For more than 20 years, The Bake Shop has been whipping up fresh cakes, breads, cupcakes, cookies, pastries, lunchtime soups and sandwiches, and more in a quaint home beside the picturesque Yellow Creek. Sweeten a summer supper’s ending with pie of the apple or cherry persuasion ($8.75), or opt for pumpkin or pecan flavors ($9.75) to bribe your local congressman into allotting public money for a 151-foot statue of Bruce Lee. If cookies are your Muppet’s food of choice, share a dozen chocolate chips ($8.50), snicker doodles ($8.50), or macadamia nuts ($10). The Bake Shop also carries danishes ($1.15), biscotti ($1.35), brownies ($0.80 each or $9/dozen), and an assortment of donuts, fritters, muffins, and scones. Ice-cream cakes were recently added to their repertoire as well.
Great Harvest’s breads, which are baked with premium whole wheat from family-owned farms in Montana, come in many flavors that change daily. On Tuesday, stock up on honey-whole-wheat and apple-scrapple loaves to slice and cuddle for comfort during scary thunderstorms. Freshly baked country-fresh sourdough is available on Fridays, and high-protein breads in a variety of varieties (including rosemary-garlic and cranberry-crunch) are freshly baked throughout the week. For those preferring sweet treats, the July menu showcases sour cream fruit pie and strawberry shortcake, as well as well-stacked sandwich selections that are offered 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Creative connoisseurs can hand-select their sandwich toppings from a list of smoked turkey, honey ham, tender roast beef, and limitless fixin's ($5.75), while recovering carnivores can overcome their withdrawal jitters by opting for the pre-conceived vegetarian sandwich ($5.75), loaded with red pepper hummus, feta cheese, romaine lettuce, tomato, and cukes.
The fondant petals of a magnolia flower cascade down the face of a cake, fading from white to violet to midnight blue. Bunches of white roses burst from the top of a quintuple-layered, frosty white cake. Singular and elegant, cakes such as these have earned The West Side Bakery a variety of awards, including a spot among The Daily Meal's 50 best wedding cakes in America.
Though custom cakes are The West Side Bakery’s specialty, pastry chefs apply the same meticulous standards to other award-winning baked goods. They bake seasonal fruit pies, craft peach hazelnut tiramisu, and make more than a dozen varieties of cheesecake. Pastries run the gamut from simple shortbreads and biscotti to éclairs and cannolis. Additionally, the shop touts a huge vegan menu that includes vegan cakes and tarts.
Patrons are welcome to take a seat at one of the cozy shop’s tables and devour their treats with a cup of cappuccino. If, unlike the cookie monster, they can’t justify eating dessert for every meal, they can also grab a tasty sandwich, fresh salad, or bowl of hot soup.
Cupcake Castle, true to its name, is a haven for cupcake lovers of all ages. In addition to more than 100 cupcake flavors, including peppermint patty and bubblegum, the café serves cake pops and cupshakes, which turn a cupcake of any flavor into a delectable milk shake. Youngsters can show off their artistic chops by decorating their own cupcakes with an unlimited supply of sprinkles and colored icing. In a Candy Land-themed room, Cupcake Castle hosts birthday parties chock full of treats, from a fruit-punch fountain to popcorn and cotton-candy machines. The birthday star gets a big cupcake cake–in any flavor–while every child gets to decorate two cupcakes and take them home to show off to parents or elementary-school admissions officers.
Pure Delite took the traditional cupcake and its attributes—sweetness, softness, and handheld size—and made them healthy. The shop uses strictly natural and organic ingredients, and its resulting gourmet goodies pack in less than half the calories, fat, and sugar of traditional recipes. Every week, Pure Delite rotates new flavors into its cases, which contain mainstays such as the original chocolate delite as well as gluten-free options. Specialty house coffees complement the shop's edibles, and easy-to-access nutritional information breaks down the contents of each snack.
A family-owned bakery, DS Cupcakes carts out dozens of its customizable confections each day, including sheet cakes, round cakes, and its namesake cupcakes. The team doesn’t make it easy to narrow down a choice either, as 16 cream-cheese and buttercream frostings dollop the moist cakes available in a dozen flavors, such as gingerbread, strawberry cheesecake, and pumpkin spice. Sweet fillings also nestle within the fluffy hiding places, waiting to envelop unsuspecting tongues with flavors of apple, raspberry, fudge, and others.