You won’t find stale cookies and days-old cakes within the glass display case at Sugar Darlin’s Sweets and Such. In fact, you won’t even find a display case. That’s because Sugar Darlin’s is an online sweet shop, helmed by loving couple and resident bakers Candece and Greg. The duo makes each of their decadent treats to order, from batches of red velvet whoopee pies to signature 3-D cakes customized for special events. They use an old family recipe to craft their decadent pie crust and pour more than a dozen fillings, such as pumpkin, cherry, and blueberry, inside. Crust-less desserts also reign supreme at the shop in the form of cakes and cheesecakes in nearly 30 different flavors, such as carrot cake, banana pudding, and sweet-potato streusel. Because they make everything by scratch and by themselves, Candece and Greg require at least 48 hours notice or a time machine for most orders.
Giminetti Baking Company epitomizes oven loving with a crop of toasty sandwiches, fresh-baked buns, and yeasty edibles. A fluffy stack of syrup-drenched pancakes ($3.95 for stack of three) challenges forks and pancake-climbing army men, and brownies ($2 each), white-chocolate macadamia-nut cookies ($0.75 each), and monstrous Danishes ($1.50 each) complement freshly brewed coffee ($1.50). For midday meals, the Vedgewich ($5.50)—two slices of multigrain rustica bread piled high with sprouts, bell peppers, grilled onions, and horseradish mayo—crunches under teeth and silences stomachs whimpering for one of their daily servings of vegetables. Dine inside or saddle up to two- and four-seat outdoor patio tables, which encourage impromptu games of Uno with sun-warmed stray cats. Open six days a week and as early as 7 a.m. on weekdays, Giminetti Baking Company offers a doughy start to the day, a speedy handheld lunch, or a savory solution to the sluggish 12 p.m. slump.
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.
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.
If they can peel their eyes away from the bright-orange walls and lime-green café chairs, first-time visitors to fave will be struck by the unusual flavors of yogurt that pump from the shop’s self-serve machines. Red velvet, blueberry acai, pumpkin, and peppermint are just some of the menu’s not-so-common selections. Fresh fruits, nuts, and candies such as Oreos and peanut-butter cups pile atop the swirled peaks, transforming each into a healthful snack or decadent dessert.
Innovative flavors are not all that sets fave apart from other yogurt shops: the café also stuffs hot crepes with sweet and savory fillings such as chocolate, bananas, and barbecued chicken. Guests seated in the lounge can enjoy smoothies and steamy coffee drinks, while those on the patio outside can garnish their bubble teas with one of the massive overhead umbrellas.
Teri Scheff, a skilled ceramics sculptor and the founder of Artrageous Desserts, augments celebrations with customizable cupcakes and cakes, in traditional stacks or eye-catching original designs. Armed with a spatula and steady hand, the playful artist crafts cakes for weddings or other special occasions in the likeness of family pets, a new car, or a conventional birthday cake's long-lost twin. The bakery's mature-cake division boasts racy designs in anatomically inspired shapes and adult-themed inscriptions.
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.