After traveling from the end of the rainbow to the tip of the North Pole, Easter's original hippity-hoppity star is now claiming seasonal residence at the Tyson Corner Center, Arundel Mills Mall, Potomac Mills Mall, Lakeforest Mall and Marley Station. As both an adorable and educational animal, the bunny associated with Easter will be helping kids get into the spirit of egg-hunting by teaming up with professional photographers who know how to coax giggle-laden smiles out of any bundle of joy. Children can pose with the gregarious giant, embracing fluff-filled hugs, and then later enjoy their shared moments by flipping through their tangible, printed portraits and by fluttering their eyelids at their vibrant, digitally arrested stills.
The menu changes frequently at Petite Patisserie. It's not because the chefs and bakers are tired of what they make, but because they only use seasonal ingredients. One can see the seasons change by the types of fruit adorning their glistening gallettes or flavor their macaroons, all of which they make with imported, non-GMO flour. Some dishes, however, are always in season. Chefs craft savory french dip sandwiches topped with a slice of harvati cheese on a brioche bun, as well as fill crepes with a smear of Nutella. To complement this light fare, they also pour cups of Portland Roasting Coffee, which give the cafe a slight West Coast touch, much like their uniforms made from douglas firs.
Bakers mix fresh chopped peaches into a small batch of vanilla cupcake batter. After a quick trip to the oven, they slather each cupcake with brown-sugar cream-cheese frosting and sprinkle on a crumb topping. This handheld Peach Cobbler is just one of the many flavors that Monkeycakes Bakery creates from scratch every day. Their bakers frost each cupcake to-order, putting the finishing touches on lime-infused Cinco De Mayo or blueberry cheesecake: a moist pound cake with a blueberry-cheesecake center. Reaching out to as many sweet teeth as possible, Monkeycakes Bakery creates gluten-free and vegan options, and they'll deliver all treats directly to a customer's home drive-thru window.
People with gluten allergies might think they have to wave at bakeries from afar. That's not the case at Liberated Baking, where they can walk right in without fear of an allergic reaction. The bakery swaps out barley, wheat, and rye for all-natural, gluten-free ingredients in its cakes, breads, and pastries. Customers can savor a cinnamon bun or made-to-order sandwich, and sip Trillium coffee. The shop also stocks a selection of gluten-free grocery items, and customizes cakes for weddings and other special events.
A cupcake is a treat in itself, but K Squared Cupcake's Cookie Monster indulges sweet teeth even further. That's because childhood best friends Katie and Kriss top each chocolate-cake and cookie-dough buttercream confection with a fresh-baked cookie. The Cookie Monster is one of K Squared's many unorthodox flavors, which range from chai cupcakes dusted with cinnamon to blueberry-pancake cupcakes topped with maple-syrup buttercream.
The duo imbues its custom cakes with similar imaginative flair, shaping sweets like fluffy lambs or blooming flowers. Kriss and Katie even encourage customers to tap into their own creativity by personalizing cupcakes from more than 15 cake and frosting flavors, including s'mores and key-lime buttercream.