At CB?s Cupcakes, the customer has complete and total control, and founder and owner Connie Barham wouldn?t have it any other way. The cupcake connoisseur opened the shop under the premise of why not let the customer choose?even for walk-in orders?and she?s been operating that way ever since. She spirals five frostings, such as chocolate buttercream or peanut butter, across the top of five types of cake: vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, key lime, and the flavor of the month, such as blueberry or cran-orange. Then, she tops off the mini or muffin-sized cakes with an array of fixings, such as sprinkles, graham-cracker crumbs, or mini M&Ms.
Connie, who sells the handheld treats at her two storefront locations and at various fairs around the state, doesn?t mind feeding furry companions either. She welcomes dogs to wait outside her colorful Victorian-themed shops, offering them water bowls and even baking them canine-friendly cupcakes made from healthy ingredients.
Red velvet bundt cakes, M&M's cupcakes frosted with vanilla mousse, and dozens of other customized creations beckon from the glass cases at BC Cakes and Bakery. Along with sweet treats for everyday occasions, the bakery also creates special cakes for weddings and birthdays.
The team at Big Apple Bagels builds chewy, ring-shaped bread bites from scratch and wakes palates with steaming cups of Brewster's coffee. The menu teems with eats inspired by New York City deli food, such as bagel-based club sandwiches and nearly a dozen styles of cream cheese—including three whipped varieties and one milked directly from a somersaulting cow. Bagel flavors include plain and sesame, and gourmet muffins introduce mouths to fluffy, cake-like texture kept moist—yet low in cholesterol—with soybean oil.