With her Easy-Bake Oven, Charlita Varner created her first sweet treat at age 8. Though her equipment has been upgraded since, her childhood passion for baking has never waned. Drawing on skills she learned from her mother, a self-taught baker, Charlita blends eggs, sugar, and butter into customizable cakes whose designs have ranged from chessboards to sombreros.
Her visual flair doesn't sacrifice taste—Buttersweet Bakery's flavors include vanilla, lemon coconut, and key lime, whose recipe Bon Appetit featured on its website. The magazine isn't the only media outlet to stand up and take note of Charlita's work. Her cakes have also basked in the spotlight on TLC's A Wedding Story and delighted guests at the BET Awards.
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Third-generation baker Lorre Jacobs Daniel proved that she inherited the family's penchant for sweets when she won The Food Network's Cupcake Wars while representing the state of Georgia. After 20 years of baking in various shops around the U.S., she opened Southern Cosmopolitan Baking Company in Atlanta, where she crafts homemade goodies that pay homage to her mother's Chicago roots and her father's French-Quarter heritage.
Naturally, cupcakes are Daniel's specialty. Mainstays include red velvet, chocolate overload, citrus apricot, and coke classic, but the shop rotates weekly flavors too, such as bananas foster, strawberry lemonade, and campfire s'mores. The bakery's repertoire also includes cookies, cakes, and southern-style specialty sweets including caramel cinnamon rolls, peach cobbler, and bolo ties made of fondant. On another sweet note, Daniel also gives back to the local community by providing sponsorship to start-up bakeries and running an internship program with Fulton County Schools.
Nikki's Delightful Treats stocks its pantry with local and seasonal ingredients to flavor its cupcakes, cake pops, pies, and other confections. Buttercream frosting tops cupcakes in flavors such as carrot cake, marble, and alcohol-infused coconut rum, and a rainbow of cake pops double as marimba mallets in a pinch. Golden lattices embrace pies such as apple and blackberry, and flowers, ribbons, and other adornments decorate cakes.
Sweet Tooth founder Chalandra "Missy" Strickland discovered her talent for baking and pastry decorating in 2004, just before her daughter's seventh birthday. With little money to spare, she baked a cake shaped like SpongeBob SquarePants, and the rest was history: her daughter's delight upon seeing it gave her the inspiration to continue perfecting her trade.
Sweet Tooth's selection of cupcake flavors runs the gamut from traditional red velvet to unconventional Bacon-licious, and several of each occupy a gleaming glass case at the café's entrance. During the day, sunlight illuminates the playful lime ceiling and cushy detached backboards of the café as patrons sip espresso drinks, trawl the Internet, and nibble on sandwiches or pastries. As night falls, the café slips on a more glamorous feel as Sweet Tooth's plated dessert menu becomes available. Adult taste buds delight in alcohol-infused cupcakes ¬and the more complex flavors of the Turtle Delight, a caramel-and-pecan brownie supporting a generous scoop of ice cream.
Sweet Tooth's baking sages also educate blossoming bakers on decorating and desserts. Dessert-tasting sessions delight with 8–10 bite-size confections, and decorating lessons help finesse frosting dexterity as students drape cake stand-ins in fondant and adorn cupcakes with tiny flowers or weekend to-do lists.
Although it seems hard to imagine now, less than a third of the population had ever tasted a bagel in 1983. Back then, it was pegged as an ethnic food and unpopular outside of New York City. Thankfully, two Vermont residents by the names of Nord Brue and Mike Dressel realized that the rest of the nation needed, nay, deserved to experience the deliciousness of boiled and baked yeast with it's crusty exteriors and doughy innards. They knew it was finally time for America to put cream cheese on something other than cats.
So, after two and a half years of diligent baking research, they honed their formula to create Bruegger's Bagels, starting the craze that has become a breakfast staple for millions. Now with more than 300 Bruegger's across 26 states, the franchise beckons bagel fans to come enjoy the bevy of breakfast and lunch options at their casual cafes. In addition to baking up a parade of bagel varities that range from classic poppy to cheddar pesto, they make a slew of their own Vermont-churned cream cheeses, including bacon scallion and smoked salmon. A wealth of sandwiches, soups, and salads round out the menu, and Rainforest Alliance Certified hot and iced coffee drinks pack a caffeinated punch and a social conscience.