Best Bakery

Bernice’s Bakery

Bernice’s offers at least eight different cupcake selections at any given time. As is Bernice’s tradition, the cupcake menu on our recent visit was as eclectic as it was enticing. Pink lemonade? Mango iced tea? Chicken-n-waffles? There was even a Siracha cupcake. Don’t worry, the locally owned bakery also excels in traditional fare, making cakes on spec to suit anyone for any occasion, but the creativity and quality is what keeps us coming back. All of the bakery’s fillings, frostings and toppings are made from scratch. Fresh lemons, for instance, are juiced to make lemon curd. Bernice’s takes the same approach with its pies, pastries and croissants. Bernice’s clearly knows what it’s doing when it comes to baking, but what we like best is the fact that for nearly 37 years it’s served as a community gathering place, where locals come together to catch up—often over a couple of cupcakes. Bernice’s Bakery: 190 S. 3rd St. W, 728-1358,

Finalists, Best Bakery

2. Black Cat Bake Shop: 2000 W. Broadway, 542-9043,

3. Le Petit Outre: 129 S. 4th St. W, 543-3311,


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