America's Best Bakeries

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Albert Domasin

From Charleston to L.A., these bakeries put a creative, seasonal twist on cupcakes, pies, and cookies.

Elizabethan Desserts, Encinitas

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Owner Elizabeth Harris bakes her strawberry rhubarb pie with a shortbread cookie crust and is so thorough that even the peanut butter in her chocolate peanut butter praline crunch cake is made from scratch. In fall 2013, she converted the original Sunshine Nursery space into Betty’s Pie Whole Saloon (serving sweet and savory pies) and moved the full-service bakery to a new El Camino Real location. There's a decidedly 1940s vibe—vintage cookie jars, a mint-and-white palette—and the welcome addition of air-conditioning to keep those Diggity Dang hostess-style cupcakes cool.

Must-Try Item: The St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake Bar, a vanilla cake filled with creamy vanilla custard and topped with fresh berries. elizabethandesserts.com

America's Best Bakeries

Elizabethan Desserts, Encinitas

Owner Elizabeth Harris bakes her strawberry rhubarb pie with a shortbread cookie crust and is so thorough that even the peanut butter in her chocolate peanut butter praline crunch cake is made from scratch. In fall 2013, she converted the original Sunshine Nursery space into Betty’s Pie Whole Saloon (serving sweet and savory pies) and moved the full-service bakery to a new El Camino Real location. There's a decidedly 1940s vibe—vintage cookie jars, a mint-and-white palette—and the welcome addition of air-conditioning to keep those Diggity Dang hostess-style cupcakes cool.

Must-Try Item: The St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake Bar, a vanilla cake filled with creamy vanilla custard and topped with fresh berries. elizabethandesserts.com

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