Stephanie Caughell forged her career without compromise. Growing up, she wanted to be both an artist and a chef, so she followed her passions to pastry school, then to the kitchens of renowned dessert masters. Incorporating tips from celebrity chefs such as Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali, Stephanie creates eye-catching cakes and cupcakes from scratch for her shop, Gimme Some Sugar.
Stephanie preps sweet treats for any occasion—whether it's a walk-in cupcake craving or a large wedding. Her versatility is reflected in each cake's presentation: some are elegant towers with petals or ivy winding down the sides, whereas others are carved into fairytale castles, designer handbags, or even Homer Simpson. They come in flavors such as cinnamon swirl and confetti, and hide cream fillings within their decadent tiers and hidden sub-frosting crawlspaces.
From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers’ exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location’s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.
With every day comes a new batch of freshly baked cookies at The Cookie Jar. You might encounter oatmeal raisin, chocolate crackle, snickerdoodle, and the familiar favorite, chocolate chip. Along with these selections that taunt from inside the store's glass case, the pastry mavens also whip up cookie bouquets, cookie trays, and decorated cutout cookies. Decorated treats include anything from a superhero to a wedding cake and can be customized according to the event, whether it's a birthday, bridal shower, or the second Tuesday of the month.
Yogurt Zone is one of the few places where dessert has a wealth of health benefits. Frozen yogurt?which comes in flavors such as cake batter, cheesecake, and Greek black cherry?is high in calcium and protein, can lower cholesterol, and has active cultures that facilitate the digestive process. After pumping any combination of these healthy swirls at Yogurt Zone, customers pile on toppings from a selection that includes granola bars, walnuts, yogurt-covered raisins, and brownie bites before a staffer weighs it to price it.
The bakers behind Beck's Divine Cakes prepare their namesake treat for a number of different occasions. They specialize in weddings, birthdays, and holiday occasions. The treatsmiths can even deliver their finished product to customers in the area, literally going the extra mile in their efforts to personalize their work.
More than 70 varieties of baked goods erupt with aromas from the Siblings Bakery ovens every day. Passersby catch whiffs of snickerdoodles, apple bars, and crumbly scones, then stop in and find artfully decorated cupcakes and soft cranberry-orange muffins. The bakery is home to an expert cake designer who has been in the business for more than 35 years. With the bakery's help, visitors solicit a custom 3-D wedding cake. They can also bring in a photo of a cherished friend, relative, or cake to be reproduced atop a brand-new cake.