The bakers at Cakes in a Cup are never tempted by premixed cupcake mixes at the grocery store. That's because they make fresh cupcakes from scratch each morning. Seven everyday flavors offer classic cake and icing pairings, such as vanilla cake with chocolate frosting and red velvet cake with cream-cheese icing. Daily specials offer more inventive bites with flavors such as s'mores, cappuccino, and pina colada. And in addition to traditional cupcakes, the bakers also whip up tasty gluten-free and sugar-free options. While picking up their treats, customers can grab a cup of Keurig coffee, tap into the free wireless Internet, or pick out balloons and ribbons to go with their party orders.
Since 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts has roused sleepy customers with steaming cups of coffee and more than 50 varieties of freshly baked donuts. Available for a limited time, heart-shaped donuts fuel amorous appetites with vanilla-buttercream or bavarian-cream filling, swirls of chocolate or strawberry icing, and sprinkles precisely positioned to resemble the constellation of Cupid. Baristas splash to-go cups with 20 ounces of regular or decaf coffee, available in three flavor blends—original, french vanilla, or hazelnut. Alternatively, patrons can assemble a box of one or two dozen assorted donuts to liven up a morning picnic or coax a police horse into the building.
From the sleek wood of a guitar to the rough stubble of a basketball, the confectionary masters at The Icing & The Cake make fondant look like anything their clients can imagine. Their huge, colorful cakes have served as the centerpiece for many special occasions, such as weddings, birthdays, and daring prison escapes involving the use of a life-size cake replica. The shop's pastry chefs also craft individual cupcakes, cake balls, and cake pops for spur-of-the-moment sweet snacks or to treat septuplets to their own personal birthday cake.
The culinary traditions of Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Peru mingle in the kitchen of Latin Flavor Cafe, where cooks preparing the flank steak of Colombian-style bandeja paisa stand alongside others assembling Cuban sandwiches. The Latin flavor burger, loaded with jalapenos and red pepper relish, satisfies cravings for spices. Vegetarian options keep forks loaded with greens, and a kids' menu presents classic dishes without all the philosophy and political theory found on the adult menu.