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Four local sweet shops show us how to live la dolce vita

We sample Se7en Bites, P Is for Pie, B Cupcakes and the Soda Fountain

Photo: Photos by Rob Bartlett, License: N/A

Photos by Rob Bartlett

Se7en Bites

Photo: N/A, License: N/A

Photos by Rob Bartlett

P Is for Pie Bake Shop

B Cupcakes
127 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park | 407-660-2253 | bcupcake.com | $

You might drive right past Sheila Norton’s cupcake shop on Fairbanks Avenue, so look for the UPS Store just before Park Avenue and turn into the parking lot. As if that isn’t deterring enough, the Crossfit Gym next to B’s looms as an admonishing edifice, but just ignore it, walk into the delightful little space, and commence drooling with the other voyeurs peeping into the rows and rows of cupcakes behind the glass case. Made fresh every morning at 6, the cakey wonders are offered in many intriguing flavors – and, oh my side, the sweet potato cupcake ($3), with its nutmeg hints and cinnamon cream cheese, should be as much a symbol of all that’s good with Dixie as Boss Hogg. The rum snowball ($3.50) is part of B Cupcakes’ 21-plus collection, which also includes Kahlúa- and Baileys-infused cupcakes. Infused with coconut rum, the vanilla cake is capped with coconut-rum cream cheese and flecked with toasted coconut; it made an ideal midmorning pick-me-up. I paired it with a glass of salted caramel milk ($2), which amounted to 2 percent with a few squeezes of Monin syrup – not particularly noteworthy, but they do offer other flavors (vanilla, chocolate, banana, strawberry) in your choice of 2 percent, almond or soy milk.

The Soda Fountain Ice Cream and Gifts
2525 Edgewater Drive | 407-540-1006 | thesodafountain.com | $

OK, the Soda Fountain in College Park may not actually have a soda fountain (it’s coming soon, we’re told, along with sorbet spritzers and craft sodas), but what it does have is a unique appeal: Seeing a kid slapping the display case begging for two scoops of rocky road is as common as seeing a hipster pop in to purchase a bow tie by Forage Haberdashery. With everything from vintage board games to porcelain salt and pepper shakers, the vibe at this ice cream store is undoubtedly eclectic, and that’s precisely the intent of owners Brad and Christina Cowherd (who also own Infusion Tea, just down the road). Patrons are encouraged to scribble and draw on the chalkboard walls as they enjoy their sundaes, floats, shakes and egg creams. The ice cream is fashioned locally by Muse Gelato’s “Orlando Ice Cream Company” brand (they also supply LuLu’s in the Eat More Produce parking lot), and the flavors we’d go back for are the bananas Foster, chocolate peanut butter, and a strawberry basil sorbet ($3, single scoop; $5, double scoop). The sea salt caramel might leave a bitter finish, but that can be easily remedied with a few sweet sips of a classic vanilla shake ($4). With a new store manager on board, look for more creative ice cream treats in the near future.

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