Inside the welcoming clove-coloured caf?, baristas grind fair-trade organic beans to create a variety of drinks that spotlight the distinct flavours of the world?s best coffee-growing regions. They customize these concoctions with flavoured syrups for a touch of sweetness, or pour them over ice for a quick way to cool down on a summer?s day. New chef Natasha Frank's expansive menu features a selection of sandwiches and flatbreads, as well as appetizers such as jalapeno popper and salmon pinwheels, and vegetable soup. The caf? helps foster a sense of beauty and community by showcasing local music and artwork, including a rotating collection of oil paintings, pottery, and collages.
Customers can be forgiven for needing time to decide when they order from Marzena’s Cakes. The shop's European-style cakes come in 10 different flavours, including red velvet, piña colada, and carrot and pineapple—and those are just the flavours of the cake itself. Customers can also choose such decadent fillings as classic rum ganache and blueberry buttercream to fill the multiple tiers of their custom cakes, which the shop has been known to sculpt into Coach purses, cans of soup, or replicas of Marie Antoinette, who promoted the dessert in one of the most famous endorsement deals in history. The bakery's cupcakes—which are made from scratch daily and therefore vary throughout the week—are just as enticing, treating the taste buds to bursts of peanut butter, almond, and caramel chocolate. Aside from cakes and cupcakes, the shop sells scones, mini desserts, coffee, and rurki—waffle tubes filled with vanilla cream.
Before Cupcake Co. opened its doors this February, its founder consulted with a focus group of brides-to-be to perfect celebratory sweets for any variety of special occasion. Now, customers can stop by the bakeshop’s King Street location, where fresh-baked cakes, cupcakes, and cake pops tease taste buds with mouthwatering flavors such as cinnamon pecan and macha green tea. The shop offers a relaxing café atmosphere, as it supplies free WiFi, hot café drinks, and seating arranged around a fireplace.
Cupcake Co. also caters events, creating dessert platters and custom cakes. The expert bakers also teach classes on cake and cookie decoration and fondant sculpting.
When planning her wedding, Krystalynn didn’t linger on her dress or bouquet. For the Small Bear Treats owner, the most important decision was choosing the wedding cake. With Small Bear Treats, Krystalynn strives to match the ingenuity and artistry of wedding-cake decorators on a miniature scale with cake pops. Krystalynn can personalize each chocolate-covered confection with sprinkles and ribbons—she has even gone so far as to transform a batch of cake pops into party favors, stenciling a thank-you note onto each glossy orb. Though appearance is crucial, Krystalynn doesn’t forget about the ingredients: she crafts every pop from scratch and can also make gluten-free treats. “I wouldn’t give someone something that I wouldn’t serve myself,” she says.
Heart of the Hammer Cafe brings the best food, beverage, art, music and community activities available to Hamilton's downtown east-side, a neighbourhood flourishing with artists, entrepreneurs, families and neighbours who are getting to know each other.
Cravings' skillfully sweetened cupcakes enhance treat-worthy events with sprightly garnishes and tongue-pleasing taste. Each dozen contains a single flavour per batch, with popular picks including the Pretty Princess, a moist buttermilk cake outfitted in cocoa and a fashionable shade of pink and then crowned with a regal ring of luxurious vanilla-bean buttercream frosting. Employ the psychedelic Neopolitan swirls of the Enchanted, Cravings' signature cake, to hypnotize guests into believing you're a respected Proust scholar. The Pure Heaven sends celestial messages to pleasure-centres with a mini piece of purity—vanilla buttercream atop moist vanilla cake—and the Sour Puss infuses golden yellow cake with the zest of lemon before a creamy vanilla buttercream counteracts the acidity in the most gracious of smotherings.