Cupcaked folds locally sourced ingredients into more than 20 rotating flavors of moist and creamy creations in its freshly opened shop. Staples such as classic vanilla and chocolate chocolate satisfy commonplace cravings, and the Purple Velvet cloaks tongues in an updated version of its classic crimson ancestor. The bakery's signature key-lime-pie cupcake delivers a scurvy-curbing dose of lime and a dollop of meringue atop a foundation of crushed graham crackers.
The talented bakers at Nolands Cakes hand-fashion mouthwatering customized cakes, cookies, seasonal pies, and cupcakes, crafting each to help celebrate any occasion. Each dessert serenades taste buds with a variety of flavors, frostings, and fillings, including rich vanilla custard, smooth butter cream, or yellow amaretto. Choose from any of the gallery’s premade baked goods, or enlist the help of Nolands’ in-house freehand artists to conjure up a customized design, such as a cake covered in velvety fondant or filled with the secrets of life to celebrate a child's birthday.
For more than 15 years, Rising Loafer Cafe & Bakery’s kitchen has been churning out fresh breads, sandwiches, and breakfast fare free of preservatives or additives. The bakery wafts aromas of freshly baked garlic-basil and cinnamon-raisin breads as griddles sizzle with french toast, buttermilk pancakes, and belgian waffles. Traditional sandwiches and half-pound burgers perch comfortably atop a variety of breads, each newly emerged from its warm oven and contemplating its existential connection with mayonnaise for the first time. Rising Loafer Cafe & Bakery feeds the stomachs and souls of patrons in the community, giving back by providing food and support to area schools and charity events, such as the Diablo Valley Women's League auction, which raised funds for Helping Children with Cancer.
A Sweet Affair’s family-based bakers pull handmade baked goods straight from the oven to fill bags with fresh pastries and café treats and frame café sandwiches with preservative-free breads. Each hot or cold sandwich is built upon a solid foundation of hand-baked breads. The steamy roast beef’s layers of meat are slathered with perfect proportions of mayonnaise, golden spicy mustard, and horseradish ($6.95), and house-roasted chicken breast forms a delectable chicken salad topped with cream cheese, avocado, cashews, and sprouts ($6.95).
Though Malika and Adeyinka Awobajo's baked goods are decorative and tasty, they are made with more than dessert in mind. The pair, who founded Mika’s Cupcakes in May of 2011, began constructing confections years prior in order to help feed and care for homeless families in the area. Today, they apply a portion of proceeds toward helping the homeless population in the Bay area, as well as set some money aside for a future youth transitional shelter.
Mika's ovens breathe life into a multitude of signature cupcakes, which come in both classic and inventive flavors. Nearly hedonic ingredients such as amaretto and mocha infuse Indulgent Treats cupcakes, whereas sundae cupcakes come with a cherry on top to render them as sweet as a kindergartner's plea to go see CSPAN on Ice. Fondant-coated gourmet cakes serve as personal-sized desserts for giants, and cake pops offer convenient sugar consumption during games of double dutch. Strawberries and pretzel rods doused in chocolate take a dip into chopped almonds or chocolate chips, whereas granny-smith apples submerged in caramel break the surface smothered in chocolate or nuts.
The Sweet Art of Cake’s pastry pundits whip up gourmet baked goods from traditional, gluten-free, and vegan recipes. Cupcakes ($2.45 each, $28.50/dozen) in flavors such as red velvet and banana crown ruched wrappers with cream-cheese frosting, lemon curd, and an alternative to hair gel. Customize cupcakes with simple icing designs of bees and flowers ($36/dozen) or more elaborate confections such as fondant flowers, marzipan miniatures, and sugar sculptures of The Thinker (an additional $12–$15/dozen). An array of other sweets, such as seasonal holiday pies ($12–$15), triple-chocolate-chip cookies ($1.49 for two), and vegan cheesecake bites ($0.99, available every other weekend) fill the bakery’s cooling racks with golden-brown crusts and enticing aromas. All of The Sweet Art of Cake’s treats are crafted without preservatives, additives, or gelatin.