Tacoma bakeries range from cute little cupcake shops to specialty doughnut shops to cake studios where you can find amazingly beautiful wedding cakes. Some local bakeries are just that—a place to order a cake for an occasion and be on your way. Others feature cafe space and delicious bakery cases where you can marvel over the delicious treats, choose your adventure and then have a seat with a cup of coffee (Corina Bakery is ideal for a lazy morning or an afternoon treat). If you want something a few steps up from Cinnabon, these places are for you!
Corina Bakery is the perfect all-around bakery—great for a walk-in treat or as the place to order your next event cake. Artistic and tasty cakes come in a variety of flavors, some of the cooler ones being lemon coconut, The King’s Favorite (banana cake, peanut butter frosting, and chocolate ganache), and The Aztec (chocolate cake with cinnamon, cayenne, and ginger). But Corina goes beyond event cakes and is also a great place to stop by and sit down. They have a seating area in their bistro located not far from Wright Park on 6th Avenue.
Lots of sweet treats await, but so do some savory ones as well. Scones, cupcakes, cookies, pies, and breads are just some of what they have on tap here. Gluten-free, vegan, and low sugar options are all available, making this one of the few bakeries in the South Sound where those with dietary restrictions aren't left out. The bakery is also right next to The Grand so it's an ideal date night—cake and a movie!
Location: 510 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
Located downtown on Pacific Avenue, very close to the UW – Tacoma campus, Hello Cupcake Tacoma has everything a cupcake shop should have—it’s really cute, the cupcakes are all lined up behind a glass case for you to drool over, and there’s some good people watching from their large front window. Hello Cupcake does not offer much beyond cupcakes and a few beverages, but that’s the beauty of this place. Cupcake flavors include the basics of chocolate and vanilla in a few combinations, along with red velvet, carrot cake, coconut, and seasonal special flavors like lemon or pink champagne.
The real kicker at Hello Cupcake are the frostings—handmade buttercreams. They are rich and delectable.
Location: 1740 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
Celebrity Cake Studio is the place to go for wedding and other event cakes and desserts—it was voted Best Wedding Cakes of Western Washington winner by King5 in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Located in Freighthouse Square near the Tacoma Dome, this unassuming shop produces possibly the most artistic cakes you will find in Tacoma. Wedding and other event cakes come in a wide variety of cool flavors, from standards to lemon, lime, vegan chocolate, and gluten-free red velvet. Cake fillings and frostings also range from standard to amazing, with Kahlua, passionfruit, and Belgian truffle among the more unique.
The bakery also makes an array of individual desserts, including many flavors of petit fours, mini wedding cakes, and tarts.
Location: 602 E 25th St # 2, Tacoma, WA 98421
Metropolitan Market is a regional grocery chain, but their bakery can give almost any bakery a run for its money. Some of their items are brought in from local or even international bakeries as well, expanding the selection. Breads from Paris, cookies from a local baker, or brie and brioche baked right onsite are all just some of the selection here. They also offer cupcakes and whoopee pies that fit nicely with a sunny day in their outdoor seating area. Met Market is located in Proctor so it is ideal for outdoor seating.
Location: 2420 North Proctor Street, Tacoma, WA 98406
If you seek a European-style bakery right in Tacoma, this is the bakery for you. Located at Point Ruston, Dolce Si Sicilian offers a mix of sweet and savory pastries as well as cakes, but not anything like what you'll find at other area bakeries. As the bakery's name might suggest, the focus here is Italian, specifically Sicilian. Try a Sicilian specialty called Diplomat, a square and cakey pastry. Or try the Cipolline, a savory pastry filled with ham, cheese, tomato and onions.
Location: 5005 Main Street, Suite 105, Tacoma, WA 98407
Legendary Doughnuts is a doughnut shop with a bakery flare. The shop itself has a boutique atmosphere with purple walls and crystal chandeliers. The doughnut case is filled with baked and fried works of art filled with unique flavors. From Snickers doughnuts to hot fudge sundae doughnuts and beyond, Legendary Doughnuts is out to impress. You can even order doughnut towers, giant doughnuts or doughnut "sheet cake" (several doughnuts arranged in the shape of a cake and frosted).
Location: 2602 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98406