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America's Best Bakeries: Sweet Bar

Copyright 2013. Treve Johnson

Sweet Bar Bakery, Oakland, CA

Mani Niall opened downtown’s first artisan bakery in a historic building that once housed MacFarlane’s Candy and Ice Cream. It’s the latest successful stint in a career that has included being Michael Jackson’s private chef and running an L.A. bakery for 20 years. His passion for natural and organic baked goods translates to gluten-free oatmeal sour cherry chocolate chip cookies and vegan chocolate truffle cupcakes with almond brittle. Mocha chip whoopie pies are a guiltier pleasure.

Must-Try Item: Banana Cake Fauxnut, a vegan, Bundt cake–like donut. sweetbarbakery.com

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