Cocktails and cake were always two of Tracey Glover's guiltiest pleasures. When she discovered that her friends felt the same way, Glover tinkered with the idea of combining the two. Fast-forward to the opening of Guilty Pleasurez Cocktail Cupcakes, the culmination of Glover's passion for sweets and spirits. Here, she custom bakes cocktail cupcakes: alcohol-infused treats that mimic the flavors of popular mixed drinks.
Depending on the order, Glover may bake chocolate and caramel cupcakes that taste of Baileys Irish Cream or whip up a batch of fuzzy navels that, like the piñata at a 21st birthday party, come filled with peach schnapps and orange Patrón. She also makes alcohol-free versions of many flavors, and every batch is a custom job.
You don't need a degree from pastry school to get your hands on exactly the cupcakes you're craving. At Cupcakeologist, creativity flows as you put together your own edible, handheld masterpieces. With a cakey canvas in hand, begin by approaching the sprawling selection of toppings where spatulas let you add colorful seas of icing before you ladle on sprinkles or arrange decorative candies. Afterward, you're free to devour your cupcakes or plant them so they can grow into handsome cake trees. There's more to Cupcakeologist than its build-your-own cupcake bar, though: special birthday packages give kids the chance to don lab coats before they design their desserts and catering services let party hosts take specialty treats home.
Behind John Dough Bakery's brick façade, a display case flush with pastries and shelves stacked with bread loaves volunteer ocular and aromatic reasons to sit and nosh. A lunchtime menu contains classic American sandwiches accompanied by pickle spears and kicked up with components such as fresh goat cheese. Half-soup, half-salad fusions sate indecisive eaters and Harvey Dents, and bite-size confections covered in chocolate or drizzled in icing satisfy sweet tooths.
Founded by cake connoisseur Diane Eenigenburg, La Petite Sweet tempts treat-seekers with a whimsical array of baked goodies, candies, and rivers of sugared bliss. Style a box of moist delicacies in cake flavors that typically include lemon, strawberry, carrot, and french vanilla. Traditional chocolate cupcakes bake into coco-rich puffs, enrapturing palates without waxy additives or scary Dracula lips. Those needing a more specific brand of sweet can mix and match cookies from La Petite's unrestrictive list of gluten-free offerings such as cranberry white chocolate, snicker doodle, and chocolate coconut macaroons. For either option, mix and match flavors, or take home a prepackaged box.
Cookies by Design’s lovely and lustful arrangements fulfill all the potential a cookie has from the day it’s planted as a seed to the day it’s shucked from its stalk. The cookie bouquet swaps out inedible daffodils for seven brightly decorated sugar cookies. The straightforward, classic cookie basket arrives in a similarly artful fashion with a dozen gourmet cookies, two of which can be personalized with hand-crafted, edible adornments.
The Wetzel name wasn’t always a source of pride. As a kid, Rick Wetzel grew accustomed to hearing, “Hey Wetzel, you pretzel!” on the playground. But the teasing inspired a quest for the tastiest soft pretzel, one that eventually blossomed into Wetzel’s Pretzels. After years in Nestle’s marketing department, Rick and coworker Bill Phelps channeled Rick’s soft-pretzel recipe into a chain of shops. They make hand-rolled, oven-baked pretzels that sit for only 30 minutes before being sold or chucked, an example that might be in the dictionary under "fresh," if Babe Ruth using his bat as a pool cue weren't already there. And though the buttered and salted Wetzel’s Original still occupies a spot on the menu, a flurry of imaginative flavors fills its other slots, from Sinful Cinnamon to Jalaroni, a cheesy pretzel scattered with pepperoni and jalapeños.