If you find yourself craving something sweet or really need to treat yourself after a tiring day, don’t worry as the Nutmeg State has numerous places to grab a decadent treat. Look at the glorious array of colorful baked goods behind the glass counters, place your order, and sink into a cozy spot to enjoy anything from cupcakes to Italian and French pastries to traditional German sweets. With a little cup of coffee or tea to balance out the sweet, you’ll sure be feeling refreshed in no time.
With a storefront in Middletown and cupcake truck cruisin’ the state, NoRA Cupcake Company is a lively cupcake place with on-trend flavors and everyone’s favorite classics. They have a wide variety of flavor creations up their sleeves, but those carried in-house change daily. You might find options such as Irish Car Bomb, Coffee O’s, red velvet cheesecake, lavender Earl Grey, and even vegan and gluten friendly options.
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Moving onto another cupcakery, Sugar Bakery is known for both its amazing cupcakes and its success on the TV show “Cupcake Wars.” Sugar Bakery sells a wide array of cupcakes and cakes, and can custom create specialty cakes and cupcakes for your special event. Cupcake flavors that you might find in shop include cannoli, s’mores, lemon meringue, unicorn poop, Boston cream, and so many more.
Libby’s has been open in New Haven’s Little Italy since 1922. Since its opening, it has been known for its delicious and authentic Italian baked goods. The glass cases in store are packed with cannoli, éclair, sfogliatelle, and assorted cookies such as butter cookies, coconut macaroons, almond crescents, and more. They now feature an online shop with a select number of tasty goodies that can be ordered straight to your doorstep!
Sift is located in a great spot in the beautiful downtown Mystic. It features carefully-prepared French pastries that look as delicious as they taste. Grab a seat and order a selection of flakey chocolate croissants, pan au raisin, French macarons, and more. They also have a selection of individual sized cakes with favorites being their lemon olive oil cake, chocolate hazelnut praline, and carrot cake roulade.
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Traveling to another European destination, Dagmar’s takes us to Germany with traditional Bavarian pastries and desserts. In store, you can savor specialty stollen, which are traditional holiday cakes, tortes, cakes, strudel, and tarts. Standouts are Dagmar’s apple strudel, Viennese chocolate cake, stollen cookies, and Linzer torte.
Café Dolce is locally-known for their artisan espresso drinks, giving you a taste of Italy to balance the sweetness of their home baked sweets. Cakes and pastries available in store change seasonally, but you might find amaretto napoleon, French apples, bread pudding, and buche de Noel. They also offer seasonal cookies and pastries such as Danishes, croissants, and cinnamon rolls.
DiMare Pastry makes exquisite wedding and special occasion cakes by special order as well as everyday pastries and desserts that are anything but ordinary. DiMare’s sells rich cannolis and their unique cannoli platter, biscotti, Danishes, and excellent tiramisu. They also create cookies that are great for birthdays and other celebrations.
Author of two successful pie cookbooks, you can be confident that the pies and other desserts at Michele’s Pies are among the best in the state. Michele’s bakes over 30 different fruit pies that are available seasonally. Visitors will also find numerous award winning cream pies and nut pies such as their amazing butterscotch pecan and chocolate pecan bourbon. In store, you can also find homemade cookies, pastries, muffins, and breads.
How about another trendy dessert option? Drop and Fry serves fried ice cream, which is quite fun to eat as the fried dough on the outside is hot and the ice cream inside is ice cold. Drop and Fry features a wide range of fried dough creations including Oreo, which is Oreo ice cream wrapped in pound cake and fried. For something a bit crazier, they have Wild Creations, which are extravagant sundaes created from fried ice cream and toppings.