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Sweet Spots: 25+ Dessert Destinations

Dessert is a broad term. It can be a half-melted plop of supermarket ice cream eaten in front of an open refrigerator, or a forkful of wonder baked by confectionery connoisseurs. As a treat to you, dear readers, we rounded up the baking wizards, elves, fairies, and goddesses to serve you a triple-layer, whipped double cream, hot fudge, fluffy marshmallow, tuille cookie, toasted almond, cherry-topped magic sundae of our favorite regional desserts. As to whether the creators really are human or magical beings, we’ll leave that secret as theirs to reveal.

Annabelle’s Chocolate Lounge
If the word “chocolate” is in the name of your business, you know it’s going to be good. Annabelle’s Chocolate Lounge specializes in handmade dark chocolates, and the cayenne & cinnamon truffles are a must-have, along with the dark chocolate blueberry bark. The caramel toffee & sea salt “game changers” are well, game-changing. And for diabetics, there’s a wide variety of sugar-free chocolates available. If you need even more reasons to start calling Annabelle’s your forever home, they also have a wine bar. We’ll start forwarding your mail. 6240 Pleasant Valley Road, El Dorado, 530-295-9390,

Annabelles' Chocolate Lounge


BAD Bakers
Nope, it’s not a review, BAD stands for “bread and donuts,” but you’ll get a lot more than that when you visit…like a memorable sugar high, for a start. Try the Bananarama: a flaky multi-layered kronut topped with Nutella, fresh bananas, and chopped peanuts; or the Unicorn Cloud cake donut with cotton candy icing, rainbow sprinkles, and cotton candy-like spun sugar. And if you’re chasing even bigger highs, try the extra shots of injectable filling like chocolate, banana, or dulce de leche to create a whole new flavor sensation. 195 Placerville Road, Suite 100, Folsom, 916-790-8042; 1420 East Roseville Parkway, Suite 180, Roseville, 916-883-2253,

BAD Bakers


The Baker and the Cakemaker
In addition to their legendary sourdough bread and popular savory baked goods, The Baker and the Cakemaker in Auburn provides a delicious array of scratch-made pastries and cake of the week (golden honey rhubarb, anyone?) as well as made-to-order custom cakes and cupcakes for your special occasion. Okay, yes, we’d like to place an emergency order for a chocolate raspberry cake, tres leches cake, a dozen lemon meringue cupcakes, and a dozen toasted coconut cupcakes. That should get us through the weekend. 1102 Lincoln Way, Auburn, 530-537-2056,

The Baker and the Cakemaker


California Flour
Home-based CFO bakery California Flour specializes in custom cakes, cookies, scones, and more—all made using fresh, local, and organic ingredients when possible. How about dark chocolate sea salt brownies, or salted chocolate chunk shortbread? For your next office party or baby shower, check out their beautiful custom sugar cookies decorated with intricate, creative designs. Or let them get imaginative and help you dream up the next flavor for your wedding cake, like Summertime Sunshine—lemon sponge cake filled with organic blackberry preserves and wrapped in lemon buttercream. Placerville, 530-497-0772,

California Flour


Bella Bru
In addition to delicious breakfasts and lunches, Bella Bru Café in El Dorado Hills also serves up some truly delicious desserts; and the cake selection is, we believe, on point. Their tiramisu is a local favorite, and you can’t go wrong with carrot cake (a true classic) or the chocolate decadence, but the real belle of the ball might be the lemon raspberry chiffon cake—she’s a real showstopper! 3941 Park Drive, Suite 70, El Dorado Hills, 916-933-5454,

Bella Bru


Brissa & Co.
Not only are they offering some of the best traditional Mexican cuisine, Brissa & Co. also boasts a full-fledged bakery and panaderie, so when they offer you dessert, you better say yes. Whether it’s a box of freshly baked colorful conchas for the office (including cream filled, Nutella filled, or dulce de leche filled), a slice of divine tres leches cake for yourself, or a slice of la pink cake (also for yourself because you’re worth it), there’s no wrong choices here. And yes, we’re only technically talking about desserts, but they also do a mean churro French toast for brunch. (But keep that between you and me.) 409 Natoma Street, Folsom, 916-597-2972,

Brissa & Co.; Photos by Taylor Gillespie © and wholly owned by Style Media Group


Chant’el Café
If the interior doesn’t steal your heart and find you taking 17 cute selfies, Chant’el Café’s sweet treats will absolutely turn your head. From picture-perfect salted caramel tarts to coconut passionfruit mango tarts that are almost too beautiful to eat (but not so beautiful that you don’t want to eat like, four more) and delectable syrniki (Ukranian sweet cheese pancakes that will change your life), there’s something to satisfy every sugar-loving palate. 1750 Prairie City Road, Suite 150, Folsom, 916-790-8395,

Chant'el Cafe; Photos by Taylor Gillespie © and wholly owned by Style Media Group


Julian’s Pâtisserie
Julian’s Pâtisserie specializes in perfectly delicious, sell-your-grandmother, auction-your-children desserts and pastries. Top of the list has to be the cinnamon rolls: made with flaky, buttery croissant dough and topped with cream cheese frosting. They are, how you say, le bombe. We’re workshopping the branding: croissinnamon roll? cinnamant roll? croissoll? We know there’s a trademark jackpot just waiting to cash out! 6610 Folsom-Auburn Road, Suite 7, Folsom, 916-936-4735,

Julian's Patisserie; Photos by Taylor Gillespie © and wholly owned by Style Media Group


Crack’d Toffee Company
I’ll say it: We were too hasty declaring our independence from England. Why? Because toffee, that’s why! English toffee is a way of life, and if you don’t know, Crack’d Toffee Company will convert you. They specialize in artisanal micro-batch English toffee (dark chocolate! distilled bourbon! Vegan dark toffee!) and are purveying it by the pound via their website and at Dry Diggings Distillery and Nibblers Popcorn. It’s bloody smashing, chaps!
El Dorado Hills, 844-527-2253,

Crack'd Toffee Company


Vampire Penguin
You won’t find sparkly vampires at Vampire Penguin, just delicious frozen dessert treats like falooda, an Indian treat with rose syrup, vermicelli, sweet basil seeds, and pieces of jelly with milk, fruit, ice cream, and condensed milk; or halo-halo, featuring taro “snow” with jackfruit, macapuno strings, red and white beans, flan, and condensed milk. One taste and you’ll be a believer! 4060 Douglas Boulevard, Suite 102, Granite Bay, 916-899-6637; 420 Palladio Parkway, Suite 1705, Folsom, 916-510-1732,

Vampire Penguin


Cià di Gelateria
What’s better than house-made gelato in a rainbow of delicious flavors? The answer is nothing. Nothing is better than house-made gelato. Folsom’s Cià di Gelateria understands the essential nature of gelato and has only improved upon its perfection by serving it to you in cones, cups, pints (yes, pints), or on sticks. Indeed, gelato popsicles are a thing, and they are our new favorite summer coping mechanism. What’s our favorite flavor? How dare you ask such a personal question. Cheesecake with passionfruit, midnight chocolate, and oh, just every other flavor. 2784 East Bidwell Street, Suite 100, Folsom, 916-817-1430,

Cia Di Gelateria


Posh Baking Company
This Roseville-based CFO has pies on lock, specializing in “fresh-baked deliciousness.” You can’t go wrong with year-round flavors like cherry or caramel apple, which are available in everything from family pies and hand pies to mini galettes and even “cup-pies” (cupcake but a pie: get it?). And look out for the divine seasonal creations, too; past hits include slow-roasted strawberry and peach-apricot-blueberry. Roseville, 916-799-1120,

Posh Baking Company


Ikeda’s California Country Market
As Auburn as peach pie, Ikeda’s has been the gold standard for scratch-made fruit pies for decades. From humble beginnings in 1950 as a roadside fruit stand started by farmer Sam Ikeda to the iconic family-run restaurant and market it has become today, Ikeda’s was doing farm-direct before it was a thing. Peaches are where it all began, and their peach pie is…well, there aren’t superlatives enough to tell you what a scratch-made Ikeda’s peach pie tastes like. Something along the lines of your own private slice of heaven, perhaps. 13500 Lincoln Way, Auburn, 530-885-4243,

Ikeda’s California Country Market; Photos by Taylor Gillespie © and wholly owned by Style Media Group


Flourless Bakery
Flourless Bakey is a CFO serving El Dorado County, and you won’t believe what they’re doing with gluten-free baking. In fact, that’s their catchphrase: “You won’t believe it’s gluten-free.” We’re pretty sure you’ll rave about the chocolate silk pie and snickerdoodle cookies, but we can’t be held responsible for how you’ll react to the double chocolate chip espresso with cake crumbs ice cream sandwich. *Placerville, 916-289-6655,
*Select items are also available at The Ugly Mugs’ Coffee & Tea in Placerville.

Flourless Bakery


Divine Desserts
Specializing in European desserts that look like works of art and taste like, singing angels? They taste amazing is what we’re trying to say. Check out the incredible tiramisu or strawberry champagne domes (after you’ve Instagrammed their perfect forms). When you’ve eaten your way through the entire display case, you can also order cakes for any and all special occasions. 6045 S Walnut Street, Loomis, 916-652-6545,

Divine Desserts; Photos by Taylor Gillespie © and wholly owned by Style Media Group


Icing on the Cupcake
There’s never a bad time for a cupcake. Birthday, anniversary, baby shower, promotion…heck, just celebrate the fact that you made it to Tuesday. Enjoy Icing on the Cupcake’s “Everyday Flavors” like red velvet or snickerdoodle; but stay tuned for those delicious blink-and-you’ll-miss-it weekly flavors like banana split, cotton candy, raspberry lemon, pineapple “rightside” up (gluten-free!), and more. 6839 Lonetree Boulevard, Rocklin; 330 Palladio Parkway, Suite 2027, Folsom, 916-303-4333,

Icing On The Cupcake


Kelli’s Cookies for Goodness Bakes
Kelli’s Cookies is a nonprofit dedicated to mentoring, employing, and inspiring foster and at-risk youth in Placer County and beyond. Their signature cookies will win your heart. Our favorites are toffee fudge (rich, brownie-like chocolate cookie loaded with chunks of Heath (think soft-baked deliciousness), glacier mint (pure peppermint extract paired with rich chocolate and chocolate chips; try them frozen and you’ll be saying Thin Mint, who?), and chocolate rainbow (how can you not smile when eating a chewy chocolate cookie sprinkled with multi-hued, mini M&Ms?). Support your sweet treat habit by supporting a great cause! 605 Douglas Boulevard, Roseville, 916-782-8010,

Kelli's Cookies for Goodness Bakes; Photos by Taylor Gillespie © and wholly owned by Style Media Group


Karen’s Bakery & Café
Karen’s Bakery & Café has been a Historic Folsom mainstay for 20 years and while they serve everything from sandwiches to salads, it’s the desserts that speak deeply to us on a spiritual level. Bakery-wise, when everything in the display case is a favorite, that’s a good sign. Our sweet-tooth must-haves are their chocolate raspberry mousse cups, with light-as-air, silky, mouthwatering layers of dark chocolate, white chocolate, and raspberry mousse; and the croissant bread pudding with orange custard sauce and fresh fruit. 705 Gold Lake Drive, Suite 340, Folsom, 916-985-2665,

Karen's Bakery & Cafe


Junni K-Style Desserts
No, your ice cream wasn’t spiked and you’re not hallucinating. Your cup is topped with a 3D koi fish waffle cone. It’s called a taiyaki, and it’s a normal day at Folsom’s Junni K-Style Desserts
where dessert is a beautiful storybook hallucination. Guaranteed to please even the fussiest toddlers, the grumpiest teenagers, and surliest dads, you can’t not crack a smile over these creative wonders. 711 East Bidwell Street, Suite 10, Folsom, 916-693-6937,

Junni K-Style Desserts


Nothing Bundt Cakes
Nothing says dessert like delightful cake-rings of joy, and Nothing Bundt Cakes has every kind of bundt for every bundt-casion. Whether it’s an eight or 10” bundt, a tiered bundt cake for a special event, a dozen bundtinis (teeny bite-sized bundts), or bundtlets (mini-bundt cakes). Plus, there’s a vast range of flavors—whether you keep it classic with red velvet, try the new snickerdoodle, or just know deep down in your heart that strawberries & cream is the answer to all the world’s problems. Bundt makes the world go round! 2793 East Bidwell Street, Suite 200, Folsom, 916-984-4383; 1112 Galleria Boulevard, Suite 140, Roseville, 916-780-2253,

Nothing Bundt Cakes


Crumbl Cookies
Crumbl Cookies (local locations in Folsom, Roseville, and Rocklin) is our kind of cult: a cookie cult! The classic, warm milk chocolate chip cookie and the chilled, pink-glazed sugar cookie (with a hole like a donut) are their rightful mainstays, because they’re the definition of “simply delicious,” but the weekly rotating flavors will have you coming back for more: maybe a lemon crinkle this week, or perhaps frosted strawberry Pop-Tarts? Wait, they have Kentucky butter cake now? Hold up, there’s s’mores! There’s always something delicious to try! 195 Placerville Road, Suite 120, Folsom, 916-238-6302; 5194 Commons Drive, Suite 107, Rocklin, 279-999-1003; 6726 Stanford Ranch Road, Suite 5, Roseville, 916-846-9682,

Crumbl Cookies; Photos by Taylor Gillespie © and wholly owned by Style Media Group


Rising Simplicity
This Placer County CFO (Cottage Food Operation) specializes in bakery delicacies like custom sugar cookies for special occasions (think baby showers, birthdays, weddings, holidays, etc.). They also make truly divine confectionery, like dark chocolate sea salt caramels (a fan favorite!) and apple pie sugar cookie cups, where a beautiful cookie meets a handsome apple pie, they fall in love, and live happily ever after once they’re baked into a mini cup and drizzled with homemade caramel (a tale as old as time…sigh). Roseville, 503-758-6575,

Rising Simplicity


Sierra Rizing
Tucked away in picturesque Coloma, Sierra Rizing offers a delicious range of specialty desserts and pastries (including custom cakes for special occasions), in addition to breakfast and lunch fare. Word on the street is that their flourless chocolate cake is something of a local favorite (and gluten-free to boot); and they keep their pies coming year-round, which is a good thing because they’re kind of a big deal, thanks to specialty flavors like old-fashioned pineapple. Have you ever? No, you haven’t. 7310 State Hwy 49, Lotus, 530-642-1308,

Sierra Rizing


Pretty Sweet
You’ll be way ahead of us if you can decide which dessert to start with at Folsom’s Pretty Sweet; they specialize in European desserts, as well as custom cakes for all occasions. We’re big fans of their unique “cake in a jar,” but we’ve also been known to have our head turned by the incredible entremets like chocolate crémeux Dulcey panna cotta with chocolate sable milk chocolate and almond coating. Treat yourself! These aren’t your everyday desserts, folks. 350 Palladio Parkway, Suite 1935, Folsom, 916-805-5165,

Pretty Sweet; Photos by Taylor Gillespie © and wholly owned by Style Media Group


Pushkin’s Bakery & Café
Forget about donut holes, Pushkin’s in Roseville has something even better—cinnamon roll centers! Listed on the menu as “No-Names,” because let’s be honest, we just want to cut to the chase and eat them without some flowery name to take up valuable eating time. These killer gluten-free, dairy-free treats are addictive and should always be ordered in multiple quantities.
1220 Roseville Parkway, Suite 140, Roseville, 916-886-5050,

Pushkin's Bakery & Cafe; Photos by Taylor Gillespie © and wholly owned by Style Media Group


Snooks Chocolate Factory
As Aristotle once said, “Excellence is not an act, it is a habit.” Snooks Chocolate Factory has been Folsom’s source of high-quality handmade chocolate and candy since 1963. We love their incredible dark chocolate-dipped honeycomb (deep-honey-flavored crunchy “seafoam” candy smothered in chocolate), and the ¾-pound bricks of rocky road are an absolute must (made with Guittard chocolate, California walnuts, and homemade marshmallows). But the truth is that you could order literally anything and find yourself in some kind of personal heaven. That’s just how they do. 731 Sutter Street, Folsom, 916-985-0620,

Snooks Chocolate Factory


StarBread Bakery
Sweet, yeasted bread drizzled in butter and caramelized sugar, señorita bread is a Filipino specialty at Roseville’s StarBread Bakery, and devoted fans simply can’t get enough. Proof: StarBread sells these highly addictive treats in quantities up to 60. Yes, 60. As of yet, there is no known 12-step program for these addictive delights, so consider yourself forewarned. 1251 Baseline Road, Suite 130, Roseville, 916-771-0372

StarBread Bakery; Photos by Taylor Gillespie © and wholly owned by Style Media Group



BAD Bakers photo by BLACKTAPE Company. California Flour photo by Charp Lenz Photography. Brissa & Co. and Chant’el Café photos by Taylor Gillespie ©stylemediagroup. Bella Bru photo by PJ Harper. Julian’s Pâtisserie photo by Taylor Gillespie ©stylemediagroup. Cià di Gelateria photo by Jacob Cantu. Ikeda’s California Country Market and Divine Desserts photos by Taylor Gillsepie ©stylemediagroup. Posh Baking Company photo by Jason Branz Photography. Photo by Yarcenia Garcia @cenia916. Kelli’s Cookies photo by Taylor Gillsepie ©stylemediagroup. Karen’s Bakery & Café photo by Elle Jaye. Photo by Taylor Gillespie ©stylemediagroup. Pretty Sweet and Pushkin’s Bakery & Café photos by Taylor Gillsepie ©stylemediagroup. StarBread Bakery photo by Taylor Gillespie ©stylemediagroup. Snooks Chocolate Facotry photo courtesy of Snooks Chocolate Factory. Other photos courtesy of their respective companies or organizations.

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