Some things, such as cakes and dentist hands, are better small. Eat the superior version of a cake with today's Groupon: for $16, you get one dozen cupcakes at Caramanda's Bake Shoppe (a $33 value).
Husband-and-wife team Steve and Melissa Henderson concocts portable confections by shrinking their specialty bakery's cakes down into more than 20 flavors of cupcakes. Dreamsicle cupcakes hide a vanilla-buttercream core and fading memories of summer in bites of orange batter, sporting a cap of orange buttercream and a piped frosting garnish in the shape of a tiny orange. Customers can uphold New Year's Eve traditions by clinking together pink-champagne cupcakes, which cover a champagne-cake base in pink and sparkling buttercream frosting. Swirls of praline icing protect the german-chocolate cupcake's cargo of shredded coconut, and the red velvet cupcake's cream-cheese frosting flaunts a freckled scape of red sparkles. Guests can also sugarcoat taste buds with Caramanda's seasonal cupcake models, such as the caramel-apple cupcake and its fruit-filled foundation, or an arbor-day cupcake that, when planted, grows into an organic-chocolate fountain.
Caramanda's Bake Shoppe
Caramanda's skilled bakers can whip up freshly baked cupcakes in maple pecan and caramel banana cream or sumptuous butterscotch and peanut butter chunk cookies for carryout. The bakery also employs skilled 3D cake-makers, who can morph fondant into a dragon for a birthday, or create a pair of wearable cake gloves for an upcoming boxing match.