Some say that life is short, so eat dessert first. Others believe there is always room for dessert. And still others say that a balanced diet is one dessert in each hand. With Easter just around the corner, you'll want to see what some local-to-Omaha vendors are creating for your Easter spread...post-dinner food coma happiness.
So many makers that I've talked with - especially those that find themselves creating in the kitchen - have a relational connection to their passion. All of the cakes Deb Miller (of Dream Cakes by Deb) is featuring this Easter, she chose based on relationships that are important to her. "I grew up watching my Mom decorate cakes and witnessed the happiness her cakes gave to others," says Deb.
Deb made a Coconut Cake (pictured below), her favorite, and I mean to tell you all that it is something amazing. I was sent off with a slice of my own and it became my main course for lunch that day! Her second cake is a classic Easter dessert and Deb's customers have raved about it ever since she began offering it - Carrot Cake - it's her best seller and her sister's favorite. This particular cake was topped with chocolate cookies, frosted to perfection. Lastly, Deb made a German Chocolate Cake (her husband's favorite) in honor of her husband, who is her biggest supporter and can often be found in the kitchen, ready to lend a hand with cakes, cookies, cakepops and what I have to assume are a ton of dishes to wash. Check out Dream Cakes by Deb and Popperista for some really unique catering!
Where can you find Deb? At Popperista Gourmet Popcorn, the south end of the Spring Ridge Shopping Center at 180th and Pacific Streets. Dream Cakes by Deb is on Facebook or you can taste Deb's treats on the Sweet Treats Bus Tour, offered by Omaha Culinary Tours.
For a different take on your Easter sweet tooth, visit The Cordial Cherry, owned by Melissa Stephens. Melissa's love for sharing joy through sweets was also created within her family; her Grandma Sheldon shared her recipe for Cordial Cherries and Melissa (who started her business to fund her doctorate program), has opened a door within the Shops of Legacy to a whimsical world of beautifully ornate chocolate. She swears she doesn't smell the chocolate anymore but anyone who enters this shop is transported to a different world of detail and beauty using multiple senses.
Also a vendor of the Sweet Treats Bus Tour with Omaha Culinary Tours, this is one vendor whose shop should be visited regularly. Seasonal treats change and Melissa always has something new cooking. Follow her on Instagram to see what she's working on now!
Our next stop is Petrow's, featured on the Bite of Midtown Omaha tour. I was able to meet Nick and Shelly Petrow and was blown away by their kindness and generosity during the lunch hour rush! The restaurant that features meals from breakfast to dinner, located at 59th and Center Streets, started out as a gas station in the 1950's and was transformed into an Omaha eatery tradition over decades. Featured over the years by Best of Omaha and winning various prizes for their food and service, they stay humble and continue to serve "Good Food Always," as they have promised.
This diner styled restaurant has a menu designated for just desserts and you should consider Petrow's for your next catered event! Their Carrot Cake is to die for - three layers of delicious homemade cake, separated and topped with cream cheese frosting, then covered with white chocolate curls. Add this dessert to your Easter table and try to keep your hands off until your meal is finished (who's watching anyway?!). Readers should also note that their ice cream is homemade and hand-scooped for a tasty treat that tastes homemade and is just the creamiest. Read more about them here and check out the Bite of Midtown Omaha tour!
Last but certainly not least on this mini dessert tour is Whisk and Measure, located in the shops at 132nd and Center Streets. This specialty bakery and coffee shop, featured on Omaha Culinary Tours' Sweet Treats Bus Tour, is a treat for the eye as well, with a gorgeously designed cozy and local feel.
Whisk and Measure features "fresh, made from scratch, specialty baked goods." You can find merengue lollipops, homemade dog treats, and a little piece of heaven called Happiness Bars. I have eaten these bars and can personally attest to the fact that they make you happy; a delectable combination of Oreo's, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Puppy Chow, "all perfectly balanced in one dessert," says Owner, Beth. How can that not make a person happy?!
The specialty shop sells out the quickest of their Vegan Apple Pie Bars (whether customers are vegan or not) and Chocolate Cake. Omaha, you have been challenged to rival this particular Chocolate Cake! Once again, relationships are the source for inspiration in Whisk and Measure creations - "Our inspiration for our baked goods comes from friends, family, and our customers. Each of our bakers also brings unique ideas to us from their different culinary backgrounds. We have developed many recipes to be able to cater to those who need Gluten friendly items, as well as featuring a variety of Vegan, Paleo and Keto treats."
Whatever your sweet tooth is calling for this Easter (or any other time, for that matter), make sure to shop small and local in these Omaha businesses! Also, check out Omaha Culinary Tours for the amazing foodie experience and history you'll get. Lastly, all businesses represented in this post will receive complementary marketing images for their online presence - I love to support local businesses, so email me for information! Enjoy dessert!