Every chocolate-and-fruit combination you've ever dared to imagine is the everyday reality at Choco Fruit, CA. The specialty dessert shop sells a range of tantalizing treats, including chocolate-covered pineapple, strawberries, and apples on a stick; flowing chocolate fountains; and waffles drizzled in a chocolate sauce and piled with fresh banana and kiwi.
For as decadent a meal as possible, slice into a molten chocolate cake and let the rich liquid pool onto the plate, which is prime for fruit dipping. Taking its creations to the next level, the shop also fills crepes with a selection of chocolate-and fruit combinations, covering the tops of each crepe with an artistic chocolate swirl. Pair your sweets with an icy frappuccino or a warm Turkish coffee, or go light with a fruit salad and a smoothie.
In 1997, friends Dena Tripp and Debra Shwetz set out to create a luscious, melt-in-your-mouth bundt cake. What began as an endeavor in their own home kitchens soon blossomed into a bustling business with bakeries in 21 states. Rich cocoa browns and soft pastels lend a nostalgic feel to each bakery, where every day lava-powered ovens warm up batter made from fresh eggs, real butter, and cream cheese. Flavors such as chocolate chocolate chip, pecan praline, and white-chocolate raspberry remain constants on the menu, and a new flavor makes a guest appearance each month. Cakes come in several sizes, from the standard 8- or 10-inch bundt to the single-serving bundtlet and the bite-size bundtini, all frosted with a signature blend of cream cheese and butter.
Each Nothing Bundt Cakes location also houses its own stock of gifts. Patrons may come across the brightly hued handle of a confetti cake knife or opt to take home an old-fashioned tin, perfect for stowing coffee and imprisoning gingerbread men who have tried to run away. Contact the location of your choice for gift pricing and availability.
The first Kee Wah Bakery appeared in Hong Kong in 1938, where its moon cakes, bridal cakes, and other pastries gradually generated a loyal clientele. In 1985, when much of that clientele had migrated to the United States, Kee Wah set down new roots in LA to offer its signature floury goods to Californians. Patrons pick from crispy egg tarts, red-bean swirls, and pineapple crust buns using a self-serve bakery system, which is refilled with fresh breads baked three times a day. During the autumn, when the Chinese Lunar Festival is in full swing, the bakery churns out moon cakes filled with lotus seed and red-bean paste. The shop's three locations in the San Gabriel Valley?Monterey Park, San Gabriel, and Rowland Heights?help meet the demand for Chinese wedding cakes and almond cookies throughout the valley.
One of Sugar and Spice Bakery's cupcakes is like an edible choose-your-own-adventure novel. The customer guides every step of its creation, starting by selecting mini, regular, or jumbo cupcakes. Next, they pick one of 11 flavors?such as spice or vanilla?and decide on fillings such as banana cream. They then opt for cream-cheese, peanut-butter, or housemade buttercream icing. Final touches might include sprinkles and slices of strawberry.
The talented bakers use the same ingredients to create round and sheet cakes, which present larger canvases for designs. Icing and fondant transform into superheroes, logos of favorite sports teams, or even a photograph of the birthday boy or girl.
And Sugar and Spice Bakery isn't limited to sweets. Customers can nosh on sandwiches such as hot meatball and mozzarella, corned beef on rye with swiss cheese and pickles, or the veggie sandwich, topped with avocado, mozzarella, and peppers.