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dotpop Feb 17, 2009 09:56 PM

So we're going with a group of friends to Palm Springs for the weekend to celebrate one person's birthday. We want a tasty cake or batch of cupcakes for the occasion, but don't want to schlep them from the tried and true places we'd buy them from in LA (Auntie Em's, Sweet Lady Jane's, et. al.). Is there a good bakery in the Palm Springs area?

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  1. Midlife Feb 18, 2009 12:03 AM

    You will probably get more from people who live there but we recently drove down to visit someone and stopped at Manhattan in the Desert (on East Palm Canyon) and were blown away by the desert case while waiting for some takeout corned beef and pastrami sandwiches.

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      monku Apr 2, 2010 07:32 AM

      The pastries and cakes are huge and surprisingly their cakes are so moist. I asked how they were so moist and they wouldn't tell me. One slice of cake is a generous portion for two people.

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      50sGuy Feb 18, 2009 05:58 AM

      Try Sherman's Deli downtown Palm Springs. Lots of good things in the case.

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        Joanna Jones Jun 13, 2009 09:37 AM

        Jensen's Grocery has a much better bakery than Ralph's does. And if you are near Sunrise and Ramon there is a bakery on the corner called Swiss Donut which is excellent and great coffee, too.
        http://joanna09.vox.com/

         
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          k_pako Aug 17, 2009 03:29 PM

          There is definitely a cupcake bakery in the palm springs area that is just wat u r looking for. It is located in Cathedral City in the Pickfair Promenade next to edible arrangements. It is called Sister's Cupcakes by Design and are absolutely the best cupcakes i have ever had and I have had cupcakes from Tokyo, Italy, to everywhere in L.A. that you can possibly think of. And i have got to tell you these are absolutely the best cupcakes in the world. I didn't even find these cupcakes, they found me. Cupcake Girl showed up in our office building in the middle of July and wanted everybody to try the cupcakes. MMMM MMMMM MMMMM i took off work a half hour early to go check out the shop and found 12 different cupcakes from orange ginger to lemon lavender to tiramisu and one of "my favorites" banana chocolate chip. I am back, sorry i just drooled all over my keyboard. I was there three or four times a week before i found out that they deliver for free. i consider this place the aspen mills place for cupcakes. There are no flavor drops, everything there is made from scratch and each cupcake is paired with its own frosting. So i am on my way to go get some cupcakes from sister's cupcakes by design. Today i believe they are making spumoni and lemon licorice.

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            david kaplan Apr 2, 2010 07:03 AM

            Stumbled across Sister's yesterday when others in my group were going to Cold Stone Creamery. I only tried one flavor but concur that it was an outstanding cupcake. Their French vanilla cupcake (vanilla cake & frosting) has mild spicing in the cake (mace, etc.), and the cake texture is wetter and heavier than the traditional light crumble. If you lined up a continuum from cupcakes to custardy cannele, this cupcake would be most of the way toward cupcakes but one step toward cannele. The frosting -- despite being vanilla on vanilla -- gave a subtle contrast to the cake because of the cake's spice.

            Nice range of rotating flavors, kind staff. Big thumbs up.

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          Maggie19 Aug 27, 2009 11:59 AM

          Swiss Donut. Really, this is what you're looking for.

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            Gina K. Sep 4, 2009 04:39 PM

            hey i have been to sister's cupcakes by design. one night before school started back up again, my friends and i went to the Mary Pickford to see a movie. after we were going for ice cream but someone brought the shop to our attention. we went inside just to look around but then suddenly one friend bought a cupcake, then another friend, and then another, and eventually i found myself buying a cupcake. i bought the chocolate peanut butter chip and OMG it was out of this world. my friend bought a sisters secret red velvet cupcake and said she was going to bring her parents to sisters so she can get the cupcakes for her birthday. then another friend bought the carrot but it wasn't just a carrot, pineapple, and pecan cupcake and i his cupcake and man did i wish i had more money . so a week later we came back and brought extra money to buy cupcakes and now we go there once a week with family and other friends so they can try the cupcakes. I LUV <3 SISTER'S CUPCAKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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              AgentSix Sep 14, 2009 01:58 PM

              Respect to Maggie, but you don't want to go to Swiss Donut for something like this. Swiss Donut has donuts, croissants and muffins, all delicious--but there is not a cake or a cupcake in the whole place.

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                Maggie19 Sep 15, 2009 10:08 AM

                Correct AgentSix- I meant to say the bakery next door to Swiss Donut...They both share the same patio....

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                  nessy Jul 23, 2010 10:52 PM

                  I;m headed to Palm Springs this coming week and am also in search of good bakery stuff!I notice these posts are about a year old. Any updates since Septembr '09?

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                    monku Jul 23, 2010 10:57 PM

                    Manhattan in the Desert is still good...was there a couple weeks ago. Typical deli kind of pastries. Most popular selling cake is the German chocolate cake. Remember....a slice is a big enough portion for two.

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