Tiffany Poindexter, the sugar maven behind Bake Up, employs fine ingredients and generations-old recipes to craft mouthwatering sweet treats. A lifelong baker taught in the kitchens of her mother and grandmother, Poindexter mixes up tasty batters with luxurious, quality components including real Madagascar vanilla beans, sweet cream, and jewel-encrusted measuring cups. Groupon users can choose up to two flavors to complete their one-dozen cookies, brownies, or cupcakes. Spoil sweet teeth with one-dozen classic cookies, available in such flavors as white-chocolate cherry, oatmeal walnut, and time-honored chocolate chip. Or, patrons can opt for 12 toothsome brownies in taste-bud-tickling incarnations that include caramel, espresso, and mint chocolate.
Ellie's curbs sugar cravings with a spread of sweet treats. Gourmet belgian waffles transform into delectable desserts with a handful of toppings, from the s?mores-like combination of housemade chocolate, marshmallows, and crumbled graham crackers to the agglomeration of warm apple slices, vanilla ice cream, crumbled graham crackers, whipped cream, and caramel drizzle. Other sweet bites include ice-cream sundaes and housemade caramel corn. The confectioners also blend strawberry-banana or Reese?s peanut-butter cup smoothies and serve locally roasted coffee. The menu also caters patrons with dietary restrictions, offering kosher, dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free options.
Behind Bluekiwi's sunny blue door, servers sprinkle dollops of nonfat frozen yogurt with fresh fruit and candy toppings. The owner draws from a degree in hospitality with an emphasis on nutrition to craft wholesome icy treats and answer customer questions and concerns, while counseling them against common nutritional errors such as trying to eat plastic fruit. The rotating selection of fresh yogurt flavors, such as classic California tart, cupcake, and cherry amaretto, teem with calcium, potassium, and live active cultures. Containers of freshly hewed fruit line countertops alongside dry cereal and candy toppings, while a stock of miniature cupcakes can deluge taste buds with mouthfuls of peanut-butter cup, cinnamon, and red-velvet flavors. Blue tabletops and Frank Gehry–style stools allow customers to linger over treats and chitchat, while whiteboard walls allow them to draw out detailed map reminders of where they parked their cars.
If you have trouble deciding among flavors, it would be wise to visit Main Street Cupcakes sooner rather than later: their cupcake list is more than 350 strong, and getting longer all the time. Luckily, only a dozen or two of those inventive varieties grace the bakery case each day, condensing the choices to include their four classics?red velvet, wedding day white, classic vanilla, and classic chocolate?plus a smattering of unique flavors that might include champagne and raspberries, gingerbread latte, or salted watermelon. For those who can?t get enough of these sweet creations, cupcake towers let you bring home a mountain of sugary bliss, and in-store parties let you decorate cupcakes with your favorite toppings or the name of your least favorite dentist.
Upsy Daisy Cool Beans & Ice Cream’s owner coined her shop’s name as a way to simultaneously honor her nana, Daisy, and describe the pick-me-up one might expect from her coffee drinks and frozen treats. Coincidentally, the name also fits the shop’s unconventional method of handcrafting small batches of ice cream from lactose-free milk, high-grade cream, fresh fruit, and Belgian chocolate—a method that has earned it praise from its lactose-intolerant customers, as well as Fox 8 Cleveland. Creamy scoops of strawberry, chocolate, butter pecan, and sweet peach ice cream crown crepe cones, blend into milkshake mugs, and rest atop glazed donuts drenched in fruit syrup. Thankfully, steamy mugs of coffee and organic espresso can warm up guests after they impulsively hop across the counter and dive into one of the 20 tubs of ice cream.