The staff at Treat Me Sweet must swear by the golden rule. They ask for sweet treatment with their business’s moniker, so, in return, they treat their customers to cakes, cupcakes, and truffles prepared either traditionally or free of gluten and dairy products. In more than 32 years of business, the staff has built a repertoire of cake flavors both classic and innovative, including red velvet, amaretto, and italian cream. They mix together fresh ingredients and bake cakes as close to a scheduled event as possible so they never have to store them in cryogenic freezers next to Walt Disney’s “welcome back to life” cake. For fancier confections, they drape fresh or porcelain-sugar flowers over icing or create art out of chocolate-dipped strawberries, nuts, and crystalized grapes.
Cupcake connoisseur Allison Beck began her baking career as a labor of love, whipping up batches of luscious single-serve cakes for friends and family. When fans of her pastry pastime began to swell beyond the ranks of friends and acquaintances, Allison knew it was time to go pro. She realized a long-held dream by opening Alli B’s Sweets & Treats, where today the aromas of toasty sugar and flour waft through the air as she bakes cupcakes and cookies fresh daily. Cupcake flavors range from white wedding to hot-fudge sundae, topped with sumptuous domes of frosting or fashioned into high-heeled shoes with the addition of a cookie heel. She also bakes custom cakes for birthdays, tax-filing days, and other celebrations.
Patrons at Zinga! Frozen Yogurt fill up their cups with any of the 12 different frozen yogurt flavors on rotation, which have included sea-salt caramel, açai energy, and new york cheesecake. More than 50 total non-fat, low-fat, and no-sugar-added flavors pair up with self-serve toppings such as cookie dough, hot fudge, and fruit.
For more than 15 years, Yogolait has stocked its self-serve fro-yo machines with a rotating array of nine flavors. Each week, favorite flavors stand at the ready alongside less traditional choices, such as aloe vera and green tea. Creative toppings include locally sourced honey and fruits, smooth chocolates, and mochi. The dining area's decor befits the inventive ingredients, populated by inviting leather couches, clusters of hanging lamps, and a blanket ban on disappointing balsa-wood spoons.
Inside Yogurt Zone, staff serve up a mix of classic and unique frozen yogurt flavors, such as non-fat birthday cake and low-fat Heath toffee crunch. These frozen creations can also sport a range of toppings, from Fruit Loops and Oreos to cheese cake pieces and yogurt raisins. In addition to dispensing dessert, the shop focuses on reducing and recycling its waste to leave a smaller environmental footprint.
Nothing Bundt Cakes mixes fresh eggs, genuine butter, and real cream cheese into rounded risers worthy of slapping up on Mom's fridge. Choose from nine moistened cake flavors, such as ravishingly rich red velvet or swirlishly scrawled marble. Lemon bundt cake goes particularly well with tea parties attended largely by rabbits, mice, eccentric haberdashers, and confused British girls, and raging chocoholics can get a day’s worth of fixes with the moist and decadent chocolate chocolate chip. Every cake, from the pineapple-studded carrot cake to the streusel-like pecan praline, comes topped with thick petals of Nothing Bundt Cake's signature cream-cheese frosting. Sizes start as small as a single serving (wee bundtlets are $3.99 each, $45 per dozen), and go all the way up to a two-tiered cake ($65, serves about 26) that resembles a frosted snowman, which is perfect for any autonomous ice monster's first birthday. Split the menu down the middle with an eight-inch, frosted bundt-in-a-box ($18.50).