Andrea discovered her talent for baking when she was still a young child. While she was serving up cakes for family gatherings, she dreamed of one day owning her own bakery. Andrea’s father had the idea to start a cheesecake business, and seeing her natural talent, encouraged her to join him. After experimenting with more than 40 mixtures, she found just the right combination and founded Andrea Quality Cheesecake.
For nearly 30 years since then, chef Andrea has enticed sweet-toothed citizens into her pink-trimmed bakery with more than 20 varieties of freshly baked cheesecake. The confectionary savant selects all-natural, preservative-free fillings for residency in graham-cracker crusts, and blends in sugary morsels such as Oreos, fresh fruit and splashes of Kahlua. In addition to classic cakes, Andrea showcases the versatility of cheese beyond its use in luring astronauts to the moon with cheesecake milk shakes, fried cheesecake à la mode, and multitiered wedding cheesecakes.
Gwen Willhite founded Cookies by Design in 1983, when an unsatisfying brainstorming session about gift ideas led her to ponder one question: why should flowers and sweets remain separate? Her solution was to design the cookie bouquet, where custom, hand-decorated cookies are displayed on sticks and arranged like flowers in gift baskets. Her invention quickly became a popular gift among locals, particularly those allergic to real blooms or too bashful to look at naked cookies.
Twenty-five years later, there are more than 200 Cookies by Design locations across the country. Each shop's team of bakers creates cookie baskets with a degree of care that matches Willhite's original vision, decorating and arranging sweet shapes for birthdays, holidays, and any other special occasion.
Displays of delectable delights strut their sugary stuff behind the glass encasements at Kilwin's, where handcrafted treats tempt taste buds with fresh ingredients and a variety of flavors. The confectionary craftsmen coax reclusive sweet teeth from their enamel shells with crisp apples coated and preserved on-site or sliced servings of turtle fudge swirled with pecans and homemade caramel. Traditionalists can tantalize their tongues with the classic chocolate fudge and cut corners during jelly droughts by building creamy peanut-butter-and-fudge sandwiches. And, since fudge doesn't melt, 1-pound slabs make excellent gifts for sauna-hopping houseguests or first dates with shy charcoal grills. Call ahead for availability.
Ben & Jerry’s shops offer a variety of frozen concoctions, from classic triple-scoops ($4–5), smoothies, and milk shakes ($5–7) to waffle-cone specials ($5) and sundaes ($6.50). Swirl spoons around scoops of Ben & Jerry’s famous original flavors, such as Cherry Garcia, Imagine Whirled Peace, Triple Caramel Chunk, Chunky Monkey, Chocolate Therapy, Milk & Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and New York Super Fudge Chunk. Every flavor of ice cream can also be transformed into a thick, sippable milk shake and low-fat, fat-free, and dairy-free flavors are also available for the figure-conscious or those still suffering from butterfat-related night terrors.
The quaint bakery serves up all-natural treats and café fare for breakfast and lunch daily. Everything at the eatery is made from scratch in small batches with meticulous attention to detail, to ensure each grain of sugar is properly positioned for maximum eating enjoyment. Breakfasty bagels ($.93), day-starting sandwiches ($3.59+) and miniature morning meals, such as the individually portioned homemade quiches ($4.99), offer sustenance for a long day of pole vaulting, while the lunch menu serves up a fresh selection of savory stacked sandwiches ($4.99+) and sides. A rotating daily cast of cupcakes, plate cakes, and pies are sure to delight wayward miners. A luxurious slice of tart lime pie ($2.49) is made from fresh-squeezed citrus juice, and the nine flavors of brownies and bars ($1.89), like the peanut butter “bliss” bar or raspberry nut treat, happify daily diners.
Delish New York Bakery, deemed the wellspring of Orlando’s best cupcakes by City’s Best, infuses desserts with East Coast flair and bakes them in-house daily. Touch tongues to familiar vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, fill a picnic basket with the buttermilk spice rendition, or put a red-velvet cupcake in a terra cotta pot and water it twice a week. The remaining flavors in the sampler include marble, lemon, cappuccino, New Yorker in paradise, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate coconut, raspberry-filled, and cookies and cream.