In the wake of grandeur and fame, it's easy to forget the little guy. At Dragonfly Cakes, the bakers apply this principle to confections, elevating the smallest member of the cake family to the spotlight. They handcraft artisanal petits fours with natural ingredients, coating each triple-layer mini cake with buttercream, a splash of color, and ornate decorations. Their lemon petit four intertwines lemon filling with vanilla cake and lemon buttercream, and the chocolate petit four envelops chocolate cake and chocolate buttercream in a rich dark-chocolate ganache. They offer these treats predecorated in assorted boxes, or custom decorated for celebrations including Mother's Day, bridal showers, and Calvin Coolidge’s birthday. In their fully equipped kitchen, they also lead fun decorating classes, teaching students how to dip and ice their own delicate petits fours.
Founders Dena Tripp and Debra Shwetz started Nothing Bundt Cakes in Las Vegas with the simple aim of making cakes for their families and friends. But thanks to their handcrafted recipes, pure ingredients, and innovative decorating ideas, their business soon grew from a small home kitchen to a franchise, with locations in 13 states.
The custom-designed cakes—made with fresh eggs, real butter, and cream cheese—arrive in flavors ranging from white chocolate raspberry to lemon and chocolate chocolate chip. Thick, frosted petals atop each cake showcase the signature velvety cream-cheese frosting, which must be eaten swiftly before it glides away on a summer breeze.
Ben & Jerry’s has double-handedly transformed ice cream from a dreary and dreaded after-dinner chore into a dazzling treat that can be easily stored in pants pockets. The shop, marked by a soothing blue awning, offers a variety of frozen confections, from small milkshakes and smoothies ($6) to large ice-cream cups and cones ($5.75), sundaes ($6.75), banana splits ($8), and signature pints ($5.50). Spoon the cuddly depths of Ben & Jerry’s famous original flavors, like Cake Batter, Cherry Garcia, Imagine Whirled Peace, Triple Caramel Chunk, Peanut Brittle, Chunky Monkey, Half Baked, Coffee Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz, New York Super Fudge Chunk, Orange and Cream, and more.
Stocked to bursting with handcrafted sandwiches, savory sides, and organic fair-trade coffee, this unassuming deli sates the appetites of on-the-go customers. A chalkboard menu presents the vegan breakfast sandwich with a colorful flourish of penmanship, along with the avocado hero, with the green fruit acting as "meat" amid ample veggies and cheese. Eco-friendly java from Olympia Coffee Roasting Company gives customers a welcome jolt to their morning in case they forget to kiss their toaster, and freshly squeezed juices and gluten-free pastries accommodate health-conscious breakfasts.
A shingled two-story home has housed Muffin Mania since January 4, 1983, when late musician Rocky Sullivan opened the bakery to fulfill his Sicilian family's culinary legacy. Today, Rocky's wife, Ilona Agress, and his son, Dylan Galante, carry on the epicurean heritage by trekking to that same idyllic dwelling at 3 a.m. six days of the week to whip up fresh batches from scratch.
The duo shuns preservatives while assembling the café's rotating roster of muffins and instead brandishes all-natural ingredients to create such flavors as jalapeño and cheese and maple walnut. Sweet scones, croissants, and pastries join forces with top-quality coffee to devise powerful breakfasts, and Muffin Mania's fresh-baked bread cushions the hot and cold sandwiches that headline a smattering of lunch fare. A multitude of gluten-free and vegan muffins accommodate dietary requirements and some scavenger-hunt participants.
Named after the great Humphrey Bogart, Bogie's Cafe slings French-American-style cuisine in a cozy diner infused with old Hollywood memorabilia and more quirky decor, such as the giant rubber ducky that doubled for the Maltese falcon. Its colorful interior sets a playful tone for diners looking to unwind over omelets at breakfast or burgers, sandwiches, and salads at lunch and French-American cuisine at dinner.