Donna Infantolino has been baking since she was tall enough to reach the kitchen table, crafting recipes from scratch in her aunt and grandmother’s kitchens. At her combination café and bakery, she and business partner Beth Butler begin every recipe with organic, sustainable ingredients, such as Nielsen-Massey pure vanilla and Scharffen Berger chocolate, whenever possible. The dessert dream team crafts wedding cakes, traditional and filled cupcakes, and one-of-a-kind sculpted cakes in original shapes such as convincing guitars or sassy pumps. They also accommodate customers with dietary restrictions through vegan and gluten-free options.
All in the Icing's staffers expand recreational baking abilities during small-group BYOB classes, which include all of the high-quality ingredients and equipment necessary to create sweet or savory recipes. At the end of sessions, participants head home with their tasty works to share with family or break into tiny pieces to add to crumb collections.
Michelle Spell's interest in baking began at a young age, when she was exposed to chefs in her family and underground bakeries in her Italian-American neighborhood in New Jersey. After deciding to pursue her passion, she opened Ava's Cupcake Shoppe, where she creates sweet and savory cupcakes, pies, and breakfast pastries from scratch. Although any of Michelle's concoctions are capable of making mouths water and knees tremble, she excels at unusual flavors, such as cornbread cupcakes stuffed with slow-cooked pulled pork or Guinness-infused cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting. The inventiveness of her confections even helped her win first place on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars and second place on its spinoff, Cupcake Wars: Cupcake Champions.
Upon entering Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, one can immediately sense the aroma of fudge melting in a traditional copper kettle. At hundreds of locations throughout the United States, candysmiths concoct an array of treats from fresh ingredients within eyesight of perusing customers. In addition to dunking strawberries into chocolate or coating Granny Smith apples in fresh caramel, they carve out 1-pound bricks of made-from-scratch fudge for customers to take home and repair their gingerbread house’s half-eaten foundation.
Becker Bros' purple-clad clan of cafe wizards culls premium ingredients and locally roasted coffee to concoct a wide variety of homemade baked goods and gourmet espresso drinks. Sweet seekers can peruse the illuminated glass cases that brim with individualized tarts and pies ($3.50), cookies ($0.50+), and a rotating lineup of cupcakes ($2), or eagle-eye the bakers handcrafting desserts and pastries, including large cannoli ($2.50) and custom cakes ($42+), in the open-view kitchen. Prepare for a strenuous day of writing emails and moderating legislative hearings at the water cooler with a latte and biscotti ($1.75), or motivate yourself by hanging a brownie ($3.50) or slice of cake ($4.50) from a fishing pole tied to the end of your day. Becker Bros also offers myriad tailored dessert creations, including treats free of gluten and allergens.