Flour Power: Coastal Virginia’s Best Bakeries Part I

Local Bakeries Rise to the Occasion with Perfect Pastries, Delightful Doughnuts, Creative Cupcakes, Lovable Loaves and More

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Hummingbird Macarons, Norfolk
Photo by Ilsy Serrano

The Mack Momma of Macarons

Hummingbird Macarons & Desserts

An antidote to cupcake fever, Hummingbird turns a Freemason corner into a French quarter with its precious, rainbow-hued mini-meringue sandwiches. While it offers delectable diversions including tarts, drinking chocolates and ice cream in season, macarons are the stars in curated, daily-rotating flavors—blueberry violet, red velvet, Earl Grey, chipotle—each as pretty as cloissoné. Take them home, give as gifts, or enjoy right there, unrepentantly scarfing them down with the freneticism of their namesake. 501 Botetourt St., Norfolk. 757-622-7757. HummingbirdMacarons.com


I Like Big Bundts and I Cannot Lie

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Nothing Bundt Cakes offers 10 amazing Bundt flavors and 40 unique cake designs. Need a unique gift? Try the Bundtlet Towers, gift-wrapped in cellophane and available with one, two or three stacked Bundlets (miniature Bundt cakes). Or pick up a dozen Bundtinis—bite-sized Bundt cakes that rival any cupcake. 12080 Jefferson Ave., Building 900, Suite 935, Newport News. 757-249-3536. 1860 Laskin Rd., Suite 130, Virginia Beach. 757-395-4021. NothingBundtCakes.com


Cookie Monster Would Approve

Cookie Text

When you have a sweet message to get across, there’s no better way than sending your sentiments in the form of a cookie. When owner Jeanne Fiocca began baking and decorating cakes for her children, she unleashed a creative side of herself and decided to turn that passion into an occupation. Inside her Yorktown kitchen Fiocca bakes larger-than-life cookie cakes using all-natural whole milk, fresh butter, whole eggs and real sugar in flavors of brownie, chocolate chip, oatmeal chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, sugar and peanut butter. Once these crumbly confections come out of the over, she decorates the cookies to feature whatever message or image her clients request. And when you simply don’t have anything to say, bags of CookieBites, bite-sized cookie cake pieces iced buttercream or cream cheese frosting, will speak a thousand words. 108 Pungo Turn, Yorktown. CookieText.com


Satisfaction by the Slice

The Rustic Tart

“Pie: A baked dish of fruit, custard, meat, veggies, or whatever you can imagine! Sometimes with a top and bottom pastry … sometimes not.” This sweet definition displayed on the wall of Downtown Norfolk’s The Rustic Tart provides patrons a general outlook of what to expect at this pie-centric shop—but you’re bound to find a few surprises, too. There’s tarts crammed with blackberries and blueberries, sweet and savory hand pies, classics like apple, chocolate and lemon meringue and out-of-the-box offerings like Peanut Butter Passion, Black & Blue Piecasso and Lemon Lavender Ice Cream Tart, making the selection process anything but easy as pie. 323 Granby St., Norfolk. 757-333-3867. Facebook.com/TheRusticTart


Creative Cupcakes

Carolina Cupcakery

Two types of cupcake eaters exist: those who love the frosting and those who love the cake. Here, the frosting-cake ratio is perfect. Besides delicious classics, allergy-aware cupcakes are made in a separate kitchen beside the parent bakery on Battlefield Boulevard. With 325 varieties and menus that change by season, cupcake connoisseurs will always have a new treat to try. 1200 N. Battlefield Blvd. #106, Chesapeake. 1401 Greenbrier Pkwy., Chesapeake. 333 Waterside Dr., Norfolk. CarolinaCupcakery.com


Ksquared Cupcakes

Featured on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” this Norfolk cupcakery goes beyond classic buttercream treats with towering creations of fresh fruit, coconut flakes, chopped nuts, crushed graham crackers and saccharine drizzles of chocolate and caramel. Owner Winter Arif serves over 30 flavors of cupcakes and beautifully decorated tier cakes with special selections changing daily. Consistently topping the flavor charts is Cinnamon Coconut, one of Ksquared’s famous Palate Shockers. 5720 Sellger Dr., Norfolk. 757-515-9940. KsquaredCupcakes.com


Twisted Sisters Cupcakes & Sugar Shack Café

Taking Virginia Beach by storm are Twisted Sisters Exceptional Eight cupcakes and Tasty Ten cookies. The wildly popular confections are available in both the brick-and-mortar sugar shack or from the curbside window of the bright pink Cupcake Truck. Amid an array of cherished flavors is the whimsical Unicorn cupcake, a funfetti creation topped with a dollop of cotton candy buttercream encrusted with rainbow sugar crystals. Its magical garnish includes a swirl of rainbow buttercream and a sparking unicorn horn. 2724 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach. 757-675-3966. TwistedSistersCupcakes.com


Just Cupcakes

There’s something truly special about Carla Hesseltine’s method of making gourmet cupcakes. Maybe it’s the quality ingredients, like Madagascar bourbon vanilla or Valrhona chocolate that goes into the deliciously dainty cakes. Perhaps it’s the ethereal buttercream icing perfectly poised on top. Or could it be the whimsical designs that make them Instagram-worthy and then some? At some point, we stop wondering what makes them so flawless and just enjoy them for the individual bites of exquisiteness that they are. 340 West 22nd St., Norfolk. 757-625-1000. 261 Town Center Dr., Virginia Beach. 757-671-2020. JustCupcakes.net


Extraordinary Cupcakes

Featuring their daily lineup of cupcakes with names like The Extraordinary, Wicked Chocolate, Fantastic Vanilla Flip, Uncommon Carrot, Marvelous Madagascar and Remarkable Red Velvet, Extraordinary (XO for short) Cupcakes doesn’t want their menu to get “stale,” so they offer daily, monthly and seasonal specials, as well. With offerings like Sinfully Salted Caramel and Over-the-Top Maple Bacon, you know you can’t go wrong. 1220 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg. 757-645-2122. ExtraordinaryCupcakes.com


Urban Cupcakes, Virginia Beach
Photo by Ryan Miller

Urban Cupcakes & More

Their cupcakes are sculpted with frosting and novelty toppings for decorative presentations, as they’re soft, rich, creamy and pleasantly sweet by the bite. This Hilltop spot bakes irresistible gourmet goodies that go well as dainty desserts or sumptuous snacks. Indulge in a cannoli cupcake coated with vanilla and chocolate ganache, ricotta cheese icing and center, bedazzled with chocolate chips and crowned with a miniature cannoli. 616 Hilltop West Shopping Center, Virginia Beach. 757-222-0213. UrbanCupcakesVa.com


See more bakeries in Flour Power Part II.

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