Coffee & Treats in Hamilton Square

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The bakers at Stace Of Cakes forge gourmet handheld desserts from 100% natural ingredients sourced locally whenever possible, with no artificial flavors. They expertly whip up classic flavors, such as red velvet and carrot cake with smooth cream-cheese frosting, or more intricate creations, including the Gone Bananas, a spiced banana cupcake lathered in rich Nutella frosting. The Englishman is a toffee cupcake that dons a toffee-infused vanilla icing sprinkled with bits of crushed Heath bar, which entirely debunks the myth that the Englishman can speak English.

Refusing to limit the range of these delectables, Stace Of Cakes also has a mobile cupcake van, which totes miniature delicacies straight to clients' doorsteps. The shop, meanwhile, draws a crowd by hosting classes and cupcake parties for special events such as birthdays or girls' nights out. In addition to providing vegan and gluten-free options, the accommodating Stace Of Cakes staff can augment boxes of cupcakes with specialty flavors for an additional charge or beloved pet left for collateral.

11 N Willow St
Trenton,
NJ
US

Thanks to its staff’s insistence on crafting fresh, rotating batches of gelato every day, Viva Gelato is stuck in a permanent chill. This doesn’t seem to dampen anybody’s spirits, judging from the smiles that spread across customers’ faces as they sample flavors that range from the traditional (vanilla and pistachio) to the outright creative (Blue Monkey and blood-orange creamsicle). Though many in number, these creamy flavors always seem to make room in their frozen cases for a few sugar-free and low-fat varieties. For a slight change of pace, try the frozen yogurt and yogurt-gelato blends, or sip on a steamy Small World coffee while using the shop’s free WiFi to search for a better cure for brain freeze.

12 S Main St
Pennington,
NJ
US

Using traditional Mediterranean and Indian culinary techniques, Cumin Cafe’s chefs infuse dishes with piquant, rich flavors. Bits of beef or lamb shank simmer alongside spices and vegetables in a clay pot in Mediterranean tajine stews; Greek spanakopita layers spinach and feta cheese between a flaky pastry crust. Chefs add a splash of rose water to prawns flavored with ground spices in golden korma curry, and use tandoori-style ovens to cook chili naan, making a perfect scoop for goat biryani rice dishes or a heating pad for diners’ sore shoulders.

32 S Main St
New Hope,
PA
US

There's literally no sweeter war won than cupcake war. Just ask Ruthie and Ron Bzdewka, who in 2008 founded House of Cupcakes in Princeton, New Jersey after taking home top honors from the second season of Food Network's Cupcake Wars. The owners' cupcakes are even more in demand than they were before their victory on the show, which is why they now fling them at celebrities during special events including the MTV Music Awards. The secret to Ruthie and Ron's success: their grandma's cupcake recipe, which is the basis for increasing selection of more than 45 unique flavors, such as the award-winning Espresso Brownie, Salted Caramel, and Coconut Vanilla Snowball.

Not limiting their expertise to cupcake orders, baked goods-lovers can delight their palette with the tastes of other creations, including push-pops, cake-pops, cookies, mini-cupcakes, gourmet banana pudding, and brownies. Gourmet handmade ice cream sandwiches are also available, and are made from scratch with a choice from 15 different cookies, brownies, and 30+ ice cream flavors. Their large selection can be produced into custom orders for any event, such as color-coordinated cupcakes for weddings, logo-emblazoned pull-apart cakes for corporate outings, and tailored treats for baby showers or birthdays.

30 Witherspoon St
Princeton,
NJ
US