Owner and baker Chandell Witham knows real passion for baked goods. To put herself through culinary school, the single mother of three had to work long hours as a bartender in a disappointingly donut-free environment. Her perseverance paid off and today Chandell spends plenty of time with her children and her brainchild, Fritters N Jitters, where she mans the kitchens and whips up tasty donuts. Every morning, she bakes off fresh batches of comforting plain donuts. As patrons order, the innovative baker then outfits each ringed pastry with customizable frostings and toppings to fashion quirky confections her guests can marvel at alongside a steaming cup of coffee or fresh-squeezed donut juice. Frosting choices include classic flavors and wild variations such as mint or crunch peanut butter, and can be accented with a choice of sprinkles, candy pieces, or salty portions of pretzels or crispy bacon.
The ovens at Laura's Gourmet Bakery gild the edges of both traditional and gluten-free pastries. When sliced, coconut-ring cakes reveal an inner layer of chocolate, and red-velvet-cake sandwiches embrace mascarpone frosting. Gluten-free selections include cinnamon-raisin scones and caramel-pecan brownies. Cups of Victrola espresso or blended fruit smoothies complement the sweet flavors better than eating a spoonful of salt between bites.
Stepping into Kringles Bakery feels a little like stepping back into time. In a quaint, yellow house that's surrounded by a white picket fence, the bakery welcomes guests to revisit the tastes and smells of their childhood. The freshly baked breads and pastries are made using recipes that date back up to six generations, ensuring each blueberry sour cream kringle and cranberry orange scone tastes as good as it always has. Even the coffee has history: to craft drinks such as the house specialty Cat's Meow mocha, the staff turn to Caffe D'arte, a local company that uses a wood-fired roaster that dates back to 1949.
Regent Bakery & Cafe's authentic Chinese flavors couldn't be contained to just one meal. The restaurant started as a bakery specializing in Chinese pastries and cakes. As its popularity grew, so too did its menu—the staff began serving beef-stew and salted-fish hot pies, roast duck, and ma-pao tofu. Regent Bakery & Cafe now sports two full locations; the newest features a full bar that mixes up a selection of adult beverages and bubble teas, served inside a restaurant whose modern decor is lit by chandeliers and neon track lighting.
For the owner of PinkaBella Cupcakes, baking comes second nature??she's been doing it since before she could reach the kitchen counter. Since the first PinkaBella opened, the cupcake chain has expanded to five locations locally. Their mouth-watering flavors include caramel macchiato, irish creme, and bananas foster.
At first glance, the kitchen of Trophy Cupcakes and Party could be taken for that of a gourmet restaurant. Pure Madagascar-Bourbon vanilla and Valrhona cocoa from France line the shelves, and local sweet-cream butter, free-range eggs, and fresh fruit fill the fridge. These are the ingredients Jennifer Shea uses to craft her daily rotating cupcake flavors, from chocolate nutella to gluten-free cherries jubilee. With the help of husband Michael Williamson, she distributes her decadent handheld desserts to four Seattle boutiques, which have garnered press attention to rival that of the city's finest eateries. Martha Stewart gushed about Jennifer's innovative and widely varied flavors, and Seattle magazine's readers dubbed them best cupcakes 2011-2014.
To complement their cupcakes, Trophy Cupcakes stocks a curated selection of party supplies. A cocktail-style party room in Wallingford Center, which can accommodate up to 30 guests, is available to rent for birthday parties, baby showers, and superhero business meetings.