Helmed by cake designer Mercedes Strachwsky, Bake Me a Cake is stuffed with sugary morsels that have sweet-talked celebrity palates including Paris Hilton and Shaquille O'Neal. Gluten-free french macaroons sandwich sweet fillings and edible berets between two tiny cookies, alluring eaters with an array of flavors and a spectrum of psychedelic colors. Bakers box up a dozen small cupcakes, bite-size creations available in 24 cake flavors including amaretto, pumpkin, german chocolate, and hazelnut.
Shaped like an elephant, teeming with shimmering seashells, or topped with Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles, cakes at Delightful Treats are as visually stunning as they are delicious. And Chef Asli doesn?t just make cakes. Bakery guests can pick up pastries and cake pops, as well as cupcakes that can be planted in the ground to sprout into full-sized bundts. Wielding frosting mediums such as fondant, buttercream, and ganache, Asli crafts edible sculptures to her clients' precise specifications. They also serve premium ice cream and milk shakes in a variety of flavors, including Green Mint Chip, Birthday Batter, and Moose Tracks.
Asli's passion for cakes started way back in her mother's home kitchen, where she helped with the baking from an early age. After beginning a career as an Interior Architect, Asli realized that she wanted to follow her dreams and enrolled in a baking and pastry program at Valencia Community College. Now with her own company, Asli happily creates custom treats for customers and continually attends workshops and seminars to hone her craft.
When clients bite into a slice of cake from B350 Degrees Pastry Shop, they don't just taste gooey chocolate or rich buttercream frosting. They taste the freshness. That's because head pastry chef Ernesto Materan bakes each cake the morning of a special event to ensure it's moist until the last slice is served. He blends together cakes the old-fashioned way, in which he whirrs together butter and flour with handpicked strawberries and rich cocoa to make his signature cake flavors. He specializes in a select number of flavors, including lemon, almond, and red velvet, which he then customizes with his decadent fillings. These can include anything from raspberry jam to dulce de leche or amaretto mousse, all of which play off the crumbly cakes and creamy frostings. He makes his cake beautiful using fondant to create designs, or embraces simplicity with frosting options, such as chocolate ganache or buttercream.
A Barbie doll is wearing an ornate pink dress, with a huge skirt puffing outward. Despite how realistic it looks, Barbie's five-layer fashion statement is the not the work of a toy designer, but the handiwork of Danielle Wilson, the baker behind Vanilla Bean Bakery. Danielle sells her handcrafted cupcakes and specialty cakes via phone, carefully customizing each order to customer needs. It all started when she supplied her young nephew, a budding athlete, with a basketball-shaped cake on his birthday. She discovered she has a knack for cake-based artistry, which led her to start her own business meticulously sculpting the complex cakes, such as Barbie, whose highly detailed dress represented nearly a day's worth of work. Danielle's specialty cake masterpieces have included an alligator, popular cartoon characters, and her street’s first buttercream fire hydrant.
Though the 10 frozen yogurt flavors at Mei Wei Frozen Yogurt are always changing?cookies 'n' cream, Georgia peach, cake batter?happily, everything else stays the same. The shop will always have low- or non-fat, as well as sugar-, dairy-, and gluten-free options, and guests will always be able to customize their chilly creations with a choice of more than 40 toppings ranging from peanut butter sauce to blueberries to graham cracker crumbs. Other customizable treats include the shop's fruit-flavored drinks, such as boba milk teas, which can be mixed up in different flavors, topped with bobas or jellies, and served in a cup or upside down hat.
A silhouette of New York’s skyline glows neon on the front counter at Dippitys, an Altamonte Springs eatery opened in March 2013. Behind the counter, staffers prepare a classic Big Apple treat—Italian water and crème ice made with either a cream or water base in more than 50 flavors. They also scoop ice cream; serve up Gelatis (Italian ice swirled with soft-serve ice cream), malts, egg creams, and sundaes; and load Nathan’s hot dogs with traditional toppings such as sauerkraut and chili. Italian ices and ice cream are made in-house, along with chicken tenders and fries. Sips of Barnie’s coffee wash it all back.