Stephanie, founder of Stephanie’s Sweet Imaginations, combines her love for the arts with her love for baking when she crafts custom cakes. Though she specializes in coating layers of cake with smooth fondant and hand-painted designs, Stephanie also bakes cupcakes crowned with buttercream and candies.
The skilled pastry chefs at Charm City expertly whip up batches of joy-inducing indulgences on a daily basis. This cute cupcake boutique offers more than 65 varieties of small, tempting treats to suit nearly any occasion, whether you're celebrating a birthday, birth, day, or simply hoping to fill cupcake-sized pockets. When you call to place your order, you'll be able to chat with a cupcake consultant and custom-design a dessert platter to suit your sweet teeth. Choose from flavor favorites including classic chocolate and vanilla, Baltimore Black Bottom, Black-Eyed Susan, and Pimlico, all of which follow fine-tuned recipes of the freshest ingredients, careful mixing, and the giggles of hundreds of babies.
Termini Brothers Bakery has been doling out sweet treats since 1921, when Sicilian siblings Giuseppe and Gaetano opened up shop in South Philadelphia. Today, the bakery is a third-generation family business, satisfying sugary cravings for in-the-know locals and visitors alike. While the company now boasts outlets in Reading Terminal Market, the Comcast Center and Packer Park, the flagship store on 8th Street remains the brand's primary location. Beware: on weekends, lines can stretch down the block, with customers waiting patiently to stock up on traditional Italian sweets like pignoli, amaretti, biscotti, fig bars, cakes, candies and, of course, cannoli. During off hours, interested shoppers can ask for a behind-the-scenes bakery tour, where you can watch the artisans creating their handmade confections using the same techniques and tools that the brothers brought over from Italy in the 1920s.
In a bustling shopping district among footwear stores, tattoo parlors, and record shops rests Richmond Ice Cream, a parlor with heat-squelching sundaes, milkshakes, water ices, and other chilled, sweet treats. Among their talents, the staff hand-dips cones to order, ensuring that each swirl of soft-serve is deliciously armored from hungry mouths for its first five seconds of existence. The team also blends soft-serve ice cream with a medley of toppings to make cooling blizzards.
After Vernon Rudolph acquired a closely guarded yeast-raised Krispy Kreme Doughnuts recipe from a New Orleans pastry chef, he shared his appreciation for delectable disks by opening shop in 1937 and selling the first Krispy Kremes to grocery stores. The wafting aroma of glazed Krispy Kreme Doughnuts increased demand for the sweet treats and caused Rudolph to redesign his building's layout to include a walkup window, Rudolph was able to sell them directly to any passing customer who demanded a snack. Later, he joined forces with equipment engineers, creating baking equipment that guaranteed uniform shape and dough consistency.
Rudolph's departure to a pastry-filled afterlife in 1973 did not stop Krispy Kreme from expanding into a global sensation and continuing to innovate. In recent years, the company enhanced the treat-retrieving experience by introducing a Hot Light that, when illuminated, indicates when Krispy Kreme Doughnuts are fresh off the conveyor belt.