It’s hard to resist the smell of fresh baked cookies, cakes, breads, and all things sweet and delicious. Sure, your typical grocery chain offers plenty of yummy baked goods, but they just can’t compete with savory offerings of an old-fashioned bakery. And lucky for South Carolinians, there are plenty of tasty bakery treats to be found all over the state, especially at these 10 best bakeries in South Carolina.
Cookies, pastries, and pies, oh, my! Strossner’s has been a staple of Greenville’s baked good scene for years, and it’s easy to see why—they’ve got one of the biggest varieties of delectable treats you could ever ask for. And for those who are actually sticking to their diets, Strossner’s serves up savory lunch specials. The smell alone will keep you coming back for more.
Cupcakes have gained quite a footing in the bakery world, perhaps due to popular shows like Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” or perhaps because the idea of a single-serve handheld cake has found a new sticking point (like batter to a spatula). Take a trip down south to one of the best cupcake shops in the state, where you’ll find fresh baked cupcakes in over 50 flavors with all the toppings you could ask for. They even reward their best customers, so stop by often and earn your treats for free. Now that’s a sweet deal.
It’s safe to say there aren’t any actual moose on the menu. Instead, they special in sating your sweet tooth cravings with cupcakes, cake pops, and other trendy desserts. You won’t find a cupcake offering quite like this: along with classic chocolate and vanilla flavors, they’ve whipped up a variety of lemon, gingerbread, salted caramel chocolate, and even white chocolate peppermint cupcakes, to name a slight few. They also cater to the gluten-free and vegan crowds.
French cuisine meets southern flair in one unique bake shop. Fill your belly with breakfast, lunch, or brunch, then swing by the bakery for some savory afterthoughts. They create cakes for all occasions, as well as cupcakes, French macarons, breads, and designer cookies for the “just because.”
If you simply can’t resist the taste of fresh-from-the-oven bread, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better bread shop than Miller’s Bread Basket. This Amish-Mennonite style eatery serves up tasty home cooking for breakfast and lunch, as well as homemade breads and desserts.
Ally & Eloise Bakeshop is the sugar addict’s paradise. With specialty iced cookies, cake pops, French macarons, and their own spinoff of the petit fours (they call them babycakes), every sweet tooth can walk away satisfied. And if you have never experienced the deliciousness called almond toffee crunch cake, do yourself a favor and order one. Only then will you know what your life has been missing.
Over 2,000 Facebook likes can’t be wrong. The Bakery Off Augusta has been touted the best bakery of the Upstate by loyal fans, and it’s easy to see why. With stellar cake design, superior customer service, and taste bud approval, the bakers here take their jobs seriously, and it reflects in every piece that comes out of their ovens.
Who says cupcakes have to be bad for you? Cupcake Paradise have taken measures to make their tasty treats add some extra nutritional value by filling them with fruit. Yes, fruit. Best of all, they come in three different sizes, so you can somewhat stick to your daily calorie count. Hey, a little indulgence doesn’t hurt once in a while, right?
Two words: edible art. The word “art” is in the name for good reason—each of their masterpieces is a delicious work of art that looks almost too good to eat… almost. This isn’t your traditional bakery, though. They aren’t open to the public, rather operating on one-off projects, which you will need to make an appointment to plan and discuss your upcoming bakery needs.
What better way to satisfy your sweet cravings than by grabbing lunch at the same time? Tiffany’s Bakery & Eatery has been voted the Best Bakery in Columbia, offering basic and elaborate cake designs that are worthy of your Instagram feed. And don’t forget those scrumptious little petit fours that make the perfect complement to every event.