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 14 states. Rich cocoa browns and soft pastels lend a nostalgic feel to each bakery, where every day lava-powered ovens warm up batter made from fresh eggs, real butter, and cream cheese. Flavors such as chocolate chocolate chip, pecan praline, and white-chocolate raspberry remain constants on the menu, and a new 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 frosted with a signature blend of cream cheese and butter.
Each Nothing Bundt Cakes location also houses its own stock of gifts. Patrons may come across the brightly hued handle of a confetti cake knife or opt to take home an old-fashioned tin, perfect for stowing coffee and imprisoning gingerbread men who have tried to run away. Contact the location of your choice for gift pricing and availability.
Gazing into the fiber-optic star dome. Watching LED lights flash across the wave wall. Posing beside one of the cartoon creatures on the yeti wall. With all these activities abounding at U-Crave Frozen Yogurt, it can be easy to forget about all those yogurt machines on the eatery’s other wall. Rotating from said machines are 24 non- and low-fat yogurts and sorbets, whose flavors range from California tart and cinnamon bun to seasonal helpings of egg nog. Atop the healthy treats, patrons can heap their choice of 40 toppings, including granolas, candies, and fruits. For a more seamless fruit and yogurt blend, try one of U-Crave’s smoothies, such as strawberry banana or mango pineapple.
The Wheaton confectionery With Love - A Dessert Boutique aims to satisfy the full spectrum of dessert cravings. The staff bakes gourmet cupcakes, infuses donuts with ingredients such as bacon and rum-soaked raisins, and decorates cakes with smooth fondant or rosettes of frosting. Guests can also choose from a selection of coffee, pastries, and macaroons or customize cups of frozen yogurt to enjoy in the shop, which is outfitted with cushy armchairs and chandeliers.
Alicia Eisenmann fell in love with cake decorating while attending Kendall College, and she now focuses that interest on running Delish Cakes. She and her staff churn out custom cakes, cupcakes, and cookies for every occasion, from baby showers and quinceañeras to weddings and anniversaries. Based on your ideas, they craft sweets from flavors such as red velvet, strawberry, and pistachio, stuffing them with fresh raspberries, crushed pineapple, vanilla mousse, or lemon curd; among the available finishings are fondant, whipped cream, and chocolate buttercream. In compliance with the 27th Amendment, the team discloses cupcake-making knowledge during onsite classes and parties.
A Chicagoland institution since 1981, Chicago Pastry is owned by the Turano family, whose members have been baking up sweets since leaving their native Italy after World War II. Many of their classic delicacies are made using recipes that have been passed down through multiple generations, including the italian butter cookie and the cannoli, a cylindrical dessert that inspired the leg portion of Italy's boot shape.
The artists in the kitchen at Delicity Cakes build landscapes and sculptures out of flour, butter, and sugar, making tropical paradises, ribbon-strewn towers, and bassinet replicas to help customers celebrate a range of occasions. The team aims to enhance events with detailed visuals, although the impressive imagery shouldn't prevent guests from cutting in, as the custom multilayered cakes feature tasty flavor combinations such as yellow cake with mango curd and strawberry mousse. Cakes can come with fondant icing or be shrunken down with a laser and renamed cupcakes. The bakery also slings specialty cookies and pastries.