A stack of hefty Harry Potter novels sits atop a table, along with a few odds and ends that look like they belong to Harry himself: a wand, a Gryffindor scarf, a pair of circular spectacles. But the grinning girl posing behind the books isn’t smiling because she just encountered the boy wizard. She’s beaming because today is her Sweet 16 party, and the items in front of her are actually elaborate cakes masquerading as novels and wizard accessories.
The birthday girl has Annie’s Culinary Creations to thank. The bakers at Annie’s specialize in crafting cakes that reflect each customer’s personality, whether that means a cake shaped like a flip-flop, an electric guitar, or Indiana Jones’s hat and suitcase. The bakers create these varied masterpieces with equally varied flavor options, including peanut-butter-cup filling (a customer favorite), almond buttercream icing, and marshmallow fondant. And the confectioner’s more traditional offerings such as petit fours, cookies, and three-tiered wedding cakes still inspire awe with their meticulous craftsmanship.
The skillful bakers at Mon Petite Cake Shop sift and whip together fresh ingredients to craft a lineup of 11 classic flavors, ranging from refreshing lemon to mouth-warming cinnamon swirl. Chocolate-fudge, red-velvet, and spice cakes come swathed in velvety buttercream and topped with sprinkles, colored sugar, or sugar sculptures of Ronald Reagan's nose. Customers can mix and match mini cake varieties to form customized boxes for a special event or special someone; fondant or chocolate decorations are available for a small upgrade fee delivered by an animate piggy bank. Clients should place orders at least 24 hours in advance to guarantee availability.
Quocbao Bakery is a unique Vietnamese bakery in Garland. With large portions and the locals’ favorite banh mi (Vietnamese for “bread”) with delicious meats, this bakery is bound to have something your taste buds have never experienced. Open 8 to 8 daily, one can stop in for virtually any meal of the day. Bread is baked fresh each day, and one can choose from a variety of delicious meats and Vietnamese toppings such as pickled daikon, pickled carrot, or the simpler black pepper and mayo. Don’t mistake their banh mi for the imitation versions, however, as these authentic, freshly made Vietnamese sandwiches are what locals call “the real deal.”
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Thrifty diners will love the reasonable prices here as well, with a meal usually costing less than $15.
It was a fateful night in January 1999 when the bellies of college sophomores Leon and Tiffany started to rumble. The two UT Austin students convened at Leon's apartment, where they whipped up a batch of chocolate-chip cookies in his oven. As they chewed on the warm, gooey fruits of their labor, the pair was struck by the idea to sell these freshly baked cookies to their fellow students. They began delivering treats to their peers during evening study breaks before expanding their customer base to include parents and Austin residents, all the while renting the back kitchen of a local restaurant to accommodate the growing demand. Fifteen years later, the indulgent lure of Tiff's Treats has helped Leon and Tiffany open 13 locations throughout Austin, Dallas, and Houston. Within these bakeries, kitchen crews sculpt fresh dough into 10 types of cookies, supplementing the gooey morsels with decadent brownies and signature Tiffwiches?vanilla Blue Bell ice cream sandwiched between two warm cookies. Bakers hand-deliver batches every day, pulling them fresh from the oven instead of the overheated engine block of the delivery car.
Meringue Bakery's wedding cakes are statuesque, creamy, and detailed, with seemingly endless combinations of fillings and icings. Customers can customize these delights with everything from red velvet to chocolate peanut butter and raspberry. On the smaller side of things, the bakers use some of these same flavors to create cupcakes, rather than just press down on the wedding cakes until they're tiny.