At Sweet Ecstasy Bakery, mother-daughters trio Tonisha, Carla, and Jean whip up personalized sweet treats for all occasions. Scones, seasonal cookies, and quick breads fulfill day-to-day sugar needs, and more than a dozen varieties of miniature cakes and cheesecakes fit handily into mouths and slingshots. The confectionery conquistadors also aim their spatulas at multilayered cakes for special occasions. Though requesting a full-scale fondant replica of the Hubble telescope is not advisable, bakers are happy to customize desserts to suit gluten-free and sugar-free palates.
Songs from the 1940s drift through the air inside Taste, a café whose hip, inviting interior is illuminated by lights salvaged from old factories and whose exterior is adorned with a steaming coffee cup statue. At a counter crafted from a repurposed bowling lane, baristas take orders for fragrant ciders and teas, steamy mochas, and dishes such as tiramisu french toast with mascarpone-espresso cream. Guests can also munch on gourmet sandwiches layered with smoked meats and cheeses or fresh tuna salad or order s'mores to prepare at their own tables.
Babycakes Cupcakery turns out made-from-scratch cupcakes that are pleasant to look at as they are tasty to eat. Eye-catching designs, mouthwatering flavor combinations, and creative cupcake flavors distinguish these sweet snacks from the pack. Signature cupcakes include a chai-tea cupcake, caramel apple streusel made with cinnamon vanilla-bean buttercream, and tiramisu cupcakes brushed with espresso and topped with mascarpone frosting. The menu also features rotating cupcakes made with seasonal fruits.
Two classic American dessert institutions join dulcet forces at Dairy Queen and Orange Julius, where frozen treats, and fruit drinks attack palates with a one-two punch of comforting delight. Classic Blizzards swirl in all manner of candy combinations, whereas the Orange Julius revels in the decadent simplicity of citrus.
The staff at Sweet Melody's Authentic Italian Gelateria is largely made up of college students studying music or voice who are apt to leap from behind the counter and serenade patrons at any moment. Sweet Melody's also makes tasty music with its menu. Fresh mozzarella and fire-roasted tomatoes sing without amplification in the A Cappella Panino ($6.95). The Stacatto Panino ($6.95) attacks each note with a fervor, powered by dijon mustard and then supplemented by ham, asiago cheese, and basil leaves. Play the small-size gelato—the piccolo ($3.25)—with your choice of Sweet Melody's two-dozen weekly flavors. Bigger sizes range from $3.95–$4.95.
Winners of the 2011 People's Choice Award at the Taste of Lockport, the family-owned-and-operated Sweet Sixteen Cafe keeps home ovens idle by supplying dessert devotees with fresh, homemade pastries, cookies, and signature cakes. Whether celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, or a state-wide ban on silverware, cake pops provide a stick-based treat ideal for portable snacking. The moist morsels come in a variety of signature flavors, such as red velvet embraced by fluffy cream-cheese icing, decadently doubled double chocolate fudge, and the birthday-cake-flavored creamsicle.