A bright-red fender guitar. A roulette wheel. A green dragon poised for attack. These are just a few of the near limitless cake designs that emerge from The Buttercream Boutique. A look at the boutique's past work shows few limitations: edible roses dot tiered cakes, and buttercream icing transforms desserts into scenes from movies, TV shows, and sports games. For weddings, the towering creations stack even higher and incorporate everything from fresh flowers to the father-in-law's car keys.
The desserts showcase flavors almost as varied as their designs. More than 40 flavors, fillings, mix-ins, and infusions—including alcohol—let customers create nearly anything their sweet teeth desire. Alternatively, the boutique can bake one of their tried-and-true flavors. These include favorites such as peanut-butter cup—chocolate cake with a peanut-butter-mousse filling—and seasonal options such as pumpkin-spice cake capped in cream cheese. The Buttercream Boutique also bakes cookies and cupcakes, and many of their recipes accommodate specialty diets.
Riders steep in a fairy-tale atmosphere as they ogle historical 19th-century byways from Elegant Carriage's exquisite horse-drawn carriages. Couples climb aboard an open-air carriage to pose for a picture, putting on their best kissy faces to yield a print ideal for placing in a scrapbook or mailing to an old driving-school flame. Then, dapper equestrian enthusiasts maneuver through the streets of MainStrasse Village as charges gaze at the Old-World décor of the restored German neighborhood. Sleekly groomed steeds clip and clop along cobblestone walkways as they move along the route, which is carefully guided to ensure maximum safety and sightseeing surprises. As patrons canoodle in the carriage and sip on champagne brought from home, they clutch a single rose that symbolizes everlasting love and pick from a box of Godiva chocolates, which represents Cupid's hatred of gummy worms.
In addition to attending culinary school, owner Angela Gallo achieved the rank of sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Fusing military efficiency with an unmistakable passion for pastries, Angela has succeeded in developing a potent arsenal of baked goods that will barrage your taste buds into smile-induced surrender. Three Tiers carries a stockpile of standard-sized cupcakes ($1.95) as well as minis ($0.95, by order only) that come in scrumptious flavors like buttermilk with white-chocolate buttercream icing, and vanilla with caramel buttercream, chocolate sauce, caramel, and toasted coconut. Using only the freshest ingredients and imported Belgian chocolate, Three Tiers will be happy to bake expertly crafted creations for your special occasion, like a deliciously verbalized Scrabble board cake or an almost-too-cute-to-eat ladybug cake that will come to life if you allow tears to land on it.
Diane's Cake, Candy and Cookie Supplies, formerly Mergard’s, whips up delectable baked goodies in a rainbow of customizable varieties. With seven cake flavors and 15 filling options, the bakery's bevy of cupcakes takes a wild variety of forms to satisfy even the most rogue sweet teeth. Patrons can mix and match flavors to create a scrumptious cupcake combination, such as red velvet and cream cheese, chocolate and bavarian cream, or lemon and red raspberry. Alternatively, customers can forgo the cupcakes in favor of noshing on a saccharine cornucopia of two dozen sugar cookies. Available in a plethora of shapes and designs, Diane’s custom cutout cookies make welcome gifts at baby showers, birthday parties, or diet-protest rallies. Orders need to be placed seven days in advance to ensure baked goods receive proper taste-bud-pleasing training.
Cake Towne's pastry barons heap frosting and chocolate onto fresh, never-frozen treats. The shop's truffle-esque cake balls, chocolate-dipped mixtures of cake and frosting, dress themselves in flavors both traditional and surprising, from salted caramel and chocolate raspberry to spicy carrot. Once coated, the treats go for a dip in rivers of dark, white, or milk chocolate. Stick candles into each of these dozen pastry spheres (a $10.50 value) to create a birthday cake befitting a juggler turning a multiple of 12. A dozen chocolate-covered strawberries (a $24 value) delight taste buds and add a racy edge to oft-wholesome fruit. Free WiFi wafts throughout the shop, allowing patrons to use their sticky fingers to look up how to clean frosting off a keyboard.
With graduations, weddings, and whale-wrestling season fast approaching, a customized party cake serves as a tasty treat for groups of gathered revelers. A 10-inch party cake from Maribelle serves about 30 people, and the cakery's abundant bounty of flavors and fillings will please even the most picky cake connoisseur. Plump a lemon almond cake with red raspberry filling, or infuse a rich German chocolate cake with fresh sliced strawberries or Frangelico cream. Any combination of bakery beautifying extras—be they fresh-cut or frosting flowers, chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate curls and shavings, or curly ribbons—are included in the price, so pile on the ornamentation to construct a memorable masterpiece.