Every day, the staff at Boba Smoothie blend fresh fruits and other ingredients to create smoothies, teas, and non-dairy milk teas. But the sweet flavors of fruit and tea aren't the drinks' only feature?the cups fill with chewy boba pearls, which add a burst of texture to every taste like a lego made of candy. Staff members also serve up fresh scoops of gelato in such flavors as mango, coconut, and cupcake.
Before opening up shop in 2011, self-taught baker Maricel spent 10 years honing her skills and taste testing her creations with her husband and three daughters. These days, she continues using natural and organic ingredients to whip up cupcakes, mini cupcakes, and tartlets entirely from scratch. The core of her tartlet arsenal remains sweet potato, peach cobbler, and pecan, but her cupcakes and mini cupcakes constantly evolve with innovative flavors such as a maple cupcake topped with bacon pieces and a coconut cupcake slathered with cream cheese frosting. Along with individual and by the dozen purchases, Maricel dispenses her mini cupcakes in bouquets and atop rental towers, which fit 50–60 treats. Every Tuesday through Saturday, she and her dedicated staffers are available to take orders and walk customers through the process of shrinking cakes with repeated dryer sessions.
At Madi Kat Cupcakes, being old-fashioned is a good thing. The bakers here embrace an old-fashioned work ethic, making their custom cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and other assorted sweet treats from scratch throughout the day. But the homemade approach doesn't just guarantee freshness?it also means there are always plenty of possibilities for customers with dietary restrictions who need their desserts to be made gluten- or dairy-free. Basic and gourmet flavors include everything from butterscotch to s'mores to pink champagne, and sizing options include a dozen cupcakes, round or square cakes that feed anywhere from 18 to 128, or basic sheet or fitted sheet cakes.
Gelatallo serves fruity, chocolatey, and coconuty desserts in cones, bowls, and dishes made of more gelato. Favorite gelato flavors include pistachio, chocolate brownie, cappuccino, and salty caramel, and lighter sorbetto flavors include mango, lemon, strawberry, and triple-berry packed with raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries.
The shelves of Legendary Doughnuts are lined each day with an ever-changing variety of hand-rolled, fresh fried treats topped with unconventional frostings and toppings. Shoppers can sink their teeth into the extra-large glazed Homer Simpson or try the George Washington, a chocolate-cake donut with chocolate-cherry ganache and almond slices. Old-fashioned varieties include the lemon-coconut donut with a lemon glaze and a crown of coconut, and specialties include the Fluff-A-Nutter stuffed with banana, peanut butter, and marshmallow. Legendary Doughnuts fills custom orders, too, whether customers would like an assortment of seasonal donuts, a tower of 25 donut balls, or a special plate of three donuts stacked and decorated to look like a hamburger.
Though the baking endeavors of Emerald City Cake Balls owner Roni Sanders include tiny treats, she strives to pack each bite-size morsel with a potent blend of flavors. The skilled baker mixes moist cake and brownies with frosting, fruit fillings, and puddings, swathes the bite-size morsels in a chocolate shell, and adorns them by hand with stripes of chocolate and dustings of sprinkles, earning her treats the spotlight on King 5’s New Day. She strives to match her treats’ lavish exteriors with equally uncommon flavor combinations: in addition to vanilla and chocolate, customers can bite into flavors such as maple pancake and caramel macchiato.