Marvel’s is devoted to crafting specialty treats, all of which are made from scratch with original recipes. Fresh and dried fruits get the royal treatment at this boutique bakery; like most members of royal families, the fruit is first dipped in molten chocolate, and then tucked in an equally decadent, edible chocolate basket for spurring on effusive ogling. Customize your carryon of confections by choosing between milk- or dark-chocolate coating, or requesting that a personalized message be drizzled in white chocolate on your basket's base. Nearly all sentiments pack greater power when scripted in sugar, so today's Groupon presents a top-notch opportunity to sweetly say “happy birthday, Mom” or “surrender, Dorothy.” This family-owned treatery is based in Memphis, and only recently crept northward to prove to Colorado Springsteens that it's the boss of sophisticated sweets.
Couture Cupcakes & Cakes, which holds the titles of Top Cupcake 2010 from Colorado Springs Independent and the Best Cupcakes of 2011 from The Gazette, dresses up miniature cakes in more than 60 different flavors. Wrap tongues in tart tastes with the triple lemon, a lemon cupcake encasing a lemon-curd filling and crowned with a lemon-buttercream tiara. Coco connoisseurs can delve into a brownie chunk, a brunette cake pedestal adorned with a dollop of rich chocolate frosting swaddling an emotionally needy brownie bite, and the fresh, seasonal notes of a fruit medley harmonize with a buttercream concerto composed of cream cheese and bavarian cream. Couture Cupcakes & Cakes' assorted options allow customers to grab their taste buds’ attention by mixing and matching styles, including the red velvet's savory bites, the M&M's melty moments, or the key lime's ability to make mouths pucker with charming one-liners.
Cupcake Girls' resident chefs whip up cupcakes using both time-tested and unique ingredients, drawing from old family recipes enhanced with their own innovative twists. Corral up to a dozen full-size cupcakes or opt for 12 miniature treats, which were regular size until falling victim to a shrink-ray experiment gone deliciously wrong. Cupcake conjurers assemble opulent pastries such as the Serve with Champagne cake, a devil's food chocolate treat they infuse with Chambord liqueur and raspberry juice before crowning it with chocolate shavings and a fresh raspberry. Otherwise, the Get Your Greens treat anoints a zucchini-based cupcake with cream-cheese frosting, and the Perfect Little Pumpkin cupcake marries the flavorful fall fruit with chocolate chips for an autumnal treat that rivals candy corn on the cob.
Sweet Pea Cake Company won second place for best cupcakes in Colorado Springs by the Colorado Springs Independent. More than 350 Facebookers like the company. While there aren't many online reviews, there are customer testimonials on the company's website:
Those who live, breathe, and snort coffee will find a fine selection of both classic blends and little-known beans at Pikes Perk. Percolate perkiness with the medium-bodied Tanzanian Peaberry, or the bitter-less Jamaican Blue Mountain. Black-coffee purists can grab a 20-ounce cup of joe ($1.99), whereas those who spruce up beloved brews can order a white mocha ($4.19 for 16 ounces), or enliven their aromatic medley with a shot from one of the 50 syrups available. Hoard a pot of hot Pikes' peach tea, with chunks of fruit from Austria ($3.59), or soothe your stomach with something from Pikes' food menu of pastries, sandwiches, and breakfast items.
In 1997, friends Dena Tripp and Debra Shwetz set out to create a luscious, melt-in-your-mouth bundt cake. What began as an endeavor in their own home kitchens soon blossomed into a bustling business with bakeries in 21 states. Rich cocoa browns and soft pastels lend a nostalgic feel to each bakery, where every day ovens warm up cake batter made from fresh eggs, real butter, and cream cheese. Flavors such as chocolate chocolate chip, red velvet, and white-chocolate raspberry are favorite staples, and a new seasonal flavor makes a guest appearance each month. Cakes come in several sizes, from the standard 8- or 10-inch bundt to the single-serving bundtlet and the bite-size bundtini, all crowned with signature cream cheese frosting.