The head baker of Bree's Sweet Treats may be young, but that doesn't mean she's inexperienced—Bree has been baking from scratch since she was 5 years old. Taught by both of her grandmothers, she grew up fueling a passion for crafting sweet treats. In 2011, she and her mom, Charmaine, opened Bree's Sweet Treats, where that passion burns hot and helps to bake made-from-scratch cakes, brownies, and pies.
Bree and the staff concoct more than a dozen cupcake flavors, from cinnamon french toast dolloped with maple-syrup ganache to classics such as her personal favorite, strawberry. They slice four types of brownies and plunge lollipop sticks into cake pops, the latter of which are made in any cupcake flavor to form portable treats that are perfect for a walk home or a sprint away from a sandstorm. The bakery-and-delivery service also has a storefront location to better provision guests with sweet-potato pies and goods to stock cookie jars.
At Chrissy's Cocktail Cupcakes, the humble treat contains the usual ingredients—eggs, flour, etc.—plus a little bit extra. The bakers bring alcohol into the mix, with spirits such as Cîroc, Malibu Red, Patron, and Grey Goose finding their ways into the various flavors, and ensure the cupcakes will never be allowed to drive. After the alcohol-infused cupcakes are baked and packed, they're delivered or shipped to clients' homes.
CakeLove's baking staff, led by owner and Food Network's Sugar Rush host Warren Brown, specializes in cupcakes and cakes, baking batches from scratch daily with fresh, natural butter, sugar, eggs, and more. Each location's rotating selection of vanilla, chocolate, red-velvet, banana, carrot, and pumpkin cake bases is smothered with a variety of flavored buttercreams. Chocoholics can silence grumbling sweet tooths with creative concoctions like Cynthia's sin (chocolate cake dipped in chocolate ganache, topped with peanut butter buttercream, drizzled with chocolate and caramel, and sprinkled with candied peanuts), while those longing for a tropical getaway can abduct their tongue to a farflung locale with the lime on the coconut (shredded coconut and lime zest on a vanilla cupcake with lime buttercream). Cupcakes are $3.25 each, $19.50 for a half dozen, and $39 for a baker's dozen. Other sweet forms of gourmet baked goods ($2–$5), as well as the bakery's six-inch to 12-inch layer cakes ($25–$130), can sugary-up birthdays or candy-coat a van full of Shriner cars.
All of Bittersweet's enormous cupcakes undergo a delicate upbringing from roots of real butter and other gourmet ingredients. Flavors range from classic chocolate to more inventive tastes such as PB&J, which is loaded with a strawberry filling core and given a top hat of peanut butter buttercream. If you prefer to paint your own cakesterpiece, customize a creation by pairing a cake flavor, such as lemon, coconut, or spice, with a buttercream flavor, such as orange, mint, or cream cheese frosting. Whether you phone in or drop in, be sure to peep through the bakery window on North Alfred Street and say hello to executive bakery chef Angel, who is known for melting the buttery hearts of swooning passersby by reciting romantic passages from the encyclopedia. With a dozen chances to spread your confectioned love, you won't have to play favorites with all the jury members.
Custom Cake Pops grew out of Ashley Skiles’s search for a simple way to treat her coworkers. They expressed such ardor for the moist, decorative bites that she wrote a resignation letter in frosting and devoted herself to baking full time. At her bakery, she prepares orders of a dozen pops in five flavors, including a Southern-style yellow cake compatible with any of her cream-cheese, fudge, or sweet-cream frostings. Ashley thrills in the decoration of her confections to client specifications. After perching them on lollipop sticks, she might arrange them in a vase with a burst of sprinkles or pastel drizzles of icing.
Specializing in artisan bread and European-style desserts, The Swiss Bakery sends taste buds straight to Zurich, where scrumptious cookies, sugary umlauts, and tasty tarts reign supreme. The Swiss Bakery's cookies ($16.95 per pound) change seasonally, with a wide array of tantalizing flavors and season-themed shapes such as bats and reindeer. Indulge in a scoop of premium ice cream or fresh sorbet ($1.95–$4.85 per scoop), with coffee toasted-almond and white-chocolate peppermint in the ice cream arsenal, and white-peach champagne and blood-orange pomegranate playing for sorbet's summer baseball team. Feed the Ricola alpenhorn players camped out in your basement with a European or American tart ($10–$12), including continental varieties such as raspberry-marmalade Linzer tart and the marzipan-packed gingerbread Biberfladen.