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.
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.
Owned and operated by the Schell family since 1978, Reppert’s has been quashing sweets cravings with an array of more than 65 house-made candies made fresh daily. Their 12,000-square-foot workshop transforms artisanal Wilbur Chocolates—locally made in Lititz—into cashew turtles, french mint truffles, almond bark, bonbons, and dozens of other decadent confections. Surplus chocolate is used for dipping pretzels, assorted nuts, and children who behave exceptionally well in school. Customers can browse the selection inside Reppert’s retail shop, where staffers wrap treats in elegant ivory boxes or in packaging fit for an upcoming holiday, such as Christmas, Easter, and Louis Pasteur’s birthday.
From its Victorian-era brick façade to its tiniest teacup, The Gilbertsville Tea Room is unapologetically pink. It’s a suitable hue for the oft-feminized tradition of teatime. In addition to the color scheme, the tearoom’s three parlors treat dining companions to dainty flourishes such as flowered wallpaper, tiny teacups hanging from hooks and chandeliers, and draping ivy. Teatime is a similarly dainty affair: chefs assemble finger sandwiches garnished with colored cream-cheese flowers and serve flaky scones with Devonshire cream. Thirty loose-leaf teas fill the china, giving upturned pinkies plenty of chances to look refined and signal to tablemates where you'll throw the cup when you're done.