At the outset, Cakes for Occasions owner Kelly Delaney was a one-woman baking wonder, churning out specialty cakes from a single oven in her mother?s kitchen. Today, just more than a decade later, nearly 30 employees join Kelly to sift, whip, and frost more than 700 wedding cakes each year. The still-expanding business has drawn the attention of many press outlets, including The Today Show, and has earned a multitude of accolades that include the Wedding Wire Bride?s Choice Award in 2012, a spot on the Boston Globe 2011 and 2013 A-Lists for its birthday and wedding cakes, and an appearance on TV Diner. The legendary lineup of baked goods ranges from four-tiered fondant wedding cakes to tuxedo cake pops, ideal for black-tie food-on-a-stick galas.
We are living in the midst of an unprecedented dessert boom. How else to explain the cupcake trucks parked on seemingly every corner, the sweet fusion that is the cronut, or the minimum of 64 custom yogurt flavors at Fuzions Frozen Yogurt?
As its name implies, Fuzions is all about mixing things up. Guests can create a nearly endless variety of flavors at the shop's self-serve stations, topping each one off with more than 40 candies, nuts, fruits, and sauces. But this yogurt doesn't just taste good?it's also packed with high levels of active cultures that boost the immune system and let you brag to your friends that there are millions of things living inside you.
It would be no small task to sample all of the frozen yogurt flavors at Frotopia Yogurt. The cheerful shop features more than 16 low-fat and fat-free flavors daily, a selection that is regularly updated with imaginative new concoctions. Amid its bright purple and pink walls, self-service machines churn out swirls of classic tart, peanut butter, and Girl Scout cookie—all made from natural ingredients and packed with probiotics. Beyond the yogurt machines lies a rainbow-like toppings bar, showcasing an array of crunchy nuts, sweet candies, and bright sprinkles. Throughout the shop, a team of cheerful staffers bustles about, doling out smoothies that were blended fresh to order and cookies that were harvested straight from the cookie tree that morning.
Frozyos Self Serve Frozen Yogurt features many flavors to choose from, including creamy peanut butter, Grandma’s Apple Pie, and ice coffee. But, unlike a spouse, there’s no need to settle for just one.
For instance, if you help yourself to a half-cup of cake yogurt and a half-cup of ice coffee and then mix it all together, you end up with a creamy tiramisu treat. Or if you mash up Simply Vanilla and Succulent Orange, the resulting sweet pop of Orange Creamsicle may transport you back to those hot summer days of a childhood spent holed up in the coolest place of the house, the brick chimney, eating such an iced treat.
The more than 40 toppings—fresh fruit, Reese’s Pieces, and hot fudge, to name a few—only sweeten the deal. Plus, it’s easy to allow for some decadent toppings without feeling guilty; the yogurt underneath is nonfat, nondairy, and has no added sugar.
At Jeanne's Bakeshop, every dessert is made from scratch. This gives the bakers complete control over the treats' ingredients and flavors, and allows them to specialize in nut-free candies and baked goods. To keep allergies at bay, they buy ingredients from Vermont Nut-Free Chocolate and flip past all the spring months in the office calendar.
The bakery's selection is huge?cake options range from frosting-free bundts to novelty sculpture cakes, including sweet 16 tiaras and electric guitars. If you're planning a party, frosted cookies come in every shape to match your party theme, from baby bottles to roller skates, and the shop's elaborate cake-pop bouquets make great centerpieces. Brownies, cupcakes, and chocolate-covered strawberries round out the selection, though the pastry case's offerings change each day.