Becker Bros' purple-clad clan of cafe wizards culls premium ingredients and locally roasted coffee to concoct a wide variety of homemade baked goods and gourmet espresso drinks. Sweet seekers can peruse the illuminated glass cases that brim with individualized tarts and pies ($3.50), cookies ($0.50+), and a rotating lineup of cupcakes ($2), or eagle-eye the bakers handcrafting desserts and pastries, including large cannoli ($2.50) and custom cakes ($42+), in the open-view kitchen. Prepare for a strenuous day of writing emails and moderating legislative hearings at the water cooler with a latte and biscotti ($1.75), or motivate yourself by hanging a brownie ($3.50) or slice of cake ($4.50) from a fishing pole tied to the end of your day. Becker Bros also offers myriad tailored dessert creations, including treats free of gluten and allergens.
Michelle Spell's interest in baking began at a young age, when she was exposed to chefs in her family and underground bakeries in her Italian-American neighborhood in New Jersey. After deciding to pursue her passion, she opened Ava's Cupcake Shoppe, where she creates sweet and savory cupcakes, pies, and breakfast pastries from scratch. Although any of Michelle's concoctions are capable of making mouths water and knees tremble, she excels at unusual flavors, such as cornbread cupcakes stuffed with slow-cooked pulled pork or Guinness-infused cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting. The inventiveness of her confections even helped her win first place on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars and second place on its spinoff, Cupcake Wars: Cupcake Champions.
Candylicious of Randolph has the power to turn anyone into a delighted little kid, with walls, tables, and shelves chock-full of new and classic candies from decades past. Its inventory ranges from bottle caps to swedish fish and gluten-free marshmallows, and occasionally chocolate-covered strawberries. Jelly Belly dispensers encourage rampant flavor experimentation, and sour candies help one practice the appropriate face to give someone who doesn’t know the rules of croquet. Candy-themed birthday parties fill the shop with the babble of excited youngsters, who make treats such as candy sushi, paint individual gumball machines, or create chocolate fondant. TV and coffee are available at each party to keep adults alert.
Bagels are made through a complex process. They are left to rise before a quick boil that gives them their characteristic chewiness. Then, a trip into an oven bakes them the rest of the way through. Cooks at Bagels in the Boro go through this every day, pairing the bagels with flavored cream cheeses and deli meats and cheeses. Lox and whitefish stack on top of scallion or cucumber and dill cream cheese. The eatery also serves hot or cold lunch sandwiches with Boar's Head meats, which can be paired with a smoothie. Beneath a wide-screen TV, patrons use free WiFi to get work done or see if videos of their trampoline accidents are popular yet.
Donna Infantolino has been baking since she was tall enough to reach the kitchen table, crafting recipes from scratch in her aunt and grandmother’s kitchens. At her combination café and bakery, she and business partner Beth Butler begin every recipe with organic, sustainable ingredients, such as Nielsen-Massey pure vanilla and Scharffen Berger chocolate, whenever possible. The dessert dream team crafts wedding cakes, traditional and filled cupcakes, and one-of-a-kind sculpted cakes in original shapes such as convincing guitars or sassy pumps. They also accommodate customers with dietary restrictions through vegan and gluten-free options.
All in the Icing's staffers expand recreational baking abilities during small-group BYOB classes, which include all of the high-quality ingredients and equipment necessary to create sweet or savory recipes. At the end of sessions, participants head home with their tasty works to share with family or break into tiny pieces to add to crumb collections.
FrozenPeaks Frozen Yogurt serves as many as 24 flavors such as lemon, watermelon, coconut, and chocolate. Patrons can gussy up frosty swirls with fresh fruit, candy, nuts, and other toppings, or opt for a fresh, handcrafted frozen yogurt pops dipped in rich coatings and rolled in toppings. Nondairy options are available as well.