Making cupcakes from scratch with recipes you developed yourself doesn’t just attract swarms of hungry customers—it can also attract the attention of the Food Network. Kim Wood’s batches of artistic and decadent desserts landed her a spot on Cupcake Wars, where she competed with three other confection experts for the chance to be named the kitchen victor. Back in her shop, she crafts the same sweets she made on TV as well as dozens of other cupcake flavors, using only fresh, whole ingredients such as sweet-cream butter, fresh fruit, and cupcake wrappers just plucked from the garden. Her signature flavors—which include key-lime pie, italian cream cake, and chocolate mint—vary by the day, and gluten-free and vegan options are available once per week. Beyond the signature sweets, Wood keeps things interesting by modifying her cupcakes into cake balls, cake pops, and cream-filled whoopee pies.
Billed as "America's ice cream co-op," KaleidoScoops began doling out its signature hand-dipped ice cream at the turn of the millennium. The co-op, formed by a group of independent-minded former franchisees, now boasts several locations, reflecting the co-op's diversity with dozens of varied ice-cream flavors that include such sugarless selections as amaretto almond, chocolate mint, and coffee fudge. Customers can combine flavors in specialty sundaes and banana splits or shakes, malts, and KaleidoChill drinks. The shop's staff also creates supreme ice-cream cakes, and members of the KaleidoScoops' birthday club receive discounted cake rates and space-age party hats certified by NASA to prevent brain freeze.
Cuisine Type: Home cooking, custom cakes, and wedding cakes
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 1?5
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Birthday cakes and wedding cakes
Delivery/Takeout Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
SOOO GOOD Bakery Creations And Supplies is a rare store where both bakers and nonbakers can find something they like. Its 7,000 square feet of space brims with everything a baker could possibly need to whip up their own confections, including candy molds, cake boards, and premade fondant icing.
But it also has a bakery, so nonbakers can feel comfortable there as well, unlike the Pillsbury Doughboy. SOOO GOOD's treats range from custom cupcakes and birthday cakes, in shapes such as Snoopy and Hello Kitty, to elegant wedding cakes.
SOOO GOOD doesn't even just specialize in dessert. It also offers a full menu of homestyle cooking, including hand cut beef tips, lasagnas, and hearty meat loaf.
Wedding-cake maker extraordinaire Aly B, née Alyson Foreman, harnesses more than 14 years of experience as she whips up cookies, muffins, and custom cakes inside her bakery. Sugar cookies might appear in the form of footballs or almost-too-cute-to-eat turtles and fluffy-tailed bunnies, whereas cupcakes transform into butterfly-filled garden scenes and lifelike depictions of the fall of Rome. Staple items on the menu include brownie bars, chocolate-chip and oatmeal cookies, cupcakes, and scones, with each day bringing a different lineup of options. The bakery also hosts themed kids' parties.