A cake draped in fondant cherry blossoms; a cake crowned with an edible gift bow; a cake that could be mistaken for an elegant purse—sweets such as these are custom-designed for weddings, birthdays, and baby showers at Sapienza Bake Shop. The Italian bakery has been in the Sapienza family for three generations. Guided by old-fashioned recipes, rather than whatever appears in the encyclopedia under “food,” its culinary team crafts crunchy biscotti in flavors including coconut and chocolate chip, as well as confections such as the tri-colored rainbow cookie, layered with chocolate and jam. Their éclairs and sfogliatelli, a flaky pastry filled with semolina and ricotta, delight the sweet tooth, as do pies, cheesecakes, and other delicacies.
Decorated with a Platinum Storefront Award by the Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, the confectioners at Casa Del Dolce delicately craft Italian baked goods using time-treasured ancestral recipes culled from Sicily, Rome, and the province of Frosinone. A pound of cookies sates crunch cravings in varieties such as crispy butter cookies (an $11 value/lb. and sweet pout-puckering lemon twists (a $9 value/lb.). Biscotti (a $10 value/lb.) lounge gracefully atop saucers, waiting to take a dip in pools of coffee, and sugar-free cookies (a $9 value/lb.) provide a decadent option for dieters or hyperactive cookie jars. Find comfortable seating for sweet eating inside the shop or take treats outside to woo passing milkmen and mall Santas.
As the sun rises each morning, chefs Lisa Romero and Lora Tusa are already awake and toiling in The Cupcake Corner's kitchen, crafting batches of artisan cupcakes, cakes, and baked goods. They whip together more than 30 regular cupcake flavors, such as cotton candy and french toast with bacon, and dream up a new flavor each week baked with high-quality ingredients such as Vahlrona cocoa and Cacao Barry chocolate. The miniature delicacies pair splendidly with handcrafted ice creams in flavors such as butter pecan and steamy beverages including Colombian coffee, caramel lattes, and Harvey & Sons teas. For breakfast, the chefs bake up english scones and muffins, and lunchtime yields sandwiches on bagels and croissants.
Across the street stands their 1,500-square-foot shin-dig space, where upbeat staffers host birthday parties, bridal showers, and other special events. Personalized activities, such as jewelry-making, karaoke, and impromptu cupcake fights, make events all the more memorable.
Each morning, the bakers at Gourmet Bake Shop fill pan after pan with large batches of dough, kicking off the process of baking fresh, piping-hot breads, pastries, and cakes. After cooling, cake rounds are stacked with layers of fruit fillings, topped with buttercream frosting, and sometimes carved into a custom shape such as a champagne bottle, heart, or Dora the Explorer. The shop also whips up Italian and French pastries and seven-layer cakes, which dazzle palates and geologists with a variety of cakes and fillings in each bite.
Forks are unnecessary at Pop Cake Pops, where confectioners hand-bake and hand-dip decadent cake balls before popping them on a stick. The shop churns out nearly a dozen different flavors, from classic chocolate cake dipped in chocolate frosting to chocolate-and-marshmallow cake coated in graham crackers. Bakers can customize the pops to the customer's liking, filling them with ice cream or using colorful sprinkles and sugar crystals to fit different occasions, such as baby showers, birthday parties, or brazen trips to the dentist.