You can find cakes, cookies, bread and doughnuts on every corner in Salt Lake City, but it takes a bit of looking to find baked goods that are truly outstanding. Here are a few of the Salt Lake area's best bakeries, serving decadent creations crafted with care.
Banbury Cross is Salt Lake City's favorite locally owned doughnut shop, and their doughnuts are everything a doughnut should be - crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, and drenched in a sweet glaze.
Cakes de Fleur makes signature 6-inch cakes, sold at their shop, and also at Pirate O's and The Store. They also make larger cakes to order for special occasions.
Carlucci's Bakery, next to Tony Caputo's Market and Deli, serves breakfast, coffee, soups, and sandwiches as well as a huge variety of bread, pastries, cakes and other desserts. Try the cannoli - the best in SLC.
City Cakes serves vegan, gluten-free and traditional baked goods, in the heart of downtown SLC. It's also a hip but friendly cafe.
Eva's Bakery and Cafe
Eva's Bakery and Cafe, one of Salt Lake City's newest bakeries, is a French-style boulangerie that's like a little Paris in SLC. Their sourdough based bread are made with organic ingredients, and they have a variety of delectable sweets and pastries. Eva's Bakery also offers table service at breakfast and lunch, with a variety of soups, salads, croques, bakery style pizzas, coffee, and drinks.
Gourmandise, the Bakery has been serving French pastries, baked goods, and cafe cuisine in a cozy, relaxed atmosphere for almost 20 years. The main attraction at Gourmandise is the stunning bakery case, but the restaurant also offers table service with casual favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Harmon's is a locally owned supermarket chain with a top quality bakery department. Their artisan breads are some of Salt Lake's best, and I recommend their pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and iced sugar cookies.
Locations throughout the Wasatch Front including Brickyard, City Creek, Draper, Emigration, Kearns, Midvale, South Jordan, Taylorsville, West Valley
Kneaders Bakery & Cafe serves a variety of decadent desserts, pastries, cakes, and cookies, plus sandwiches and salads for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their Chunky Cinnamon French Toast is to die for.
La Bonne Vie, inside the Grand America Hotel, offers exquisite desserts made with the finest ingredients. If you are looking for gorgeous pastries or dainty, flavorful macarons, look no further. Hint: use the entrance to the left of the main hotel doors to go straight to the bakery.
Les Madeleines serves truly stunning "travel-inspired" desserts and pastries. Their Kouing-aman, a buttery pastry from Brittany, has gained national recognition and has been featured twice on The Food Network. They also serve French macarons, cookies and a variety of pastries as well as savory sandwiches, wraps and pommes frites (French fries).
In business for more than 65 years, Mrs. Backer's is best known for beautifully decorated cakes. Their eclairs, Danishes, and pies are also customer favorites.
Yes, Nothing Bundt Cakes is a national chain, but their moist, flavorful bundt cakes drenched with cream cheese icing are so tasty, you won't mind a bit. My favorites are the chocolate chocolate chip and carrot cake.
RubySnap sells freshly baked cookies and frozen cookie dough, with interesting gourmet flavor combinations. My favorite is the Vivianna, with mangos and dark chocolate in a citrus dough.
Schmidt's Pastry Cottage has four locations in the Salt Lake area serving a huge variety of baked goods, plus a lunch menu. They are famous for a creative wedding, birthday and special occasion cakes. I would recommend their croissants, whether plain, flavored or as a sandwich. Their sugar cookies and lemon bars are customer favorites.
So Cupcake makes gourmet cupcakes, cakes, and cake drops. They also have a mobile cupcake truck to rent out for parties and other special events.
The Sweet Tooth Fairy serves moist, flavorful cupcakes, unique cake bites, and other baked desserts in a cute, 50s-inspired atmosphere. The Sweet Tooth Fairy is a winner of the food Network's "Cupcake Wars."
Locations throughout Utah, including Salt Lake City, Draper, West Valley, Midvale, and Murray.
Tulie, a French-style bakery in the 9th and 9th neighborhood, serves heavenly croissants, as well as cakes, tarts and a variety of European-style pastries. They also serve hot pressed sandwiches, quiche and other lunch items made with care from local ingredients.
Vosen's is a classic German style bakery serving fresh, crusty bread in a variety of flavor combinations. Rye breads are their specialty. It's a small shop, so call ahead if you want something specific. Vosen's products are also available at Pirate O's.