If you try to leaf through a book at The Cake Shop, it might not work out exactly as planned?the shop's lifelike 3D cakes sometimes resemble a stack of books, a bulldog, or a guitar. For weddings, the dessert specialists also craft towering wedding cakes, iced with dainty patterns of polka dots and flowers. The team also whips up cupcakes in a smorgasbord of flavors, as well as a variety of other pastries, from cannoli to cream-filled eclairs.
When owners Chris and Scott Snibbe opened Sweets 'n Stuff, they didn't going for the traditional bakery setup. They opted to go for something more familiar—grandma's kitchen. To that end, they filled the front end of the shop with vintage knick knacks, family-style dinner tables, and loveably crazy uncles who never moved out of the basement. In the back, they bake up classic grandma-style goodies, including fresh-from-oven cinnamon rolls, muffins, and pies. They also handcraft their own peanut butter cups, almond clusters, and fudge.
Just like grandma, Chris and Scott don't hog all their secrets—they hold candy-making lessons in their large classroom. Their Grandma-like generosity doesn't end there, since they also offer complimentary tea and coffee, as well as free Wi-Fi for visitors who want to revel in the homey vibe.
Ooey-gooey frosting spills into every nook and cranny of cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven at The Village Green Bakery and Cafe. Yet they're merely a prelude to other sweet and savory baked goods, including pies, cookies, and scones—some of which are even gluten-free. Round out meals with cups of rich, steaming coffee, mouthwatering fruit smoothies, fresh-pressed paninis, or made-to-order sandwiches, then kick back with a good book—the cozy eatery's shelves are full of them.
Drawing inspiration from local craft beers, the bakers at Brewcakes combine those same suds with local ingredients to handcraft alcohol-infused cupcakes with flavors that rotate monthly. Boozy creations include the stout beer base, whiskey, and Bailey’s frosting blend of the Irish Cake Bomb, as well as the chocolate-porter base and chipotle-chocolate frosting of the aptly named Chipotle Porter.
Beyond cupcakes, spirits find their way into other offerings—such as the Black & White Russian, an espresso-chocolate brownie topped with Kahlua-spiked chocolate cream, and the beer-braised beef that fills panini-style short-rib sliders at Brewcakes' café. In addition to alcohol-infused eats, café diners can also enjoy plenty of alcohol-free treats, such as veggie flatbreads, hot- and iced-coffee drinks, or water served in shot glasses.
The work done by We-B-Poppin Kettle Corn’s husband-and-wife owners goes beyond the kitchen: they funnel proceeds from their snacks into a non-profit corporation, which works to raise money for children’s charities, local law enforcement agencies, and veterans’ charities. They pop batches of mushroom-style corn—extra-large kernels that makes extra-large popcorn—and top it with all-natural ingredients to create flavors such as white cheddar, bacon and cheese, and pizza. Of course, they still serve traditional kettle corn, which is prepared with both salt and a sweetener for a savory-yet-sugary taste.
Ever since Scavella's Cakes and Bakery opened in February of 2013, the shop's bakers have crafted desserts that look as good as they taste. Among their specialties are fondant wedding cakes and specialty cakes embellished with custom designs. They also bake individual desserts such as cupcakes, brownies, cannolis, and gluten-free cookies.