Bartenders often use soda to offset the intense flavor of alcohol, but Hanayo Martin prefers another tasty counterweight: cupcakes. Topped with her signature cream cheese frosting, the decadent treats include strawberry cake infused with champagne and banana cake infused with dark rum. But Hanayo—along with childhood pal, Hapa cofounder, and frosting miner Akemi Lee—happily crafts non-alcoholic versions of her spiked treats as well, available in an additional half-dozen classic flavors. Classic, however, doesn't mean traditional; cupcakes can be crowned with rice cereal treats, seaweed, and green tea icing.
For more than 60 years, the innovative cake artists of Cinderella Cakes have been creating celebratory desserts that push the boundaries of both flavor and physics. Prominently featured as winners on TLC's The Ultimate Cake Off and in episodes of WE tv's My Fair Wedding and Bravo's The Real Housewives of Orange County, the bakery's team of artists sculpt impeccable carved cakes for specific occasions, such as a golf bag to celebrate retirement, or a guitar to mark a successful instrument restringing. The same artists also lend their expertise and personalized touch to elegant and innovative wedding cakes, cupcakes, and bouquets of theme cookies. They stock their shelves with fresh ready-to-go cakes, ideal for unexpected celebrations such as a surprise engagement or the birth of a mayfly. Professional decorators also spread their sweet wisdom during private cake-decorating classes and birthday parties.
Dream Cakes' talented bakers whip up cakes for weddings, birthdays, graduations, and baby showers, each one of which is custom made with inventive shapes and vibrant colors of frosting and fondant. Award winning master chef, Alyssa Ramsey fashions wedding cakes covered in edible lace and flowers or dazzles birthday boys and girls with towering multi-tier desserts decorated with their favorite animal, superhero, or 19th-century vice president. Each cupcake or full-sized cake delights the palate with flavors such as red velvet and lemon, with fresh fruit and jam fillings, or with interiors of rocky road, banana, and chocolate-mousse cream.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.