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.