Before cupcake pans, personalized dessert portions were made by baking full-sized cakes and shrinking them in the dryer. Skip extra steps with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of baked goods, sandwiches, and coffee at Starry Night Bakery & Coffeehouse in Westminster.
Starry Night Bakery & Coffeehouse's bakers handcraft a slew of customized pastries and sandwiches while their baristas brew organic, fair-trade coffee. Let bicuspids romp through a saccharine playground of 27 flavors of cupcakes ($2 for regular, $3 for gluten-free or vegan). Goodie gurus can select from a bounty of munchies, including mousse bars, éclairs, and cheesecake ($3.50+ each), in lip-smacking flavors such as key lime, turtle, and Grand Marnier blueberry. Attend to the needs of a savory tooth with build-your-own breakfast ($4.25) or lunch sandwiches ($6.50), served on homemade bread, a pretzel roll, or a bagel or in a wrap.
Starry Night's baristas brew, pour, and froth organic, fair-trade coffee drinks made with beans hailing from local roaster Caffe Pronto, in such fused formats as mocha, cappuccino, and americano ($3.65+ each). Cool down tongues overheated from catching sun flakes with the caramel frozen frappe or one of the 100% fruit smoothies, such as blueberry banana or peach pear ($3.65+), each of which eschews added colors and sugars.
Starry Night's eclectic, cozy coffeehouse surrounds guests with funky wall art, purple and gray walls, and dangling icicle lights above a multicolored checkered floor, ideal for impromptu hopscotch competitions. On the first and third Saturday evenings of each month, the coffee shop extends its hours until 10 p.m. for open-mic nights.
Starry Night Bakery & Coffeehouse
Starry Night Bakery & Coffeehouse owner Shannon Clarke found a passion for baking delicious treats as a child, when she would whip up fresh blueberry muffins for her family in between watching Saturday morning cartoons. After kicking aside her desk job to chase her dreams, Clarke turned her passion into her livelihood by opening Starry Night Bakery & Coffeehouse. Her career change paid off. In addition to owning a thriving business, Shannon was also ask to compete on Season 3 of Food Network's popular show, Cupcake Wars against other top bakers from around the nation.
Visitors to the popular bakery can sample a rotating seasonal menu of cupcakes in classic flavors such as red velvet and chocolate chip, as well as inventive varieties, such as salted caramel apple or an espresso and chocolate ganache voodoo cake. The café also features streamlined, black-leather sofas, so customers can lounge as they sip chai and freshly ground espresso drinks, snack on cinnamon rolls, or fuel up with breakfast items such as cheddar biscuits stuffed with hickory bacon. And when she is not making hand held cakes, cookies, and savory fare, Shannon combines her skills as a graphic designer and baker to create customized wedding and birthday cakes.