The CupCake Shoppe’s culinary magicians conjure up a daily menu of delectable cakes from scratch, casting a shrinking spell on each mixture of real butter, fresh fruits, and pure extracts to pack it in a dainty demitasse. Eschewing preservatives and boxed mixes, the shop’s bakers opt instead for a handpicked selection of creative cupcake flavors such as pink champagne and snickerdoodle culled from the region’s choicest sugar shrubs and cotton-candy trees. A silken variety of buttercream, whipped-cream, and cream-cheese icings come in up to 10 colors and flavors each day. Vanilla buttercream forms a snowy summit on miniature mountains of red velvet, and its chocolate counterpart casts a looming shadow of decadence over vanilla cupcakes. Along with these regular flavors, a changing weekly menu includes such delights as cookie dough, blueberry cobbler, and rocky road, the last of which leads to a sweetly sacred Stonehenge of chocolate and marshmallows.
My Favorite Muffin bakes up its namesake fare in a variety of flavors and also features an extensive list of savory deli fare. Fans of post-oven muffin batter are bestowed with a bounty of muffins made from scratch and prepared with soybean oil, creating tasty pastries whose cake parts contain less cholesterol than their butter-packed brothers. Choose from a list of 19 cup-sized cakes ($1.99 for a jumbo muffin or $1.80 for three mini muffins), including cherry cheesecake, banana nut, pumpkin spice, bran, and boston cream pie. Nutritional information for each creation at My Favorite Muffin is available online.
The pink banner that curls around the façade of Yolanda's Specialty Cakes calls to mind the creamy fondant streaks that grace many of the eponymous owner's specialty confections. Though Yolanda Amaya has been perfecting her craft since 1977, many locals are just beginning to hop on her train of sweet treats thanks to readers of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, who voted her shop the Best of the Best in 2010. On-hand consultants help brides- and grooms-to-be select the perfect theme for their wedding cake, and decorators spell out birthday greetings with swirls of icing. Yolanda and her bakers sculpt cakes into a variety of shapes and styles, from tiered towers to wearable quinceañera dresses.
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Cheryl Durham, the owner of Lollycakes Cupcakes, is watching her dreams come true before her very eyes. Inside her shop, these visions often materialize as delicious cupcakes and treats crafted from scratch using gourmet recipes. Her tasty creations include flavors such as the Black Sheep, which houses a cookies ‘n’ cream cheesecake cupcake within an Oreo-cookie crust. She also whips up frozen LollyShakes, which blend your choice of Lollycake with milk and ice cream. In addition to dispensing sweet treats from her storefront, Cheryl also caters events including baby showers, birthdays, weddings, and business tea parties.
Turkey Gone Wild! It might sound like a surreal newspaper headline, but it’s actually just the name of one of Small Planet Delicatessen & Bakery's hot sandwiches. The gourmet creations are the deli’s specialty, and the aforementioned Turkey Gone Wild is a melty layering of turkey, white cheddar, purple onion, and avocado spread. The deli's New Planet sub also starts with turkey, but bulks up with hard salami, jalapeños, and pesto sauce, tucked between slices of jalapeño-cheese bread. Customers can also build their own sandwich from a diverse selection of breads, meats, and toppings that includes everything from sweet ham to artichoke hearts.
The rest of the menu boasts an international spread of deli- and bakery-inspired foods. There’s country french quiche and athenian gyros, mesquite-chicken quesadillas and kids’ personal pizzas. A tempting array of baked goods in single-serving sizes enables patrons to try just a slice of tuxedo-truffle cake, or a single white-chocolate-and-walnut cookie, the crumbs of which can be tossed in the air for a post-meal celebration.