What began in a home kitchen in the early 1940s is now the regional mainstay Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery, which serves classic American fare and more 30 homemade varieties of their famous pies in a family-friendly dining experience. Cooks whip up dishes that are central to American culinary cannon, such as roast turkey dinners, ribs slathered in St. Louis-style bourbon barbecue sauce, and hearty country-fried steaks. They also maintain a salad bar fully stocked with fresh veggies, which pair nicely with any meal or can be piled into a 3 ft. tower and be a full meal themselves. But at Marie Callender’s dessert is the main event, and they serve up thick slices of classic pies such as apple or rhubarb, as well as more unusual flavors such as the kahlua cream cheese pie, a delicious liquor-infused treat that fits inside a flask if you squish it.
No matter if a kid loves Spiderman, racecars, or dinosaurs, the bakers at Cake Chic can create a custom cake that will fill them with joy. These edible masterpieces also serve as dessert at baby showers, where cakes can come topped with powder-blue baby shoes. The skilled bakers turn their skills toward miniature sweets with cake pops, which come decorated with sprinkles in a flower-vase display. These bite-sized treats can be served at a party or delivered to a friend at work who forgot their cheesecake lunch at home.
The bread pans and baking trays begin clattering early at Cinnamon Productions, announcing the bakers’ 4 a.m. arrival. It’s during these hours before dawn that the bakery’s team brings everything from sandwich bread to signature cinnamon rolls, which they pepper with actual ground cinnamon, to golden brown fruition. Once out of the oven, the freshly made goods crowd the eatery’s display case, tempting patrons to pair them with cups of coffee, scrambled eggs, or one of seven gourmet sandwiches. Every now and then, one of the staffers will pluck a few of the fresh cinnamon rolls to create a catering order, gift basket, or convincing Princess Leia headpiece.
Island Cupcakes sets out an array of tongue-tantalizing flavors to satiate frosting-covered desires. The buttercream used in the mini cakes is made of 100% butter, with no traces of margarine, shortening, or bionic engineering. Ward off early-morning jitters at any time of the day with a java cupcake—classic white cake slathered in coffee buttercream. Other cup-sized classics include chocolate peanut butter, double vanilla, and the glamorous red velvet, topped with real chunks of Hollywood carpet. And the shop's island roots are well exposed with tropical flavors such as mango, piña colada, and guava.
For more than 60 years, the innovative cake artists of Cinderella Cakes have been creating celebratory desserts that push the boundaries of both flavor and physics. Prominently featured as winners on TLC's The Ultimate Cake Off and in episodes of WE tv's My Fair Wedding and Bravo's The Real Housewives of Orange County, the bakery's team of artists sculpt impeccable carved cakes for specific occasions, such as a golf bag to celebrate retirement, or a guitar to mark a successful instrument restringing. The same artists also lend their expertise and personalized touch to elegant and innovative wedding cakes, cupcakes, and bouquets of theme cookies. They stock their shelves with fresh ready-to-go cakes, ideal for unexpected celebrations such as a surprise engagement or the birth of a mayfly. Professional decorators also spread their sweet wisdom during private cake-decorating classes and birthday parties.