Bakeries in Orinda

$16 for $30 Worth of Cupcakes, French Macarons, Cookies, and Other Desserts Online at SiftDessertBar.com

Sift Dessert Bar

Multiple Locations

Cupcake Wars-winning treats with fillings such as pumpkin-pie mousse; cookies, ice cream sandwiches, and other treats

$30 $16

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Two or Three Dozen Mini Cupcakes at Mission Minis (Up to 50% Off)

Mission Minis

Mission

Bite-size cupcakes in flavors such as Peanut Butter Kiss, Swiss Almond Coconut, Vegan Banana Maple, and many more

$24 $12

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$28 for a Sampler Pack of 24 Mini Cupcakes at Cups and Cakes ($50 Value)

Cups and Cakes

SoMa

Bakers choose a sampler pack of 24 mini-cupcakes, each made from scratch based on the owner's daring ethos of experimentation

$50 $28

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Four or Two Dozen Mini Cupcakes at The Cupcake Shoppe (Up to 52% Off)

The Cupcake Shoppe

Hayward

Bite-size cupcakes available in the following flavors: vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, snickerdoodle, strawberry, lemon, and marble

$60 $29

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One or Two Dozen Mini Cupcakes or Mini Cheesecake Bites at Mika's Cupcakes (Up to 48% Off)

Mika's Cupcakes

Tennyson - Alquire

Patial proceeds from mini cupcake and cheesecake orders benefit homeless families and go toward future youth transitional center

$24 $15

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$20 for One Dozen Regular Cupcakes or Two Dozen Mini Cupcakes at Sweet Dreams (Up to $42 Value)

Sweet Dreams

Colma

Full-size or mini cupcakes in flavors such as banana split, cookies n’ cream, chocolate velvet, and cinnamon carrot cake

$42 $20

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$12 for $20 Worth of Cakes, Cookies, and Baked Goods at A Piece of Cake and Confections

A Piece of Cake and Confections

Multiple Locations

Handmade baked goods and confections such as egg nog pies, chocolate truffles, and dark chocolate mousse cupcakes

$20 $12

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Wedding Cakes from Sweetart Creative Baking (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Sweetart Creative Baking

Multiple Locations

Artistic bakers build custom wedding cakes in unique flavors and can decorate them with everything from sculpted fondant to silk butterflies

$100 $50

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$9 for $16 Worth of Pastries, Café Food, and Drinks at Sweetie Pies

Sweetie Pies

Central Napa

The bakery café serves paninis, wraps, savory tarts, and individual-size pies and dessert bars

$16 $9

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$13 for $20 Worth of Pastries at Beard Papa’s in Milpitas

Beard Papas - Milpitas

Milpitas

International bakery fills crunchy pie-crust exterior with one of eight types of filling made from natural custard & whipped cream

$20 $13

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One or Two Dozen Cupcakes, Six Alfajores, or Two Dozen Mini Cupcakes at Margaret's French Bakery (Up to 60% Off)

Margaret's French Bakery

Margaret's French Bakery

The by-appointment bakery creates cakes and French-style desserts with local fruit, Belgian chocolate, and fondant imported from Switzerland

$60 $29

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1- or 2-Dozen Gluten-Free Macarons or 4 Snow Fluffs with 2 Toppings Each at Macaronage Macarons (Up to 50% Off)

Macaronage Macarons

Stockton

Gluten-free shop bakes up macarons in flavors such as pink champagne; snow fluff blends sweet condensed milk with no-calorie shaved ice

$18 $10

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$15 for $30 Worth of Desserts at Cupcake Craving

Cupcake Craving

Multiple Locations

Handcrafted cupcake flavors baked daily include champagne, red velvet, mint-chocolate & sugar-free varieties; cookies & ice cream available

$30 $15

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After completing his undergrad in molecular biology at UC Berkeley, Chih-Chung Fang decided to take his talents to a different laboratory: the kitchen. For years, he experimented with recipes as a pastry chef in some of the Bay Area's most revered kitchens, including Rivoli, Chez Panisse, and Arizmendi Bakery, before opening his own spot, Republic of Cake.

It would appear Fang has no regrets about changing careers. He says he often wakes up in the middle of the night, scrambling to jot down a new cupcake recipe he's (literally) dreamed up.

Here's a look at some of his more unusual flavors, and some of Republic of Cake's other distinguishing traits.

Sweet, Savory, and Slightly Sophisticated Cupcakes

Gourmet cupcakes may have become ubiquitous in recent years, but Fang's desserts still manage to surprise. Sure, there are classic vanilla and chocolate flavors. But customers will likely be drawn to combinations such as crimini and shiitake mushrooms with blue cheese or tangy red-curry frosting with sweet squash.

Local, Seasonal Ingredients

To create these unique concoctions, Fang shops for more than just eggs, cream, butter, and milk. The brown-butter-pear cupcake, for example, uses fresh bartletts, and the red-curry-pumpkin cupcake features roasted kabocha squash.

Cupcakes for a Cause

Fang's generosity is sprinkled all over Republic of Cake's website: every Monday, 10% of sales are given to local schools, and he's donated to Little League teams and community centers, among other local organizations. Then there's Sam's Very Messy chocolate cupcake, named for the general manager's son, who has special needs. Each month, the shop donates a portion of the cupcake's sales to a different children's charity chosen personally by Sam.

Quality over Quantity

As much as he might like to, Fang isn't going to bake a pumpkin-cheesecake cupcake for every gourd lover in town. This why the business hours have an asterisk beside them?he'd rather close early because he ran out of cupcakes than sell less-than-fresh leftovers the next day.

2 Theatre Square
Orinda,
CA
US

A massive selection of frosting, toppings, and gourmet cinnamon rolls await treat-seeking shoppers at Cinnaholic, where everything is 100% vegan and made with soy, beet sugar, and nonhydrogenated oils. The menu features specialty rolls?including fudge-brownie chunk, mocha almond, and rocky road? or customers can design their own. Starting with a freshly baked cinnamon roll, they can adorn it with frosting available in flavors such as lemon, orange, raspberry, or hazelnut. Then they can pick out toppings such as gingersnaps, jam, apples, or pecans before sampling their creations.

2132 Oxford St
Berkeley,
CA
US

The owners of Honeyberry derive a sense of pride from their local-mindedness; it's why they plaster their café's walls with illustrations of Berkeley life, and infuse each of their creations with locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. They also supply the community with tried-and-true local favorites, from frozen yogurt topped with chopped fruits and candies to crispy golden waffles. Despite all of the boosterism, the café's menu also has its international corners; gelato, bubble tea, and freshly baked roti buns all draw upon culinary traditions from far-flung cultures. These elements combine to create an experience that's both familiar and novel, like returning to your childhood home to find that it's been converted into a paintball arena.

2380 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley,
CA
US

Organic flour. Organic olive oil from Tunisia and Spain. Organic walnuts, raisins, and pumpkin seeds. Acme Bread incorporates as many organic ingredients as possible into the more than 100 products on its menu, a sizable expansion for a bakery that once made only four types of bread.

1601 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley,
CA
US

In 1997, friends Dena Tripp and Debra Shwetz set out to create a luscious, melt-in-your-mouth bundt cake. What began as an endeavor in their own home kitchens soon blossomed into a bustling business with bakeries in 14 states. Rich cocoa browns and soft pastels lend a nostalgic feel to each bakery, where every day lava-powered ovens warm up batter made from fresh eggs, real butter, and cream cheese. Flavors such as chocolate chocolate chip, pecan praline, and white-chocolate raspberry remain constants on the menu, and a new flavor makes a guest appearance each month. Cakes come in several sizes, from the standard 8- or 10-inch bundt to the single-serving bundtlet and the bite-size bundtini, all frosted with a signature blend of cream cheese and butter.

Each Nothing Bundt Cakes location also houses its own stock of gifts. Patrons may come across the brightly hued handle of a confetti cake knife or opt to take home an old-fashioned tin, perfect for stowing coffee and imprisoning gingerbread men who have tried to run away. Contact the location of your choice for gift pricing and availability.

5745 Christie Ave.
Emeryville,
CA
US

Cotton Pik'N Candy adds a sweet touch to birthday parties and events with individual bundles of fluffy spun sugar. Delivered at the beginning of get-togethers, the cotton candy is made with organic sugar and 12 different flavors including cheesecake, lemon meringue, blue raspberry, and pi?a colada.

5616 Bay Street
Emeryville,
CA
US

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