From one side, it’s a traditional wedding cake: dainty piped swags swoop across smooth white tiers. But as the quadruple-decker delicacy slowly rotates on its motorized stand, they come into view—fondant zombies. Carnage. Chaos. And, notes Deborah, real buttercream frosting.
This monstrous delicacy is only one example of the heights to which Deborah aims to reach in her quest to personalize cakes. The inveterate baker has frosted life-size guitars with intricately wrought whammy bars, and has solved the logistics of balancing a cake atop a perfect sphere. Each triumph is the result of in-depth consultations with clients. “I have to get to know them, get to know their personality,” says Deborah. Once she has ascertained her client’s style, a sketch and negotiations ensue, and the end result is a centerpiece that harmonizes with the celebration. Along with her careful attention to appearance, Deborah does not shirk taste: 10 pounds of butter and four heaping cups of real vanilla go into her buttercream frosting, which remains as airy and light regardless of the design.
A singing ballerina, Marilyn Monroe, a dainty geisha, and a tap-dancing chicken are just a few of the characters that deliver the singing telegrams that oft accompany CareAway Cakes & Gifts celebratory cupcakes. The crooning characters arrive to requested locations, whether that be the home of a loved one or the board meeting of a Fortune 500 CEO, to croon out personalized messages. Aside from the singing and sugar offerings—CareAway Cakes & Gifts acts as a one-stop shop for all party essentials including flowers, gift baskets, and specialty treats. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience, their pastry chef craft anything from cheesecakes and cupcakes to cookies, homemade pies, and gluten-free brownies. They also decorate customized cakes bearing designs such as a 3D rendition of a Georgia Bulldog, a 3D electric guitar, or cakes displaying cherished comic book heroes such as Spiderman and Business Casual Dan. Most baked goods are available for local shipping, and some are available for national shipping via UPS.
On a warm August day in 1938, a father and son unveiled the first sample of what was to become Dairy Queen, selling 1,600 samples on the first day, a feat as unheard of as a dragon that breathes ice. Its ensuing prolific expansion was fueled by its frozen treats, which propelled the dessert shop from 100 stores in 1947 to 1,446 in 1950. Today, their dessert recipes remain largely unchanged, and Dairy Queen has added hearty grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and fried chicken to its menu. Dairy Queen's enormous dessert menu boasts treats ranging from soft-serve cones and blizzards filled with cookies to takeaway ice-cream sandwiches and cakes.
Cooks at The Big Easy Cafe stir pots of grits and stuff po-boy sandwiches with fried oysters and crawfish. In addition to the Cajun classics of seafood gumbo and jambalaya with Andouille sausage, the chefs also grill Angus beef bacon cheeseburgers and toss blackened chicken in crisp caesar salads.
A dizzying number of ice creams?always homemade?make up the roster at Bruster's Real Ice Cream. Their flavors include a mix of classic standbys and out-of-the-box creations, including sea salt caramel flecked with toffee, black raspberry, and death by chocolate, which requires a signed waiver before consumption. These are available in a cup, atop a cone, or in a sundae throughout the week.
Beginning as a humble sweet-potato-pie purveyor, Welna Scott expanded her dessert endeavors to include traditional and boozy cupcakes, as well as specialty cakes and other styles of pies. Adorn tables forged from scarecrow bones with two classic autumn pies, or choose one dozen cupcakes in flavors such as coconut with coconut whipped cream or strawberry with whipped strawberry cream cheese. Of-age adults opting for both pie and mini cakes can request alcohol infusions for the latter, a small modification that combines the three most popular luxuries: dessert, drinking, and turkey basters.