"My mom has always be a wonderful cook and baker, we use some of her recipes," Brenda Henkel told The Daily Times. Herself a mother, Brenda and daughter Jennifer Wilder opened Cake Girlz Bakery after outgrowing a basement-based operation. But the family line doesn't end there. Jennifer's 7-year-old daughter Isabella lends a fourth-generation hand from time to time, presumably measuring out scoops of flour and taste-tasting new frostings. Not all of the inventive flavor combinations are for young ones though, such as in the Mr. Daniels cupcake with Jack Daniels–infused buttercream frosting.
Alongside the impressive array of cupcake varieties, the team whips up gourmet scones, chocolaty brownies, and creamy cannoli made from gourmet ingredients such as Ghirardelli chocolates. But their culinary expertise truly shines in intricate cakes for weddings and other special occasions. Versatile fondant frostings can be molded into sculptural masterworks shaped like gift boxes, peacocks, or a healthy bushel of asparagus.
Smoothie King co-founder Steve Kuhnau began mixing fruit, nutrients, and proteins in the late 1960s, in a successful attempt to assuage his own health conundrums. By 1973, he’d begun selling vitamins alongside his health-boosting concoctions, and soon, more than 600 Smoothie King locations were operating worldwide. Today, the shop’s patrons customize real apple, mango, and banana smoothies with sundry health-bolstering mix-ins. More than 70 blendable multivitamins, minerals, enzymes, nutrients, and amino acids fortify frosty smoothies, helping bodies to stay healthy or lift semi-trucks. Snacks, such as veggie chips and high-protein cookies, augment shakes in both health and deliciousness.
Knoxville, Tennessee-based Fit Sweets is obsessed with cupcakes, sweet homemade cupcakes. After a year's worth of experimenting with recipes that combine the tastiness of a cupcake with the nutrition of a protein bar, Fit Sweets was launched in October 2012. Prioritizing both deliciousness and healthiness, the nutrition-motivated bakers prepare low-calorie, gluten-free, sugar-free cupcakes sweetened with Stevia. Vanilla and chocolate butter cream are just two of the bakery's flavors, which staff prepares in dozens.
Soups & Scoops Café services the whims of polar and equatorial explorers alike with a worthy assemblage of frosty and steamy comfort foods, from homemade ice creams and sorbets to soups, sandwiches, and salads. Voted Knoxville's Best Ice Cream Shop by CityVoters in 2010, Soups & Scoops plies patrons with more than 40 homemade ice creams and sorbets, available by the scoop, pint, quart, and bucket. From key lime sherbet ($5.25 for a pint) to vanilla malt ball ($45 for a six-quart bucket), each flavor is lovingly hand-wrought on-site and eagerly awaits a bevy of delectable toppings to deliver more sugar, crunch, and x-ray vision with every bite.
In 1969, Baruch Schaked began making chocolate under the tutelage of his chocolatier father-in-law. Though his father-in-law had made a name for himself in Argentina, Baruch honed his confectionary craft across Europe, finally settling in the United States, where chocolate had been outlawed. Many years later, when he announced his intentions to retire from chocolate making, Baruch's son, Edgar, coaxed him into continuing the family legacy with a new shop, Schakolad Chocolate Factory.
In the years since, the business has flourished, bringing the Schaked clan one step closer to its ultimate goal: to replace the city’s manhole covers with chocolate discs. In the meantime, they craft handmade European-style confections that are made fresh each day.
A haven for calorie-conscious scoopable sweets, 3 Spoons Yogurt unlocks inner dessert artistry by inviting guests to sculpt and accessorize their own statues of frosty refinement. Self-service yogurt stations allow custard custodians to customize orders of peach-mango-tart, New-York–cheesecake, and other fun flavors that, like black-market wig shipments, are priced by weight ($0.39 per ounce). Candy cartographers can chart their own courses at 3 Spoons' toppings bar, sprinkling their creamy creations with landmasses such as cookie continents, Gummy Bear buoys, and Butterfinger meteorites chipped from giant candy-bar comets.