Nestled below a fanciful awning bearing stripes of pink grapefruit and fudge, the bakers at Sweet & Social welcome sugar-craving smiles to explore the treats holding down the dessert sampler. To create a platter of fresh-baked delights, first select four cupcakes from the flavors du jour, with offerings ranging from classic red velvet to more creative concoctions with equally creative names. The Curious George wraps banana custard in a warm blanket of vanilla cake, then throws on a hat of chocolate ganache to hide its bald head smothered with peanut-butter-buttercream re-growth serum. The 14 Karat cupcake offers to accessorize any drab orange jumpsuit, hiding golden carrot in a vanilla-cream-cheese chest among walnut jewels. After juggling a foursome of frosted crumb bundles, rest your hands atop two soft chocolate brownies and refuel with two black-and-white cookies.
Variety is often dubbed the spice of life, but at Trilogy Bake Shop, it might be the sugar. The bakery whips up specially flavored cupcakes each day, delighting taste buds with fresh combinations such as carrot cake with coconut lime frosting and vanilla cake with seasonal jam. Alongside these revolving miniatures, Trilogy offers handheld treats including blueberry muffins, almond croissants, and oatmeal ginger cookies. But the bakers' sweet creativity might be best displayed through their other innovative desserts, as they layer Hawaiian sweet bread with vanilla bean gelato and customize cakes with birthday wishes or tasteful limericks.
Humble Pie Specialty Cakes' Liza Iraci is both a fine artist and a pastry chef, which is why her custom cakes and pies resemble edible masterpieces. Liza affixes delicate flowers to the tops of towering cakes, ices themed creations for sporting events, and decorates birthday cakes with the recipient's favorite cartoon character or Everly brother. In addition to these specialty orders, the shop prepares seasonal pies and cupcakes in such flavors as cookies and cream, heath bar, and cream-filled chocolate.
Mirta Gambini and her daughters, Marianna and Maria, each have different skills: pastry baking, fine arts, and interior design, but Chantilly Patisserie sees them bringing their talents together for a unified confectionary. The pastry baking is self-explanatory. Every morning, the bakers craft European-style sweets by hand, from cupcakes to tarts and macaroons. The fine arts can be seen in the elaborate presentation and decorating, especially with special occasion cakes. The underwater treasure chest, replica of a Monopoly board, and triceratops complete with horns, spikes, and jungle vegetation, are all masterpieces worthy of any edible museum. Finally, a sharp sense of interior design can be seen in the shop itself. The walls are a rich cream with dark coffee trim, their muted tones allowing the colorful treats to pop at hungry eyes.
The Bagel Loft's owners, Jimmy Pappia and Ralph Rodriguez, make their bagels the old fashioned way. Then, they are enhanced with a variety of sweet and savory toppings including eggs and cheese, white fish, and cinnamon raisin cream cheese. These bagels transcend their status as a breakfast food when sliced and used to bookend smoked turkey, grilled chicken, roast beef, and other sandwich fillings. Patrons can also pair their bagel bites with cheeseburgers, pancakes, or salads.