Take the Cake (or Pie or Cookie) at Orlando's Best Bakeries

Carbs get such a bad name these days. Count them, the diets will tell you. Remember there are good ones and bad ones. Or, worst of all, they instruct you to avoid them altogether. If the gourmet cupcake trend has been indicative of anything, it's a hard backlash against a philosophy that tells us all the sweet, doughy things we love most are nutritionally sinful. Let's face it: foodies don't want to be preached at (unless the sermon comes with artisan-smoked, hand-cut, maple-sugared bacon). Orlando residents enjoy warm weather much of the year and as such, may be a little more diet conscious than most, but that doesn't mean they don't appreciate a nice piece of cake. Or pie. Or bread. Where do they go to get it? All over! For crusty-perfect breads and rolls, East End Market's Olde Hearth Bread Co. For classic, butter-laden French, it's Croissant Gourmet in Winter Park. Fortuna Bakery & Cafe keeps locals and tourists covered. And for those aforementioned trendy cupcakes? Try Blue Bird Bake Shop in the Audubon Park Garden District or switch it up with a new kid on the Corrine Drive block, P is for Pie, where you can enjoy the granny-centric goodness in multiple forms, from pop to whoopie to mason jar and more. 



Behold the bridge-building power of food. Whether you're well schooled in the delights of the South American bakery or a total novice, the helpful staffers at Fortuna will serve you cheerfully and efficiently, regardless of whether you speak the...  Read More



Along with its incredibly tempting selection of sweets, cakes and pastries – Danish to éclair, pound cake to scone (even sweet Nutella empanadas on occasion) – this unassuming little Oviedo bakery is a coffee lovers' haven, serving up...  Read More



Okay so Valhalla Bakery is vegan creates a preponderance of confections as does any bakery: doughnuts, cakes, cookies, brownies, muffins, pies, cupcakes, tarts, buns, pretzels.... The list goes on. Their wares are oft rich and heavy,...  Read More



Brothers Francois and Phillipe Cahagne opened Croissant Gourmet in 2008 and in the time since it has become a local favorite in the walkable window shopper's paradise of Winter Park. While lunch time brings in all manner of diners clamoring for...  Read More



Guten tag! This little gem of a bakery-slash-deli enjoys a prime location across the street from a lovely lakeside park, which means you can grab a midday meal and enjoy it steps from where at least part of it was freshly baked. Of course, that...  Read More



Nestled in the burgeoning foodie haven of Audubon Park, Blue Bird Bake Shop offers up delightful cupcakes – scratch-baked from small batches. Does this mean your favorite might run out by afternoon? Yes. Yes, it does. All the more reason to...  Read More



This quaint working Milk District bakery is open for breakfast and lunch with a manageable, fresh-made menu that changes near daily and makes choosing easy. Okay, that's arguable, since how one chooses between creative, handcrafted moon pies and...  Read More



Sister Honey's sells many wonderful products, one of which is called a Magic Bar. While said magic has not been verified by the folks over at Hogwarts, the texture and flavor – a chewy-delicious chocolate-butterscotch-coconut amalgam that may...  Read More



Addicted to your handheld device? Well, snap the picture and set your phone down, because you'll want both your hands – pie pop in one, mini-pie in the other? – to sample the wares of this friendly, from-scratch bake shop in Audubon Park....  Read More



Oh, the crusty, crusty goodness.... The most difficult thing about stepping up to the great wall of bread at Olde Hearth's East End Market outpost is not buying more than you came for. Whatever your carb-coma drug of choice is, odds are really...  Read More


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