For more than 35 years, Reeves Cake Shop has provided northeast Ohio with unique cakes and delectable edibles for all occasions. Its bakers craft elegant wedding cakes in flavors such as marble, carrot, and italian cream, as well as custom-designed cakes in a variety of 3D styles that commemorate birthdays, graduations, and bridal showers. They also bake miniature treats and handheld delights that range from gourmet cupcakes and almond macaroons to chocolate-dipped butter logs, blondies, and apple squares.
With a wire whisk and passion for confection, Bonnie and her daughters Rachelle and Michelle whip up more than 10 styles of plump specialty cupcakes ranging from french toast and cherry cola to gingerbread. Maple and vanilla whipped icings sweep effortlessly across cake tops before being drizzled with caramel, or capped with crispy crumbled bacon. The café's wafting aromas of freshly baked blueberry muffins are joined by brewing coffee, steaming espresso drinks, and slowly steeping teas. Patrons may also peruse Magic City's hand-painted crafts such as candles, notepads, and crocheted wire jewelry.
Party planners at Maximum Events specialize in decking out dessert tables in delicious sweets personalized with eye-pleasing icing. A changing selection of cupcakes may include such tasty classics such as vanilla cake with buttercream frosting or chocolate cake with chocolate ganache. Unlike black velvet, which makes for a great bathrobe but tastes like fabric, the red-velvet cupcake makes for a poor bathrobe but delights diners with a rich red crumb and a velvety cap of cream cheese. Selecting a variety of inventive flavors such as the raspberry champagne or coconut-pineapple meringue treats taste buds to sweetness and the best kind of spice—variety.
A family-owned bakery, DS Cupcakes carts out dozens of its customizable confections each day, including sheet cakes, round cakes, and its namesake cupcakes. The team doesn’t make it easy to narrow down a choice either, as 16 cream-cheese and buttercream frostings dollop the moist cakes available in a dozen flavors, such as gingerbread, strawberry cheesecake, and pumpkin spice. Sweet fillings also nestle within the fluffy hiding places, waiting to envelop unsuspecting tongues with flavors of apple, raspberry, fudge, and others.
Beneath an ice-cream cone cocked at a jaunty angle, Aimee’s Drive In dispenses handheld American staples. Whether out on the patio seating, or at the wheels of their cars, visitors enjoy treats such as shakes, sundaes, and cones. From the grill emerges a menu of burgers, hot dogs, and charbroiled nostalgia.
Deep down, owner Leslie Butler always wanted a job naming nail polish and lipstick shades. But her love of working with people, as well as her great affection for cake, led her to instead apply her naming skills to more than 100 cupcake flavors at The Lofty Cafe. Monikers like “The Devil Wears Raspberry” might need a bit of elaboration (chocolate cupcake with raspberry filling, topped with chocolate frosting and a raspberry candy speckled with brimstone), but others are deliciously self-explanatory: vanilla chai spice, maple bacon, and Boston cream. Many flavors are themed by season or occasion. A daily menu determines a few flavors that will be at hand, but customers can score any flavor if they order ahead.
Though it’s hard to imagine so many flavors fitting in Butler’s kitchen, that’s exactly where Butler and her daughter began their business. Unsurprisingly, they eventually expanded their space to offer a dining room and a full kitchen to suit their baking needs. Now they have the capacity to create many cupcake flavors that can be filled or topped with an array of sweets.
The fondant petals of a magnolia flower cascade down the face of a cake, fading from white to violet to midnight blue. Bunches of white roses burst from the top of a quintuple-layered, frosty white cake. Singular and elegant, cakes such as these have earned The West Side Bakery a variety of awards.
Though custom cakes are The West Side Bakery’s specialty, pastry chefs apply the same meticulous standards to other award-winning baked goods. They bake seasonal fruit pies, craft peach hazelnut tiramisu, and make more than a dozen varieties of cheesecake. Pastries run the gamut from simple shortbreads and biscotti to éclairs and cannolis. Additionally, the shop touts a huge vegan menu that includes vegan cakes, baklava, and tarts.
Patrons are welcome to take a seat at one of the cozy shop’s tables and devour their treats with a cup of cappuccino. If, unlike the cookie monster, they can’t justify eating dessert for every meal, they can also grab a tasty sandwich, fresh salad, or bowl of hot soup.