A well-timed dose of cupcakes can make a dull winter bright, bring a smile to the face of a child, and even play a pivotal role in diffusing tensions during an XYZ Affair. Resolve your own diplomatic crisis by appeasing your sweet tooth with today's Groupon. For $6, you get a 12-pack of mini cupcakes from LA Sweets in South Miami, a $12.84 value. There is no purchase limit, so addiction is imminent. However, there is a limit of one redemption per visit to help curb any ensuing mini-cupcake dependency.
Be careful—stepping into Atelier Monnier may become a habit-forming activity. Best of Voice Places bestowed the Best Croissant title upon the French bakery in 2012, adding that the chocolate-almond variety "will make an addict of you." Miami New Times blogger Trina Sargalski praised Atelier's parisian macaron, a gluten-free cookie comprised of a light crust, moist almond meringue, and a natural ganache filling in such flavors as pistachio, coffee, and raspberry cassis. The shop's glass cases also brim with European-style ice cream (crème glacée), profiteroles and pastries, and handmade chocolates along with freshly baked bread and sandwiches.
The store owes its success to the gourmet passions of owner and Belgium native Patrick Feyten and the artisanal creativity of French pastry chef Franck Monnier. The minimalistic decor allows guests to focus on the vibrant colors of their sweet treats, which range from a sunny lemon yellow to a rouge as deeply crimson as Édith Piaf's lips.
With a rotating selection of seven to eight delectable cupcake flavors offered daily, Clarabelle’s Cupcakes offers a bevy of tastes with today's deal. Choose from a surprise six-pack of the day's cupcakes or make a six-pack from vanilla with vanilla buttercream, chocolate with chocolate buttercream, red velvet with signature non-dairy cream cheese frosting, vanilla chip with chocolate buttercream, chocolate chip cookie dough with vanilla buttercream, chocolate with fluffy cream filling and ganache topping, chocolate with vanilla buttercream, or lemon with tangy lemon frosting. Romantics can capture the hearts of dreamy, lactose-intolerant lovers with any of Clarabelle’s treats, because all cupcakes are non-dairy, kosher, and won't expand into a wheel of cheddar cheese when exposed to water. Visitors can sample some 30-odd flavors while visiting the pink-stripe-walled cupcakery confines, watch the bakers give birth to sweets in the open kitchen, and nosh on a variety of treats such as brownies, cookies, cakes, and olde-timey salted leather bootstraps.
Siblings Fabio, Mary, and Saul Soares were practically born to be pastry chefs. They grew up watching their mother Vera bake for family and clients in their native Brazil, spreading cheer through her creative and tasty desserts. Today at The Pastry Shop by Magic City Chefs, the trio continues her legacy by creating stunning tiered cakes, dainty macarons, and airy mousses suitable for any occasion, especially dentist appointment pre-parties. For those who require a bit of balance on their plate, the chefs also prepare hor d'oeuvres, canapés, wraps, and other savory specialties.
Sweetness Bake Shop & Cafe's cupcake list is overwhelming in the best possible way. The treats are made from scratch everyday, the buttercream a slight yellow due to the use of real butter, and the vanilla bean cake rich with Nielsen Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla. But the careful, delicious craftsmanship aside, the sheer number of cupcake options on the menu is enough to floor even the most mild of cupcake enthusiasts. The menu divides into several categories. These include house flavors, such as red velvet, and classic flavors such as maple bacon. Then there are even more whimsical categories such as "candy jar", which includes Twix- and Snickers-flavored cupcakes, "top shelf", which has mojito and tequila sunrise cakes, and "global a go-go" which includes flavors such as tiramisu and churro con chocolate but excludes the flavor of passport stamp.
But Sweetness doesn't stop there. Their menu expands to cover more treats such as ice cream, cake balls and donuts, and cakes. They also cater to the non-sweet tooth with sandwiches and salads for lunch and eggs and pancakes for brunch.
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt satiates health-conscious sugar fixes through self-serve frozen-yogurt stations supplying any of the more than 100 rotating flavors into the cups of culinary creators. Tasty foundations ($0.44/oz.) such as new york cheesecake, Heath bar, and low-carb pumpkin can speed date with any combination of 70 rotating toppings such as old-fashioned granola and fat-free brownies. Options for kosher and gluten-free dining abound on Menchie’s menu, as do no-sugar-added spins on boysenberry and french vanilla along with four dairy-free sorbets. Each culinary creation is crafted by the patron that devours it, allowing for a sweet treat more personalized than dark-chocolate business cards.