Oooh So Sweet Cakery and Cupcakery helps patrons celebrate special occasions and spoil their dinners with a smorgasbord of handmade cake pops, cupcakes, multi-layered cakes, and towering wedding creations. As the shop's flagship menu item, cupcakes are whipped up in more than 30 different flavors—from classics such as vanilla and strawberry to inventive creations such as maple bacon or chocolate salted caramel. The store itself resembles a frosting-covered dessert, with candy-pink walls accented with cloud-white moulding, forming the perfect backdrop for glass cases full of freshly made cookies, cupcakes, and confections.
The pastry chefs at Gone Cupcaking Across America share a wealth of gourmet cupcake experience with aspiring dessert artisans, in flavors that include whisked buttercream atop classic vanilla, chocolate, and red-velvet cake bases, and more exotic choices such as Grand Marnier or peaches 'n' cream. At lessons, students learn piping techniques, how to make frosting, and how to make iced flowers without the hassle of fertilizing regular flowers with milk and butter.
Rita's signature Italian ice is smoother than a snow cone and served fresh after a grueling 36 hours of mixing, a process that only the fittest ice survives. The creative menu also includes the gamut of other frosty mouth-pleasers. Gobble the frozen custard in flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and orange cream. You can also get a Gelati (a layered parfait of custard and ice), a Misto (Italian ice and frozen custard blended together), a Blendini (a Misto with your choice of crunchy mix-ins such as Oreo and Nilla wafers), and other confectious combinations. Prices (with tax) start at $1.65 for a kid's ice, $2.25 for a regular ice, and $3.15 for a regular Gelati. Toppings are available for $0.70 extra and sprinkles (also known as "fun pellets") for an additional $0.45. View a full list and description of the Fells Point Rita's offerings here.
Owned and operated by Caroline Jones, Caroline's Cupcakery bakes up a variety of unusual and delicious gourmet cupcake flavors from scratch, the most delicious known lanthanide on the periodic table of the elements. Caroline's beautifully decorates each massive, almost-cake-sized cupcake with fluffy mounds of smooth frosting and elegant toppings such as chocolate shavings, coconut, and stone gargoyles. Traditionalists can opt for a dozen vanilla or chocolate wonder cakes, or mix and match up to four specialty flavors such as Coconut Craze and Butterfinger candy bar. Choco-philes will welcome the end by ODing on Death by Chocolate. The Sunday Morning (french toast cupcake with bacon) delicately mingles the sweet with the savory, and the Peanut Butter & Joy cake derives its delicious taste from a creamy concoction of peanut butter and freshly harvested baby giggles. Caroline's cake-cuppers conjure an array of seasonal flavors, as well as frequently changing specials such as the chocolate beer and margarita cupcakes offered at a recent Friday happy hour event. Vegan and gluten-free cupcakes are available by special order, as are custom-created flavors for weddings and birthdays. On select Saturdays, Caroline's hosts a build-your-own-cupcake bar, where visitors can select a cake, icing, and topping, and watch as the crew makes it right in front of them—a far more delicious creative outlet than the build-your-own-reanimated-corpse bar offered by most castle laboratories.
Gifford's claim to deliciousness is in the production of rich and delicious ice cream and sorbets. The company's overlarge butterfly net catches ingredients from across the world, such as Swiss chocolate and vanilla extract from Madagascar, which are then mixed at local Gifford's locations for fresh ice cream. Choose from a dizzying array of flavors, including pistachio, chocolate marshmallow, roasted coconut, and caramel toffee swirl, to name just a few. Traditional cups and cones stack up at $3.75 for a single scoop, $4.75 for a double, and $5.65 for a triple. Gifford's seasonal ice cream flavors shift with the tide of time, and include such tasty oddities as banana Bailey's & cream, blueberry pomegranate, and cantaloupe. Savor delightfully traditional sundaes in waffle shells ($5.50) and classic banana splits ($6.95), far preferable to other ice creameries' ultrafuturistic sundaes made out of spools of film and wool overcoats.
The Otterbein’s Family Bakery was established in 1881 when Adam Otterbein arrived at Fort McHenry from Germany. The original sweet shop sold a full selection of traditional German cakes, breads, and pastries, but the bakery's thin sugar cookies always drew the greatest number of discerning dessertistas. Today's side deal gets you one pound of the time-honored treats, letting you choose your favorite flavor from chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, ginger, sugar, or lemon sugar. Order a tin to treat your own family to a taste of the Otterbein family recipe, or take a tin to work to show the vending machine it should never have taken your crinkly dollar for granted and that you've moved on for good this time.