Despite its name, some of the sweets at Baby Kakes are for adults only. Of the bakery's several dozen flavors of cupcakes, about half are infused with liqueurs to create edible versions of drinks such as tequila sunrise, irish cream, mimosas, and cupcake punch. (They're even topped with cocktail garnishes such as limes, cherries, and strawberries.) Non-alcoholic options are equally creative, pairing mango with coconut and dark chocolate with bacon.
Ye Olde Christmas and Candy Shoppe, nestled in historic Marietta Square, stocks a selection of nostalgic candies and festive gifts. Saunter up to the candy bar to tempt taste buds with homestyle fudge, imported Belgian chocolates, and sugar-, gluten-, and nut-free chocolates. Retro candy, such as rock candy, Necco wafers, and Gold Rocks nugget gum, brings back the sweet taste of childhood and the memories of watching the other kids eat the candy their parents gave them to show them their love.
The Christmas Shoppe prepares shoppers for upcoming holidays with folk-art Santas by Pat Siskin and Marietta ornaments designed by local artists. Its shelves also house collegiate items and gifts for special occasions such as anniversaries and imaginary friends’ weddings.
Deliteful Events may have the word "lite" in its name, but its menus have plenty of opportunity for indulgence. Bakers decorate and layer cakes for occasions ranging from kids' birthdays to weddings, each with a huge number of flavor, filling, and icing options. Those range from the homey—applesauce cake and cream-cheese frosting, for instance—to intriguing gourmet blends such as white-chocolate banana cake. Served in a cozy cafe and at catered events, the savory side of the menu holds juicy sandwiches, classic salads, and comfort cuisine such as meatloaf.
Miss Mamie's plays host to a small army of frosty cupcakes, harboring five distinct flavors of moist, cream-topped cake each day. Because each day brings a flavorful flight of gourmet goodness, customers may check Miss Mamie's homepage for rotating menu options, such as the ravishing red velvet, the slowly poured ingenious fusion of chocolate and Guinness, or the fortuitous cameo of caramel-spiced apple. The cupcakery also churns out daily regulars such as cookie dough, devils food, and the oxymoronic smoothly paved rocky road. Atop the pillow of buttercream, Miss Mamie often places a tiny treat, such as a mini gingerbread man, banana chip, or buttery chunk of cookie dough.
When Jamie Fine traded in her flight attendant uniform for a whisk,?she had one goal in mind: to help people ring in milestones with delicious cake. Her career change has proven to be even more rewarding than she expected. Today at Sugarplum Visions, Jamie regularly crafts custom desserts for weddings, Sweet 16s, and all other kinds of celebrations.
But while Sugarplum's pearl-dotted buttercream tiers and novelty-shaped fondant masterpieces attract their fair share of flashbulbs, the house specialty is a treat of Jamie's own design: the Put A Fork In It! dessert. When word of Sugarplum's deliciousness got out, fans started asking about shipping full cakes. Jamie knew her elaborate cakes wouldn't survive a bumpy trip on the Pony Express, so she began filling mason jars with batter and frosting, then baking them into stylish, single-portion treats. The bakery debuted the new creations at the Marietta Square Farmers Market in 2010, and they've been a hit ever since.
Like the full-size cakes, the Put a Fork In It! desserts can be customized (though many opt for a ready-made, professionally curated flavor combination). Cake flavors include lemon lavender, red velvet, and white-chocolate almond, while buttercream frostings include belgian chocolate and coffee. The most popular jars, according to Jamie, are the ones that layer classic vanilla and chocolate cakes with vanilla and chocolate frostings.
When customizing a frozen dessert with toppings, many people reach for chocolate chips, sprinkles, or a barrel of whipped cream. Swirlin Twirlin has those classic add-ons in spades—but its toppings selection ventures into unexpectedly gourmet territory, as well. Pomegranates dipped in dark chocolate, bites of cheesecake, and Andes mints join the lineup alongside chilled blackberries, mangos, and watermelon. All of the fresh fruit and crumbled candies are cut daily, and taste-tested by the staff themselves before being added to the bar, which offers more than 50 topping choices.
These add-ons require a foundation, of course. Swirlin Twirlin houses a wall of self-serve machines that fill cups with frozen yogurt in a variety of low-fat, non-fat, and non-dairy flavors. The sweet spirals range from original tart to red velvet, and contain probiotics that aid the "friendly" bacteria that already exist in the digestive system. There are even no-sugar-added flavors, including mango and chocolate, which offer delicious bites without the addition of sucrose.