Kid paradise at DIY treat shop – The Boston Globe

Treat Cupcake Bar in Needham  is an assemble-yourself dessert bar.

21intreat - Interior of the shop (handout)

Do you have a child or know one you could press into service so you can watch that child be transported to his or her version of paradise? Then get yourself and the kid to The Dessert Workshop, which opened last month in Needham. Owner Dave LaLiberte took over the struggling froyo shop next to his Treat Cupcake Bar and spun the place into a DIY cake-and-ice-cream concept. “The easiest way to explain it,” says manager Adrienne Sprague, “is that it’s like Plaster Fun Time, only with dessert.” At the colorful shop, where the scent of sugar hangs heavy in the air, customers can choose one of several project kits to assemble such items as a layered Mason-jar dessert or a filled cupcake, using an extensive array of cakes, frozen desserts, toppings, and frostings. Prices for project kits range from $5 to $10. Those who aren’t feeling that creative can just throw it all in a cup and pay by weight. What more could any kid want?

The Dessert Workshop, 1450 Highland Ave., Needham, 781-444-3840.

– Jane Dornbusch