It's safe to assume that Celeste Gordon's mom let her lick the beaters. Since she was nine, Celeste has been sifting, whipping, and baking up a storm, eventually becoming an official student of the culinary arts. These days, Celeste applies her lifelong expertise as the cake master at Celeste's Cakes N More, where she oversees the production of myriad sweets, from fondant wedding cakes to vegan chocolate cupcakes. The bakery also offers delivery on all its orders, ensuring no celebration goes without its mandatory cake fight.
From the Heart Pastries' staff bakes each of its rich pastries fresh, and creates oven-born treats including cakes, cookies, and praline candy. The bakery's Signature Series praline candy, creamy, smooth butter and brown sugar embedded with macadamia nuts, walnuts, or almonds ($2), makes the perfect holiday gift or apology to the neighbors for taking a nap on their lawn. Miniature ($2.25) or whole ($12) pecan pies settle squarely onto Thanksgiving tables, and a diverse collection of cookies stars classic flavors such as chocolate chip ($1.25). A luscious german-chocolate cake ($27) crowned with a rosette of pecan halves helps celebrate the season, a birthday, or a successful toothbrush purchase.
On Sundays after church, Myrtle Zachary-Jackson’s family of cooks and bakers gathered to make meals for one another. Her elders rarely used recipes, so Myrtle had to study every step until she could replicate their dishes herself. Just as her grandparents and aunts imbued her with a passion for baking, she inspired her daughters, Andrea and Rosharon, to start cooking at a young age. When Myrtle decided to open Not Jus Donuts Bakery in 2000, she turned to her daughters and grandchildren for help in re-creating their family recipes, by then some five or six generations old.
Sticking to tradition, every dessert at Not Jus Donuts is made from scratch. The ladies crack every farm-fresh egg by hand before whipping up cheesecakes with Philadelphia cream cheese, cookies baked fresh daily, hand-decorated cupcakes, and exquisitely designed cake balls and cake pops. Made without preservatives, their cakes range from standard sheet cakes to 3-D creations designed to resemble bowling balls and turntables and 8-D cakes shaped like time itself.
At Tasti D-Lite, patrons can sample a bevy of tasty treats that serve as a healthier alternative to ice cream. Serving health-conscious customers since 1987, Tasti D-Lite offers creamy concoctions that are lower in fat, calories, sugar, carbs, and voodoo spells than ice cream; treats also contain fewer calories than most brands of frozen yogurt while remaining much lower in sugar and burnt curly-fries content. Tasti is crafted from natural ingredients that include real dairy and no artificial sweeteners. Visitors will be able to enjoy over 100 delectable flavors, such as brownie batter, green tea, rice pudding, peanut butter 'n' jelly, and strawberry cheesecake, as well as a variety of smoothies, shakes, sundaes, and cones. Most flavors contain 80 calories or less per 4-fluid-ounce serving, allowing customers to shape up and finally fit into old space suits from the Starfleet Academy. Cups begin at $3.25 for a small, $3.75 for a medium, and $4.55 for a large, depending on location.
Johndrea Slay has been whipping up tasty confections under the J-Slay moniker for more than 10 years. Her efficient kitchen can engineer a dozen made-to-order cupcakes in mint chocolate or rocky road, or harness fruit’s charm in two dozen strawberry delights. Clients may also request an order of J-Slay's famous cake pops for delivery to home, or slingshot to a low-flying plane.
The Cake Lady's bakers have been baking and frosting fresh confections daily since 1979. Batches of cake balls roll from the oven and somersault into sweet coatings before launching themselves into mouths via edible trebuchet. White-cake cupcakes induce barely audible taste-bud cheers with simple, delectable flavor, and chocolate-frosted confections sate tonsils’ cocoa cravings. Patrons can pick and choose their 6 or 12 sweet morsels to create a custom snack for holiday parties or to fuel the post-game celebrations of winning foosball teams. Customers can upgrade to specialty flavors such as strawberry shortcake or coconut for an additional $0.50 apiece; please note that specialty-flavor orders must be placed at least three days in advance.