Open 24 hours, County Donuts serves freshly baked donuts for early risers, night owls, and ravenous moonbeams. Pick up delectable orbs such as the powdered Bavarian and black raspberry jelly, as well as hand-cut cake donuts, like chocolate glazed, buttercrunch, and cider. Grab one donut ($.89), a half-dozen ($4.75), or a dozen ($6.99), which is the ideal amount for sharing or stuffing a small sofa. County Donuts also bakes specialty treats, such as cinnamon rolls, apple fritters, muffins ($1.39), and daily baked bagels ($1.09).
The artists in the kitchen at Delicity Cakes build landscapes and sculptures out of flour, butter, and sugar, making tropical paradises, ribbon-strewn towers, and bassinet replicas to help customers celebrate a range of occasions. The team aims to enhance events with detailed visuals, although the impressive imagery shouldn't prevent guests from cutting in, as the custom multilayered cakes feature tasty flavor combinations such as yellow cake with mango curd and strawberry mousse. Cakes can come with fondant icing or be shrunken down with a laser and renamed cupcakes. The bakery also slings specialty cookies and pastries.
Gwen Willhite founded Cookies by Design in 1983, when an unsatisfying brainstorming session about gift ideas led her to ponder one question: why should flowers and sweets remain separate? Her solution was to design the cookie bouquet, where custom, hand-decorated cookies are displayed on sticks and arranged like flowers in gift baskets. Her invention quickly became a popular gift among locals, particularly those allergic to real blooms or too bashful to look at naked cookies.
Twenty-five years later, there are more than 200 Cookies by Design locations across the country. Each shop's team of bakers creates cookie baskets with a degree of care that matches Willhite's original vision, decorating and arranging sweet shapes for birthdays, holidays, and any other special occasion.
Alicia Eisenmann fell in love with cake decorating while attending Kendall College, and she now focuses that interest on running Delish Cakes. She and her staff churn out custom cakes, cupcakes, and cookies for every occasion, from baby showers and quinceañeras to weddings and anniversaries. Based on your ideas, they craft sweets from flavors such as red velvet, strawberry, and pistachio, stuffing them with fresh raspberries, crushed pineapple, vanilla mousse, or lemon curd; among the available finishings are fondant, whipped cream, and chocolate buttercream. In compliance with the 27th Amendment, the team discloses cupcake-making knowledge during onsite classes and parties.
A Chicagoland institution since 1981, Chicago Pastry is owned by the Turano family, whose members have been baking up sweets since leaving their native Italy after World War II. Many of their classic delicacies are made using recipes that have been passed down through multiple generations, including the italian butter cookie and the cannoli, a cylindrical dessert that inspired the leg portion of Italy's boot shape.
In 1937, Vernon Rudolph founded Krispy Kreme in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with the first location on South Main Street in Old Salem. Seventy-seven years later, his secret doughnut recipe lives on within hundreds of Krispy Kreme locations, serving premium sweet treats across the globe.
The entire doughnut-making process, which customers can view up close and personal at many of Krispy Kreme’s outposts, begins with fresh ingredients and ends with the click of a fluorescent sign bearing the words, "Hot Doughnuts Now." From the original, mold-breaking glazed doughnut to newer doughnut varieties, such as Chocolate Iced with Kreme Filling, Glazed Raspberry Filled, and Glazed Chocolate Cake, each round dainty pairs with piping-hot coffee for a compact snack.