School is back in session and we are all getting back into the swing of homework, tests and studying. Want to keep kids encouraged? Why not celebrate their work with a sweet treat? These Lake County spots are perfect to celebrate that first spelling test or making the team.
122 Center St., Grayslake
This all-natural, made-from-from scratch bakery features decadent cakes and homemade candy bars. Every day you’ll find something different in the case and cookie jars, but go early because they frequently sell out.
113 S. Cook St., Barrington
This bakery is like none other. They create amazing chimney cakes! (Think of it like a tall stacked donut.) They also fill them with ice cream and sprinkles.
5101 Washington St., Gurnee
Chocolate is in the name so you know exactly what they specialize in. Aside from amazing handmade chocolates, they host a Sunday brunch that is worth getting up early for. My children are partial to the waffle sticks made with bacon in the center and their choice of toppings include whipped cream and sprinkles.
201 N. Buffalo Grove Rd., Buffalo Grove
Known for it’s amazing custom cakes, it’s also the perfect place to pick up a fancy cupcake. Our favorite is the Dreamsicle, topped with a candied orange.
216 S. Main St., Wauconda
This adorable cafe in the heart of Wauconda is the perfect stop for a celebratory cupcake or a fun cookie made to look like a butterfly. Bright and welcoming, this cake shop is always full of friendly faces.
888 E. Belvidere Rd. Suite 106, Grayslake
Sometimes nothing but chocolate will do. Uniquely Sweet specializes in hand-dipped chocolate creations from strawberries to crispy treats. You can also get anything customized for a holiday or special person.