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.
Named 2009 Micro Roaster of the Year by Roast Magazine, Klatch Coffee's casual coffeterias celebrate some of the world's highest quality coffee, carefully sourced to international farmers under direct trade ethics. Roasted in small batches for maximum freshness and minimum inter-bean squabbling, Klatch's java pleases patrons with a drip coffee of the day ($1.95–$2.20), as well as designer drinks such as the Mexican mocha ($3.40–$4.30), infused with spicy Ibarra chocolate. Discerning slurpers can also sate barking bellies with a hammy, cheesy eggel sandwich ($3.99) from the breakfast menu, or train teeth on heartier lunch fare such as a cranberry walnut salad ($3.75) or turkey pesto panini ($5.95).
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.
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.