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Sunday
Jan182009

Cakewalk Special: Baltimore Picks from B More Sweet

Cupcakes from Perfect Cupcakes, c/o Bmoresweet

Cakespy Note: This is a guest post from Cake Gumshoe B More Sweet, Baltimore's authority on all things sweet!

Oh, Baltimore, that rascal of a city. While some may be deterred by its abnormally high murder rate, please, don't pass Charm City by--because it really does have a certain je ne sais quoi--among other things, it is the home of John Waters, the birthplace of the Berger Cookie, final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe, and of course, home to so many wonderful bakeries. Recently our buddy and Baltimore sweets afficionado friend, Cake Gumshoe B More Sweet put together of her Baltimore picks for us: 

(unless otherwise noted, all photos c/o B More Sweet)

  strawberry/vanilla & chocolate/chocolate cupcake
(photo of Warren Brown cupcakes--from the DC location, but you get the idea-- c/o How to Eat a Cupcake)
Cake Love: Fabulous, with the stupendous Warren Brown at the helm. What's not to love about a former Justice Dept attorney gone renegade baker who got his own TV show? A cool, hip, retro vibe in this sleek store selling old-fashioned cakes and cupcakes as well as vegan treats. Here they're all about the taste - no overwrought hyperventilating decoration goes on at Cake Love. Online at cakelove.com.

 

Charm City Cakes: Duff Goldman of Food TV Network's Ace of Cakes holdeth forth here. It's not a bakery you can walk into, but makes special-event and cakes for occasions. However, Duff and his crew are SO FANTASTIC that I'm sure with prior arrangements you can get yerselves in there. Duff's cakes are awesome. Online at charmcitycakes.com.

as for a cupcake interlude...


Charm City Cupcakes: This is a girlie girlie pink store (think Lily Pulitzer) selling extremely sweet, frosting-laden cupcakes in a variety of rotating flavors. Online at charmcitycupcakes.com.

Perfect Cupcakes, c/o Bmoresweet
Perfect Cupcakes: Catherine Hamilton brings her adorable mobile bakery truck operation to Baltimore's Inner Harbor, where in warm-enough weather she sells delicious cupcakes with beautiful minimalist designs (see top photo). Online at perfectcupcakes.com .

 

getting Frenchy...

Patisserie Poupon: For a decadent, TOTALLY awesome traditional French bakery, you can't skip the venerable Patisserie Poupon. How traditional are they? NO REAL WEBSITE! Located at 820 E Baltimore Street, in a kind of iffy, fringe-y location. In other words, authentic. For my money, this is the best patisserie in Baltimore. But go early - the best goodies sell out tres vite. Click here for more info.

 

Bonaparte Bread, C/O bmoresweet
Bonaparte Breads: My heart belongs (also, because I am fickle) to Bonaparte Breads, 903 S. Ann Street, in Fell's Point (itself a fun, funky neighborhood full of bars.) This gleaming little spot is a definite go-to for croissants, plain or flavored. You won't find cupcakes here, but instead all manner of butter-laden French pastries and warming, delicious breads. Click here for more info.

 

what about Italian treats? 
Vaccaro's, c/o Bmoresweet
Vaccaro's Pastry: We are blessed with fantastic Italian bakeries. "Even though it's famous, it's still great" should be the motto for Vaccaro's, with several locations around the city. My favorite is in Canton (yet another hip, trendy neighborhood!) This is the spot for cannoli, Italian cookies, and homemade gelato. Online at vaccarospastry.com.

Piedigrotta Bakery, Baltimore, Photo c/o Bmoresweet
Piedigrotta Bakery: Less famous but equally delicious is Piedigrotta, which is conveniently located next to the hippest bowling alley in Baltimore. And my favorite thing about Piedigrotta is that the baker will waste no time in telling you that he is THE originator of tiramisu. Throughout the history of the world, this baker is the originator of tiramisu. Just ask him! Online at piedigrottabakery.com.

 

And for candies, confections and chocolates? 


Louis J Rheb Creams
(photo c/o rhebcandy.com)
Louis J. Rheb: The unparallelled un-toppable Louis J. Rheb Company, where they still make all the chocolates by hand, don't do any foo-fooey crap, and where the Lucy and Ethel candy factory scene was actually shot! They still make everything in the basement at 3352 Wilkens Avenue. You will never eat a chocolate buttercream from anywhere else in the WORLD, including Switzerland, once you've eaten a Rheb's chocolate buttercream. Online at rhebcandy.com.

 

Cacao Lorenzo
Cacao Lorenzo Chocolatier: I can't overlook Cacao Lorenzo Chocolatier, where the brilliant Larry McGlinchey creates the most elegant, lyrical, amazing chocolates anywhere. Cacao Lorenzo is a small boutique, impeccably clean, and the candies are just stunning. It's not inside Baltimore City proper, but it's in the Baltimore suburbs, and for a chocolate candy lover, well worth the short car ride to get there. Online at cacaolorenzo.com.

Saving the best for last...

 

Dangerously Delicious Pie box, c/o BmoresweetPie from Dangerously Delicious, photo c/o Dangerouspies.com
***Dangerously Delicious Pies: If you were to be given an option only to go to one sweet spot in Baltimore, I'd steer you to Dangerously Delicious Pies, where Rodney Henry makes a pie crust to bring you to your knees. The original Dangerously Delicious is located in trendy Federal Hill, and the tatted rockstar former Marine Rodney holds forth behind the counter of this bright red establishment on all things pie, whether sweet or savory. Dangerously Delicious has a second outpost in equally-hip Hampden, where the restaurant is called Dangerously Delicious Savory House and if you're lucky Rodney's rock band might be playing. I will never make pie again, after eating Dangerously Delicious. At our house we are always looking for an excuse to buy a DD pie. Online at dangerouspies.com.

 

 

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Reader Comments (15)

Having lived outside of Baltimore for 5 years I spent many a day sampling the tasty treats from these amazing places. I'm so glad that you showed the rest of the world that there is more to Bmore than the "Wire".
Though I have to admit my fav is Patisserie Poupon - Their French Macaroons are not to be missed.

January 18 | Unregistered CommenterNaida

I was just listening about Edgar Allen Poe this morning on NPR. Whenever I think about Baltimore I always think about the movie "Sleepless in Seattle"

January 19 | Unregistered CommenterVeron

Yay, now even more reason to drive down to Baltimore! Hooorraaayy!

Thanks BMORESWEET! You rock!

January 19 | Unregistered CommenterC.L.

One thing I would have to add as a former Baltimore-area resident is A.Kirchmyr. Located at 9630 Deereco Rd in Timonium, they make decadent European chocolates made in the old way - but, beware, they contain enough alcohol to be noticeable so these are for adults only. :)

January 19 | Unregistered Commentermegbmd

Wow! Nice blog! So many delicious goodies! If I do go to the US someday, I'm sure gonna have a lookout for some of these places! On another note, the pictures themselves are awesome baking inspirations! I'm adding you to my reader!

January 19 | Unregistered CommenterLovliebutterfly

Naida: Ha! I didn't even know "The Wire" was baltimore. But We're in it for the bakeries! :-)

Veron: ah yes, the "other" city in that movie. I just walked by that houseboat this morning (I live by it!)

CL: Ha! Roadtrip!

Megbd: Fantastic! That sounds delicious!

Lovlie: Thanks! Let us know where we should go in your neck of the woods too!

January 19 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

ok, now I'm wondering how much a plane ticket to baltimore would cost. Yum to all of that!

January 19 | Unregistered CommenterSal

A mobile bakery truck!? Where can i buy one of those? Brilliant!

January 19 | Unregistered CommenterZen Chef

I totally want my own cupcake truck.
How cool is that!

January 19 | Unregistered CommenterBakerella

I am officially SWOONING over those candies.

January 20 | Unregistered CommenterAbbie

I use to date a guy whose mom would send him back to Denver with Rheb's chocolates whenever he would go home to visit...the dark chocolates were some of the best I have ever eaten - and now I think I am going to have to order some before summer hits!

January 20 | Unregistered CommenterLolliCakes

I grew up in Maryland, and this post is making me wax a little nostalgic...sniff.... thanks again for another terrific post!

January 20 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa Contessa

I wish I was in Baltimore right now, those cakes are amazing!!! I would be over the moon if I had my own cake truck!!

Nice to be catching upon your posts from my absence due to illness.

Rock on Baltimore......

Rosie x

January 21 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

Wow, for just a fraction of that at my disposal, but then again having no will power, it would be a bad thing.
Great post, love the idea of a renegade baker.

January 21 | Unregistered CommenterJeanna

ok, totally random, but love Perfect Cupcakes's logo! (ok, sorry if my punctuation is off...i can never get those apostrophes right -- yep, i am a perfect candidate for the apostrophe catastrophe blog!)

March 2 | Unregistered CommenterBethany
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