A massive selection of frosting, toppings, and gourmet cinnamon rolls await treat-seeking shoppers at Cinnaholic, where everything is 100% vegan and made with soy, beet sugar, and nonhydrogenated oils. The menu features specialty rolls such as fudge brownie chunk, mocha almond, and rocky road. Or, customers can design their own: starting with a freshly baked cinnamon roll, they can adorn it with frosting available in flavors such as lemon, orange, raspberry, or hazelnut. Then, they can pick out toppings such as gingersnaps, jam, apples, or pecans, before sampling their custom creations.
Café Aquarius specializes in serving up delicious breakfasts, lunches, and pastries in a casual, cozy environment. Saunter in for weekday breakfast or lunch or weekend brunch, or simply affect Dickensian orphan garb any day of the week and press your face against the glass display counter of grumble-inducing baked goods. Make weekday mornings savory with a croissant sandwich with chive scrambled eggs, wilted spinach, and goat cheese ($5.50), or sweet with custard-dipped french toast ($7, also available at weekend brunch). Opt for lunch fare such as smoked salmon salad tossed in lemon-dill aioli ($12), or the 65th Street burger with 1298 sauce and cheese ($10). Weekend brunch features specialty breakfast fare, such as the tantalizing light and fluffy lemon-ricotta pancakes ($7), and Southern gourmands in breezy linens can gear up for local Atticus Finch–lookalike competitions with house-made biscuits and sausage gravy ($6).
In 1997, friends Dena Tripp and Debra Shwetz set out to create a luscious, melt-in-your-mouth bundt cake. What began as an endeavor in their own home kitchens soon blossomed into a bustling business with bakeries in 14 states. Rich cocoa browns and soft pastels lend a nostalgic feel to each bakery, where every day lava-powered ovens warm up batter made from fresh eggs, real butter, and cream cheese. Flavors such as chocolate chocolate chip, pecan praline, and white-chocolate raspberry remain constants on the menu, and a new flavor makes a guest appearance each month. Cakes come in several sizes, from the standard 8- or 10-inch bundt to the single-serving bundtlet and the bite-size bundtini, all frosted with a signature blend of cream cheese and butter.
Each Nothing Bundt Cakes location also houses its own stock of gifts. Patrons may come across the brightly hued handle of a confetti cake knife or opt to take home an old-fashioned tin, perfect for stowing coffee and imprisoning gingerbread men who have tried to run away. Contact the location of your choice for gift pricing and availability.
Cotton Pik'N Candy adds a sweet touch to birthday parties and events with individual bundles of fluffy spun sugar. Delivered at the beginning of get-togethers, the cotton candy is made with organic sugar and 12 different flavors including cheesecake, lemon meringue, blue raspberry, and piña colada.
The bewitching bakers at James and the Giant Cupcake whip up their signature cupped cakes with impeccable ingredients, using unrefined sugars, organic ingredients, and fresh fruits from local farmers’ markets whenever possible. Choose one from a selection of rotating daily flavors; past hits have included delectable classics such as red velvet, sea-salt caramel, chocolate, and vegan carrot. Pushing the frosting-smudged envelope are heavy-hitting neophytes such as chocolate chili, french toast and maple bacon, and Guinness and Bailey's—chocolate cupcakes made with Guinness stout and topped with Bailey's Irish Cream frosting to whisk eaters back to that term they spent abroad in Dublin, reading Joyce at Trinity College and subsisting on corned-beef shamrock shakes.
After catering for two years, Blackberry Soul Bakery and Cafe finally settled in a brick-and-mortar building, where owner-baker Rene prepares her Southern-influenced cakes, cookies, and savory snacks for visitors. The 2004 winner of the Taste of the Bay award and a requested favorite of the 100 Chefs Can Cook United Negro College fundraiser, Rene applies plaudit-earning skills when mixing fresh butter, real vanilla beans, just-harvested wooden spoons, and a few of her grandmother's recipes to whip up delectable, tooth-ready treats. She specializes in sweet-potato pie, pound cake, oatmeal cookies, and cobblers, though the piping-hot menu also includes cakes, cupcakes, and puddings. Red velvet cake supplies means of satiation for sweet teeth, and two types of cornbread furnish the means of satiation for teeth made out of bread. The café takes custom orders for pickup or delivery, and Rene accommodates customers out and about by supplying treats at many local jazz festivals and community events.