Sisters Erica and Kirsten draw from local sources when making their treats and meals from scratch at Pure Bliss Bakery. They mix flour from Bob’s Red Mill, milk from Sunshine Dairy, and juicy berries from Sturms Berry Farms into delectable bakery bites, including homemade cakes and cupcakes. When not evoking applause from sweets lovers, Erica and Kirsten produce a variety of soups, salads, and paninis, such as turkey pesto, chipotle chicken, and tuna salad, to fulfill lunchtime cravings.
A cupcake is a treat in itself, but K Squared Cupcake's Cookie Monster indulges sweet teeth even further. That's because childhood best friends Katie and Kriss top each chocolate-cake and cookie-dough buttercream confection with a fresh-baked cookie. The Cookie Monster is one of K Squared's many unorthodox flavors, which range from chai cupcakes dusted with cinnamon to blueberry-pancake cupcakes topped with maple-syrup buttercream.
The duo imbues its custom cakes with similar imaginative flair, shaping sweets like fluffy lambs or blooming flowers. Kriss and Katie even encourage customers to tap into their own creativity by personalizing cupcakes from more than 15 cake and frosting flavors, including s'mores and key-lime buttercream.
Indecision is all part of the fun when it comes to visiting Yogurt Shack. Each shop features self-serve stations that patrons use to fill their cups with calcium-rich YoCream frozen yogurt?a frosty, certified Kosher treat made with a high count of live natural cultures and no high-fructose corn syrup. But choosing a yogurt may prove deliciously daunting, as the staff rotates the selection of flavors at every store and adds seasonal favorites throughout the year. The lineup can include everything from classic chocolate and vanilla to cake batter and fruity sorbets. Once their decisions have been made, customers can finish their personalized creation by topping the yogurt with fruits, candies, and edible name tags before paying by the ounce at the register.
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 21 states. Rich cocoa browns and soft pastels lend a nostalgic feel to each bakery, where every day ovens warm up cake batter made from fresh eggs, real butter, and cream cheese. Flavors such as chocolate chocolate chip, red velvet, and white-chocolate raspberry are favorite staples, and a new seasonal 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 crowned with signature cream cheese frosting.
Peering into the pastry display case at Sweet Story Bakery is always a treat. That's because head baker and owner Michele Howard not only creates beautiful desserts, but changes the menu every day. One day, she'll be in the mood to create more decadent treats, and so she'll craft Ding Dong cupcakes, cherry chocolate scones, and New York–style cheesecake. But on another, she'll stick to lighter options such as raspberry lemonade cake or salty and sweet cake pops. Other occasions might bring layered Kit Kat bars, lemon bars, and chocolate-dipped pecan wedges. No matter her mood, however, she always cooks up at least one gluten-free dessert to ensure every guest can sate their sweet tooth. She complements her homemade desserts with jars of novelty candy. These pair with desserts to make great last-minute gifts or to put finishing touches on gingerbread-house renovations.