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.
Cakes Come True Bakery delivers its massive menu of baked goods to awaiting recipients throughout Inland Empire. Concocted from never-frozen ingredients, each made-to-order cake, cupcake, or cake pop delights palates with 25 flavors such as spiced carrot, chocolate whiskey, sun-kissed orange, and astronaut-smooched moon cheese. The staff also mixes batter for nine makes of cheesecake, six brownie flavors, and five types of cheesecake bites, non-seasonal pie, and cookies. Toppings such as buttercreams, marzipans, fruits, and caramel drizzles adorn Cakes Come True Bakery's standard and customized confections.
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.