The city by the sea is perhaps better known for a different kind of “baked” then the one this post is about, but the two undoubtedly go hand in hand when we’re talking about delicious, decadent confections to satisfy any munchy craving. Here’s a rundown of the best place to get a yummy baked good in Santa Cruz.
Buttercup Cakes and Farmhouse Frosting: This just-opened whole-in-the-wall shop off Santa Cruz’s main drag (Pacific Ave.) specializes in two things: wickedly good cupcakes and creamy frosting that can be bought by the bucket-full. Owned and operated by three generations of backing mavens, Buttercup cakes sells “regular” and jumbo sized cakes smeared with house-made frosting and delicate decorations. A must have if you stop in Santa Cruz.
The Buttery: I used to live right down the street from The Buttery and always found an excuse to come here for a mocha and a freshly baked ham and cheese croissant. For special occasions, or simply just to treat yourself, picking up a scone, muffin, cupcake (try the cheesecake topped one), cookie, cake, turnover, or tart from The Buttery is an experience in epicurean pleasure. It gets packed on the weekends and the wait for a baked good, though worth it, can be long, so try to come in during the week when the crowds are a little less boisterous.
Kelly’s French Bakery: No list of the best baked good in Santa Cruz is complete with out Kelly’s. Located on the far West Side of town, just shy of Natural Bridges, this Parisian-inspired bakery serves both decadent breakfast and lunch items to the hungry masses. With ample outdoor seating and confections you’ve never even heard of, Kelly’s is a longstanding favorite among locals. Come for a hearty lunch and take some French macaroons home for your lucky friends and family.