• Katie McCarthy

Cookies, Cakes, and Kronuts—19 Bakeries Worth Taking the Long Way Home for

If you are looking for a sweet treat to get you through the week or a memorable dessert for your next party, there is no shortage of great local bakeries to choose from. With more coming on the scene (like Blossom Café & Bakery and The Wandering Cup), towns all around the county have you covered with creative confectioners whipping up delectable desserts right in your own backyard. Some of the most creative desserts in the county may be right under your nose.

El Sombrero Bakery - Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

Whether you are looking for a traditional sweet treat or a unique spin on a classic, these bakeries have a multitude of sweet treats for you to try. Take a peek inside these sweet spots from around the county.


Belmont's Specialty Foods

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

35 N. Main St., Belmont

Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Representing over 150 small businesses, Belmont's Specialty Food is a small family business located next to city hall in downtown Belmont. Make any occasion a little more special with their locally made macarons, cookies, and milkshakes. While you are there, ask about their catering options.


Berry's Bakery

2101 S. New Hope Rd., Gastonia

Wednesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.


For a classic taste you will love, visit Berry’s Bakery in Gastonia for your cookie, cake, and pie needs. This family-owned bakery’s secret recipe includes: traditional family recipes, love and passion. Stop in for a sweet treat or fill an order request for your next event.


Blossom Café & Bakery

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

101 E. Virginia Ave., Bessemer City

Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.


New to the scene in the growing and thriving Bessemer City, Blossom Café & Bakery has you covered with confections, a cool interior and (soon-to-be) cocktails.


Butter Me Up

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

200 E. Main St., Cherryville

Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


Butter Me Up Cakes and Catering is here to make your day more memorable with their specialty decorated cookies, cupcakes, and cakes. Support this local business by checking out their new store-front in Cherryville.


Cake Me Away Bakery

Photo Courtesy of Cake Me Away Bakery

120 W. Trade St., Dallas

Wednesday 3 p.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.


Next to the new Sammy's Restaurant and Pub in downtown Dallas, Cake Me Away Bakery is on a mission to make the world a little sweeter. Join them on this mission by indulging in any of their specialty cupcakes, cookies, bars, or truffles at their new storefront in Dallas. With their long list of flavors and sizes, you'll want to add this bakery as one of your stops on the way home just to try them all.


Ellie Mae's Bake Shop

Photo Courtesy of Ellie Mae's Bake Shop

176 S. Chester St., Gastonia

Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


From chocolate-covered rice Krispy treats, pretzels, or Oreos to 10-inch cakes with gluten-free options, Ellie Mae's Bake Shop in Gastonia is here for your baked goods needs. These made from scratch sweets are one of a kind and just what you need to get you through a tough week. Order ahead for specialty cakes and cupcakes at your next event.

Elo Sweets & Goodies

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

132 W. Virginia Ave., Bessemer City

Monday-Thursday, 12 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; Friday 12 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday 12 p.m.-6:30p.m.


Satisfy your sweet tooth with this Bessemer City favorite, serving up everything you love about ice cream from waffle cones to dippin' dots and even banana splits. But, that's not all. Homemade baked goods are also on the menu at Elo Sweets and Goodies with their sea salt caramel cheesecake, Oreo truffles, and lemon bars. Stop by to see (and smell) for yourself.


El Sombrero Bakery

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

2516 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia

Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 6 a.m.-3 p.m.


Since 2017, El Sombrero Bakery has offered authentic Columbian Cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Grab your favorite Gabriel Garcia-Marquez novel and stop in for one of their classic milhojas. You can find this amazing treat, along with a counter full of other savory and sweet Colombian goodies, at El Sombrero Bakery.


The Everyday Market

Grant Baldwin, Gaston Outside

7 S. Main St., Belmont

Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Looking for a taste of Europe in your own backyard? You’ll want to spend some time in The Everyday Market, located across from Stowe Park in Belmont. Each made-from-scratch dessert is paired with an exceptionally brewed cup of coffee, ready to become your weekly pick-me-up.


Floyd and Blackies

Randy Rivera, Gaston Outside

123 Main St., McAdenville

Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


137 8th Ave., Cramerton

Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-9p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m.


Floyd and Blackies Bakery is located in Downtown McAdenville. Baking services include fresh sweets and customized cakes made daily by hand in-house. Bring the bakery to your home or event with their delectable catering options. Only the best ingredients cross the kitchen at Floyd and Blackies. Pastries aren’t the only thing on display, those mouth-watering smells are customized by professional bakers. Two locations mean twice the fun, give them a visit next time you're in Cramerton.


The French Cookie Bakery

Photo Courtesy of The French Cookie Bakery

Belmont, NC

Order via email


Growing a baking empire, The French Cookie Bakery operates as an to-order baking company, setting up shop at the occasional pop-up market. From cakes to macarons, The French Cookie Bakery is not only a sight to see but a joy to eat.


Fryeday Coffee Roasters

Chandler West, Gaston Outside

106 E. First St. Unit B,, Lowell

Monday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.


Make the visit for a sweet treat and stay for the great smell of freshly roasted coffee. Fryeday Coffee Roasters, located in downtown Lowell, offers unique flavors of macarons, specialty cakes, French pastries, and kronuts. Not to mention their art shows and nights of live music by the fire.


Guilty Pleasures Catering and Bakery

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

201 E Franklin Blvd., Gastonia

Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


For an elegant look at your next event, consider the specialty cakes and cupcakes at Guilty Pleasures Catering and Bakery. With a passion for perfection, this bakery has been serving Gastonia since 2008. Peruse their list of flavors, shapes, and sizes, before scheduling a consultation and tasting session in their newly remodeled storefront. Don't forget to pick up a "guilty" treat while you're at it.


Mugshots Coffee and Tea

Camille Renner, Gaston Outside

4 N. Main St., Belmont

Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Snack like the coffee enthusiasts in Belmont, by pairing one of the unique coffee creations at Mugshots Coffee and Tea with one of their fresh baked goods. From muffins to vegan coffee cake, to specialty frosted cookies, Mugshots will not disappoint you or your sweet tooth.


Queen Bee Bakery

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

108 S. Main St., Mount Holly

Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Add a bit of sweetness to your day with Queen Bee’s Bakery in Mount Holly. This award-winning bakery offers freshly baked goods in a variety of flavors, including apple pecan, blueberry lemonade, and cherry limeade. If that isn’t crazy enough for you, ask about their pickle cupcakes.


Sugarlicious Bakery

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

3078 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia

Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.


Sugarlicious Bakery has something for everyone in every size. Whether you’re looking for homemade macarons, a dozen artisanal cupcakes, or even a single slice of cake, Sugarlicious Bakery has it all. Bring the fun to your next party by filling out a custom order today.


Twisted Sugar

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

7 N Main St., Belmont

Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.


Treat yourself today with one of Belmont's own Twisted Sugar's custom cookies. Flavors are made fresh in-store daily with only the tastiest ingredients. Stick to the classics or take your spoon on the adventurous side with their fan-favorite flavors, including Cookies & Cream, Swizzle Sugar, and Lemon Raspberry Sugar. There are no tongue twisters here only delicious cookies.


Victoria-Cole Gifts and Collectibles

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

116 E Main St., Cherryville

Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m-5:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Victoria-Cole Gifts and Collectibles is a one-of-a-kind store located in Cherryville. More than just a bakery, Victoria Cole offers home decor and clothing for all seasons. While you are enjoying their collection of printed shirts, jewelry, and handmade coffee mugs, don't forget to pick up a sweet treat from their selection of truffles and caramels. Of course, you will not want to miss out on your chance to grab one of their highly acclaimed chocolate bombs (marshmallows included).


The Wandering Cup

Evey McFadden - Gaston Outside

900 South Fork Village Dr., No. G2, Belmont

Tuesday-Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Located inside A Little Bit of Art, this coffee shop and bakery was born by combining a love for art with a love for coffee. The Wandering Cup partners with local small businesses to provide their customers with fresh, homemade baked goods and pastries. It’s the perfect place to add a creative spark to your date-night or simply grab a unique, handcrafted dessert on your way home from work.

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