Marvin Owens has been tempting people with baked goods for quite a while. Just ask his wife, who describes the sweets he'd bring over while he was courting her as "bribes" (which evidently worked). His fourth bakery, Hometown Cookie Co. & Bakery, offers a wide assortment of fresh baked sweets and savories, from Texas muffins filled with sausage, jalapenos, and cheese, to gooey cinnamon rolls that are easier to pull apart than two positive magnets covered in frosting. Each day, the bakery rolls out a variety of pies, muffins, cupcakes, and cookies, and can fill custom orders for special occasions.
The cupcake artisans at Sweet Indulgence Bakery send taste buds into a swoon with more than 20 cream-filled cupcake varieties baked daily. Inside the bakery, which boasts modern WiFi and a retro ice-cream-parlor feel, a display case of miniature candle cushions beckons customers with varieties such as banana-split cake and Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise. Specialties may include the Chocolate Delight filled with chocolate buttercream or the red velvet with cream-cheese frosting, which brings classic flavors together more seamlessly than a finely stitched cheeseburger. After corralling raspberry amaretto, italian cream, and strawberry-lemonade cupcakes together, customers can help up to 12 friends forget their traumatic muffin encounters.
In an attempt to balance business and motherhood, the founder of Let's Pretend Tea Parties began the enterprise in 1993. Since then, it's evolved to encompass a ladies' tearoom and girls' boutique under current owner Sara Norton. Today, Sara and her staff welcome women for baby and bridal showers, as well as the children's tea parties that captivated youngsters and retired queens of England alike from the business's early days. The soirees exude a vintage feel—complete with floppy hats, china teacups, and teensy sandwiches and cookies—or a fairytale vibe courtesy of Cinderella-inspired gowns for girls and knight or pirate costumes for boys. For older partygoers, the Sassy Glamour Girl bash and Bring It On Salon Soiree each include mani-pedis and hair styling.
Cupcakes and tea offers an abbreviated alternative to parties, inviting mother-daughter duos or small groups to an afternoon of elegance with optional nail and updo add-ons. Girls can complete their new looks with frilly tutus and T-shirts from the boutique or by fashioning a powdered wig out of frosting.
Patty Cakes specializes in a variety of fresh-baked goods, special-event cakes, and catering. Its newest signature dessert is the cake ball, which is precisely what it sounds like: a lavish, formal gala where cakes from around the world gather to dance the night away. Each sphere of cakey goodness is coated in a delectable candied shell. Choose from four flavors of cake to cover in a cloak of milk or dark chocolate: chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, or red velvet. For indecisive or exploratory palates, multiple flavors can be mixed and matched per order, but the minimum number of one flavor is six. Similar to donut holes and the Indian in your cupboard, these cake balls boil down the essence of a larger cake into a handheld treat. With today’s Groupon you receive 24 cake balls, which is enough to feed an interspecies gang of aggressive pigeons and angry squirrels.
Whipping up treats of both frozen and fried varieties, Orange Peel's deft dessertiers placate sweet teeth throughout the day. Donuts, shaped like quarters whose centers had been repeatedly poked by a sharp-nailed person, grace tongues in glazed ($0.59), maple ($0.68), and lemon cream ($0.89), and a dozen apple fritters ($9.90) or cinnamon rolls ($9.90) feed a full roster of basketball players.