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Aug 1, 2007 07:27 PM

Orlando Bakeries?

I'm looking for a good independent bakery (i.e. artisan breads, pastries, cakes, pies) in the Orlando area (south, even to Kissimmee) would be best, but anywhere in the Orlando metro area would be okay.

I'm so sick of Panera Bread being the only bakery around. Anyone know of any?

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  1. You definitely want to check out the Dessert Lady on South Kirkman in Orlando. Amazing cakes, truly outstanding. Not cheap, but well worth it.

    For breads, try Old Hearth Bakery on 436 and Red Bug Lake Road in Casselberry.

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    1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

      I've heard Dessert Lady several times, but also heard the *RUMOR* that she uses Duncan Hines cake mixes (except for with her carrot cake)... anyone know if there is any truth in this?

      Not that it matters much, I guess, if the desserts are as delicious as everyone says...

      But still I wouldn't want to pay that much for a box cake mix...

      But then again, someone could give me the finest tools in the world and I wouldn't be able to fix a car, so perhaps--even if she does use box mix--it is her skill shining through that makes them delicious.

      I'll definitely go check out Old Hearth Bakery...

      1. re: wellser

        I know her and her products well. That speculation wouold be a surprise. Why not call her at the restaurant and ask her?


        1. re: wellser

          Ouch. I can vouch for the "homemade-ness" of all of the Dessert Lady's desserts. The nearest Duncan Hines products in the vicinity of the Dessert Lady bakery are in the Publix across the street.

          But if you doubt and are frank enough to do so, give either one of her places a call and ask...

      2. I've always liked Charlie's Gourmet Pasteries on Curry Ford in the Conway area.

        1. I wouldn't be shocked if The Dessert Lady uses mixes. I think her cakes look better than they taste. You may want to try Bruno's, an excellent French bakery in Sanford. Ballard and Corum (or something like that) in Winter Park's Hannibal Square, or Bake Me a Cake in Maitland, are also independents.

          Bruno's Gourmet Kitchen
          2533 S Laurel Ave, Sanford, FL 32773

          Ballard & Corum
          535 W New England Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

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          1. re: rudykins

            We have a very good one here on the mountain(Mount Dora). The Sunshine Mountain Bakery. It is on third avenue towards the lake. Homemade sourdough, multigrain and butter split breads along with Fresh breakfeast paistries,doughnuts,cookies. This place is almost a 24hr operation! And VERY fresh! There is another one in Eustis called Our fathers Bread but I still need to try it.

            1. re: rudykins

              I don't know the other two that Rudykins mentioned, but I can second Bruno's in Sanford and Charlie's as well.


              1. re: Bob Mervine

                Ballard & Corum is a pretty good tiny bakery in Winter Park, located right near Dexter's and Chez Vincent (across the street from one and next to the other). It's the kind of local hole-in-the-wall bakery that used to be common even when I was a kid in the '80s, but has disappeared as chains and supermarkets have gained prevalence. They offer tremendous cupcakes, great cookies, mind-blowing lemon bars, and very fancy cakes for special occasions. It's a bit of a "hipster" place, as the girls icing the cupcakes reminded me of Maggie Gyllenhaal's cute, tattooed, semi-anarchist baker character from the movie Stranger Than Fiction. But there is a bar next door that occasionally has live music, so the place would be a great stop if you're leaving one of the nearby restaurants or getting out of work in the Winter Park area.

            2. The Lemon meringue pie at Charlie's is VERY good,as is their mince pie during the holidays, I drive all the way from Apopka for both.

              1. MAGICAL little german bakery. Worth the drive. Out in the middle of nowhere in an adorable stand alone building that looks like it was plucked right out of the Black Forest. Every Sat morn they have live music on the back patio. Get there early, get some pastries and get a seat!

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                1. re: martie

                  Oh yes, Yalaha Bakery, yummy! I first heard about them a few years ago on the Food Network show "Food Finds" while I was living in Tulsa, OK. I was so happy when I moved to Orlando and realized I could finally go try it out. It's a nice drive on the weekend.

                  1. re: martie

                    Amen, we live half a mile from there for 5 know they say Yalaha is an energy center! plus spring water...