America's Best Bakeries

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

Muddy’s Bake Shop, Memphis, TN

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Take one look at the pastry case, and it’s clear that owner Kat Gordon has a healthy sense of humor. Classic American desserts are labeled Prozac (chocolate cake with chocolate frosting) and Frankly Scarlett (red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting). Mismatched coffee mugs and vintage furniture complete the quirky vibe at Muddy’s, named for her grandmother. Yet the banana pudding, butter cookies glazed with lemon zest icing, and Shady Wake pie (possibly the best pecan pie in the South) confirm that this bakery means business.

Must-Try Item: The Nancy’s Boy pie, a classic chess pie with coconut. muddysbakeshop.com

America's Best Bakeries

Muddy’s Bake Shop, Memphis, TN

Take one look at the pastry case, and it’s clear that owner Kat Gordon has a healthy sense of humor. Classic American desserts are labeled Prozac (chocolate cake with chocolate frosting) and Frankly Scarlett (red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting). Mismatched coffee mugs and vintage furniture complete the quirky vibe at Muddy’s, named for her grandmother. Yet the banana pudding, butter cookies glazed with lemon zest icing, and Shady Wake pie (possibly the best pecan pie in the South) confirm that this bakery means business.

Must-Try Item: The Nancy’s Boy pie, a classic chess pie with coconut. muddysbakeshop.com

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