Vanilla Bean Bakery?s ovens constantly churn out moist cupcakes, cakes, and cookies in a lengthy roster of flavors. Once the treats are cool, the bakery?s frosting artists decorate them using glaze, frosting, and fondant. With two to three days' notice, the team can create custom cakes to celebrate anything from baby showers to tax-filing day. Cupcakes come in luscious flavors such as red velvet, lemon, coconut, and peanut-butter cup. The bakery?s gallery of custom cupcakes showcases its decorators' diverse repertoire. They adorn dozens with prom proposals and fondant ghosts. In addition, bouquets of cake pops in flavors ranging from pink champagne to butter pecan brighten up parties, or patrons can opt for stickless arrays of cake truffles instead.
Operating out of the kitchen of an Episcopal church, the talented bakers at The Cakehole offer only customized, made-to-order treats. Their sucrose skills allow them to replicate stills from a movie for Oscar-themed cupcake trays or create a whole nest of Angry Birds-adorned cupcakes. Armed with sugar, water, and dye, bakers create decorative, multi-tiered cake art emblazoned with characters and themes from pop culture, comic books, and outdated tax codes. They can also fuse cakes and cupcakes together for a full mise en scéne, such as a zombie-themed wedding cake with accompanying cupcakes topped with tiny gum paste body parts.
3 Days in Paris Market Fresh Crepes, located in the middle of downtown’s historic City Market, whips up sweet and savory crêpes for tourists, businessmen and urban dwellers looking for something unusual. The small wooden booth is covered by a French-style, black and white striped awning and lists its menu items on a chalkboard behind the front counter. Green Eggs and Ham, Red Eggs and Bacon, and Black and Bleu Moo are colorful choices for breakfast, brunch and lunch, and other savory options include Buffalo, Pic Nic, Market Street and Harvest crêpes. Sweet concoctions include Classic, Dr’s Orders, Apple Pie High and St. Stephen. The Parisian style crepes are available daily from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
From the thick golden crusts of his Chicago-style pizzas to the hand-pounded cuts of pork on his tenderloin sandwiches, chef and owner Michael Kotarski, who co-owns the restaurant with his sister, Katie, caters to hearty appetites. Strapping plates can be found throughout the menu, including triple-decker BLTs layered between sourdough. The kitchen turns out dessert orders from scratch that feature bread pudding, white chocolate raspberry bars, and salted caramel bars.
The Labor District Cafe treats guests to a smorgasbord of hearty locally sourced comfort food, its menu setting stomachs rumbling with promises of Indy cheesesteak sandwiches, fried catfish, eggs and bacon, and biscuits. Each bite of omelet, meatloaf, and club sandwich bursts at the seams with local pride?with the restaurant's poultry, ham, eggs, coffee, and condiments all sourced from Indiana farms and producers.
Because her daughter did not care for cake, Tuwanna Roberson baked enormous cookies yearly to commemorate her birthday. One year, she decided to hand-dip her daughter's favorite Oreo cookies in chocolate, creating a treat so delicious that her daughter felt compelled to share it with her teachers and school administrators. In February 2011, after the school began requesting the chocolate confections for fundraising efforts and as building materials, Louise's Sweets was born.
Tuwanna finds inspiration in the inventive methods bakers use to make cupcakes, adding flavors to her chocolate to create different flavor profiles and decorating each dessert with simple icing designs, such as onesies and snowmen. She's even adorned a bouquet of cookies with icing eyelashes as a gift for a stylist and as proof that cookies are self-aware. Other treats that receive Tuwanna's chocolate treatment include pretzel rods and rice-krispies treats, all made fresh to order and optionally arranged inside embellished vases.