The staff at Orange Leaf rejects the oft-touted claim that Americans don’t care about nutrition. The problem, they say, has more to do with selection than anything else; most low-calorie sweets don’t hold a candle to a fudge brownie or a warm slice of apple pie. They kept this in mind when crafting their frozen-yogurt recipes, working tireless to develop a healthy—and equally delicious—alternative to the dessert status quo by turning to decadent confections and just-picked fruits for inspiration.
Their experiments thus far have yielded more than 60 frozen yogurt flavors, which take turns pumping through the self-serve machines that line their colorful shop’s wall. Before taking a seat in a bright orange chair, guests fill their dishes with cool, low-fat swirls of chocolate cheesecake, strawberry banana, and a classic tart that bites as pleasantly as a teething kitten. Juicy pears, crunchy granola, and gooey chocolate sauce headline a smorgasbord of at least 30 toppings ready to scooped or poured into cups before their final weigh-in.
At Delesandri's, gourmet cupcakes are baked daily to lure dessert diners forever away from the unhealthy world of nonsweets. Snag a single cupped cake ($2.75), a half-dozen ($15), or a dozen ($29) to ensure that taste buds stay happy about their tongue-locked life. Regular drool-inducing flavors include the signature key-lime cupcake with cream-cheese frosting, the gluten-free red velvet, and the italian cream. Flavors such as chocolate mint, carrot, tres leches, and boston crème pie topped with chocolate ganache rotate their way through the week. Cakes, pies, bread pudding, and custom creations are also available on a pre-order basis. Customers can indulge their sweet teeth while relaxing on Delesandri's waterfront patio and using the free WiFi to research the best method for cleaning cupcake icing out of a keyboard.
Sweets Galore's cone-topping confectioners scoop and slice helpings of velvety Ashby's products into myriad ice creams, cakes, and drinkable treats. Surprising scoops ($1.95+) such as cherry-lemon cake and country-apple pie cozy up to palates and await chances to share a cone ($1.95 per scoop, up to $5.95 for five scoops) or comingle in a thick, blended milkshake ($4).
The eponymous owner of Jenny’s Bakery has been crafting carefully sugared confections for more than 20 years. Thumbprint cookies ($7/dozen) offer evidence of who stole the cookies from the cookie jar, though sugary scones ($2 each) and muffins ($1.50 each) crumble when quizzed over the case. Alternately, gather a litter of cake's spherical offspring with a dozen poppable cake balls ($10), or get a forceful sugar-kick from feisty petits fours ($2.50 each) and shortbread cookies ($2.75 each) whose sizeable flavor belies their unassuming names.
Husband and wife Angel and James are Partners in Cake. Angel takes care of the baking, while James takes care of the decorating and crafting scenes with fondant and gum paste. Completely self-taught, Angel accumulated a wealth of skills while studying under her mother in the kitchen. James, the master sculptor, draws inspiration from his days as a childhood Play-Doh aficionado. Friends encouraged the two to practice their pastry hobby fulltime, and when their creative forces meet, the two craft custom cakes for all occasions, including weddings and graduations. Their creations include edible 3D renditions of intergalactic robot R2D2, the Statue of Liberty, and Michael Jordan's shoe from Space Jam, which was easier to recreate than his heart of gold. At the heart of each creation are pillowy layers of cake in flavors such as red velvet, banana, and lemon zest, with fillings such as cream cheese, coconut cream, and lemon curd.
The Cake Lady's bakers have been baking and frosting fresh confections daily since 1979. Batches of cake balls roll from the oven and somersault into sweet coatings before launching themselves into mouths via edible trebuchet. White-cake cupcakes induce barely audible taste-bud cheers with simple, delectable flavor, and chocolate-frosted confections sate tonsils’ cocoa cravings. Patrons can pick and choose their 6 or 12 sweet morsels to create a custom snack for holiday parties or to fuel the post-game celebrations of winning foosball teams. Customers can upgrade to specialty flavors such as strawberry shortcake or coconut for an additional $0.50 apiece; please note that specialty-flavor orders must be placed at least three days in advance.