From afar, a Chloe Madison Creations wedding cake may seem traditional. A closer look reveals that their wedding cakes aren’t cakes at all, but layers of cupcakes that fill out a multi-tiered cake stand. The bakery’s staff specializes in inventive cupcake flavors, such as the mousse-filled, marshmallow-topped smore and the raspberry lemonade, a lemon cake iced with raspberry buttercream. They also churn out traditional pecan, pumpkin, apple-crumb and chocolate-cream pies.
The staff members at Maggie May's dish out large sweet and savory cr?pes along with a variety of frozen yogurt. Cr?pes come with apples, honey, strawberries, Nutella, and more, or guests can choose a savory filling such as eggs. With more than 60 different froyo toppings available and the choice between fresh-fruit, power protein, or vegetable blended smoothies, customers can customize their dessert however they choose. An all-natural juice bar is also available.
Along a colorful, tiled wall, the self-serve machines that dispense ribbons of creamy frozen yogurt rotate through a huge menu to offer more than 60 flavors throughout the year. After filling cups with toasted marshmallow, low-fat dutch chocolate, or nonfat strawberry banana, head to the toppings bar to deck out your sweet creation with fresh-cut fruit, Ghirardelli dark chocolate fudge, or pieces of candy and cheesecake.
Raised in St. Ann's Parish, Jamaica, Pon Di Riva owner Elouise Moulton imbues her menu with recipes she learned while assisting at her mother's island restaurant. Succulent cuts of Jamaican specialties such as jerk chicken and oxtail sprawl on beds of white rice, nestled against throw pillows of peas and a sautéed safety blanket of vegetables ($7 for small; $9 for large). On seafood Fridays, lumps of crabmeat wash up onto shores of linguine or white rice ($10–$12). Beef, chicken, and vegetable patties ($2+) file fresh from the oven alongside breads and buns from Royal Caribbean Bakery in Mount Vernon ($2.95–$7.95 a package).
The confectionery alchemists residing in Three Dogs’ kitchen wield gluten-free recipes to conjure up delicious cookies, a bevy of baked goods, and cakes for all occasions. Diligent ovens spend mornings incubating muffins ($1.50 each) and scones ($3 each), warming up for such larger midday deliveries as loaves of bread ($8) or scale gingerbread models of Fallingwater. Cupcakes ($1.50–$2) parade in seasonably fashionable coats of icing behind glass displays surrounded by adoring throngs of freshly baked cookies ($0.75–$1.50). Assuage multi-layered cravings with 8"x8" pans of bar cookies ($12), which double as boards for impromptu chess games between rival pâtissiers.
Chef Chanelle Watson has a talent that most superheroes would envy: she can turn liquids into (delicious) solids. At Chanelle's Heavenly Treasures, some of her most popular desserts are liquor-infused cakes and cupcakes, all of which are inspired by cocktails. The Patron cupcake, for example, features a tequila-infused cake and tequila frosting, and is garnished with a slice of lime. Other intoxicating concoctions include a Hennessey and Coke variant?decorated with Hennessey-infused chocolate buttercream and drizzled with a Coca Cola reduction?and mimosa, made with a Grand Marnier and champagne-infused orange cake, and topped with Grand Marnier buttercream and crystalized sugar.
These cocktail cupcakes might seem ultra-modern, but Chanelle's baking style skews traditional. She makes all of her gourmet desserts from scratch?that means no added preservatives, stabilizers, or dust from a sugar plum fairy's wings. The only extra ingredient added is a personalized touch, whether it's a sorority logo on a cake pop or your favorite type of cookie in an edible bouquet. And for custom orders, Chanelle always schedules a dessert planning session with her clients, and follows up with them after they've received?and devoured?their confections.
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