While most people would say they like chocolate with coconut, not many would say it changed their life. One exception, however, is Terri of Terri Does Desserts. As a child, she kept begging for German chocolate cake until her mother finally decided to kill two birds with one stone and teach her daughter how to bake. Little did Terri's mother—or Terri herself—know that that was the beginning of her baking career. She now makes her famous three-layer German chocolate cake alongside cookies, cobblers, and cupcakes for friends, family, and customers.
Naturally, Terri specializes in cakes and cupcakes for any occasion. She's got everything from 7-Up pound cakes to Snickers cupcakes, all with a range of coordinating icings and frostings. Her cookies also come in unique flavors, with seasonal varieties such as pumpkin as well as fruit-filled options such as blueberry white chocolate. Even her drinks have a bit of cake in them, as evidenced by frappes served in flavors such as red velvet and cookies and cream.
When he first created his signature fried pastries at home, Anthony White knew he had a hit on his hands. So when his friends and family started raving about the contrast between the crispy fried pastry shell and the creamy texture of the fruity cheesecake filling, he decided to try selling his new recipe to the public. He now sells his treats by the dozen, incorporating flavors such as strawberry, blackberry, and raspberry milk chocolate into his pastries for tart and rich treats. Clients receive their treats frozen, ensuring they have a stockpile of hors d’oeuvres for their next party or night spent tucked indoors with a bottle of wine.
Though it's only open on weekdays, Vice Cafe sates its customers with what it considers the classic American lunch: a sandwich and a cup of coffee. For the latter, the baristas brew up coffee and espresso drinks from Java City beans, including lattes, mochas, and the blended cold coffee drinks known as freddos, which save customers from chewing on ice before they take a sip of a cappucino. To pair with these drinks, the kitchen crafts specialty sandwiches and burgers with unexpected touches, such as the garlic-infused olive oil drizzled on rotisserie chicken and the wasabi sauce on the ribeye. Sweet pastries stand alone to start mornings or end meals with a sweet finish.
Brownie specialist Debbie Whiteside experiments with heretofore unheard of flavor combinations at her bakery, Bombshell Brownies. While her simplest brownies nail the classic formula with pure cane sugar and gourmet semisweet chocolate, her 13 signature flavors expand upon the chocolaty palette with swirls of cream cheese, caramel, or fresh raspberry pur?e. And she doesn't stop there. The brownie aficionado also creates fresh fruit smoothies and acai berry bowls topped with berries, blueberries, strawberries, and nuts.
In a white converted home that looks like it belongs on the beach, the Sugar Plum posse churns out vegan baked goods and café fare made from local, fair-trade, and organic products whenever possible. A rotating cupcake menu includes standout flavors such as lemon lavender and mocha hazelnut, and head baker Melissa’s gluten-free and vegan carrot cake, as reported by the East Sacramento News, won a silver medal in a culinary contest where it was the only vegan entry. Sugar Plum renames its Sundays Donut Day in honor of its airy glazed donuts, served from 10 a.m. until stock runs out or the donuts stage a rebellion. Less sweet lunchtime eats often star the kitchen's house-made tempeh bacon, whether on an avocado club sandwich or atop a risotto-and-nut burger with a melty slice of Daiya “cheese.” The staff helpfully accommodates allergies and raw-food diets.
Each day at dawn, piping-hot circles made from fresh ingredients appear on the horizon, enchanting eyes and noses before popping into mouths. Unlike the sun, these rounds teem with sugar, spice, and in some cases, chocolate. Bakers craft each batch from scratch, using original recipes but not a pinch of preservatives. Their cookie roster beckons sweet teeth with everyday flavors such as M&M chocolate chip and day-of-the-week varieties such as Wednesday's almond joy and Friday's mint-chocolate fantasy fudge. Customers may also opt for custom wedding treats and personalized photo cookies, which serve as memories tastier than crepes rolled from diary pages. In addition to building cookie cakes for parties, the bakers construct cookies for celebrants to embellish with frosting.