It all started in the restaurant where Tom Harte's daughter was a waitress. She convinced him to bake a few cakes and sell them there. The rich, creamy indulgence his cheesecakes promised became a hit in no time, and My Daddy's Cheesecake Bakery was born. Today, a team of confectioners crafts fresh cakes daily at its state-of-the-art 5,500-square-foot storefront and production facility. The demand for their cakes is so high, however, that they offer cakes by mail, ensuring everyone can have their cake and eat it, too. Whether grabbing them in store or online, cakes sate sweet teeth with more than 20 flavors, such as N'Orleans praline, peanut butter and chocolate, eggnog, and dreamsicle. They also welcome guests to stop by the shop for fresh-baked muffins, artfully assembled sandwiches, and cups of gourmet coffee.
Touting more than 100 flavors of low-calorie, flavor-packed frozen yogurt, Tutti Frutti earned a feature on CNBC and has continued to expand since opening its first shop in 2007. Inside each store, self-service yogurt machines unleash velvety-soft yogurt into accommodating cups or empty purses. The constantly rotating menu may include flavors such as royal red velvet, refreshing melon, chocolate peanut butter, and multiple hot chocolate offerings. Most flavors fall within the range of 30?40 calories per ounce, are low-fat or fat-free, with dairy-free, soy, kosher, and no-sugar-added concoctions also available.
A toppings bar allows eaters to further customize yogurt creations with a spoonful of fresh fruits or a sprinkling of nuts. The flavors contain ample amounts of protein, calcium, and probiotics, known for potential health benefits that may include strengthening immune systems and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Tutti Frutti also offers fresh smoothies, Belgian waffles with an array of toppings, hot tea, coffee, and lattes.
It’s the classic conundrum: an intense craving for cookies, but not enough time, motivation, or bribe money for the Keebler Elf syndicate to satisfy the yearning. Dough to Door has discovered a way to satiate this craving without forcing busy civilians to slave over an oven for hours or spend precious gas driving to the store; they whip up batches of custom cookies themselves and deliver them right to customers' doorsteps. Patrons choose from bases of five types of dough—including oatmeal, peanut butter, and chocolate—before opting to add mix-ins of dried fruit, crumbled candy bars, eight types of chips, and nuts. Ready-made cookies are also available to take away the pressures of decision-making.
The yogurt-minded staff members at Chill serve all-natural frozen yogurt that is mixed in small 10-gallon batches or less and delivered daily from a St. Louis dairy to ensure freshness. The active cultures, along with calcium, protein, and vitamins, blend together in low-fat flavors such as biscotti, dark chocolate, and red-velvet cake. Patrons fill their cups with the frozen treat, then crown their creations with a selection of fruity, salty, and sugary toppings.
At Black Bear Bakery, every batch of Lickhalter sourdough-rye bread, sweet pastries, and crunchy granola is made with the care of a shop owner. That’s because each staff member serves as a partial owner of the communal shop. This makes each staff member feel a personal responsibility for creating a shop they’d like their family to come to, encouraging them to use eco-friendly processes and locally sourced, organic ingredients. Along with whole-grain recipes filled with specialty ingredients such as kalamata olives and rosemary, bakers use century-old recipes passed down from the owners of Lickhalter Bakery. These recipes create hearty sourdough-rye loaves sprinkled with caraway seeds or twisted together with pumpernickel dough.
While breads are their specialty, bakers fill their ovens with more than just bread loaves. They craft handmade, boiled bagels that come sans holes, as well as cookies, baked granola, pizza crusts, and a variety of buns. On the weekends, they welcome the community for a vegetarian and vegan brunch, which features staples such as pancakes, quiche, potatoes, and bread pudding made from their loaves. These dishes can be washed down with pours of fair trade coffee, juice, tea, or pastry filling.
Butter, farm-fresh eggs, cream cheese, cake flour, confectioners and granulated sugar, baking powder, vanilla extract—those seven ingredients are all it takes to make a Gooey Louie gooey butter cake. Owners Kirk and Debbie Stieferman and their crew make each cake from scratch in small batches, following a recipe four generations old, which has led to them being named the "Favorite Gooey Buttercake" by the Riverfront Times five years running. From scratch means the ingredients are all natural and put together by hand—they even sift their own flour. Customers can pick up an original cake, or choose from different flavored iterations, such as chocolate raspberry, peanut-butter cup, and pumpkin. They even craft miniature versions of their cakes for catered events such as weddings and food fights.