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Bakeries in Palo Alto or Menlo Park

Help! I'm a Cal bear stuck in Stanfordland looking for a good bakery. My friends have graciously invited me to their home for dinner and I offered to bring dessert. I'd love to bring a pie, tarte, or torte....cupcakes as a desparate last resort. I'm new to working in Palo Alto and don't know the equivalent to Crixa/La Farine/PIQ in the area.

My Chowhound seach came up empty and Yelp (shudder) seems to only point me to bakery cafes that appear to concentrate on serving savory food.

Any pointers will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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  1. I am not familiar with SF bakeries but given our local choices, these are my preferences...

    Mango mousse cake or Tiramisu from La Baguette at Stanford mall. Fruit tart from Woodside Bakery, followed by Whole Foods. BTW, not a fan of other desserts at WB.

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    1. re: ceekskat

      I would recommend "Douce France", 855 El Camino Real ,Palo Alto, CA 94301,Town & Country Village. French style, would make a very pretty hostess gift. They use good ingredients, so while their cakes have flavor, they are not too sweet. I particularly like their fruit tarts, but lots of choices. It's not a chain.

      Also someone mentioned Mayfield bakery in the same shopping center. I don't care for their cakes as much, but they have pretty good breads and good chocolate chip cookies.

      Hope this helps.

    2. In the past my sister has gotten things from Prolific Oven in Palo Alto.

      1. mayfield bakery in town & Country; paris baguette on university, if you're willing to travel a bit, satura cakes in los altos. All personal faves of mine and sure to please your friends, i would think.

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        1. re: FattyDumplin

          A bit far for the OP, but Paris Baguette just opened a new location in Cupertino in the same plaza as Target. Design-wise it's like the one on University rather than the one on ECR in Galleria, which is a bit crusty now. It was jumping on Sunday morning, I think they're going to do well there. I liked everything except for my canelé, which was freezing cold and rock-like. They're also serving Ritual coffee.


          Paris Baguette Cupertino, 20735 Stevens Creek Blvd. Cupertino, CA 95014

        2. They are a bit expensive to serve a crowd and usually you have to make it to the PA Saturday farmers' market to pick them up, but the mini pies ('I-Pies') that Patricia Kline sells are quite good.


          1. Believe it or not...Drager's.

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            1. Satura Cakes in Los Altos is my favorite for sweet bakery items. Their treats go lighter on sugar and let the main ingredients shine through.

              They also make some gluten free cakes (Yuna, Flourless Chocolate Souffle Cake) that's gluten free not necessarily to cater to that crowd but because it actually tastes good on its own merit.

              1. The Chocolate Hazelnut Cake individual dessert from Sugar Butter Flour is sinfully delicious. Since I wasn't eating it in private I had to restrain myself from moaning out loud with pleasure. They also have cakes. It’s in Sunnyvale, but just a few blocks away from 85 and El Camino Real, so a short trip from Palo Alto.

                +2 on Drager's.

                1. Try Mayfield Baker which is across from Stanford at the Town and Country Village at El Cam and Embarcadero. Everything I've had from there has been excellent and definitely comparable to what I’ve had from La Farine. They had a fig tart last summer that was outstanding. Great bread too.

                  Cara’s Cupcakes, which I think highly of, is in the same mall.

                  1. Chantal Guillon macaron would be fun.

                    I don't get to personally try a lot of bakeries due to Celiac but I did like the one cake I got at Satura. I know a lot of people like Martha's bakery in MP - a different type of place.