The bakers behind Cupcake.Love.Miami fill their huge menu of desserts with unexpected and creative flavors. Some emulate childhood favorites, such as the PB-and-J-inspired Goober and watermelon Jolly Rancher. Other categories are dedicated to refreshing summer beverages, breakfast staples such as Froot Loops, and seasonal flavors such as pumpkin pie. These flavors take shape as cupcakes, cake pops, or full-grown cakes that can feed up to 95 people and arm as many food catapults.
But no matter what its shape or size, each dessert flaunts a distinct artistic vision with intricate fondants and other toppers. Cupcake.Love.Miami also partners with sister business Sunshine State Cakes to craft custom couture desserts.
At 6 a.m. every morning, the denizens of Little Havana awaken to the sweet scents that escape from the kitchens of nearby Rico Bakery & Cafe. A local institution for more than 25 years, the charming bakery has earned a dedicated following due to its fresh breads, Cuban and European desserts, and steamy coffee drinks. No item, however, flies off the bakery racks faster than the pastelitos, which come with sweet or savory fillings of coconut, cheese, beef, ham, guava, or piñata candy.
Drawing on the traditions of her baker-to-the-stars mother while adding her own artistic flair, The Office Cake's master baker Sarah Paz custom-makes a variety of cakes, cupcakes, and cookies for any event, but particularly specializes in last-minute office celebrations. Give a coworker the gift of good taste with a 6" mini white bow cake ($18), available in base flavors like chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, or marble, with optional fillings ($7) like rich custard cream, guava, kahlua, and amaretto. The Office Cake's more festive signature cake, the Fondant Confetti ($26+), comes adorned with frosting balloons and curled streamers, and can be used to celebrate particularly joyous office events, such as funny YouTube videos involving cats and a fresh pot of flavored coffee. Cakes can also be specially made in the shape of football helmets, open cigar boxes, 3D computer laptops, the Simpsons, and more. Cupcakes ($15+ for a regular-sized six-pack) make a deliciously backhanded treat for micro-managing managers, while cookies ($24 for two doz.) provide the necessary energy needed to endure a long PowerPoint presentation about how to make compelling PowerPoint presentations. Because her shop has a strict policy against freezing its wonderful wares, Sarah bakes her morsels fresh each morning, then applies icing, filling, and décor once the order has been placed.
Mo's Cakes' expert bakers whisk together cakey confections suitable for parties, holidays, or palatable presents. Excavated fresh daily from underground bundt mines, the mini, single-serving bundt cakes hold delectable depositories of cinnamon swirls within a moist golden batter. The dozen rounded sweets come packaged in a brown satin box, held together with a signature red ribbon and Pandora-themed curse.
Siblings Fabio, Mary, and Saul Soares were practically born to be pastry chefs. They grew up watching their mother Vera bake for family and clients in their native Brazil, spreading cheer through her creative and tasty desserts. Today at The Pastry Shop by Magic City Chefs, the trio continues her legacy by creating stunning tiered cakes, dainty macarons, and airy mousses suitable for any occasion, especially dentist appointment pre-parties. For those who require a bit of balance on their plate, the chefs also prepare hor d'oeuvres, canapés, wraps, and other savory specialties.