Orders from around the world inundate chefs at Frances' Bakery, who bake their fresh goods daily from recipes that have delighted taste buds and kept lonely recipe cards company for almost a century. The shop's rich custom espresso drinks pair with freshly filled cannolis, dainty chocolate éclairs, and sugar-free desserts. Thick Sicilian-style focaccia bread, topped with a blend of spinach, artichoke hearts, and tomatoes, adds a unique spin to the pizza concept, and traditional New Orleans muffuletta piles layers of baked ham, salami, cheese and olives upon a hefty round of italian bread.
TCBY (aka The Country's Best Yogurt) serves 96% fat-free yogurt containing benevolent bacterial cultures that assist the body with digestion and nutrient absorption. The Metairie location dishes up cups of silky soft-serve in flavors such as golden vanilla and white-chocolate mousse ($3.25–$4.25). Top your probiotic-packed treat with strawberries, gummy bears, coconuts, or a host of other toppings ($0.69–$0.99). TCBY's Beriyo smoothies—potent potions such as Strawberry Bananza and Berrilicious—contain real-dairy frozen yogurt blended with bushels of fresh fruit ($4.25–$5.49). Celebrate successfully evading a baby raincloud with a hand-scooped traditional sundae ($4.99). Prices and selection vary from store to store.
When you’ve got five kids at home, making birthday cakes becomes part of your regular routine. But it wasn’t before too many birthdays had passed that Cherie Berget’s cakes started gaining the attention of her friends and family, and soon enough, Nola Belles was in business creating custom decorated cakes. Now serving the area for more than eight years, Berget has tackled everything from elegantly tiered cakes for weddings to colorful fondant-topped desserts for a child’s birthday. Underneath the layers of customized decorations lies a base of fluffy cake in a range of flavors. While clients love the fresh flavor of her cream de mint cake or her creamy coconut sponge cake filled with coconut pastry cream, her signature dessert is a white almond cake filled with fresh strawberries and topped with layers of vanilla buttercream and chocolate-dipped strawberries. She can pare down the sizes of her cakes to create dozens of cupcakes, or create cakes using cookies for a fun alternative celebration centerpiece.
The colorful walls in Frogurt’s storefront bring to mind the tropical fruits that top its customers’ bowls of frozen yogurt. Pillars filled with bubbling water stand on either side of the counter, the lights above the main sitting area mimic the delicate folds of flowers, and relaxing suggestions such as “indulge,” “escape,” and “life is good” are written on the walls. From a row of yogurt machines flows an ever-changing list of flavors ready for toppings of fruit and candies. Frogurt’s menu also includes fruit smoothies, iced coffee, and hot cappuccinos.
The decor of the Kupcakes Etc., with its alternating lines of dark and light lime green, brings to mind the crinkled ridges and grooves of a cupcake wrapper, perhaps putting visitors in the mood to select from the menu's 20 cake and frosting flavors. Strawberry-shortcake, lemon-meringue, and red velvet cupcakes can be consumed in one of four sizes, ranging from bite-size minis to gigantic cakes that feed up to 10 people. Cakes can be decorated with chocolate candies and multicolored sprinkles, which sends out a festive vibe—much like hitting a piñata with a folded Ouija board does.
The confectionary apothecaries at The Sweet Life forge fermented cream into an ambrosial array of healthy taste bud varnishes. Although yogurt is usually simply associated with homespun remedies for venomous baboon bites, The Sweet Life adds to the frozen variety's recreational appeal by serving it in nine piquant flavors, including chocolate, cake batter, pomegranate, raspberry, and cookie. Once customers select a flavor, they can adorn their milky magnum opuses with a paisley pastiche of nuts, cheesecake chunks, granola, candy, or other comestible accoutrements. The Sweet Life charges by the ounce, allowing customers to customize the size and scope of their creations ($0.39/oz., $1,872/full-sized William Taft statue).