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Bakery 411

Calgary’s tastiest bakeries, whether you feel like a fudge brownie, a gourmet cookie or a piece of fresh sourdough

The lemon curd tart at Brulee Bakery.

Beauty may be on the outside of Brulee Bakery’s desserts, but take a bite of one of their many treats and you’ll see they taste just as sweet on the inside. Brulee offers cdesserts, gift trays and cookie assortments as well as cakes and tarts. Their signature treat, the lemon cream cake, consists of tart, lemon-syrup-brushed layers, lemon curd and whipped cream filling, and a lemon buttercream icing.

Located in Marda Loop, Cookie Occasion has been offering freshly baked treats for over 15 years. Their cookie selection consists of 18 flavours that range from the creamy classic peanut butter to the inside-out cookie, a chewy cocoa cookie loaded with white Callebaut chocolate chunks.

The Crave-O-Licious.

At Crave Cookies & Cupcakes, you can taste a variety of cookies and cupcakes made from scratch. This bakery was started by sisters who wanted to share their mother’s dessert recipes with the city. With four locations (Kensington, Willow Park, Aspen and 17th Ave), cupcakes are topped high with buttercream icing and come in innovative flavours such the signature Crave-O-Licious: chocolate cake covered with light blue vanilla buttercream icing and sprinkled with chocolate shavings. For a smaller treat go for the mini cupcakes.

For 27 years, Decadent Desserts has been catering to the city’s sweet tooth. They have a variety of cakes, cheesecakes, pies, tarts, cookies, squares and dessert trays. Try the Fantasy Fudge cake, a rich, dark fudge cake filled with Callebaut chocolate and decorated with chocolate leafs.

For wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free breads and treats try the Earth’s Oven. Bakery products are geared toward people who have allergies or intolerances to traditional bakery products. There are over 20 gluten-free products to choose from, including breads, muffins, cookies, bars, pies to pot pies. Enjoy the taste of corn bread, without gluten, soy or egg or a lemon coconut muffin without gluten, wheat, soy, dairy or egg (2066 – 18 Ave NE, 403-686-4810).

Cheese buns from Glamorgan Bakery. Photographer: Veronica Cowan.

Glamorgan Bakery is best known for their locally famous cheese buns. They go beyond typical grocery store cheese buns, making them fresh with real cheese and in a variety of flavours like white or whole wheat flour, as well as ham and cheese. The savoury treats sell fast and if you have a sweet tooth, the bakery also offers a wide variety of other baked goods including Texas donuts, mini cheese cakes and cookies.

Nestled in the heart of Chinatown, every corner of Jing Jing Bakery displays fresh baked goods. For lunch there’s BBQ pork buns, red bean crispy buns and ham and chicken pies. You can also choose from sweets like fruit cream rolls, coffee cream rolls, coconut tarts, egg tarts and even mini egg tarts.

Nectar Desserts' red velvet cake. Photographer: Jason Dziver.

Nectar Desserts provides an outlet for late night sweet indulgences. Open until midnight on Friday and Saturday, the dessert bar’s changing menu offers up delectables that include tarts, cakes, ice creams and sorbets. Try such mouth watering treats as the smoky chocolate and sea-salt caramel and lemon chiffon with fresh berries.

For bread fresh from the oven, try Urban Baker. Their slow-rising handmade breads are made from whole grain and organic flours, and no trans fats are used in any of their products. There’s over 14 different breads to choose from, ranging from the chocolate cranberry bread to focaccia bread. To satisfy a dessert craving there’s also specialty cakes, tarts and pies.

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