My Favorite Muffin bakes up its namesake fare in a variety of flavors and also features an extensive list of savory deli fare. Fans of post-oven muffin batter are bestowed with a bounty of muffins made from scratch and prepared with soybean oil, creating tasty pastries whose cake parts contain less cholesterol than their butter-packed brothers. Choose from a list of 19 cup-sized cakes ($1.99 for a jumbo muffin or $1.80 for three mini muffins), including cherry cheesecake, banana nut, pumpkin spice, bran, and boston cream pie. Nutritional information for each creation at My Favorite Muffin is available online.
The pink banner that curls around the fa?ade of Yolanda's Specialty Cakes calls to mind the creamy fondant streaks that grace many of the eponymous owner's specialty confections. Though Yolanda Amaya has been perfecting her craft since 1977, many locals are just beginning to hop on her train of sweet treats thanks to readers of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, who voted her shop the Best of the Best in 2010. On-hand consultants help brides- and grooms-to-be select the perfect theme for their wedding cake, and decorators spell out birthday greetings with swirls of icing. Yolanda and her bakers sculpt cakes into a variety of shapes and styles, from tiered towers to wearable quincea?era dresses.
The sweet and savory happily coexist at Downtown Confection Connection. Here, bakers spend their days crafting cupcakes in flavors such as sea-salt caramel and coconut-almond crunch. The house chefs complement these sweet confections with signature soups, pastas, and the week's specialty panini. The staff's combined efforts result in something everyone can agree on?a healthy meal with decadent cupcakes for dessert.
Located on the second floor of La Palmera Mall, Hang 10 Yogurt gives shoppers a tasty reason not to drop. The shop's self-serve machines dish out ten self-serve frozen yogurt flavors each day, which pair with more than 70 toppings to create an infinite-ish number of tasty treats. Customers can complement these treats with specialty coffee drinks like lattes, mochas, and frappes.
Founded by dessert pioneers Jeanne and Mark Samii, The Ultimate Cheesecake Bakery’s chefs assemble antidotes to sweetness cravings with a formidable roster of more than 120 items, including 32 cheesecake flavors. Devour an entire small ($10–$12), medium ($14–$17), or large ($22–$26) cheesecake or cut it into slices to give away to favorite orthodontists. Cuspids can chisel away at a slice of fudge marble cheesecake ($2.75) to uncover rivulets of chocolate fudge in vanilla batter or sink into a savory medley of apples and spice in the apple crumb cheesecake ($2.75). The confectionary connoisseurs also build layer cakes and tortes ($22–$26), as well as sugar-free treats perfect for hyperactive Cabbage Patch Kids.
After years as a nurse in an ICU, Rachael Miller wanted a career change and the chance to run her own business. So, she traded in her scrubs for an apron and founded The Cupcake Shoppe. Rachael always loved to bake, and now it's the first thing she does every day; she rises early to prepare the batter for her cupcakes, which she bakes in seven signature flavors available every day. These always-available staples include chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and red velvet. But Rachel also gets creative, adding two additional specialty cupcakes to her menu every morning. These more unusual recipes often borrow flavors from other desserts?Oreo and snickerdoodle cupcakes, for example, have bits of cookie infused into them, while Boston cream cupcakes evoke the flavors of the cream pies American revolutionaries once threw in the faces of colonial soldiers.