Slinging sweet and creamy treats since 1949, Carvel's 5th Street site was one of the franchise's first freestanding locations, setting a supreme example for future Carvel locales by using top-quality ingredients and crafting its ice-cream cakes ($12.99+) daily. Dessert devotees with design aspirations can customize a cake based on serving size, flavor, and decoration; those averse to artistic pursuits due to traumatic glue-gun mishaps can paste their tongues to specialty ice creams and shakes. Each frosty ice-cream cup ($1.99+) or shake ($3.19) can be personalized with any combination of 12 different Flavor Shotz, which can be used to garnish special snacks or to leave a traceable trail of treats when wandering in witch-infested woods. Click here to learn more about Carvel's creations, including their history and how many angels can fit on a scoop of ice cream.
Kupkake Kouture, the brainchild of two cake-loving pals, specializes in creative cakefections. This Groupon gets dessert devotees a taste of the cupcake's miniature cousin, a moist ball of cake known as the mini cupcake ($1 each, $10/dozen). In all their spherical glory, mini cupcakes come in a range of mouth-mesmerizing flavors, from classic vanilla and chocolate fudge to lemon poppy seed, orange, and red velvet. After the sugary orbs receive a decadent dip in frosting, the shop's sweets specialists sprinkle the bite-sized cakes with an eclectic entourage of toppings—including sprinkles, pretzels, peanuts, and coconut—to prepare them for maximum deliciousness and wind resistance.
Pastry chefstrodinaire Michael Graham, who studied at The Culinary Institute of America, fills the bakery’s burly display case with sweet-laden and fruit-strewn delights. Tear into the sugar-crusted labyrinths of pastries such as linzer tarts ($2.50), chocolate-mocha boats ($2.75), and hamantaschen ($1.95). If you need a pie ($13.95–$19.95) to throw in the face of a tardy cable repairman, choose from black cherry, southern pecan, coconut custard, strawberry rhubarb, and eight others. Savory popovers ($2.75), scones ($1.95), and croissants ($1.95–$3.95) complete the bakery’s motley cornucopia. Cakes are available in 8- or 10-inch raspberry buttercream ($26.95/$32.95), decadent mocha nutella ($29.95/$34.95), and triple-tiered vanilla or chocolate ($24.95/$29.95).