Bakers Dozen: Piping-hot treats from local confectionary delights

Homage Bakery

Homage Bakery

Dash into one of our favorite local bakeries and enjoy some goodies from the oven this season. Bring back those warm memories with a pastry that melts in your mouth, a toasty loaf of bread or specialty pie that’s just like what your grandma used to make. Visit one (or a few) of these bakeries that just may be the icing on your Reno/Tahoe vacation.

Are your taste buds in the mood for a savory croissant or scone? Homage Bakery is your answer. Located in downtown Reno, they are known for their quaint atmosphere and cozy location, desserts, and savory or sweet pastries.

Better than you would believe. The delightful doughnuts, delicious bagels, controversially good #notacronut and Challah bread at Rounds Bakery are just a few things you’ll find at this place you just can’t skip. Their famous fat bastard, a doughnut filled with an apple fritter and custard, is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. Once you taste their baked goods you will understand why they are a local’s favorite voted “Best Bagel” and “Best Doughnut” in Reno News & Review.

Carbohydrates are what you’ll knead when you visit House of Bread. Jalapeño jack & cheddar, honey whole wheat, grandma’s white and 13-grain, along with different daily breads, are available at this California Avenue bakery. Craving sweet bread? Raspberry swirl made with a good amount of sweetened raspberries and honey can be ordered if you call ahead, while their apple cinnamon swirl is available daily.

Tahoe Bakery Custom Cakery

Tahoe Bakery Custom Cakery

Decadent yet decorative cakes are what you will receive at Tahoe Cakes By Grace in South Lake. Specializing in breathtaking wedding cakes, you’ll find flavors galore from champagne to Italian cream cake. This place may make you do a double take.

Exceptional muffins, extraordinary cinnamon rolls and epic proportions are what Tahoe House Bakery & Gourmet is all about. Enjoy the chocolaty goodness with their popular chocolate cannoli cake, chocolate croissant and Swiss kisses (chocolate covered chocolate meringues). This quaint Tahoe City spot is where you’ll see lines out the door in the morning while tourists and locals are making their day a little sweeter with morning pastries.

Fun flavors happen when you have monkey business (banana cake topped with cream cheese frosting, butterscotch sauce and a mini salted pretzel) at Mix Cupcake Co. who specializes in delicious cupcakes for every occasion. Having recently merged with Levis Pies, you will have the option to pick up a jumbleberry, Lee’s lemon chess (imagine a lemon bar pie), salted caramel apple or turtle brownie chess pie, just to name a few.

Are gluten- or sugar-free pastries something you’re searching for? Look no further than L.A. Bakery, Café & Eatery in Carson City where they have cupcakes that are gluten-free, brownies that are gluten- or sugar-free along with other scrumptious pastries, baklava and choclava.

Heavenly options await with an abundant selection of breads, bagels, pastries and more at Paul Schat’s Bakery. Cream puffs, chocolate eclairs, macaroons, almond bear claws, many varieties of bread and grandpa Schat’s apple struddle are worth the detour to Nevada’s state capitol. Locals rave about their sheepherder and various types of cheese breads.

Mix Cupcake & Levi's Pies

Mix Cupcake & Levi’s Pies

Impressive pecan and fruit tarts, incredible soft peaks of lemon meringue, inconceivably good cinnamon rolls, and inviting sticky buns will make your visit to Sugar Pine Bakery in South Lake Tahoe an out-of-this-world experience.

Jumping for joy is what you’ll do when you see the outcome of the specialty ordered cakes, cupcakes, pies and baked doughnuts at Tahoe Bakery Custom Cakery in South Lake Tahoe. Bring your ideas or have them design one for you, for a unique, sugary twist for your upcoming event or celebration.

Kick-start your day with a sweet treat from Josef’s Vienna Bakery and Café in Reno. Coffee cakes, napoleons, cookies and more are handmade and decorated within this local bakery. Have a cake craving but only want a slice? They have mini cakes that will allow you all the great taste but at a manageable size.

Lunch starts with loaves from Truckee Sourdough Company. Want a sandwich with local flavor? The bread that’s baked with love using only freshly milled, unbleached flower, sea salt and water is available at several supermarkets within the Reno/Tahoe area.

Make your trip a memorable one by indulging in exquisite treats offered by Franz’s Backstube Austrian Bakery and Fine Pastries in Reno. With options of traditional Austrian cakes, fruit tartlets or even their delightful coconut macaroons, you will be thanking your lucky stars you stumbled upon this magical place.

Nice little nibbles or big bites await at this bakers dozen. There are several local treats you will need to eat from savory to sweet. Be prepared for baked goods that will awaken your palate and have you feeling heavenly.


By: Katrina Stewart

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