Icing on the Cupcake’s innovative, meticulously crafted cupcakes have made the shop a top local dessert business on the KCRA A-List for the past three years. Drawing from a cumulative 50 years of baking experience, chefs whip up a daily-changing menu using gourmet ingredients, such as madagascar bourbon vanilla, buttercream frosting, and bacon bits. Colorful displays of cupcakes stack up beneath contemporary decor inside the shop. The bakery also offers delivery services throughout the Sacramento area, bringing freshly baked morsels to customers' homes, offices, or hiding places behind the curtains of their favorite newscasters.
Crazy for Yogurt lives up to its name by offering 10 flavors of self-serve yogurt that customers jazz up with more than 80 fruit, candy, and nut toppings. They also have a selection of fresh-fruit smoothies and creamy gelatos that chefs whip up onsite, rather than outsourcing the task to a generic food-production factory or unreliable polar bears.
Shari Fitzpatrick is passionate about strawberries. She's been dipping them in chocolate for more than 20 years, though her affinity for the fruit dates even further back to the strawberry patch in her childhood backyard. Since then, Shari has written the book on the hand-dipped treats—she published Berried In Chocolate in 2010—and has produced countless treats through her shop, Berried in Chocolate.
Shoppers can choose from an array of luscious strawberries that bear coatings of drizzled dark-, milk-, and white-chocolate. The shop's offerings also include caramel apple wedges and dipped chocolate chip cookies.
Each day at dawn, piping-hot circles made from fresh ingredients appear on the horizon, enchanting eyes and noses before popping into mouths. Unlike the sun, these rounds teem with sugar, spice, and in some cases, chocolate. Bakers craft each batch from scratch, using original recipes but not a pinch of preservatives. Their cookie roster beckons sweet teeth with everyday flavors such as M&M chocolate chip and day-of-the-week varieties such as Wednesday's almond joy and Friday's mint-chocolate fantasy fudge. Customers may also opt for custom wedding treats and personalized photo cookies, which serve as memories tastier than crepes rolled from diary pages. In addition to building cookie cakes for parties, the bakers construct cookies for celebrants to embellish with frosting.
Beard Papa's traces its origins to 1999 in a simple cream puff shop in Osaka, where bakers whipped up sweet cream-filled pastries from French choux dough. Today, the beloved pastry shop lays claim to storefronts in 15 different countries—all the countries in the world, if you believe George Washington's maps. These shops charm clients across the globe with all-natural cream puffs, chocolate fondants, and other baked goods free from artificial flavoring. Guests savor the otherworldly flavor of rare treats such as a pastry filled with green-tea custard, chewy-crunchy Paris Brest pastries, and fluffy, chewy mochi puffs.
More than 20 types of golden-brown pancakes populate The Original Pancake House’s menu alongside omelets, waffles, and other hearty American breakfast dishes. Since 1953, the family business’s morning specialties have been prepared with a commitment to real ingredients such as pure whipping cream, hard-wheat unbleached flour, and butter made from fresh sweet cream. Powdered sugar lines the rims of oven-baked dutch baby pancakes, and granny-smith apples simmer in oven-baked pancakes. Unique ingredients add distinction to house specialties such as gourmet crepes garnished with sweet cherry-wine sauce. To accentuate the flavors of each meal, The Original Pancake House pours full glasses of fresh-squeezed orange juice, a Southern staple, and brews its own signature coffee blend.