There’s something about this time of year, the feasts, the fun, the family time that just brings out that need for treats and indulgences. Whether it’s a quick frozen treat on the way home from work, or a scratch-made cake shared with family and friends, this area offers some of the best desserts you’ll find anywhere.
Here’s a look at some of our favorites, including the legendary spots and the soon to be famous!
Midtown Café and Dessertery is one of Winston-Salem’s landmark places for great food, particularly of the baked variety. Celebrating its 29th year of operation, this restaurant was the first pure dessertery in the area when it opened and was also home to Winston-Salem’s first real espresso machine, General Manager Jeff Cayton said. Originally known as the Dessertery, it added Midtown Café to the name as they added in more traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner. Today, it is still known for offering more than 25 scratch-made American classic desserts that wouldn’t be out of place on your grandmother’s table. While apple crunches, chocolate chocolate cakes, German chocolate cake and Italian crème cakes are big favorites, their five-flavor pound cake is the showstopper.
Midtown Café and Dessertery is located at 151 S. Stratford Road in Winston-Salem. They are open Sun – Thu 7 am to 8:30 pm, Fri – Sat 7 am to 9:30 pm. Breakfast is served all day, with a great lunch menu and classic American comfort food for dinner. Please see their website at midtowncafews.com or call (336) 724-9800.
Cakes by B has been providing folks in Jamestown with fresh from the oven treats for almost a decade now. Owner Brigid Murphy said she started off with a custom cake business in her home nine years ago and it just seemed natural to develop it into a downtown bakery as the business grew. While her famous Devil’s Food Cake draws raves, Cakes by B has also grown into a place where you can sneak in, grab a cinnamon roll (fresh from the oven) and a mug of hot chocolate and settle in for a moment of peace and tranquility in this busy world. They feature a constantly rotating selection of treats and cakes, as well as the bakery’s very own blend of coffee roasted specifically for them by the Carolina Coffee Company.
Located at 113 E. Main St. in Jamestown, NC, Cakes by B is open Mon – Wed 6:30 am to 6 pm, Thu – Fri 6:30 am to 9 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 9 pm. They also offer custom cakes and can make them in any size and for any celebration theme. For more information, stop by their website at cakesbyb.wordpress.com or call them at (336) 307-4653.
A Sweet Success! Bakery is the place for a sweet tooth and good heart. Located in Greensboro, A Sweet Success! Bakery is an outgrowth of the non-profit Sanctuary House and provides life enrichment and job opportunities for adults with mental illness, Bakery Manager Jennifer Yarbrough explained. The members come over and work in the bakery to learn skills to take out into the world and the proceeds from the sale of the baked goods go back into the program. The bakery is focusing right now on custom cakes and desserts and all are made to order. It has also provided wholesale baked goods for a number of restaurants and businesses in the area. Their motto is “Making a difference is a piece of cake!”
Their extensive menu features not just custom cakes and cupcakes, but also a wide selection of pies and cheesecakes, cookies, muffins, brownies, blondies, lemon bars and their famous Magic Seven-Layer bars. They are located at 315 N. Spring St in Greensboro and are open for order pick-ups Mon – Fri 8 am to 4 pm. For their complete menu, check out their website at asweetsuccessbakery.com.
Feeney’s Frozen Yogurt Bar was the first self-service frozen yogurt parlor in North Carolina and it has remained one of the Triad’s favorites. Now with two locations, in Greensboro and High Point, Feeney’s offers a selection of frozen yogurts that you can then top with anything from their extensive toppings bar. They offer around eight different flavors of frozen yogurt with the selection changing on an almost daily basis, featuring seasonal treats as well as options for low calorie, gelatos and non-dairy sorbets that can be mixed and matched as you like, founder Colleen Hodges explained. Toppings include everything from fresh fruits to cookie crumbles, gummies, sprinkles, crunchy breakfast cereals, hot fudge, whipped crème and other delights.
Feeney’s Frozen Yogurts can be found at 1603 New Garden Road in Greensboro and 1589 Skeet Club Road. The family owned and operated stores are open Sun – Thu noon to 9:30 pm and Fri – Sat noon until 10 pm. For more information, check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Feeneys-Frozen-Yogurt-Bar-185845988132 or call (336) 617-5874.
Swedebread is one of High Point’s great little secrets. Master baker Lena Vesterlund brings an Old World and Scandinavian twist to the local baking game. A native of Sweden, Vesterlund’s products feature hearty, organic grains that produce dark, rich breads and treats that have just enough of a sweet bite to them to keep them familiar. Her Swedish cinnamon rolls are a local favorite, light and fulfilling at the same time, heavy on the cinnamon and featuring just a light dusting of coarse sugar on top. Swedebread’s baked goods are currently available at The Budding Artichoke. Fresh breads and treats are brought in each day, with different offerings depending on the day of the week. Cinnamon rolls and Danishes are always part of the selection, but they can sell out quickly.
Swedebread is also available for custom and special baking orders. For more information, please check out their website at www.swedebread.com. Her baked goods are available at The Budding Artichoke, which is located at 2301 Sandy Ridge Road, High Point and is open Tues-Sat 10 am to 6 pm and on Sundays noon until 6 pm.
Cheesecakes by Alex is one of the earliest participants in the regeneration of Downtown Greensboro. Since opening 14 years ago, it has become one of the great bakeries in the city under the guidance of founders Alex and Vera Amoroso. Obviously, they are famous for sumptuous cheesecakes from the classic New York style through modern masterpieces like Kahlua Espresso and Peanut Butter Cup. And holiday tables will always welcome their Apple Crisp, Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soufflé varieties. For a place that started with four flavors, they’ve grown to 25 crowd pleasers, not to mention a full array of baked onsite pastries, muffins, bagels and cakes. Local ingredients are a big part of their story, right down to getting all their milk from local dairies and coffee from local roasters.
Cheesecakes by Alex is located at 315 W. Elm St. in Downtown Greensboro. They open weekdays at 7:30 am (closing Mon – Wed at 9 pm, Thursday at 10 pm and Friday at 11 pm). Saturday hours are 9 am until 11 pm and Sundays from 10 am until 9pm. For more information, see their website at cheesecakesbyalex.com or call (336)273-0970.
My Two Sweetie Pies, LLC is a home-based custom cakes and cupcakes service owned by Phone Winstead in Greensboro. Located in the Irving Park area, Winstead has been creating one of a kind decorative cakes for birthdays, anniversaries, bridal showers and other celebrations for about five years. She also produces special cupcakes and character-themed cake pops on request. All items are made from scratch, to order and can also be delivered locally if you need. The cakes can be made in a large variety of flavors, with butter cream and flavored icings as well. She can also combine cakes and cupcakes to match a theme for an event.
During the busiest of seasons, all items do need to be pre-ordered ahead of time. If you’d like to learn more and see a listing of flavors and styles available, please stop by her website at mytwosweetiepies.com or call (336) 662-5427.
Atelier on Trade is home to one of North Carolina’s most accomplished pastry chefs. A grand diplome recipient of Paris’ famed Cordon Bleu, Pablo del Zalle has brought back world class technique and skill to his hometown of Winston-Salem. Nestled in the midst of the city’s Arts District on Trade Street, Atelier offers and astounding array of sweet and savory treats. You can settle in at a table for a classic croissant and a café au lait or sample some of the sweet pastries over an espresso. Over the last two and a half years, the bakery has been a cornerstone of the local hand crafted and locally produced food scene, combining French flair with Southern sensibilities.
Atelier, meaning “workshop” in French, is located at 533 Trade Street NW in Winston-Salem. They are open Wed – Fri 7 am until 7 pm, Saturday 8 am until 7pm and Sunday 9 am until 5 pm. For more information, please stop by their website at www.atelierontrade.com. A second Winston-Salem location, featuring homemade ice cream will also be opening in this December.
Christina’s Dessertery is Clemmons’ home of fine cake design and baking. Owned and operated by Christina and Michael Johnson, the shop offers everything from the most elegant wedding cakes down to cheesecakes, pastries, cupcakes and cake by the slice to be enjoyed right there. All the items are made in house, from scratch, Michael Johnson said, and the work is at the center of the family’s heart and soul. Winner of YES! Weekly’s 2014 Best Wedding Cake, Christina’s Dessertery always has whole handmade cakes on hand and can create cakes to suit any occasion. The couple started out the business working with catered events and today can still provide baked goods for crowds large and small, with Michael doing the baking and Christina handling design and decoration.
Christina’s Dessertery is located on Lewisville/Clemmons Road next to Mario’s Pizza and the Full Moon Oyster Bar in Clemmons. They are open Tues – Sat 11 am to 7 pm. For more information, check out their website at: Christinasdessertery.com or call them at (336) 712-0300.
Tart Sweets is set in Winston-Salem’s stately Rosenbacher House and features the confections and creations of Chelsea Tart. Partnered with her mother, Lynn, Chelsea has become famous for being the only place in the Triad that does handmade, egg white macarons. Beyond those crispy, light as air cookies, they offer daily a changing selection of breakfast items, bars, brownies, cookies and they feature a full espresso bar. They also do custom cakes with a special emphasis on elegant wedding cakes. If you are preparing for your nuptials, they can schedule a wedding cake tasting and work to design that perfect centerpiece for the wedding celebration.
You can find Tart Sweets at 848 W. Fifth St on the edge of downtown Winston-Salem. They are open Tues – Fri from 8 am to 6 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. For more information, please check out their website at tartsweets.com or give them a call at (336) 724-5663.
Amoroso’s Bakery is a great family-owned bakery with two locations in the Triad: High Point and Greensboro. Owner Ralph Amoroso and his team of bakers make a huge selection of cakes, cookies, cupcakes and some of the best pastries in the region. Baklava and turnovers are guaranteed crowd pleasers, as is their house made tiramisu and chocamisu. And don’t pass on the turnovers which come in a variety of classic flavors. Amoroso’s can also custom make cakes for any occasion, offering a selection of flavors and styles including seasonal favorites like pumpkin spice in the autumn and pink lemonade for the spring and summer. The bakeries also work extensively with several area restaurants and venues, providing them with all sorts of desserts and baked goods.
You can stop by Amoroso’s Bakery in High Point at 5824 Samet Drive, Suite 190 in the Palladium Shopping Center. In Greensboro, they are located at 5803-A Hunt Club Road. Both stores are open Mon – Thu 8:30 am to 9 pm, Fri – Sat 8:30 am to 10 pm and Sundays 11 am to 9 pm. For more information, please see their website at amorososbakery.net.
Sweet Talk Bakery is a great place to take a break during the busy holiday. Sit down, enjoy a hot cup of coffee, a piece of cake or other dessert and spend some time talking and relaxing with friends. There’s free Wi-Fi and even a private room, making this a great place for a reading club or group of friends to meet up at. Beyond their in-house made cakes, cookies, bars and other treats, they also offer ice cream, espresso and some of the prettiest cupcakes you’ll find anywhere. The bakery also regularly hosts events movie nights and live entertainment.
Sweet Talk Bakery is located at 5002-C High Point Road in Greensboro. They are open Mon – Thu 10 am to 9 pm, Fri – Sat 10 am to 10 pm. They are closed on Sundays. For more information, please check their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SweetTalkNC.
B & G Pies is a regional landmark when it comes to sweet treats. Based in Winston-Salem since it began back in 1949, B&G Pies have been a treat for generations! Everyone has seen those paper-wrapped fried pies in convenience stores, barbecue restaurants and grocery stores and they are just about impossible to resist. Still individually handmade to this day, they feature five flavors: apple, peach, lemon, chocolate and cherry. The only true machine used in the manufacture of the pies, owner Shannon Wilson said, is the one that wraps the pies. The pastry is made by hand, as are the fillings and deft-fingered workers crimp and seal each one with care. B&G also produces the D-Lish Treat, which is a no-bake cookie featuring chocolate, oatmeal and peanut butter that will remind you of some of your family’s classic treats.
While North Carolina is the biggest customer state for B&G Pies, they can be found in Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida as well. B&G moved recently to a more modern facility at 895 Northwest Boulevard in Winston-Salem and if you’d like to get some of the pies right from the source, they are always available there for $1 apiece. For more information, see their website at bgpies.com.
Spring Garden Bakery and Coffeehouse has been a main stay in Greensboro for well over 25 years. They feature a full line of muffins, dessert bars, brownies, cakes and pies made from recipes that have stood the test of time. It has long been a stop-in spot for folks in the neighborhood to drop in for a cup of great coffee and a slice of cake. Owned now by the same folks who own Pepper Moon Catering, the Spring Garden Bakery can do custom cakes, desserts and even wedding cakes for any size occasion, as well. And each holiday season, they are the premiere place for getting handmade traditional fruitcake, which features seven different dried fruits (not the candied stuff) and a liberal dosing of brandy.
Located at 1932 Spring Garden St in Greensboro, the Spring Garden Bakery and Coffeehouse is open Mon – Sat 7am to 6 pm, and Sundays 8 am to 5 pm. For more information, please stop by their website at springgardenbakery.com or call them at (336) 272-8199.
Andy’s Frozen Custard is High Point’s newest frozen treats sensation. Featuring a retro look, Andy’s brings something to the game that’s a bit beyond normal everyday ice cream. Frozen custard, Andy’s Director of Operations Daniel Schick explained, is made with less air whipped in than regular ice cream, making for a richer, fuller taste and feel. It is also held at a temperature of 18 to 23 degrees F, rather than the 0 degrees F that ice cream is, meaning you can eat it without fear of brain freeze. Also, the frozen custard at Andy’s is made fresh every single hour. You can have it turned into shakes, malts, splits or even the company’s world famous concretes which feature a wide range of toppings mixed right in. There’s even a jackhammer concrete that features a well in the center of the frozen custard which can be filled with hot fudge, caramel or other toppings.
The location at 2406 Penny Road in High Point offers drive thru and walk up service. Hours of operation are Sun – Thu 11 am to 11 pm, Fri – Sat 11 am to 11:30 pm. For more information, see their website at eatandys.com/high-point-nc/.
Cakes and All Things Yummy located in Kernersville has been the town’s top cake bakery for the last seven years. It’s a great place to stop in for a box of cupcakes on the way to work or some lemon bars for dessert after dinner. They offer a wide variety of cookies each day as well, and there are always 13 different flavors of cakes available for takeout. Special order cakes are a big part of the business, too, from beautiful wedding cakes to a classic Bundt cake for a special family get together, owner Sabrina Dixon said. Snack trays for gathering are available as well, featuring cookies, bars and brownies.
The bakery storefront is located at 108 North Main St in Kernersville. Hours of operation are Tues – Thu 10 am to 6 pm, Fri – Sat 10 am to 9 pm. For more information, please check out their website at cakeandallthingsyummy.com or call (336) 310-4504.
Jevay’s Sweet Sensations in Greensboro is one of the newest entries into our list, but when it comes to cupcakes, baker Jevay Thompson is at the top of the game. A school teacher by day, she’s spends the rest of her time creating some of the most inventive cupcake flavors you’ve ever seen, from Mama’s Classic red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing to Sir Maple Bacon’s syrup, bacon and cinnamon flavors. Creamsicles and butterscotches are included, alongside white chocolate and peppermint iced and cookies and cream varieties. Cupcakes are ordered with a minimum of one dozen and larger orders for parties, weddings and other events are welcome.
Cupcakes from Jevay’s Sweet Sensations do need to be ordered ahead of time, and can often be ready for you in 24 hours (a bit faster during the summer), and she is happy to deliver them in town. For more information, please check out her Facebook page at facebook.com/jevayssweetsensations or call (336) 687-5800.
Dioli’s Italian Market is rightly known for its selection of Mediterranean deli offerings, including great, savory party trays featuring the best in Italian meats and cheeses, but they are also one of the area’s great bakeries. Beyond the handmade meatballs, vegetable and meat lasagnas and house made pimento cheese, there are coffee cakes (blueberry or apple), cinnamon rolls seasonal fruit turnovers and scones of all types, and that’s just the breakfast offerings. Classic Italian desserts are also available such as tiramisu, cannoli, crème puffs and zeppola. Italian cakes, pies and cheesecakes are also offered up by the slice. Their talented bakers can also do specialty and wedding cakes on request.
Located at 2898 Reynold Road in Winston-Salem, Dioli’s Italian Market is open Mon – Fri 8 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday 10 am to 2:30 pm. For more information, stop by their website at diolis.com/Italian-market or call (336) 724-9900.
The Sweet Shop: Homemade Pound Cakes by Margaret Elaine is famous in Greensboro for making some of the best pound cakes to be found anywhere. They don’t stop at just the classic pound cake, either, but carry it through over 150 different flavors and varieties. Just some of the favorite flavors offered include: coffee, vanilla, lemon, key lime rum, raspberry, chocolate chip and even lemon vodka for that special kick. They also offer all sorts of other cupcakes and desserts, both classic and fanciful. Call ahead and order for special events, meetings, parties and give everyone a treat that is sure to make their day.
The Sweet Shop is located 631 S. Elm St, Suite A in Greensboro. They are open Tue – Thu noon to 7 pm, Fri – Sat noon to 8 pm. For more information, please check out their Facebook page at facebook.com/SweetShopNow or call (336) 501-2658.
Mrs. Pumpkin’s Bakery is one of Winston-Salem’s classic providers of all things baked, from brownies, cakes and sweet treats to chicken pies and prepared meals to take home to the family or to feed a crowd. Begun in 1985 in Tobaccoville by Desty and Don McEwan, the business grew from a simple wholesale business to one that required a retail location, opening one in Winston-Salem in 1993. While many items have been added to the menus over the years, they are still known for their signature cream cheese brownies. The fresh breads, cookies, muffins and cakes have continued as well and always local favorites.
Located at 3645-B Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem, they are open Mon – Fri 8 am to 6 pm, and Saturdays 8 am to 2 pm. Custom cakes and catering are available. For more info, please see their website at mrspumpkins.com or call (336) 924-9797.
Smash Gourmet Desserts in Greensboro turns many of your favorite desserts into flavored cupcakes, from apple pies and cinnamon rolls to peach cobblers and carrot cakes. It’s a great way to get a lot of flavor into a small package. They also offer a selection of classic cupcake flavors along with brownies (from the simply classic to the decadently loaded) and homemade pound cakes. Pound cakes from Smash Gourmet can be graced with lemon, vanilla and caramel glazes if you’d like.
Smash Gourmet Desserts delivers orders in Greensboro. For more information, please see their Facebook page at facebook.com/smashdesserts or call (336) 883-5378.