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 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.
In the afternoons, Xenia Fine Foods’ quaint storefront bustles with the activity of cooks who handcraft organic dishes. They tuck traditional Waldorf chicken salad into spinach and honey-wheat wraps, and fill pita pockets or gluten-free pant pockets with roasted eggplant, tomato sauce, and garlic. On a daily basis, they simmer up fresh soups, ranging from mushroom barley to new york cabbage. They cater to the after-work crowd in the evenings, stocking the deli case with ready-made items, such as salmon filets, turkey meatballs, and roasted vegetables.