All of the cakes and cupcakes at …Cakes are prepped with fresh, quality ingredients, hand-selected by talented pastry chefs working under the tasty eye of owner Deana Martin. Deana—a self-declared purveyor of sweet, but not too sweet creations—teams up with her fellow chefs to craft delicious recipes, playful decorations, and accessible edibles for any confection fanatic. Choose from the everyday cupcakes available in-store, or call ahead at least a week in advance to create your own custom everyday dozen, which allows you to mix and match any flavor combination of classic cupcakes. Flavors include red-velvet cake with vanilla frosting, chocolate cake with mocha filling and buttercream frosting, or coconut cake with lemon frosting.
Straight from Brazil, I Love Milkshakes takes the concept of self-serve yogurt one step further. Here, cups get filled with either ice cream or frozen yogurt, then blended with fruit or other sweets to create a sippable treat. To complement their sweet shakes, customers can warm up with hot coffee drinks or nosh on waffles wrapped around a stick, perfect for dunking or beating away a corn-dog salesman.
Butter, sugar, and flour. These three simple ingredients form the basis of each treat cooked up at Oakleaf Cakes. While the ingredients are straightforward, the cakes are anything but, as proven by head baker Amanda Oakleaf and the 4-foot-tall Dora the Explorer cake she constructed on the Food Network?s Cake Challenge. At her shop, Amanda and her team of artists, sculptors, and bakers create treats that run the gamut in flavor and function, from elegant tiers of red velvet to sugary cartoon figurines placed atop marshmallow fondant. Guests can dream up flavor combinations such as gingerbread cake slathered in white-chocolate buttercream or chocolate samoa layered in honey icing, or offer up a 3-D object for Amanda and her team to re-create in meticulous, edible detail. Regularly scheduled cake-decorating classes impart visitors with some of the team?s creative tricks of the trade, such as leveling cakes and keeping schoolchildren from swarming in through the doggy door at the sight of snickerdoodle cupcakes.
The bakery's from-scratch approach extends to the attached caf?, as well. Rather than keeping coffee warm throughout the day, staffers ground and brew each cup to order, using custom-roasted Barrington Coffee beans and an Aeropress. This cutting-edge brewing method is designed to extract exactly enough flavor from the beans to create the best brew possible, and achieves it in less than two minutes. Each sultry cup of joe perfectly complements the bakery's wide assortment of baked goods, which range from classic cupcakes, cookies, and muffins to wholly unique goodies including made-from-scratch pop tarts, artisanal marshmallows, and miniature cheesecakes.
As a candy shop, ice cream parlor, bakery, and coffee destination, Maplewood Coffee Shop & Ice Cream has a little something sweet for everyone. In glass jars above the coolers, brightly-colored candy wrappers make a rainbow of options. Meanwhile, the pastry case shelves are lined with a wide variety fresh-baked muffins that pair perfectly with a hot cup of coffee?ground and brewed behind the counter?while scoops of ice cream are offered year-round, even during national gazpacho week.
Geoff & Drew's team of talented bakers excite the senses, enliven celebrations, and spoil dinners with rich, chewy gourmet cookies and brownies forged using generations-old recipes. The hardworking cookie crafters place a high value on freshness, shunning preservatives, trans fats, and decade-old play-dough, while only shipping right-out-of-the-oven treats that are made in small batches each day, gaining them national acclaim. Their tempting treats serenade sweet teeth of all kinds with varieties including their double-fudge cookies, which send endorphins rushing throughout bodies with their heavy doses of velvety chocolate. When they're not stuffing still-warm cookies and brownies into colorful, festive boxes, Geoff & Drew's owners and employees give back to the community through their support of nonprofits and charities such as Share Our Strength.