While Butterfly Kisses Baking's staff avidly serves its local customers by decorating cakes, cupcakes, and cookies, the people they most proudly cater to are military troops. The shop allocates 20% of its profits to providing care packages for servicemen and women abroad. They build those funds by enticing customers with the sweetness packed into their various treats, which include peppermint-bark cupcakes, lemon sugar cookies, and cake pops themed after the flavors of cereal, cookies, and candy bars. Bakers are on hand to help clients create custom desserts including themed cakes that might light up a child’s face on his birthday or fondant scenes so real you’d consider buying a time share there.
Aunt Mary's Cookies whips up cakes, cookies, and lunches from scratch in its locally owned kitchen. Aunt Mary’s baking virtuosos dot a variety of Aunt Mary's signature cookies with chocolate chunks, buttered pecans, and smooth icing ($13–$18/dozen), and crown cupcakes with three-dimensional rosebuds and other feats of frosting artistry. Custom cakes of every shape and theme celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and successfully contested parking tickets. Quell midday hunger with one of Aunt Mary’s daily hot-lunch specials ($6.95), including meatloaf, taco salad, and other temperate treats. Six varieties of freshly baked bread, including sourdough and marble rye, highlight personalized sandwiches, which also give diners the option of five cheeses and five spreads.
To find an authentic beignet, Kansas City locals have the option of making the 13-hour, 900-mile journey to New Orleans, or simply shuffling over to Beignet in the River Market. Here, chefs concoct their own interpretations of the famous French donut, infusing pastry with decadent flavors such as Bavarian cream, Butterfinger, tiramisu, and caramel praline. The tasty, fried treats also serve as a vehicle for savory ingredient combinations such as mozzarella and meatballs, or bay shrimp, roasted peppers, and Szechuan cream cheese. The menu ventures into crepe territory as well with cornbread versions loaded down with dusted catfish and crawfish tails.