Sunshine Bakery specializes in brightening dreary days with tastes far more delightful than the invasive ultraviolet spectrum. In a simply decorated, homey environment that relies less on bells and whistles and more on smells and deliciousles, the bakery’s staff of local pastriespeople whip up towering stacks of fresh cookies, gourmet cupcakes, and intricate event cakes every day. Choose from a variety of cupcake flavors for your six handheld delights (a $12 value). Classics such as red velvet and vanilla bean are available alongside orange poppyseed and the house specialty Andes mint, a white-based cupcake containing a flavorful burst of Andes chocolate-mint decadence. The iced cookies (a $10 value for six) are made fresh every day and iced in icing, not actual ice, which no longer exists outside of a small glacier cave in the Appalachian Mountains.
Whether with a Super Mario Kart–themed birthday cake, a holiday cake shaped like a pile of wrapped gifts, or cupcakes with perfectly swirled buttercream frosting, the bakers at Let Them Eat Cake turn dessert into edible works of art. They create personalized designs for cupcakes and cakes to suit any occasion, such as weddings, holidays, or birthday parties. They also ship cakes to customers outside of the area, ensuring their safety with layers of bubble packaging, plastic wrap, and a bodyguard who rides along inside the box.
If your coffee could jazz up your morning routine and tie your laces at the same time, most people would consider it a very warm-hearted cup of joe indeed. Calvin Fletcher Coffee Company's coffee does it one better by giving back to the city of Indianapolis. All of the coffee shop's profits go to benefit organizations throughout the city, as well as the neighborhood's more-local needs. The coffee shop's altruism extends to the high quality of its organic, fair-trade coffees and organic teas—turning the entire process of drinking warm beverages into a barrage of win-win-win moments fit for a Manning.
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Operated by Earth House Collective—a group of activists and artists dedicated to bolstering the local and global communities with culture and wellness—Earth House's cafe ensures that every wholesome meal on its menu is vegetarian. The shop incorporates many locally acquired and organic ingredients, and most dishes are vegan or gluten-free to ensure healthy, guilt-free digestion. Sup on a savory vegan Sonoma Salad sandwich, tossed with crispy baked tofu, red grapes, toasted pecans, and a creamy poppy-seed dressing ($4), or opt for a vegan and gluten-free mango black-bean pizza with a spicy and exotic poblano-pepper and sweet-potato accent ($4/slice). The cafe's 12-ounce, all-organic coffees are locally roasted by Bjava Coffee and are always ground and french-pressed to order, ensuring a neatly folded and more flavorful brew, with some sediment. Cafe connoisseurs can slurp the sweet, floral notes of the Guatemala roast ($2.50), the light fruitiness of the Ethiopian roast ($2.95), or the soft sweetness of the decaf Peru roast, which, like gazing at the stars or drawing the solar system with a tube of toothpaste, can be enjoyed at night ($2.95).
Each day, the delicacy devotees at cozy Sweet Tooth Bakery tempt palates with freshly baked cupcakes and cake bites enhanced with heavenly frostings and decadent fillings. Visitors can taste treats from a revolving list of available flavor combinations such as Chunky Monkey banana cake filled with chunks of walnut and chocolate or the white-chocolate cake with a layer of raspberry mousse smooth enough to evade parking tickets. The dessert consultants also create classic combinations, such as red velvet with cream-cheese icing and devil's-food cake with vanilla buttercream icing. Gluten-free and vegan options make the competitive sport of cupcake eating accessible to participants of varied dietary persuasions.