Whole Foods Bakery, Oakland CA
Posted by augustandzach
Since Easter we’ve had the category Bakeries but we’ve only found two so far that met Zach’s standards. When we look for bakeries, we expect more than croissants, muffins, and cookies. True bakeries show depth and breadth of skill; baking is a science, but there is also artistry. You might think that there must be better bakeries than Whole Foods in the Bay Area, but to be honest, the showcase here is hard to beat. With a gelato freezer, large cakes, and dozens of mini items, it’s nearly impossible to do a shopping trip here without drooling over the plenitude.
Looking like a tiny frothy latte replete with a handle, the mini tiramisu cup is at once cute and tempting. A dark chocolate cup, edible through and through, is the vessel for layers of soft and soaked moist cake, whipped cream, sweetened coffee, and cocoa.
Pop a mini pecan pie in your mouth, and you’ll be rewarded with a rich, gooey filling, meaty nuts, smooth cream cheese frosting, and flaky crust. The cream cheese frosting gives it an extra rich deepness that is usually lacking in pecan pie. It’s a wonder how many textures can fit in one bite. Imagine a few of these warmed up with a scoop of ice cream – yum!
This mini tart is a bite of the season, bursting with freshness. Four types of berries and a kiwi slice top the tart with a delicate tart shell and refreshing key lime filling. Some key lime fillings are overwhelming, but this one was on the mild side of tart (we know, a tart tart would be bad).
Of the many kinds of cheesecake in the world, chocolate might be one of the most decadent. If you can’t bring yourself to buying a standard-sized chocolate cheesecake, a mini is ideal for getting the same flavor without the temptation (and subsequent guilt of eating the whole big one). Details don’t disappoint, all the way down to the tiny chocolate fan.
Even the mini cupcakes aren’t simply frosted and boxed. Detail is everything at this bakery, all the way down to the precise placement of the swollen blackberry atop vanilla frosting on a white cake base. It may have simple flavors, but this is not a dull cupcake.
A cart nearer to the cash registers than the bakery has a sign decorated with a Cookie Monster. If the real Cookie Monster ever visited a Whole Foods, he’d be in trouble. Pick up a bag, a box, or a tin, and load up with any of dozens of varieties, all for the same bulk price. Please all of your family members/coworkers/friends with different tastes at the next big gathering you attend. From alfajores to ice box cookies, all are fresh and delicious.
Don’t waste time going to a “bakery” in the East Bay, when Whole Foods provides any treat or dessert imaginable plus so much more. If you haven’t been to a Whole Foods yet, find your local store and take time to explore. The smells, sights, and tastes are indicative of the quality.