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What's your favorite sweet in San Diego?

In the last couple of weeks I've had carrot cake from both Heaven Sent Dessert and Bread & Market (via the Linkery). Both were excellent and got me thinking about sweets. I also love the huge brioche cinnamon rolls from Con Pane Bakery in Point Loma. And when freshly baked, I love the white chocolate cake with fresh strawberries from European Cake Gallery and tasty cupcakes from Baked by Etta. What's your San Diego favorite sweets?

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  1. concur on ECG; does anyone have any comments on Flour Power Bakery?

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    1. re: ibstatguy

      Flour Power is an excellent place to get cakes! Wonderful selection, and, if you're in the market for a decorated cake, they do a fabulous job. I must admit, however, that I've never tried any of their other bakery items.

      Second the vote for Yogurt World. This is my new favourite place for dessert, and oddly enough, because it's not too sweet!

      1. re: ibstatguy

        Flour Power Cakes are awesome... and... they once gave us a full refund for a birthday cake that was horribly decorated. :)

        Yogurt Mill (East County) has the best frozen yogurt and toppings. You get a lot for your money.

      2. Sweets - one of my favorite subjects! :-)

        One of my very favorite things ever, anywhere, are the double chocolate cookies at Cafe Zinc in Solana Beach (there's also one in Laguna Beach) - they literally make me swoon - the brownies and lemon bars are good too.

        I also really like the cookies at Twiggs bakery in University Heights. They use real butter and good flavors, like orange chocolate chip, pecan shortbread, etc. The Cheese Shop, in La Jolla and downtown makes a fantastic oatmeal cookie that's almost like a chewy candy - I don't like their chocolate chip cookies though.

        For plated desserts - I always like the fresh fruit tarts at Extraordinary Desserts - they use a good pate brisee for the crust, and the fruit is always fresh. I also like their ice creams - particularly the salted caramel and creme fraiche.

        Jayne's Gastropub serves a fantastic butterscotch creme brulee, and Cafe Chloe has a nice chocolate pot de creme with brandied cherries. I also like their affogato. I also love Gelato Vero's espresso gelato, though I can kind of take or leave many of the other flavors. I love eating the gooey ice cream with those little plastic spades.

        For fine dining - the date madeleines with rose gelato at Parallel 33 are always excellent. For chocolate desserts - 1500 Ocean's warm chipotle chocolate cake stands out, and I really like Chef Foran's milk chocolate panna cotta at Market. He does a lot of seasonal fruit desserts as well.

        Con Pane and Bread and Cie are all right - they use good quality ingredients, but I think San Diego could really use another good homestyle bakery/cafe, something along the lines of Joan's on Third or Clementine in LA, or Tartine in San Francisco. It's kind of hard to make a go of it here though, when so many people are more concerned with price than quality. Hopefully we're getting there!

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        1. re: Alice Q

          Ah, If you are looking for a homie comfort-food bakery you should check out Elizabethan Desserts in Encinitas. I stumbled onto it by accident as it sits inside a nursery (I was shopping for our garden) and ended up buying more pastry than plant. I had the mini sour cherry pie with lattice top which is easily the best pie I've ever eaten in San Diego. I've been thinking about for days now. I also tried the Tropical Buckle (pineapple, mango, bananas and coconut) which was also delicious. My wife is still raving about the Banana Cream Pie and we also liked the Cinnamon Nut Coffee Cake with cream cheese filling.

          The owner, Elizabeth said she had opened for retail two months ago but has been selling to restaurants in the area for quite some time now. She was super nice and talked with us as she kept pulling these fragrant concoctions out of the oven. Her little shop was a throwback, decorated with things you might find in Grandma's kitchen and the music playing (Patsy Cline) added to that retro feel. There are quite a few things I'm going back to try. Here is her website http://www.elizabethandesserts.com

          1. re: BigBelt

            Cool - I will have to check it out! Unfortunately its' quite far away, but we are planning to go up to Encinitas to a nursery soon and I think it may be the same one! I just checked out the website and it definitely sounds like what I'm talking about. It would be nice to have a place that does desserts and regular food though - like gourmet takeout, etc. along the lines of Clementines and Joan's - Waters' to go shop just doesn't quite cut it imho.

        2. If you're in carlsbad try a danish at the aptly named Danish Bakery, taste great and cheap.

          1. The plain tart w/ fresh fruit at Yogurt World. Refreshing, not too sugary, and creamy. What more could you want?

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            1. re: Josh

              I just hosted a birthday party for 2 people and bought the Elby whole cake and a sponge cake with whipped cream and fruit filling at Sage French Cake on Convoy. They were both better than any cake I've had at Extraordinary Desserts or anywhere else in SD! The Elby was a a fabulous cake for chocolate lovers like me and the sponge cake for those crazy folks who don't like chocolate. And they are both in the case and sell by the indivisual piece.

            2. depends on the craving, mood and convenience...

              Chuao Chocolates for their chevre-black pepper bon bon or white chocolate grignottine
              Mango Tart, Plain Tart or any berry flavored frozen yogurt at Yogurt World with a side of mochi
              Matcha Green Tea Snow Bubble from Tapioca Express
              Half Baked Chocolate Cake from Nine-Ten
              any dessert at Market
              Williams-Sonoma hot chocolate mix made with whole milk and cream

              don't know if this really counts or not, but I've found that Whole Foods sells Mashti Malone's ice creams. I'm currently going through their saffron rosewater which is a like a more fragrant version of kulfi.

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              1. re: daantaat

                Chuao Chocolates. I love the strawberry balsamic, and the passion fruit carmel one.

                1. re: Katdiego

                  Seconding Chauo, but for the spicy hot chocolate ^^