Boxes of cake mix and premade frosting have no place in the kitchen of Mad Maddox Cakes. That's because the bakery's culinary-school-educated owner makes every cake and cupcake from scratch, infusing fresh batters with inventive flavors, such as caramel sea salt. The spot also crafts ornate multilayered wedding cakes and custom cakes sculpted into creative shapes. Patrons can also schedule cake tastings to choose from a series of cakes before a catered special event.
Each day, the diligent staff at NY Bagel Cafe & Deli fill their shop with scents of freshly brewed coffee and warm bagels straight from the oven. Seventeen varieties of the baked circles anchor an all-day breakfast menu, causing tongues to smack in approval of flavors such as plain, asiago cheese, and cinnamon raisin. Additions of meats, eggs, and cheeses transform the bagels into breakfast sandwiches, which complement stacks of pancakes drenched in sweet maple syrup. Alternatively, customers can sidestep breakfast fare and sink into a selection of salads and deli sandwiches, including turkey melts and cubans. Gooey swiss cheese melts over classic reubens, which pile sauerkraut atop either hot turkey or pastrami. NY Bagel Cafe & Deli can also cater events or deliver their eats directly to their customers' human-size terrarium.
For 30 years, Cakes by Karen has graced gatherings with handmade cupcakes, tortes, and cakes culled from a tasty arsenal of flavors, fillings, and icings. The colorful, creative desserts pair with a variety of occasions, from multitiered wedding cakes decked out with elegant floral designs and smooth icing to fondant-capped tortes in the shape of powdered wigs for Presidents' Day. In addition to baking eye-catching treats, Cakes by Karen furnishes partiers and newlyweds with limousine packages replete with champagne, deluxe stereo systems, and luxurious stretch-limo transportation.
The resident patisserie professionals at Daniel's of Paris cull techniques from French cooking traditions to conjure decadent pastries, cakes, and breads. White mousse cakes nearly commit to monochrome snacking, drizzling spongy yellow genoise with white mousse and white chocolate shavings; slices of peach melba cake embellished with sliced peaches, raspberry filling, and Grand Marnier syrup tiptoe into mouths to surprise unsuspecting sweet teeth. Nosh on rich hunks of red velvet torte ($4) or nibble on butter croissants ($1.35) to add authenticity to picnics under Eiffel Towers made of Legos.