From the sleek wood of a guitar to the rough stubble of a basketball, the confectionary masters at The Icing & The Cake make fondant look like anything their clients can imagine. Their huge, colorful cakes have served as the centerpiece for many special occasions, such as weddings, birthdays, and daring prison escapes involving the use of a life-size cake replica. The shop's pastry chefs also craft individual cupcakes, cake balls, and cake pops for spur-of-the-moment sweet snacks or to treat septuplets to their own personal birthday cake.
At The Whirling Whisk, mother-daughter duo Paulette and Lily De La Rosa join generational forces to spin high-quality ingredients into edible works of art. Cake-craving connoisseurs can order a specialty cake ($30–$55), choosing from innumerable combinations of base flavors, fillings, and icings, or opt for one of the bakery's ambrosial brain-children, such as the cannoli cheesecake ($4.75 for a slice, $45 for a full cake), which uses airy ricotta filling to cushion the dainty tastes of chocolate chips, candied orange-peel flecks, and graham crust. Add sweet sustenance to dinner parties or high-speed car chases with a dozen cookies in flavors such as oatmeal raisin, chocolate marshmallow, and chocolate cherry toffee ($14–$18 for a dozen). The Whirling Whisk bakery sharpens the sweet tooth with a full menu of baked goods, offered as fresh as a just-hatched Peep.
Only a dim light skims the horizon when Gabriel Dumitrescu arrives at Our Daily Bread Bakery at 3 a.m. Even though the sun has yet to rise, he gets up this early to give himself time to bring the bakery to the right temperature, mix ingredients, knead dough, and make the best quality bread he can. By the time the bakery opens at 7 a.m., he has the counters stocked with enough baguettes, sourdough, and pastries for all of his walk-in clients and advance orders. Each loaf is prepared using the simple, Old World traditions Gabriel learned growing up in Transylvania. He also combines his European and American influences to make sandwiches with flavors from both regions including german schnitzel and philly cheesesteak, as well as pizza with a homemade tomato sauce or olive oil base with mozzarella cheese.
Many bakeries claim that their treats are handmade, but the treats crafted at BW Sweets Bakery might be just a bit more handmade than others. That's because the bakery uses as few premade ingredients as possible; when making sweet-potato pie, the bakers pick out sweet potatoes at the farmers' market, bake them, and skin them rather than buying a readymade can, the owner told Creative Loafing. That devotion to high-quality ingredients carries through all of their offerings, from dainty pastries to multilayered wedding cakes draped in fondant, as well as gourmet cheesecakes and booze-infused cupcakes.