It's safe to say word has gotten out about One Sweet Slice's handmade desserts, which is celebrating its first anniversary in Sandy. Besides earning City Weekly's "Best of Utah prize" in 2013, the bakery has made numerous TV appearances, including an episode of Food Network's Cupcake Wars, where it took home the top prize. Behind the mouth-watering baked goods is founder Janell Brown, who?besides designing custom wedding and special occasion cakes?bakes up 15 varieties of cupcakes a day, in flavors like chocolate fleur de sal and raspberry lemonade. Other sweet treats include French macarons, peanut-butter bars, and lemon bars, and the menu even features a cake shake for those who struggle to eat a regular cake through a straw.
The team at Sub Zero Ice Cream creates delectable desserts using a flash-freeze process, which minimizes the formation of flavorless ice crystals and preserves the cream?s savory smoothness. Patrons may choose from a menu of more than 30 flavors or compose an original taste by blending any two flavors together. First, choose the cream base, available in premium ice cream, low-fat ice cream, custard, yogurt, soy, rice, or almond, before adding combinations, mix-ins, and specifying texture. The skilled ice wizards then speak the appropriate incantations to flash freeze the mixture with liquid nitrogen at -321 degrees Fahrenheit, the substance used by NASA to preserve precious moon pies.
At The Little Cake Shop, bakers don't just create artful cakes for their customers, they create artful cakes with them. Custom cakes are the shop's specialty, and they encourage their patrons to challenge them by bringing in unique, one-of-a-kind ideas or themes. In the past, those artful collaborations have produced everything from pot of gold cakes brimming with gold coins to a cake shaped like a real violin, strings and all. For more formal occasions, such as a wedding or black-tie block party, the staff can also make desserts in simple yet elegant designs; examples include tiered wedding cakes with flower petals and ribbons, and cupcakes with themed decorations made out of sugar.
Working out of a postal truck repurposed as a mobile bakery, Street Sweets & Eats’ owners Stacey and Jake bake and deliver a menu of cake pops, creatively flavored cupcakes, and sandwiches. Raspberry-filled lemon cake, chocolate chips and cookie dough, and coconut-topped vanilla cream stand out among 11 other inventive cupcake flavor combinations which, along with their other snacks, can be purchased directly from the truck or ordered in bulk for catering.
Stepping into The Sweet Tooth Fairy shop is like walking into another era: round tables and high-backed chairs surround an old-fashioned soda fountain, and oldies music plays softly nearby. Pale-blue walls and white crown molding stand behind a glass case full of sweet treats, which are baked daily and earned proprietor Megan Faulkner Brown two appearances on The Rachael Ray Show—one when she was still baking in her basement kitchen, and the next three years later, when her business had grown to nine locations.
Megan uses the "most ordinary" ingredients to whip up her extraordinary pastries, which include chocolate-chip and iced oatmeal cookies, brownies, lemon bars, and a variety of cupcakes and full-grown cakes. Signature cakebites don coats of chocolate or white chocolate flecked with sprinkles. Flavors of baked goods rotate monthly, with some favorites available on a daily basis. Gluten-free options are available, as are frosting shots designed to save time usually spent licking every drop of frosting off the top of a full-size cake.
Annie Defa learned a lot in her 10 years in the coffee-shop industry, including how to select the choicest beans from among thousands. She puts this knack into action on a weekly basis, consulting with her local roaster to supply the shop with the aromatic blends she brews into steaming mugs or transforms into specialty drinks. She and her crew also bake up croissants, cookies, and muffins fresh each morning. In the summertime, an outdoor patio supplements the café’s intimate indoor space, and free WiFi ensures that clients stay up-to-date with emails, news, and the latest styles of cappuccino-foam mustaches.