Janina Turziak, owner and baker at Janinas Fine Desserts, 176 Leader Heights Road, has created specialty cakes for this weekends Super Bowl.
Janina Turziak, owner and baker at Janinas Fine Desserts, 176 Leader Heights Road, has created specialty cakes for this weekends Super Bowl. (John A. Pavoncello photo)

Display cases at Janina's Fine Desserts are normally filled with luxurious European-style treats, but on Thursday afternoon two football teams were also represented among cakes, tarts and mousse.

The York Township bakery at 176 Leader Heights Road will be working during the next couple of days to fill orders coming in from customers cheering for one of the NFL teams competing in Super Bowl XLVII -- the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.

Owner Janina Turziak is combining skills gleaned at culinary school in Poland with 16 years of experience in a French bakery in New Jersey to whip up the desserts being sold at her 3-year-old business.

On Thursday she prepared a vanilla, football-shaped cake, filled with vanilla cream, covered in chocolate fondant and adorned with an edible, hand-carved Ravens logo.

In a round cake, she represented Ravens' purple and black by using red currant mousse and black currant mousse, slipping white chocolate mousse between them.

"I'm getting calls from more Ravens fans, so I'm doing more Ravens cakes. But I have to make some San Francisco stuff, too," she said.

A round mousse filled cake, topped with a red layer and edible gridiron, bore the logo of the NFC team.

Expecting a boost: With the Super Bowl two days away, and Baltimore in York's backyard, Janina's is one of many local businesses expecting a boost from the big game.

White Rose Bar & Grill, at 48 N. Beaver St. in York City, is preparing for a larger crowd this weekend.

"In past years, it's not normally that busy for the Super Bowl, but with a local team and promotions, we're thinking we'll be busier," said Alan Ching, floor manager.

On Sunday, the downtown restaurant will be offering 16-ounce cans of Natty Boh for $2.50. The beer was originally brewed in Baltimore before being bought by Pabst Brewing Co.

Super Bowl Sunday is typically the busiest day for take-out at Arooga's at 1211 Haines Road in Springettsbury Township.

The local chain of sports bars is expecting another big day this year and is offering some specials, according to Katie Masterson, executive assistant to the company president.

Customers will be able to choose among two wing specials, $2 Miller Lites and a Miller Lite glass giveaway from 6 to 8 p.m.

"We're anticipating a big crowd at our York location because of the Ravens," she said.

7.7 million wings: Buffalo Wild Wings at 105 N. Northern Way in Springettsbury Township is also expecting a busy day.

Company wide, Super Bowl Sunday has consistently been one of the restaurant chain's biggest days of the year, said Traci Micheau.

"Wings alone typically make up more than half of our sales for the day, and last year system-wide sales were up 100 percent compared to a non-football Sunday," she said.

The sports bar chain sold 7.7 million wings last year during the Super Bowl.

Giant grocery stores are also seeing a boost.

"If you visit us right now, you'll see a lot of purple in our stores," said Chris Brand, Giant spokesman.

In addition to Ravens cakes, cupcakes, balloons and team merchandise, stores are selling a lot of party platters and snack foods, he said.

"York has a nice contingent of Marylanders who relocated to Pennsylvania," Brand said. "We're seeing a little bump in sales because a local team is in the Super Bowl."

-- Candy Woodall can also be reached at cwoodall@york dispatch.com.