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  • Homemade tomato basil bisque nicely complemented the vegetable quiche.
    Photo by Mary Cobbler
    Homemade tomato basil bisque nicely complemented the vegetable quiche.
  • The croissants are luscious, flaky and warm. The salad was served with homemade honey mustard dressing with just the right mix of sweet and tanginess.
    Photo by Mary Cobbler
    The croissants are luscious, flaky and warm. The salad was served with homemade honey mustard dressing with just the right mix of sweet and tanginess.
  • The caramel apple torte was perfectly sweetened with just the right cinnamon and spice.
    Photo by Mary Cobbler
    The caramel apple torte was perfectly sweetened with just the right cinnamon and spice.
  • The mini pave packed a lot of flavor in a few bites — chocolate cake topped with white chocolate buttercream icing.
    Photo by Mary Cobbler
    The mini pave packed a lot of flavor in a few bites — chocolate cake topped with white chocolate buttercream icing.

Cakes And Confections Bakery Café Is A Sweet Find

Mary Cobbler
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June 27, 2018

Looking for a new breakfast or lunch spot? Try Cakes and Confections Bakery Café at 342 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. It’s a bit hidden in a strip center but worth the brief search.

Leaning toward quaint, the café has cheery yellow walls, wood tables and a tile floor. Cakes and other tantalizing goodies are displayed in a case, providing edible decoration.

Classic rock was playing lightly in the background when we arrived one day at lunchtime. Just a few customers were there, but we were told breakfast is the real rush, though it is served all day.

Some of the breakfast offerings include steak, egg and cheese wraps, quiche, omelets and the usual breakfast offerings of eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, hash browns, sandwiches and platters. Lunch options include deli sandwiches and salads.

My companion chose a combo of a croissant filled with spinach and feta cheese, and a garden salad. I chose the vegetable quiche and tomato basil bisque.

Coffee is served in pretty mugs. (It’s the little things that matter, right?) Since it’s a café, the coffee has to be good, and Cakes and Confections came through. In fact, my dining companion said, “You know a coffee is good when you don’t have to add sugar.” I concur.

The best choice, hands down, was the croissant. Delicate, flaky and warm, it tasted like homemade bread smells. Though there could have been more cheese, the croissant was still the star. While the salad was above average — with a mix of romaine, spinach, carrots, onions and cucumber — the dressing was phenomenal, a homemade honey mustard treat, thick and tangy.

I found my vegetable quiche a bit bland — lots of egg, with the vegetables on top, but lacking taste. More herbs, perhaps, or a side sauce would help. The soup was fresh, homemade with little bits of tomato, and filling — a nice pick.

As we overtly lusted after the many dessert choices in the case, a customer told us the desserts were “ridiculously good.” It was a hard choice deciding between the little tarts — cheesecake, key lime, chocolate and many more temptations to enjoy.

We chose a caramel apple torte and a “mini pave.” If you’re an icing lover, go for the pave: chocolate cake, which is covered with a little mountain of white chocolate buttercream frosting, thick, not hard and not overly sweet.

Though the pave was wonderful, the caramel apple torte, served warm, was divine, once again not too sweet, with cinnamon and allspice? Cloves? Just the right spice. The only thing that could top it was ice cream!

I ordered a few sandwiches to take home for dinner, roast beef and turkey on sourdough bread. I got one compliment (no, I didn’t take credit), but my hubby said it needed a lot more meat and cheese. He wasn’t a fan.

Pies and cakes are works of art, and priced accordingly, but in line with most fine bakeries.

My companion bought a cherry pie to go. I asked if it was worth the $18.95 price tag. The answer? “Absolutely!” The pie was stuffed with fresh cherries (not from a can), the filling wasn’t overly sweet, and the obviously homemade crust was light and flaky.

Sandwiches and combos average about $6. All the breakfast offerings are reasonable, between $4 and $8. The small tortes were about $4 to $5. Overall, the café was a sweet find.


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