The De"Bite"ful Cake Pop Shop's display cases glitter with stick-mounted confections and cupcakes that earned the bakery a spot on Things to Do Inland Empire's 2012 list of Best Cupcakes in the Inland Empire. To make their signature cake pops, the bakers hand-roll bits of cake—including banana, zesty lemon, and red velvet flavors—and dip them in melted chocolate. From there, they can decorate the pieces with freshly mixed icings and sprinkles or shape them into animals or custom designs for special occasions.
Hands-on classes meet in the bakery's kitchen on the weekend. Amateur confectioners learn how to design their own cake pops before taking home their sugary creations and enrolling them in preschool.
Using cake as their canvas, the creative bakers at Kelley's Bakery turn treats into sculpted works of art. Whether building three-tiered wedding cakes or other special-occasion desserts, they spread on colorful layers of frosting in nearly a dozen flavors, including mango, chestnut, mocha-royale cream, and passion-fruit. Not content with a flat dessert landscape, they also add rolled fondant sculpted into designs ranging from flowers and leaves to seashells and ribbons. Children's birthday cakes, meanwhile, get an air-brush treatment—complete with figurines of popular characters to distract kids from the fact that they once again didn't get a cartoon dog this year.
It's safe to say that Darlene Swain has outgrown her Easy-Bake Oven. She and co-owner Briana Ainsworth have whisked their way into the spotlight as fierce competitors on Food Network's Cupcake Wars, and now craft their famous creations for the masses in the comfort of Darla’s Cake Designs Kitchen. Clients can request a dozen cupcakes in flavors such a 24 Carrot and peanut butter cup, or commission the duo for a 3-D cake complete with stars and edible flowers.
Founded by ice-cream enthusiasts Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone Creamery has grown to more than 1,400 locations across North America. Each day, the shop's scoopers mix up fresh batches of ice cream and sorbet, which are served by the scoop, piled high in sundaes, and blended into shakes. After customers choose their desired flavor, the staffers toss the chilly sustenance upon a slab of frozen granite and fold in a smorgasbord of candy and nuts to achieve the ideal ice-cream-to-add-in ratio. Customers can dream up their own creations or opt for a signature masterpiece, sampling one of more than 11.5 million possible flavor combinations, which still await a brave conqueror to unlock them all. To accommodate sweets cravings at celebrations, staff members also dish out premade treats, such as ice-cream cakes and baked goods.
From the glowing pendant lamps to the delicate European pastries lined up inside glass cases, Dolce Bistro & Bakery is the living, breathing vision of Alice Lee. Growing up in restaurants, Lee knew she wanted to start something of her own—but she wanted it to be unique. At Dolce, classic American gastropub cuisine is served alongside a variety of craft beers. Diners can enjoy sit-down service during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Though Podge's Claremont Juice Co. is under new management, the new owner, Uvon Cisneros, wants to ensure its continued success by keeping its menu of fresh, custom smoothies and deli fare while making little improvements to the eatery. The restaurant has made fresh fruit cry for more than 15 years, resulting in more than 40 smoothies in such flavors as orchard peach juice, berry banana, and pineapple sherbet. It complements the thick, cool drinks with more than 15 sandwiches, paninis, salads, and daily made soups.