The pastry chefs at Gone Cupcaking Across America share a wealth of gourmet cupcake experience with aspiring dessert artisans, in flavors that include whisked buttercream atop classic vanilla, chocolate, and red-velvet cake bases, and more exotic choices such as Grand Marnier or peaches 'n' cream. At lessons, students learn piping techniques, how to make frosting, and how to make iced flowers without the hassle of fertilizing regular flowers with milk and butter.
Mrs. Fields' sugary delectables have lifted the spirits of mall shoppers and fortified dessert-deprived food courts for more than 30 years. Icing artists wield a full spectrum of frosting hues to customize a 16" or half-sheet cookie cake with borders, artwork, or a personalized birthday message that makes up for last year's barely edible diamond ring. The 16-inch disk serves 13–16 people and the half sheet serves 20–25, making them both viable substitutes for traditional group-dessert options such as regular cake or regular cake with sprinkles. Choose from flavors such as the signature semisweet chocolate chip, sugar butter, or white chunk macadamia.
Cold or hot, it's guaranteed to delight if it comes from Palato. Gelato and coffee are the specialties, with hand-written chalkboard menus shouting toothsome options from the cafe's sherbet-colored walls. Their sweet, almond-based cookie sandwiches have a cream filling with specific flavors such as Nutella, Pistachio, White Chocolate Coconut, and Red Velvet. Smoothies and milk shakes blend the sweetness of dessert with the drinking straws, while a range of coffees includes espresso, frappes, and the house signature Palaccino.
Lots of people who don't see the point of a bouquet of flowers would be delighted to received a gift from Delightful Fruit Flowers. The difference? Its "flowers" are edible arrays of fruits like strawberries, pineapple, grapes, and melon. While vases of flowers are left languishing on a table, these pretty and healthful bouquets will be steadily gobbled up. You can even opt for gifts that feature chocolate-covered fruit or an arrangement of veggies.
At Florida Snow Factory, visitors can watch staff practice the centuries-old art of shaving ice into fluffy, frozen treats. They also douse each dessert with imported Hawaiian syrups, creating hundreds of flavor combinations enjoyed by both tourists and locals. For a hybrid treat, guests can choose to mix in morsels of fruit or dollops of ice cream into their cones.