The staff at the newly opened Hudson Valley Cakery bakes every item in its quaint bakery from scratch and whips up pies, cupcakes, tarts, and custom cakes without artificial flavors or preservatives. The shop even offers gluten-free options among the frosted creations behind its glass cases. Hudson Valley Cakery opens for breakfast and serves coffee every day but Monday, tempting customers with treats such as champagne-custard and raspberry-buttercream cupcakes as well as flaky, cinnamon-laced morning buns. To boot, eight varieties of pie render decision making at the bakery as difficult as getting apple pie classified as an enemy of the state.
Cuisine Type: Alcohol-infused donuts and desserts
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: No parking
Most popular offering: Alcohol-infused donuts
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Raised in St. Ann's Parish, Jamaica, Pon Di Riva owner Elouise Moulton imbues her menu with recipes she learned while assisting at her mother's island restaurant. Succulent cuts of Jamaican specialties such as jerk chicken and oxtail sprawl on beds of white rice, nestled against throw pillows of peas and a sautéed safety blanket of vegetables ($7 for small; $9 for large). On seafood Fridays, lumps of crabmeat wash up onto shores of linguine or white rice ($10–$12). Beef, chicken, and vegetable patties ($2+) file fresh from the oven alongside breads and buns from Royal Caribbean Bakery in Mount Vernon ($2.95–$7.95 a package).
The confectionery alchemists residing in Three Dogs’ kitchen wield gluten-free recipes to conjure up delicious cookies, a bevy of baked goods, and cakes for all occasions. Diligent ovens spend mornings incubating muffins ($1.50 each) and scones ($3 each), warming up for such larger midday deliveries as loaves of bread ($8) or scale gingerbread models of Fallingwater. Cupcakes ($1.50–$2) parade in seasonably fashionable coats of icing behind glass displays surrounded by adoring throngs of freshly baked cookies ($0.75–$1.50). Assuage multi-layered cravings with 8"x8" pans of bar cookies ($12), which double as boards for impromptu chess games between rival pâtissiers.
Chef Chanelle Watson has a talent that most superheroes would envy: she can turn liquids into (delicious) solids. At Chanelle's Heavenly Treasures, some of her most popular desserts are liquor-infused cakes and cupcakes, all of which are inspired by cocktails. The Patron cupcake, for example, features a tequila-infused cake and tequila frosting, and is garnished with a slice of lime. Other intoxicating concoctions include a Hennessey and Coke variant—decorated with Hennessey-infused chocolate buttercream and drizzled with a Coca Cola reduction—and mimosa, made with a Grand Marnier and champagne-infused orange cake, and topped with Grand Marnier buttercream and crystalized sugar.
These cocktail cupcakes might seem ultra-modern, but Chanelle's baking style skews traditional. She makes all of her gourmet desserts from scratch—that means no added preservatives, stabilizers, or dust from a sugar plum fairy's wings. The only extra ingredient added is a personalized touch, whether it's a sorority logo on a cake pop or your favorite type of cookie in an edible bouquet. And for custom orders, Chanelle always schedules a dessert planning session with her clients, and follows up with them after they've received—and devoured—their confections.
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It’s rare to get exactly what you want in life, but Aunt B’s Yogurt Bar is one sweet exception. “Everybody loves it, people from three to 103,” explained Aunt B's owner, Bobbie Loeb, to the North Salem Daily Voice. “They all want to do it themselves.” By “do it themselves,” she means choosing from a roster of frozen-yogurt flavors—examples include angel food cake and York chocolate peppermint—and decorating the cold treat with more than 40 toppings, such as fresh fruit, pistachios, or caramel Ghirardelli syrup. At a DIY waffle station, patrons can prepare fresh, hot waffles to douse with the creamy dessert. Despite its decadent texture, yogurt has health benefits; each flavor delivers live, active cultures that promote healthy digestion and reduce excess midi-chlorian counts.