Early every morning at Frosted Pink Cake Company, bakers blend bowls of fresh eggs, Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans, rich chocolates, and fruit to create a variety of small-batch cakes and cake pastries. The company was founded by pastry chef Tonja Jefferson, who decided to trade in her corporate career to follow a lifelong passion for baking. This passion shines through in her cakes, topped with custom hand-drawn designs and layered in flavors that include banana chocolate chip and black and white raspberry. On a similarly sweet branch of the family tree, the cakes’ little cupcake cousins come in classic and deluxe flavors that rotate daily and always integrate the bakery’s signature swirl of cream-cheese or buttercream frosting. Some of the more elaborate flavors include a mimicked candy bar—a chocolate cupcake filled with homemade caramel—and an italian cream cake that tops a vanilla cake with mascarpone-cream-cheese frosting, toasted coconut, and walnuts.
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.
Bagel Boyz Deli brings several new twists to the long-standing tradition of the New York–style bagel. Stuffy bagel purists may grow faint witnessing the avant garde application of house-made spicy queso to The Boyz breakfast sandwich with sausage and egg ($4.49), and bagel buffs who like their edibles stuffed will seek refuge in the deli's array of piled-high sandwiches, wraps, and burritos. The New York Reuben hosts a party of corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and mustard on a dance floor of pumpernickel or poppy seed bagel ($5.69), and the chicken salad wrap ($5.49) demonstrates that embracing a bird doesn't require a trip to Sesame Street. Unadorned carb circles come in many varieties—from classics such as cinnamon raisin and blueberry to the more adventurous green chili ($1.19)—but are rarely seen far from their entourage of cream cheeses, including garden veggie, spicy, honey almond, and more.
Special Occasion Chocolates has been handcrafting gourmet gifts for more than 13 years, carefully blending flavor, aesthetics, and charming candor into each scrumptious morsel. Redefine the concept of the word “vegetable” with a bag of chocolate-covered potato chips, or surprise well-behaved taste buds with a bag of white-chocolate or peanut-butter pretzel bites (ranging from $4.75 for a 1/4 lb. bag to $17.95 for 1 lb.). Fruit fans can enjoy nature’s candy ensconced in an edible outfit with a dozen chocolate-dipped strawberries or peanut-butter banana gems ($26.95/dozen), or just remix the classics with chocolate-dipped Oreos, long pretzels, and brownies ($1.75 each).
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).
Crafting notably delectable frozen treats in small batches, Marble Slab Creamery uses ingredients from around the world and fresh dairy from local farms to percolate palates with super-premium ice cream. Just like tax forms, chef-inspired concoctions are prepared on frozen marble slabs to ensure optimal freshness and easy customization. The frozen slab enables expert dippers and mixers to gently incorporate your choice of candies, nuts, and more into the ice cream on the spot. Grab a heaping dish of original flavors ($5 for a original cup with one mix-in) such as pumpkin, black cherry, bubblegum, mango, and amaretto (flavors vary). Or opt for the hefty Big Dipper size ($6.50). Enjoy your custom creation in a cup or a freshly baked waffle cone, which can also be painted orange to mark off hazardous potholes in living-room floors. Marble Slab also makes its ice cream in cake form, providing a conveniently festive treat in the event of an impromptu birthday party or alien abduction. Six-inch round cakes are $22, while ten-inch cakes are $29.95.