The culinary craftspeople at Java Factory populate a menu with breakfast eats, sandwiches, and build-your-own pizzas inside a café with tile floors and a long wooden coffee bar. Like a wake-up call with a stun gun, flavors from the espresso bar, including a white mocha ($3.50–$3.85) and Java Factory coffee blend ($1.45–$1.85), deliver a morning jolt, and smoothies ($5.50–$6.75) blend fruit and yogurt for hybrid frozen drinks that please palates at all hours of the day. For empty stomachs, smoked ham, egg, cheese, and peppers huddle inside a warm breakfast burrito ($4.75), and the mediterranean tuna panini ($7.75) infuses tuna salad with black olives and chives before topping the medley with a mediterranean spread. Build-your-own flatbread pizzas ($6.50) come with a choice of nine toppings, such as pepperoni, turkey, and olives. Tall chairs line a dark wood coffee bar where beans roast and baristas tell secrets via cryptic foam formations. Shorter seats rest below individual tables clothed in white linens and illuminated by candlelight not emitted by jack-o'-lanterns.
Long gone are the days of scraps-of-lace humanoid toy dollies for little girls. Today's dollies are cake balls—spheres of moist, heavenly cake, topped with frosting and coated in a firm cover of chocolate or vanilla. These handheld treats come in 12 flavors; with your Groupon poised to dab frosting from your lips, call up Little Miss Sweet Tooth and choose two flavors to go into your batch of 12. Plain Jane is a popular choice (vanilla cake and frosting in a vanilla cover), and a Southern Belle (red-velvet cake topped with cream-cheese frosting in a dark-chocolate bonnet) offers up some tonal contrast. New flavors include the Backstabber, peanut-butter cake with chocolate frosting dipped in a dark-chocolate helmet, and the Che Boluda, chocolate cake and dulce de leche swathed in dark chocolate.
Born from home baker Ileana Simpson-Alvarez's popularity on the bake-sale and birthday-party circuit, Lola and Me supersaturates soft palates with bite-size concoctions crafted from time-tested family recipes. With more than 23 cake and icing flavors to mix and match, snackers can style their cup- or demi-cup-size sweets with a multitude of combinations, pairing raspberry cake with lemon icing, peanut butter cake with cinnamon buttercream, or true vanilla cake topped with the results to its recent polygraph test. Guests overwhelmed by the choices can also opt to rely on the bakery's edible expertise by choosing from a list of specialty cupcakes. Infused with rich, already proven flavors, the selection includes dainty decadents such as the signature Lola cake, a pink champagne-infused cupcake coated with a double layer of buttercream, or the Hemingway––whose beer-flavored marble center, cream-cheese frosting, and handheld size make it aptly suited to moveable feasting.
The bakers at Mmmm…. Cupcakes whip up artfully decorated handheld treats in a scrumptious spectrum of traditional, gluten-free, and vegan varieties. Utilizing 30% less sugar and a full line of organic ingredients, the bakers craft cakes ranging from full-sized desserts to easily weaponized cupcake push-pops. All baking is done in the shop’s kosher-certified kitchen, allowing customers of all ilks to chomp into freshly baked bites of Butterfinger, cran-orange, or guava con queso cupcakes. Bakers also teach the basic skills of custom cupcakery in one-hour lessons, in which students learn how to decorate and devour cupcakes tastier than a fresh-baked vending machine.
The life cycle of Cakefetti's handmade cupcakes begins with one of six base flavors—vanilla, red velvet, chocolate, marble, carrot, and strawberry. Once cupped, the treats head into ovens fine-tuned for firing them to deliciously moist perfection. Then, the bakers slather them with a layer of vanilla, chocolate, cream-cheese, or buttercream frosting. When ready, cupcakes can be picked up at the Kendall location Monday through Saturday, or, for customers within 3 miles of 33186, delivered free of charge via car or dessert cannon.
With the deft hands of a veteran baker, Vincent Benoliel keenly measures almonds, eggs, and sugar, because accuracy is essential when making macarons. The ephemeral sweets come in a rainbow of colors and might taste of chocolate, rose petal, or lemon, but every single one has that je ne sais quoi of a macaron made by a native Frenchman. Vincent grew up in France's ubiquitous restaurant industry, ascending to the rank of sous chef in a Parisian brasserie when he was only 18. In 2005, he brought the richness of French cuisine to South Florida by importing the Eiffel Tower in 3-pound chunks and by opening Le Boudoir in Miami. His handiwork includes delicacies such as escargot, steak tartare, and fresh pastries.