regal Bagel's rings of dough are laboriously boiled and toasted, and come in more than 20 flavors, including pumpernickel, blueberry, cinnamon sugar, garlic, and determination ($.90+ for one, $4.75 for six, $8.25 for a dozen). While tasty enough to be eaten unadulterated, bagels can be augmented with a selection of 11 cream cheeses, such as tomato basil, strawberry, and jalapeño. Those who wish to venture further into the depths of bagel alteration can order one of the deli sandwiches, which combine disparate elements such as mayo, tomatoes, and tuna, turkey, or roast beef, and can be paired with a hot or iced coffee or tea ($5.25+).
In the days before baguettes were popularized as day-old jousting batons, the dignified breadform was utilized as a sandwich vessel. To preserve the antiquity of the baguette, the friendly bakers at Cocola fetch them straight from the oven on a daily basis and build graspable sandwiches of the highest quality, such as the albacore tuna nicoise (with a lemon vinaigrette, $9.90) and the hearty grilled eggplant (with fresh veggies, mozzarella, and an olive oil and balsamic blend, $9.90). A sandwich is an intelligent way to get the hunger ball rolling down the hill until it crashes into an array of sweet menu treats. Indulge in tri-colored mousse cups ($4.60) and whipped and stacked hazelnut cakes ($4.60), or nourish your petite palate with pear tarts ($2.80) or bite-sized tiramisu ($3.10).
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Touting more than 50 flavors of low-calorie, flavor-packed frozen yogurt, Tutti Frutti earned a feature on CNBC and has continued to expand since opening its first shop in 2007. Inside each store, self-service yogurt machines unleash velvety-soft yogurt into accommodating cups or empty purses. The constantly rotating menu may include flavors such as royal red velvet, refreshing melon, and chocolate peanut butter. Most flavors fall within the range of 30–40 calories per ounce, with dairy-free options and no-sugar-added concoctions also available.
A toppings bar allows eaters to further customize yogurt creations with a spoonful of fresh fruits or a sprinkling of nuts. The flavors contain ample amounts of probiotics, known for potential health benefits that may include strengthening immune systems and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
Nothing tastes quite like real butter. The bakers at Aram Bakery use it in all of their desserts and also eschew commercial or artificial ingredients for fresh eggs, creams, and fruits. The same care is taken when decorating Aram’s sweets—a fresh flower might adorn expertly laid fondant, and custard fruit tarts. Patrons will continue to be delighted upon slicing into their chosen confection, as many cakes layer flavors such as strawberries, custard, and whipped cream upon each other. Those looking for a more adventurous treat can attempt to steal a passerby gorilla’s cupcake or sample one of Aram’s Middle Eastern desserts, including faloodeh or Persian-style ice cream.
At Angel Devil Cakes, bakers play both sides of the diet spectrum. Their menu is a blend of decadent desserts and waistline-friendly items, from the cheesecake-stuffed lemon layer cake to the low-sugar, gluten-free chocolate cake. Angel Devil Cakes accommodates a range of dietary restrictions, even those as simple as watching fat intake or desiring whole-wheat grains. Bakers an swap out eggs, milk, and butter for vegan-friendly tarts and cakes, or they use only natural sweeteners, such as applesauce, to keep blood sugar stable. These healthy cakes can be made in any size, from decorated party cakes to dozens of frosting-topped cupcakes.
Sweet Escapes combines two of kids’ favorite things—toys and sweets—with customizable 2-D and 3-D cakes in the shape of Xbox consoles, My Little Pony dolls, and Super Mario Bros. characters. For adults, the treats take the form of grown-up toys, such as poker sets, turntables, or paper airplanes made from W-2 forms.
Any combination of cake flavor, frosting, and toppings further personalizes cakes, such as a chocolate cake smothered in graham crackers and marshmallow meringue. Sweet Escapes invites patrons to individualize special events with buffet-style cupcake bars that let you hand select your own cupcakes and toppings.
Inside Yopop's brightly colored shop, frozen-yogurt fans queue up to serve themselves any of the 50 flavors of the naturally sweetened treat. To top flavors such as strawberry banana, avocado, or cookies and cream, everything from raspberries and candy crumbles to a sweet variety of syrups pile onto each creamy concoction. Satisfying both the tastebuds and the conscience, Yopop's frozen yogurt is both low in calories and fat and rich in calcium and protein. For even fewer calories, customers can opt for the Wow Cow brand yogurt in flavors such as strawberry and peanut butter chocolate, with only 15 calories per ounce.
Situated across from AMC Theatres in the Eastridge Mall, Pretzelmaker delivers large, soft pretzels whose chewy textures have been satisfying pretzel cravings since 1991. Traditional pretzels twist around on themselves in flavors such as salt, unsalted, garlic, and jalapeno, ready for dipping in sauces such as cheddar, cream cheese, or caramel. Pretzel bites eschew the large format for bite-sized pretzel morsels, while pretzel dogs wrap the deliciousness of a hot dog within the bliss of pretzel dough before baking, rendering a treat that fits perfectly with lemonades or sodas.
Running a food truck requires working with limited space. So when it came time to stock their truck with flavors of ice cream, the staff at Scoops cast off the ho-hum flavors of chocolate and vanilla for signature blends that incorporate richer, more distinctive ingredients, such as cabernet, Filipino coconuts, and lavender. The ice creamery changes up its flavors depending on the inspiration and gravitational pull on sugar cones that day, and their truck inhabits an ever-changing location that can be found on Twitter.
The baker at Treasure Cakes crafts gourmet cakes and treats for all occasions. Flavors such as strawberry guava, red velvet, and vanilla with lemon mousse burst forth from cupcakes, and cakes tempt with irresistible flavors such as marble with chocolate mousse and strawberry-swirl cheesecake.
A sweets expert can customize cakes for any occasion, resulting in bold graphics, 3-D shapes, or elegant tiers. Treasure Cakes also whips up other treats such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, macaroons, and gourmet chocolates.