Known to friends as Rhedonda, The GingerBread Girl began baking when other bakeries simply weren’t meeting her dessert needs. Deciding she could do it better herself, The GingerBread Girl began whipping up delicious sweet treats that include cupcakes, cookies, and cake pops. Her cupcake menu spans more than 35 flavors, ranging from favorites such as red velvet and Oreo cookie to more adventurous nibbles such as the Elvis—a banana-and-peanut-butter cupcake—and the Snow White—a white champagne cupcake with raspberry-preserves filling and white-chocolate mascarpone frosting.
Happy Endings Cupcakes & Cafe, a cozy, deli-style café, fills tummies and sates sweet teeth with delectable lunches and treats. Boar's Head sandwiches and hot soups, such as red pepper with smoked gouda, help diners to refuel before afternoon work, and coffee and espresso alleviate morning fatigue. Moist cupcakes in 22 rotating flavors, such as red velvet and maple bacon, finish off meals at the café or nestle inside carry-out boxes to outfit guests with treats for birthday parties, bridal showers, and reunions with fellow traffic-court jurists.
Jenn, Laura, and Sheryl are the smiling faces behind the scenes at Mmmm Delicious Cupcakes. Using recipes passed down from two generations, they craft made-from-scratch, hand-scooped cupcakes from ingredients such as Madagascar bourbon vanilla, real cream butter, and whole milk. The result is tantalizing flavors such as red velvet with signature cream cheese frosting, and their signature wedding cake cupcake with almond cake, white buttercream frosting, and crystal accents. They also craft daily rotating and seasonal flavors such as blueberry white chocolate, lemon blueberry, and chocolate-covered orange, overstuffing each treat with ingredients such as tasty candies, premium cocoa powders, and cookie crumbles to make sure each bite is filled with delicious morsels.
After greasing the Slip 'n Slide with vegetable oil and shedding winter's fluffy bathrobe and insulated socks, the best way to celebrate summer's approach is with a handful of velvety-soft frozen custard. The Ritter's menu features a cast of five to seven rotating daily flavors, including everything from fruit-based favorites such as cherry cordial and fresh banana to candy-inspired creations like caramel Snickers swirl. Order a cone of the flavor du jour ($1.99 and up), or opt for a signature Glacier ($3.29 and up), Ritter's frozen custard mixed with your topping of choice and served upside down to confuse your already delicate perception of reality and emphasize the delicacy's extreme thickness. If a list of 25+ toppings dizzies your decision-making noodle, submit your fate to the friendly ice-cream slingers and opt for a pre-designed signature sundae ($4.29) such as the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup–filled, whipped-cream-topped peanut-butter mountain. Celebrate your newfound superpowers and exploit your nemeses' weaknesses for chocolate and caramel with a frozen Snickers pie ($25.99).
Organic, locally roasted coffee mingles with an eclectic assortment of classic deli fare, locally crafted ice-cream treats, and imported beers and local wine on The Witch's Brew's voluminous menu. A cappuccino or latte ($2.75–$3.00) caffeinates diners before they flex their mandibles on the Sweet Matilda "Sand Witch," which enlists chicken salad, egg salad, tuna, or turkey to assist spring-mix greens, tomato, and cucumber in preparing for their date with balsamic-vinegar dressing ($6). The Witch's Brew also doles out all-natural frozen desserts, crafted at Tampa's Old Meeting House Ice Cream. Counsel taste buds to elect from more than a dozen flavors such as key lime or black raspberry chocolate chunk. Luscious sundaes sport walnuts; whipped cream; your choice of pineapple, chocolate, or strawberry topping; and a dapper fez ($4–$6).
One taste of the 24 rotating flavors of premium homemade gelato—including reliable standards of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and stracciatella, along with a bevy of other possibilities—and you will understand why public-service announcements insist that eating gelato is like tasting ice cream for the first time, every time. Unlike the black-market gelato dealers littering the streets with heaps of dishonorable fake frozens, the staff at Swirls uses the top-of-the-line Carpigiani equipment to make authentic, all-natural gelato with techniques learned from world-renowned gelato expert Luciano Ferrari. For an even-lighter frozen treat, the homemade soft-serve frozen yogurt is 98% fat free, and the sorbetto is fruitastically fresh.