The bakers behind Cupcake.Love.Miami fill their huge menu of desserts with unexpected and creative flavors. Some emulate childhood favorites, such as the PB-and-J-inspired Goober and watermelon Jolly Rancher. Other categories are dedicated to refreshing summer beverages, breakfast staples such as Froot Loops, and seasonal flavors such as pumpkin pie. These flavors take shape as cupcakes, cake pops, or full-grown cakes that can feed up to 95 people and arm as many food catapults. No matter what its shape or size, each dessert flaunts a distinct artistic vision with intricate fondants and other toppers.
The talented team at Sweet Escape creates dazzling dessert tables to help make sure each event is memorable. The spread can include treats such as red-velvet cupcakes, double-fudge brownies, cheesecakes, truffles, and cake pops, and can be tailored to suit events such as wedding receptions or your dog?s first day of college. To create a dramatic tablescape, Sweet Escape?s staff uses ceramic cake-stands, glass vases, and shot glasses. The culinary team also designs cakes, offering a range of flavor and filling combinations, such as coconut cake with a cream-cheese filling.
Betty Marichal founded Miami Spice Bakery as an oasis for those seeking sumptuous fresh-baked desserts, without the diet guilt. This means almond and pumpkin cakes, homemade bread, brownies, and delicious flan––all completely free of lactose. The bakery's cakes are sugar free, sweetened naturally with top-shelf liquors, and can be purchased gluten free. Clients may also solicit the bakery for an elaborate custom-decorated cake to woo a lover or stone-faced judge.
Brothers of Brooklyn serves up an extensive menu of breakfast and lunch offerings in a New York–style atmosphere. Meander in morning or afternoon to munch bagels decked out in spreads, veggies and meats, egg breakfasts, and latter-day sandwiches. Breakfast specials (served until 11:30 a.m.) offer patrons prototypical morning fare, such as a trio of chocolate-chip pancakes served like a decadent subpoena with a choice of bacon or sausage ($5.95). Meanwhile, the all-day breakfast lineup features egg-centric eats, including a spanish omelette stuffed with green peppers, onion, pepperoncini, tomato sauce, and cheese, and served on a novelty-size pair of castanets ($6.75). Fresh-baked bagels ($0.80, $1.95 with cream cheese) are also available throughout the day and come in 10 varieties, running the gamut from sweet (e.g., cinnamon raisin and blueberry) to savory (e.g., onion and everything bagels).
Yogen Fr?z has an interesting answer for yogurt shops that simply top their swirls with fruit?it mixes mango, bananas, watermelon, and kiwis right in with the yogurt. These colorful, fresh creations boast low or no fat as well as a heaping helping of digestion-friendly probiotics. Of course, customers of the shop?which has more than 1,400 locations in more than 47 countries?can still opt for a traditionally topped cup of yogurt, as well as for smoothies or cups topped with fruit, granola, and yogurt, that have similar nutritional benefits.
Enchanting Creations specializes in edible art created under the direction of owner and head designer Karen Matamoros. Karen and her husband, Alex, decided to open the bakery shop in their backyard after living in the community for more than two decades. In their free time, they pour themselves into art-⎯expressing themselves by painting murals, designing fashion, and building custom furniture⎯and the bakery has become an additional extension of their creative sides.
In running the bakery, they take their artistic aspirations to new heights with 3-D cakes: edible sculptures that represent a variety of cartoon characters and inanimate objects, such as a ribbon-wrapped present, Spider-Man, or a giant bowling ball. Their smaller treats—including cake pops, pastries, and cupcakes—combine rich cocoa, fresh fruits, fluffy cake, and sugary sweet icing into bite-size portions and delicate desserts. Testifying to Enchanting Creations' dedication to the environment, all orders ship out in eco-friendly boxes, unlike most bakery goods, which are packaged in wasteful styrofoam boxes, surrounded by styrofoam peanuts, and topped with styrofoam sprinkles.