Cake Bite Delights throws conventional etiquette to the wind by designing cakes that can be enjoyed sans utensils. The bakery’s bite-size cake pops get their name from their unique presentation: each delicious morsel is served on a lollipop stick. If these cake pops taste richer than their larger brethren, it’s because the bakers first blend cake with icing to form dense balls, which they then coat in candy shells. Though it’s easy to find something to like on a menu that includes birthday-cake, double-chocolate-chip, banana-pudding, and pink-lemonade flavors, the bakers have been known to replicate specific flavors on request. They can even decorate pops so that they coordinate with a party’s color scheme or blend in on plates filled with disgusting vegetables.
Party Cakes’ expert bakers alchemize fresh ingredients into delectable baked goods topped with homemade vanilla or chocolate buttercream icing. Adorn fall feasts with a dozen autumn-themed cupcakes, embellished with chocolate acorns, sugary pumpkins, or candy-covered haystacks. Halloween-themed cupcakes brandish spooky ornamentation, such as spiders hunching over black-icing webs, perfect for holiday get-togethers or monthly meetings of arachnid enthusiasts.
Teatime evokes the Victorian era, when gentlemen and ladies would gather around a steaming pot to discuss the day’s developments and try to come up with a better name than tea cozy. Victorian Tea Parlor emulates these days past in a strikingly authentic atmosphere. At lunch or high tea, guests set the kickstands on their penny farthings before pouring tea, hot chocolate, or lemonade and snacking on sandwiches and salads amid vintage furniture and soft yellow walls. Shelves of Victorian-inspired antiques and jewelry, displays of more than 62 teas from brands such as Harney & Sons, and teacups add to the cozy atmosphere and can be purchased for use at home.
Elwin & Company's bakers rise early every morning to bake fresh scones and other sweet treats, hosting quick breakfasts or leisurely morning lounging inside the European-style café. Presorted dozens of demi-scones mix and match 12 of the 36 varieties, such as raspberry white chocolate, cinnamon twist, and blueberry, to form a rag-tag troupe of dense delicacies ready to please taste buds at morning meetings or to console a group of fifth-grade girls at the end of their slumber party. For a lower calorie count, nibblers can sink teeth into fat-free, sugar-free, or low-carb pastries. To wash down excess crumbs or the keys to the captured sweet treats' handcuffs, guests can relish in sips of steaming house coffee.
By age 10, after two years baking by her mother’s side, Felicia Johnson was already mixing batter of her own. In adulthood, she joined the United States Navy and then the business world, but her childhood love of pastry never waned. At Cake Luv, Felicia channels that passion by crafting customized cakes. Her creations run the gamut from tiered wedding cakes to specialties made to look like kids characters such as Tigger and Buzz Lightyear. She shares her skills at cake decorating classes, where students paint on a truly edible canvas, unlike those awful tasting paintings of fruit.
Like her specialty cakes, Felicia’s cupcakes come in a variety of flavors including Black Forest, a devil’s food cake filled with cherry and topped with buttercream icing. Pairs of gourmet brownies and cookies round out Cake Luv’s stock of sweet treats.