Sweet Spot Bakery?s skilled confectioners source top-quality ingredients, including real vanilla and heavy cream, to sift, whip, and bake batters into cupcakes, cakes, and cookies fresh daily. The rotating menu spotlights such dishes as Boston-Globe mentioned chicken pies and treats such as chocolate-covered strawberries or French macaroons and individual strawberry shortcakes. Fresh apples plot new strategies for keeping the doctor away inside turnovers and dumplings, and buttercream frosting crowns chocolate and white cupcakes with regal dollops of silky sweetness. Full-size cakes can titillate the sweet teeth of 4?75 people and are available in flavors such as mocha raspberry and carrot, or gourmet varieties such as fudgy parrot and caramel mousse. With 24 hours? advance notice, bakers can design custom creations to match any event?s theme or a party planner?s spirit animal. They also have gluten free options for cakes and cupcakes.
Every day, The Daily Scoop dispenses scoops of more than 45 flavors of Richardson's ice cream and Richie's Classic Italian slush. The varieties include customer favorites such as mint chocolate chip and chocolate vanilla swirl, paired with new arrivals such as moose tracks or cookie dough. Ice cream can be blended with novelty candies and syrups from the toppings bar, or be transformed into milkshakes and sundaes. The ice cream can even be molded into custom decorated cakes, which can serve as the centerpiece of party without resorting to pinning the tail on whoever's birthday it is.
The friendly staff at Kane's has dedicated 56 years to forging circular sweets out of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, drawing the attention of reputable magazines such as Bon Appétit and Travel + Leisure. Sink straws into donuts filled with black-raspberry jelly, apples, and blueberries, or grab Os dipped in a honey glaze to make fingers sticky enough to snatch falling napkins or letters from local wind tunnels ($1.50 each, $12.50/dozen). Guests can also fill empty stomach space with donuts decked with powdered sugar, coconut, or cinnamon. A gourmet cup of Sumatran coffee unleashes its spicy, earthy aromas to raise tired eyelids, and freshly baked muffins alight upon palates with the velveteen touch of a kitten juggler wearing silk gloves ($2.25 each, $12.50/half dozen).
Those who craft edible masterpieces find what they need at The Cake World. Part shop, part school, it outfits bakers of all experience levels with the stuff and skills they need to create towering, edible sculptures from Satin Ice fondant and gumpaste using special tips, cutters, veiners, modeling tools, and more. Rows of edible embellishments crowd shelves, shiny cookie cutters dangle from hooks, and stacks of diverse cake molds invite bakers to expand their imaginations. In the spacious cake-making studio, hands-on classes cover specific decoration topics, special guest artists lead themed workshops, and kids learn how to decorate cupcakes and cakes during birthday parties.
At Cravings, soda jerks do things the old-fashioned way. They hand-make every batch inside their restored 1920s soda-fountain shop. The menu features a rotating lineup of 36 hard ice-cream flavors such as dutch chocolate and coffee. Diversifying the selection, the offer more than 100 custom-blended soft serve frozen yogurt and soft serve ice creams and frozen yogurts, including 40 varieties with no added sugar. In addition to crafting mainstay menu items, staff prepare fruit smoothies, frappes, floats, ice cream sodas, and ice-cream cakes.
Heirloom Coffee possesses a magic door to Southeast Asia, specifically Vietnam—or at least that’s how it seems as they endlessly stock their shelves with the country and region’s best coffees. Their coffee reaches nearly every US state and territory, a feat achieved by shooting the bags of beans out of a huge circus cannon. Out of their red-trimmed office in Medford, the coffee connoisseurs also educate the public on brewing their beverages through detailed seminars that span coffee’s history and culture before diving into a hands-on brewing and tasting lesson with take-home samples and equipment.