Louisiana cuisine: savory, spicy dishes with French and Spanish influence that feel like a party in the mouth. Food that feels like home the moment you taste it. Most use these words to describe the heartier side of Cajun and Creole cooking. However, there are some of us who like to live life on the sweeter side. Whether you have quite the sweet tooth to satisfy or need something a little special for an event, check out these spots with some of the best sweet treats in Baton Rouge:
The Ambrosia Bakery
Felix and Cheryl Sherman been serving delectable desserts to Baton Rouge from The Ambrosia Bakery since 1993. With a whole array of desserts to choose from, you can find a special treat for any occasion--including the holidays! This bakery is known for award-winning specialty cakes that are themed and made-to-order, perfect for any occasion. Stop by to satisfy your sweet tooth or enjoy a delicious meal from their deli menu!
Tucked away Downtown is one of its hidden gems, a quaint pastry, chocolate and coffee boutique experience, Strands Cafe. Peak into their display case and you'll find sweet creations such as blueberry cobbler croissants, fresh and gooey cinnamon rolls, beautiful Linzer cookies and more. The Strands family's international backgrounds and training make a bite into a Strands confection a unique, culturally rich delight.
Baton Rouge has constantly been recognized as a “foodie” city with its incredible food culture, and Sarah Joy Hays has taken note at CounterspaceBR. With a desire to participate in the capital’s food culture and having won a full set of brand-new kitchen appliances, Sarah began selling her own cookies and treats. You can purchase her heavenly baked goods at Lighthouse Coffee, French Truck, Java Mama, and her own shop at White Star Market. Visit www.counterspacebr.com/ to read her blog!
Les Amis Bake Shoppe
LSU graduate and Baton Rouge native Stephanie Bueche Hansen is known for making serious cupcakes at Les Amis Bake Shoppe. With over 20 flavors to choose from, there sure is something for everyone. Treat yourself to classic favorites such as White Chocolate Raspberry and Red Velvet or indulge in more adventurous tastes like Chai Latte and Margarita. Everything is made by hand, from scratch every day to ensure that only the best ingredients are used for customers. Whether cake is your guilty pleasure, you’re in dire need of a good lunch or you simply want a nice cup of coffee, Les Amis is your one-stop-shop for all things sweet.
Owner Monica Shaughnessy brings a little taste of Europe to Mid-City in Baton Rouge with Tredici Bakery. With Italian-inspired goods such as cannolis to specialty French macarons, you will be transported to a bakery in Europe. The restaurant scene in Mid-City is booming with authentic savory dishes from around the globe, but sometimes, as the Tredici motto says, it’s nice to “Live Sweet.”
Baum’s Fine Pastries and Chocolates
Since 1934, Baum’s Fine Pastries and Chocolates has been supplying Baton Rouge with well-known specialty seasonal bakes and custom cakes. The bakery is most famous for their “dobash” cakes and produce about 200 a week. Even though the family-owned business is already being operated by its fourth generation, the recipes have stayed the same since its opening. Though it may be one of the capital’s more hidden bakeries, it is well known to locals, especially during Mardi Gras season when they produce their famous King Cakes.