Nothing compares to the sweet smell of pastries and other delicious treats when you step inside a cozy bakery. You can get that and much more at the supreme bakeries in Virginia. Virginians have a sweet tooth like no other, and these 10 bakeries are sure to delight sugar-cravers from all over.
The Sugar Plum Bakery is known not only for their incredible treats, but also for their status as a non-profit that helps train the disabled. Since 1985, Sugar Plum has been a Virginia Beach staple, doling out delectable delights and helping people at the same time.
With two locations in Reston and Sterling, the award-winning Edibles Desserts dishes out twice the fun. Edibles is a multi-award winning bakery, having racked up over 30 awards since opening in 2008. Known mostly for their wedding confectionary, Virginia Living Magazine has continuously ranked them highly.
Shyndigz started as a “one woman show” but has grown to a 40-person operation. Their menu is comprised of eight staple items, including: salted chocolate caramel cake, fresh fruit cake, key lime pie, cobbler, pecan streusel bread pudding, crème brulee, kitchen sink pie, and peanut butter pie. A new item is added to the menu daily to keep things fresh. Check their Facebook for the cake of the day.
Styling themselves as “An Upscale Cupcakery,” just cupcakes doesn’t bury the lead: They sell amazing cupcakes. On Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, the judges called Carla Peay Hesseltine’s treats “perfection.” Come on down to Virginia Beach and get you a little slice of perfection.
Glimmer Cake Shop was voted as one Virginia’s top 10 bakeries in last year. Not only do they offer unique wedding cakes (check out their gallery to see the artistry on display), but also classes are offered throughout the summer. Glimmer uses local ingredients in their dessert bars, cookies, brownies, cakes, and cupcakes.
With a bakery on the premises, Mrs. Rowe’s has provided Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley with home-cooked, southern baking since 1947. This family owned and operated bakery is known for their delicious and decadent pies, as well as Southern food favorites.
The Washington Post summed up Buzz Bakeshop as offering “downright outrageous pastries,” and this pastry lover has to concur. Buzz Bakeshop offers savory options with the sweet, and many locals start their day with a latte in the café before heading back that evening for an after-dinner dessert. Everything is made with fresh ingredients, and so the menu is subject to change.
The Swiss Bakery is “a full retail bakery specializing in artisan breads, French pastries, cakes, wedding cakes, fresh ice creams and sorbets, and European style desserts.” What separates them from the pack, however, is their imported Swiss and German gourmet products. Get a little European flair with your baked goods here.
For some, Oprah’s loves for Red Truck might say it all. If that’s not enough, then perhaps you’ll be convinced by Travel + Leisure’s endorsement of them as “one of the best small-town bakeries in America.” Even President Obama is a fan, writing in the Washington Post, “I like pie. That’s not a state secret…with hard work, 18-hour days, and an economy on the rebound…the staff grew 10 times over. And, most importantly: I can confirm that Red Truck Bakery makes some darn good pie.” Red Truck is known for their online ordering and national shipping, so make sure to check out their website to try their presidential pie for yourself.
Okay, so Georgetown isn’t technically in Virginia, but it’s only about a 15-minute drive outside the border, so I think we can let it slide. Sisters Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne not only co-founded Georgetown Cupcakes, but star on Cupcake Cam LIVE and DC Cupcakes. Their books, “The Cupcake Diaries and Sweet Celebrations” are best sellers. Their nationally recognized cupcakery ships across all 50 states.