OK – I’m going to have to follow this post with a list of Wilmington gyms and fitness centers BUT there are so many great spots in Wilmington to satisfy your sweet tooth, from donuts at the beach to elaborately decorated designer cakes. Of course the cupcake and frozen yogurt bar crazes have also hit Wilmington. So, on to the sweetness…
A local favorite, Apple Annie’s Bakeshop has been in Wilmington since 1984. The family who owns it has been in the baking business for six generations! From their location on Kerr Avenue, they serve cookies, cakes, pastries, bagels, and more, and also take custom orders for special celebrations.
Speaking of special celebrations, if you need a birthday or wedding cake, Imaginary Cakes is definitely the place to go. Cindy Lavardiere started her cake business out of her home, and has grown into a new shop on Oleander. Her specialty is using buttercream in a way that makes it look like fondant (but taste so much better!) She holds an art degree, and her designs definitely reflect her artistic ability. And, the cakes are just delicious!
Another wonderful local cake shop is the Hot Pink Cake Stand. A cute little shop downtown, you can stop in for a cupcake in one of many unique flavors of the day such as Blueberry Cobbler, Caramel Bourbon, or Key Lime. Vegan and gluten free options are also available. Or, place an order for custom cupcakes or a cake. Their adorable custom designs are available for all special occasions, including weddings.
Downtown features a number of other great options for your sweet tooth. Be sure to check out Sugar on Front Street. Housed in Old Books on Front Street, it’s a perfect place to grab a cup of coffee, a muffin and a good book. Cookies, pies and cakes are also available. For a fun dessert experience, the Little Dipper is just down Front Street. Choose from traditional dark, milk or white chocolate fondue with fruit, cream puffs, marshmellows, pound cake and other treats for dipping, or try one of the many other creations such as Fluffernutter with chocolate, marshmellow, fluff and peanut butter. You can also add a liquoer to your fondue for a little kick. There is also a Kilwin’s downtown with yummy ice cream, fudge, and a huge assortment of specialty candies.
No dessert is as refreshing as ice cream at the beach. Squigley’s is a popular spot in Carolina Beach, and in Wrightsville Beach, there is a Kohl’s Frozen Custard, and a Rita’s Italian Ice. The frozen yogurt bar trend has also hit Wilmington, and just a short drive from each of the beaches you’ll find SurfBerry (in Wrightsville Beach) and Fuzzy Peach shops all over town. The self-serve yogurt in a variety of unique flavors, and the topping bar allows you to completely customize your treat. Also popular at the beach are donut shops. A walk-up counter, there’s always a line for the famous Britt’s Donuts at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. In Wrightsville Beach, the Shore Shack offers donuts in a casual beach environment.
Yum – enjoy!!