The cakes created by bakers at A Piece Of Cake By Ybarra's don't fit inside any sort of box—both figuratively and literally. Each cake showcases a different style, such as a five-tiered wedding creation with red flowers flowing down its side, a birthday cake molded into the shape of Thomas the Tank Engine, and a colorful pile of small cakes crowned with clusters of mini balloons. What the cakes do have in common is that they're frosted and filled with creative flavors, from almond or chocolate-mint cake to fudge-chocolate or pineapple buttercream frosting.
The warm aroma of freshly baked waffle cones envelops every nook and cranny of Marble Slab Creamery, revving up guests’ senses with the promise of impending decadence. As the hand-rolled cones tan in their ovens, the store’s staff bustles about the premises whipping up fresh batches of premium ice cream in the onsite creamery and helping patrons select a flavor from a list of more than 60 options. This chef-driven dedication to gourmet ice cream began in 1983 with the company’s founding in Houston, Texas, when two French chefs were enlisted to create a recipe for Marble Slab Creamery’s signature sweet-cream ice cream using their culinary expertise.
Today, staffers utilize the frozen-slab technique of ice-cream architecture, scooping each customer’s choice of ice cream and mix-ins onto a chilled marble slab to mix the separate elements into one custom mélange. Though specializing in cone-based ice-cream treats, Marble Slab Creamery also offers a menu full of other scream-worthy confections, including cakes, shakes, and pie à la mode.
Cheryl Durham, the owner of Lollycakes Cupcakes, is watching her dreams come true before her very eyes. Inside her shop, these visions often materialize as delicious cupcakes and treats crafted from scratch using gourmet recipes. Her tasty creations include flavors such as the Black Sheep, which houses a cookies ‘n’ cream cheesecake cupcake within an Oreo-cookie crust. She also whips up frozen LollyShakes, which blend your choice of Lollycake with milk and ice cream. In addition to dispensing sweet treats from her storefront, Cheryl also caters events including baby showers, birthdays, weddings, and business tea parties.
The CupCake Shoppe’s culinary magicians conjure up a daily menu of delectable cakes from scratch, casting a shrinking spell on each mixture of real butter, fresh fruits, and pure extracts to pack it in a dainty demitasse. Eschewing preservatives and boxed mixes, the shop’s bakers opt instead for a handpicked selection of creative cupcake flavors such as pink champagne and snickerdoodle culled from the region’s choicest sugar shrubs and cotton-candy trees. A silken variety of buttercream, whipped-cream, and cream-cheese icings come in up to 10 colors and flavors each day. Vanilla buttercream forms a snowy summit on miniature mountains of red velvet, and its chocolate counterpart casts a looming shadow of decadence over vanilla cupcakes. Along with these regular flavors, a changing weekly menu includes such delights as cookie dough, blueberry cobbler, and rocky road, the last of which leads to a sweetly sacred Stonehenge of chocolate and marshmallows.
My Favorite Muffin bakes up its namesake fare in a variety of flavors and also features an extensive list of savory deli fare. Fans of post-oven muffin batter are bestowed with a bounty of muffins made from scratch and prepared with soybean oil, creating tasty pastries whose cake parts contain less cholesterol than their butter-packed brothers. Choose from a list of 19 cup-sized cakes ($1.99 for a jumbo muffin or $1.80 for three mini muffins), including cherry cheesecake, banana nut, pumpkin spice, bran, and boston cream pie. Nutritional information for each creation at My Favorite Muffin is available online.