Real butter, fresh whole milk, flour, eggs, and pure vanilla. Each morning these fine ingredients are blended by hand in mixing bowls before being transformed into delectable cupcakes, cookies, pies, and empanadas. It's all part of Pacificakes Bake Shop daily commitment to fresh ingredients. That commitment leads to 25 exquisite cupcake flavors the likes of PB&J, french toast, and chocolate mocha. Cookies such as shortbread come in themed shapes, and pies are packed with fresh fruits such as strawberries and cranberries. Since they enjoy making these treats, they let kids in on the fun with baking classes and birthday decorating parties.
All-natural ingredients and fresh fruits abound at Mazzetti’s Bakery, where pastry chefs concoct freshly baked pies on a daily basis. Crisp, golden crust ensconces any number of fresh fillings—including cherry, peach, pumpkin, and boysenberry—that emit coiling cartoon aromas designed to lure reclusive neighbors and the bear that played Gentle Ben. Though today’s Groupon only involves pies, Mazzetti’s also targets sweet teeth with custom cakes and holiday-themed desserts and aims to silence trilling tummies with savory slices of fresh Italian–style focaccia.
Bay Coffee Company treats visitors to sip after luxurious sip of freshly made cappuccinos, iced lattes, and simple cups of joe. A welcome respite from mega-chain java joints and the coffee-like brown liquid found in office break rooms, the small shop sources its beans from local roasters. Guests can begin the day with piping-hot cups of flavored latte, hot chai, and Americano, or end it with an icy coffee smoothie or Italian soda.
The pastry chefs at Auntie Em's Fine Foods & Pastries bake trays of fluffy cupped creations in flavors both familiar and inspired by Filipino traditions. Cupcake-cravers pick one flavor for their dozen from the menu, with such selections as carrot cake, chocolate ganache, and red velvet, the latter named for its improvisational use as a fabric swatch. Favored tastes from the Philippines include ube cupcakes—lent a vibrant purple color by a type of yam—and buko pandan, which are infused with coconut and pandan essence. Customers must phone in or skywrite their orders at least 24 hours in advance.
The bakers at Sweet Dreams know it takes more than just fresh ingredients to produce their tasty treats—it also takes imagination. That's why they form their customized apple-spice and cookies-and-cream cakes into the shape of cartoonish robots, realistic-looking iPhones, and elegant designs that match wedding themes. They apply this level of attention to detail to their cookies, tarts, cheesecakes, and other creations, too: 10 cupcake flavors, including red velvet and caramel apple, take the form of Hello Kitty! designs and hamburgers. While Sweet Dreams' desserts may be fleeting, the consideration the company shows its customers is not. Bakers treat their wedding clients to a complimentary cake on the couple's one-year anniversary, and they also play their wedding song using instruments that only make silent music.