Party planners at Maximum Events specialize in decking out dessert tables in delicious sweets personalized with eye-pleasing icing. A changing selection of cupcakes may include such tasty classics such as vanilla cake with buttercream frosting or chocolate cake with chocolate ganache. Unlike black velvet, which makes for a great bathrobe but tastes like fabric, the red-velvet cupcake makes for a poor bathrobe but delights diners with a rich red crumb and a velvety cap of cream cheese. Selecting a variety of inventive flavors such as the raspberry champagne or coconut-pineapple meringue treats taste buds to sweetness and the best kind of spice—variety.
Mary Ann Donuts' slogan is "They're Donutlicious," and people agree; the shop was named a top-five Best Bakery in 2008 by FOX8. It boasts more than 50 species of donuts and pastries, including devil's food and angelic cake donuts, capped with a variety of toppings and icings (regular donuts are $0.81 each, and $8.15 a dozen). Four varieties of gourmet muffins (including triple-berry whole grain and chocolate-chocolate chunk) are served daily ($1.49 each), while Aunt Mary Ann's signature crème sticks ($1.20 each) come in chocolate, maple, vanilla, crunch, and powdered sugar. Regular, dark-roast, and gourmet coffees ($1.25–$2.75), along with espressos ($1.49–$2.49), cappuccinos ($1.75–$3), flavored lattés ($2.29–$2.59), and frozen cappuccinos ($2.99) cleanse esophaguses' sugar coatings. To round off your donut-and-coffee mealstravaganza, order a chicken- or tuna-salad sandwich ($2.49).
Beneath an ice-cream cone cocked at a jaunty angle, Aimee’s Drive In dispenses handheld American staples. Whether out on the patio seating, or at the wheels of their cars, visitors enjoy treats such as shakes, sundaes, and cones. From the grill emerges a menu of burgers, hot dogs, and charbroiled nostalgia.
Whether you're looking for a tiered, edible centerpiece or a plateful of pastry pals, Yummy's thoughtful menu includes confections for all occasions. Curl your tongue around a flavor-soaked slice of vanilla cake caressed with sweet, creamy frosting or wake up with a slice of orange-cranberry bread waiting for you in the shower. Fresh-out-of-the-oven sourdough begs for a thick smattering of chunky peanut butter. Breads start at $1.50, and cookies are $6 for a dozen. Yummy's also sells more-whimsical treats, including cupcakes on a stick and massive marshmallows doused in chocolate. Dorm rooms and slumber parties nationwide welcome the addition of the award-winning pepperoni rolls (four for $5, double-stuffed rolls at $2 each) in a variety of flavor combinations (spinach-feta, mozzarella, jalapeño-cheddar). Yummy's pound cakes, strudels, cinnamon rolls, and sticky buns are all priced under $5.
Deep down, owner Leslie Butler always wanted a job naming nail polish and lipstick shades. But her love of working with people, as well as her great affection for cake, led her to instead apply her naming skills to more than 100 cupcake flavors at The Lofty Cafe. Monikers like “The Devil Wears Raspberry” might need a bit of elaboration (chocolate cupcake with raspberry filling, topped with chocolate frosting and a raspberry candy speckled with brimstone), but others are deliciously self-explanatory: vanilla chai spice, maple bacon, and Boston cream. Many flavors are themed by season or occasion. A daily menu determines a few flavors that will be at hand, but customers can score any flavor if they order ahead.
Though it’s hard to imagine so many flavors fitting in Butler’s kitchen, that’s exactly where Butler and her daughter began their business. Unsurprisingly, they eventually expanded their space to offer a dining room and a full kitchen to suit their baking needs. Now they have the capacity to create many cupcake flavors that can be filled or topped with an array of sweets.
Maggie's Magic Muffin House bewitches humdrum mouths with an assortment of house-made pastry pop-ups in original flavors, baked fresh daily. With more than 55 palate-pleasing flavors making rotating appearances, bakery patrons can build their collection of a dozen muffins with such taste-bud-ticklers as Cinnamon Girl, Banana and Walnut Anticipation, pumpkin pie, and the heart high-fiving bran muffin. Bear-hugging each sweet tooth, the Abbey Road blends together a chocolate muffin, chocolate chips, and chocolate fudge drizzled in a halo of marshmallows, and the Miss American pie, a streusel muffin woven together with apples and spices, induces flashbacks of bobby-socked school dances and spontaneous musical numbers during math class.