Tonya Deveau's confections seem to evoke a strong nostalgia for the family-recipe treats of childhood—a remarkable feat, given that her vegan recipes spurn animal products and, often, gluten. Perhaps the fond memories her desserts tend to stir are a result of a baking process that takes place in her home kitchen. Whatever the case may be, Tonya’s everyday entourage of pies, fudge, cookies, and cupcakes has steadily risen in popularity, to the point where she now fields special requests on a regular basis. Customers may place an order for pick-up or await delivery from Tonya's car, whose engine chugs along on good vibes and gluten-free gasoline.
Cupcake Central expands the cupcake’s fluffy boundaries, garnishing 41 fresh-baked daily flavors with four frosting varieties and a host of fillings daily. Special orders double the potential flavor selection and allow for inebriating the cakes with margarita and strawberry-daiquiri liqueurs. The spirit of sugary excess manifests itself dramatically in the colossal cupcake, an enormous confection that can be personalized with whimsical designs, romanticized for a Valentine's Day treat, or baked to match a baby's birth weight.
Chocolate from Guittard, Callebaut and Valrhona, organic vanilla beans, and a host of other all-natural ingredients elevate Just Cupcakes’ handcrafted confections above the pastry’s work-a-day reputation. Their team of bakers whips up an ever-changing menu of treats, in flavors that range from apple cinnamon and chocolate peanut butter to coconut and s’mores. For more options, clients can peruse the more comprehensive online flavor catalog or place a special order for cupcakes that spell out “It’s a Boy!” or “It’s a Boy?”
Husband-and-wife team Tim and Jennifer Shockley draw together the influence from both their baker mothers to tackle impressive feats in confectionary innovation. Shockley's Sweet Shoppe's architecturally and aesthetically sound creations have earned the shop mentions in several press outlets, as well as Weddingwire.com's Bride's Choice Award for 2010?2012. Their signature half-and-half cakes are divided into two hemispheres with related, yet disparate themes, such as traditional white wedding swirls juxtaposed against a tropical golf course. ?The bride?s side is covered in white fondant,? a writer for Food Network UK noted of one such cake, ?and the groom?s side is smothered in rich chocolate fondant. Smart.?
Past custom cake creations bring together frosting, batter, and fondant into impressively realistic works of sculpture. The bakers have crafted a semi-truck, a roulette wheel, and a bucket of beers for various celebrations. The shop?s cupcakes are equally artful, and they come in the same flavors as full-sized cakes and dentists? hands, including maple-caramel, cinnamon, and root-beer float.
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For nearly two decades, Gourmet Bake Shoppe has transformed original recipes into decadent, made-from-scratch creations. The business employs only fresh, natural ingredients to craft its customizable cakes, which come in such flavors as white almond with Grand Marnier and are available to sample during complimentary tastings. Chefs also wield their sculpting talents while fashioning 3D cakes and cake carvings, as well as ornately decorated gingerbread houses during the holidays.
Bobbi and Julie use fondant like sculptors use marble and clay. The two best friends opened Dream Cake in 2007, and since then they've strived to create cakes that live up to their customers' wildest imaginations. The team can bake and decorate multi-tiered graduation cakes with edible caps and diplomas, birthday cakes with the faces of famed cartoon characters, and wedding cakes covered in cascades of pink roses made of frosting. Since most pockets aren’t big enough to fit a full-size cake, the bakery sells smaller, more portable treats as well, including various cookies and cupcakes.