Patisserie Tulsa's treat smiths dish out delectable multi-flavored pastries, saturating seven kinds of cupcakes with eight decadent fillings, 12 creamy icings and ganaches, and more than 10 teeth-teasing toppings. Fresh-baked cupcakes such as red velvet, sweet strawberry, and Guinness glow beneath regal crowns of hazelnut buttercream or white-chocolate ganache, and chocolate-fudge cupcakes stuffed with fillings such as peanut-butter cream or marshmallow beg to be blanketed with chocolate-cream-cheese icing and sprinkled with toffee. Obliterate the bad taste left in your mouth from being forced to take the SATs in third grade by extracting fruity or chocolaty fillings from the center of the miniaturized pod of vanilla almond. To top off cakey creations, add crunchy toppings such as peanut-butter chips or chocolate-covered espresso beans, which can infuse sweet teeth with the uninhibited joy experienced when hurling paperweights into a zero-gravity vacuum.
Frosted Tops' miniature cakes are an art form—a delicious fusion of creative flavors and eye-catching designs. Mini, regular, and jumbo-size cupcakes appeal to all appetites, their buttercream frostings mixing with seasonal and everyday flavors. Cupcake shots come with a small shot cup in the center, allowing pairings of beverages with each cake, such as milk with Oreo cupcakes and Bailey’s with chocolate-espresso cake. Cupcake bouquets bloom with rose-like toppings of frosting, reminiscent of flowers not only in their appearance but in their fleeting nature and ability to attract swarms of bees. The bakers also mix up batches of whoopie pies and cake pops and can ship or deliver their divine desserts.
From an inconspicuous, sky-blue stand in Leon's parking lot, Ice Painters' dessert aficionados cool down piping-hot palates with frosty snow cones, ice cream, and root-beer floats. Ice Painters' more than 50 flavors of signature snow cones unfurl across a lengthy menu displayed on the stand's outer wall, and each syrupy delight surprises spoons with a dollop of ice cream at the bottom of its cup. The mounds of shaved ice—which range from mini to large—derive from large blocks of ice, rather than commonly used ice cubes or snowman tears. While taking in fresh breezes, guests can slurp down their tasty desserts from the nearby picnic tables.
You won't just find blue-flavored snow cones at Aloha Sugar Shack. That's because the shop doesn't just add any sugar syrup to make their signature shaved ice, but instead imports syrups from Hawaii to give cones a true tropical taste. They douse ice crystals with any number of flavors, from caketastic options such as wedding cake, red velvet, or snowcap, tropical options such as orange, peach, or strawberry, and their Bahama Mama options, consisting of strawberry, pineapple, and coconut. For a more traditional flavor, they even have flavors such as haupia, which is a Hawaiian dessert served at luaus.
Waves of warmth ripple out from the oven, softening pale whorls of cream-cheese frosting and curlicues of caramel syrup. Sheila, the baker, bustles among miniature confections, sprinkling fistfuls of oreo crumbs, pressing candied pecans into frosting, and making sure that the cupcakes are not just actual cakes off in the distance. Colorful paper wrappers cradle the sweets, which are forged with pumpkin batter, chocolate cake, butter-pecan dough, and spice cake with apple-pie filling.
Open from 5:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Paradise Donuts serves sugary donuts, pastries, and cinnamon buns to give patrons a sweet start to their day. The donuts come with sprinkles, chocolate glaze, or creamy centers to fulfill cravings of every type. For a more savory treat, chomp down on a sausage roll paired with a mug of steaming coffee.