Not everyone goes on to make a career out of what they loved to do when they were a child. But for Carrie Shelley, baking in her grandmother’s kitchen at the age of 4 unleashed a passion she enthusiastically turned into a business. At Enchanted Cakes and Treats, Carrie revels in inventing unique concoctions, shaping cakes into frogs, wedding dresses, and footballs in flavors such as red velvet, coconut, amaretto, and chocolate. She also whips up a colorful variety of desserts, creating rice-krispies treats, cheesecakes, cupcakes, and pies from scratch. Her attention to detail and skills at customization make her a sought-after wedding-cake designer, a role that sees her incorporating fresh flowers, ribbons, and the best man’s cummerbund into her designs.
The confectioners at MB Sweets and Treats spruce up parties, weddings, or everyday meals with homemade truffles, cookies, tiered cakes, and cupcakes. Dozens of flavors of cupcakes treat tongues to delicacies such as Madagascar-bourbon-vanilla cake and strawberry-jelly-filled cupcakes with peanut-butter frosting. The bakers can customize larger cakes with personal greetings for birthdays or productivity spreadsheets for annual performance reviews.
Cake craftswoman Cynthia adds a sweet, artful touch to weddings, birthday parties, and events with custom cakes pulled fresh from her oven and wildly creative imagination. She sifts, mixes, and ices one-of-a-kind confectionery marvels—in chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet—to each client’s specifications. No two creations look the same, and each custom goody pushes her ingenuity as she achieves such unlikely designs as a Chucky doll, Nikon camera, or motorcycle. Traditional tiered cakes further demonstrate Cynthia’s artistry and attention to detail with precisely crafted flowers, lace, and filigree fit for the Queen of England’s midnight snack.
The skilled bakers at KoDee Cakes specialize in one-of-a-kind cakes and cupcakes, which they make by hand using fresh ingredients. Bakers make exact replicas of your parents' wedding cake for an anniversary, or cartoon characters made from fondant and flour for when Huckleberry Hound is elected president. The bakers are also happy to accommodate diet requests, including vegan, gluten-free, and fresh fruit options.
But it doesn't stop there at just cakes: they also craft cookies, pies, cobblers, and cupcakes in flavors such as snickerdoodle, almond raspberry, banana foster, death by chocolate, butterscotch, and salted caramel. There's even savory fare available, such as bread fresh from the oven, sandwiches, and specially made dinners such as shrimp and grits.
Rita's signature Italian ice is smoother than a snow cone and served fresh after a grueling 36 hours of mixing, a process that only the fittest ice survives. The creative menu also includes the gamut of other frosty mouth-pleasers. Gobble the frozen custard in flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and orange cream. You can also get a Gelati (a layered parfait of custard and ice), a Misto (Italian ice and frozen custard blended together), a Blendini (a Misto with your choice of crunchy mix-ins such as Oreo and Nilla wafers), and other confectious combinations. Prices (with tax) start at $1.65 for a kid's ice, $2.25 for a regular ice, and $3.15 for a regular Gelati. Toppings are available for $0.70 extra and sprinkles (also known as "fun pellets") for an additional $0.45. View a full list and description of the Fells Point Rita's offerings here.
At the helm of Baltimore Cakery—a certified-green bakery—skilled chef and co-owner Jill uses all-natural European butter and organic ingredients to create a menu of decadent and beautifully adorned cakes tailored to client’s preferences and dietary restrictions. Rich dark-chocolate ganache and absinthe infuse two layers of velvety chocolate cake in the 9-inch Raven ($18), named in honor of the Baltimore Ravens, Edgar Allan Poe, and the boozy tendencies of birds. Iced buttercream and wasabi croquants crown four 9-inch layers of peach and ginger-hinted cake in the Peaches B. Demented ($30), and a quarter sheet of Little Italy ($35) attacks taste buds with cinnamon-dusted cannoli cream and cream-cheese icing. The sweetsmiths also churn out flaky crust creations, including the Pleasant Living pie ($16)—spiced sweet potatoes and cream cheese atop a graham-cracker crust—and concoct cupcakes by the dozen ($24) to share with 11 friends or pelt at 11 hungry zombies. Customers with dietary restrictions may request gluten-free and vegan options.