We all wish we could unleash the inner baker within. You know, the one that would easily win The Great British Bake Off or who tries to make pretty Pinterest cupcakes — and they actually turn out. The reality, for most people, is that while we’re an all-star at the boxed brownie game, our best attempts at anything more turn out like the creations on Netflix’s show Nailed It! But that’s okay, because Buffalo is home to loads of talented people who actually know how to turn flour, sugar, eggs, butter (and a few other things) into masterful, sugary creations.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best bakeries in Western New York to pick up dessert for a special occasion, whether that’s cake for a birthday, cupcakes for a shower or box of cookies for a “I’ve had a really terrible day and need cookies” moment. (Hey, no judgement here.) We’ve also included our pick of one item we think you should try from each, because sometimes all that sugary deliciousness just gets a little overwhelming: “What to choose when I want everything?!” We get it.
1. DiCamillo Bakery
Locations in Niagara Falls, Williamsville, Lewiston
716-282-2341 / dicamillobakery.com
Must-try: peanut stick donut
DiCamillo’s Bakery is best known for its heavenly bread, but don’t overlook its sweets. Its peanut stick donut in particular packs an incredibly tasty punch. You can get it at one of its three locations throughout the area.
2. Sweet Beginnings Bakery
3759 Delaware Ave., Tonawanda
716-875-1431 / sweetbeginningsbakery.com
Must-try: any of their GF items
Sweet Beginnings Bakery is run by a husband-and-wife team that grew up in Tonawanda, where the bakery is located. They serve a wide selection of delicious treats, especially their gluten-free items – a move that is admirable considering the large segment of people that serves.
3. Butter Block Bakery & Patisserie
Pop-up locations (see website)
Must-try: pop tarts
From croissants to danishes to cookies, Butter Block does it all, and they do it so deliciously. You can find their creations at a few pop-up locations in Western New York. Their goods are carried regularly at Farmers & Artisans, Remedy House and the Farm Shop. (Check their website for deets). Their must-try item is their pop tarts. These are like the pop tarts of your youth but 100 times better.
4. Ohlsons Bakery & Cafe
8500 Sheridan Drive, Buffalo
716-626-7783 / ohlsonsbakery.com
Must-try: pecan muffin
This bakery with unfailingly friendly service offers cakes, scones, muffins, cookies, pastries, pies and even amazing breakfast sandwiches. It’s a cosy spot with everything you could want in a bakery, plus amazing coffee. We recommend trying the pecan muffin.
5. Elm Street Bakery
72 Elm St., East Aurora
716-652-4720 / elmstreetbakery.com
Must-try: chocolate chip cookie
This is an amazing, and eclectic, you’ll-always-leave-happy spot for all kinds of food, including wood-fired pizza, but they do amazing cookies, pastries and cakes, among many other things. We recommend trying the chocolate chip cookie.
6. Dessert Deli
716 Maple Road, Williamsville
716-689-2115 / dessertdelibakery.com
Must-try: any kind of cake with buttercream frosting
Dessert Deli cakes are a little pricey, but worth every penny. The buttercream frosting, in particular, is unreal. If you stop in for a visit, try one of the cake slices with buttercream frosting— or a slice of cheesecake, or both, because you only live once. If you order a cake from here, you can be assured your party guests will be forever grateful.
3960 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda
716-692-9081 / muscoreils.com
You do not have to worry here that that pretty cupcake will turn out to taste like a lump of flavorless frosting atop a dry chunk of flour. Their cupcakes are perfectly rich and moist, and graced on top with the tastiest frosting. Try any one of their many kinds of cupcakes. If people say you cannot hold happiness, they are wrong. They haven’t tried one of Muscoreil’s cupcakes.
8. Pastry by Camille
1416 Hertel Ave., Buffalo
646-239-8992 / pastrybycamille.com
Check out Pastry by Camille and save yourself a plane ticket to Paris, which is where chef Camille learned his craft. Everything here is utterly delicious, but we recommend trying one of the many flavors of macaroons. Bon appetit!
9. Village Bake Shoppe
417 Center St., Lewiston
716-754-2300 / villagebakeshoppe.com
The Village Bake Shoppe is one of Lewiston’s gems. They offer a number of delectable desserts, in addition to some savory dishes. We recommend trying their cake-in-a-cup.
10. Blackbird Sweets
1547 Hertel Ave., Buffalo
716-253-1115 / blackbirdsweets.com
Must-try: crumb cake
Most people who go here mention their amazing cupcakes, and while they are extraordinary, we recommend trying the equally delicious crumb cakes. They sell a three-pack assortment of crumb cakes that includes the original cinnamon crumb with two additional flavors. With coffee, it’s heavenly.
11. Wolter’s Bakery
5225 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville
716-632-3212 / woltersbakery.com
Must-try: almond ring
Wolter’s Bakery offers an assortment of delicious, sugary delights, but we recommend trying the almond ring. Most almond rings are slightly dried out, but the ones here are a revelation. They are stuffed with almond paste, covered in just the right amount of icing and covered in almond slivers. Careful with this one; you could definitely end up eating the entire ring in one sitting.
12. McDuffies Bakery
Locations in Clarence, East Aurora, Hamburg
Must-try: cinnamon roll
McDuffies offers a variety of amazing desserts, along with breakfast and lunch and some killer pot pies. We recommend trying one of their enormous cinnamon rolls drenched in icing.