Bianca's Designs' dessert-decorating instructor Barbara Reed schools students in the wizardly Wilton method of decoration and design. In a single two-hour class, partner pairs from every walk of life, from mothers and sons to best friends to doppelgängers en détente, learn about the intricate art of icing-bag filling and its use in glamorizing cakes and cupcakes before dabbling in fresh fondant. Student pairs are supplied with all the tools and enough icing and fondant to sneak tastes of while constructing their confectionary creations. This introductory class serves as a good first step on the pastry pilgrimage before taking more advanced classes or absorbing the knowledge of a master pastry chef via osmosis.
Entering Marlam Cafe is like taking a step back into the good ol’ days. After guests slide into plush red booths, which are set atop shiny checkerboard floors, they peruse a menu of classic American favorites, such as burgers, wings, root-beer floats, and hand-spun milk shakes. The old-school vibe carries into the eatery’s weekly line-dancing lessons and karaoke nights, all of which furthers Marlam Cafe’s mission to serve up an experience to families that’s equally as entertaining as it is tasty.
Tropical Smoothie Café's wholesome smoothies are filled to the gills with fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, chocolate, nuts, and healthful supplements, minimizing the crushing guilt of dessert consumption to a soft heartbeat emanating from the floorboards. Puréed potions such as pomegranate plunge (pomegranate, banana, strawberries, and cranberry; $4.79) are stuffed with super fruit, and low-fat options, such as mango magic (mango, pineapples, and non-fat yogurt; $4.29), trick gullible taste buds into believing that they are traversing a candy factory full of whipped-cream lollipops. Supercharged smoothies are stocked with a healthy dose of supplements, such as the kiwi citrus green tea's antioxidant-laden matcha charge or the muscle blaster's whey or soy protein ($4.79 each). Individual supplements can also be added to any other smoothie ($0.79 extra), boosting its magic points by +10.
The Cake House & More's first-rate confectionery-crafters whip up a staggering selection of cakes, cookies, and cupcakes that are made from scratch each day. Handheld and homemade from family recipes, The Cake House's mouthwatering cake-grenades ignite taste sensors with flavorsome bursts of key lime, carrot, german chocolate, or coconut topped with buttercream or chocolate icing. Red velvet cupcakes save the living room drapes by swathing tongues in a more palate-friendly fabric, while dessert devotees who measure the value of their sweets solely by weight can trade today's Groupon for one-dozen rich pound cake cupcakes.
The husband-and-wife team at Sister's Sweet Creations collaborates with fresh ingredients to hand-make cakes, pies, and confectionary specialties in dozens of gourmet flavors. The shop’s cake pops make mobile cake consumption a manageable undertaking, as each bouquet of frosted orbs arrives gift-wrapped and placed into a bag or box for easy carrying or pulling from a top hat. In addition to cookies and brownies, the team crafts gourmet cupcakes that display rotating flavor possibilities such as chocolate mint truffle or hot fudge sundae. Tiered and sheet cakes let hosts customize desserts to match any situation, from a five-level wedding cake to a full-sheet cake that conveys messages such as "Happy birthday" or "Sorry for trying to cut your other birthday cake with a blow-torch." To craft similarly imaginative baked gifts and edible works of art at home, patrons may inquire about upcoming classes.
Something Delightful bakes up custom cakes, cupcakes, and more, welcoming confectionary devotees to linger over a sugary snack in its café area. Sugar seekers can follow the lead of a cupcake-hunting daschund or look for the bakery in its slightly hidden locale behind Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers. Successful sweet-questers will be rewarded upon arrival with their choice of a dozen original cupcakes—available in flavors such as red velvet, chocolate or strawberry cream-filled, raspberry delight, and more—or a fancier, sometimes shmancier, Top-Shelf variety. These embellished cupcakes delight the senses with a little extra flavor punch, such as the Black Forest variety, which tempts even the most focused red-hooded travelers with its pastry cream and cherry insides buried within a chocolate cake exterior and sealed off with a vanilla buttercream chapeau.