Founders Dena Tripp and Debra Shwetz started Nothing Bundt Cakes in Las Vegas with the simple aim of making cakes for their families and friends. But thanks to their handcrafted recipes, pure ingredients, and innovative decorating ideas, their business soon grew from a small home kitchen to a franchise, with locations in 13 states.
The custom-designed cakes—made with fresh eggs, real butter, and cream cheese—arrive in flavors ranging from white chocolate raspberry to lemon and chocolate chocolate chip. Thick, frosted petals atop each cake showcase the signature velvety cream cheese–frosting, which must be eaten swiftly before it glides away on a summer breeze.
Making a good sandwich, like removing a child’s head from between stair balusters, requires delicate handling and a lot of mayonnaise. Marvel at skilled condiment usage with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $14 worth of sandwiches and bagels at Izzi's To-Go East-Coast Bagels & Smokehouse in Redwood City.
In the days before baguettes were popularized as day-old jousting batons, the dignified breadform was utilized as a sandwich vessel. To preserve the antiquity of the baguette, the friendly bakers at Cocola fetch them straight from the oven on a daily basis and build graspable sandwiches of the highest quality, such as the albacore tuna nicoise (with a lemon vinaigrette, $9.90) and the hearty grilled eggplant (with fresh veggies, mozzarella, and an olive oil and balsamic blend, $9.90). A sandwich is an intelligent way to get the hunger ball rolling down the hill until it crashes into an array of sweet menu treats. Indulge in tri-colored mousse cups ($4.60) and whipped and stacked hazelnut cakes ($4.60), or nourish your petite palate with pear tarts ($2.80) or bite-sized tiramisu ($3.10).
At Elegant Cheese Cakes, pastry chef Susan Morgan builds gourmet desserts from scratch, laying cheesy foundations before coating them with vibrant chocolate frosting. Celebrate holidays or successful grocery-store runs with the classically decorated gift cheesecake, a box-shaped confection that conceals its mouthwatering contents under chocolate wrapping paper and a frosting bow (a $120 value). Despite its humble 6"x6" frame, this thick cheesecake can conquer the appetites of 10–12 guests. Elegant Cheese Cakes ships all of its confectionary creations overnight ($35+), ensuring cakes arrive in time for last-minute celebrations or unusually filling breakfasts.
If the thought of freshly baked goods pulled right out of the oven isn't quite enough to lure you into Mazzetti's Bakery, perhaps the fact that they are created using zero preservatives and ultra-fresh ingredients will get you there. Mazzetti's confectioners whip up a panoply of baked goodies—including French and Danish pastries, bread, cookies, and pies—every day, and as a result, the business has been thriving for more than 38 years. For special occasions, they build whimsical custom cakes and cupcakes topped with creamy swirls of frosting and colorful sprinkles.
Real butter, fresh whole milk, flour, eggs, and pure vanilla. Each morning these fine ingredients are blended by hand in mixing bowls before being transformed into delectable cupcakes, cookies, pies, and empanadas. It's all part of Pacificakes Bake Shop daily commitment to fresh ingredients. That commitment leads to 25 exquisite cupcake flavors the likes of PB&J, french toast, and chocolate mocha. Cookies such as shortbread come in themed shapes, and pies are packed with fresh fruits such as strawberries and cranberries. Since they enjoy making these treats, they let kids in on the fun with baking classes and birthday decorating parties.