A sweet, colorful stop on First Hill
I admit I'm no Betty Crocker. When I say I'll bake something, it's more like a threat. Luckily for me, there is Stephanie Crocker, who opened...
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Pastries and moreSugar Bakery + Cafe1014 Madison St., Seattle; 206-749-4105, www.sugarbakerycafe.com
Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, closed Sundays.
Drinks: No alcohol.
Credit cards: Major ones accepted.
Accessibility: No obstacles.
I admit I'm no Betty Crocker. When I say I'll bake something, it's more like a threat. Luckily for me, there is Stephanie Crocker, who opened Sugar Bakery + Cafe along with her husband, John, this past December.
Groovy little black-framed drawings of cupcakes adorn pink-striped walls, making this First Hill space feel as sweet as the collection of sugar bowls behind the cash register. Doctors in their scrubs, bed-headed late-risers and well-groomed professionals stop in on their way to work for a Caffé Vita and brioche.
I stop in too often. It's a cruel twist of fate that the most direct path to my local YMCA leads right by the bakery.
Sometimes I just don't make it to my workout. Diversions include key lime pie and red velvet cake — available whole or in small "bites" (mini-slices). The chocolate truffle cake is rich and gorgeous.
Savory options are limited at present. So far, we've seen quiche and a breakfast strata.
Cupcakes, shortbread and both sweet and savory scones showcase the talented baker behind it all, who switched from a career as a Web designer to bake full time. Crocker and her husband had an uphill battle for a time — overcoming obstacles like his cancer diagnosis, numerous delays from the city before opening for business and a temperamental secondhand oven.
So Stephanie, we thank you, for making it this far — and the people I used to bake for thank you, too.
Quiche Slice: A mixture of spinach, mushroom, Swiss cheese and, of course, eggs top a buttery, melt-in-your-mouth crust.
Blue Cheese and Spinach Brioche: Pull apart the swirl of light brioche and find spinach leaves within, and a subtle blue-cheese flavor throughout. I like this one for breakfast, when I can drag myself away from the cinnamon brioche.
Cinnamon Brioche: Peel off that fancy paper to find a slightly chewy, slightly crispy caramelized cinnamon roll like no other. Good, soft brioche sends this old standby to new heights.
Key Lime Bite: Tart key lime flavor, with a hint of sweetness, balances out the topping of rich whipped cream all on a buttery crust. Luckily, it leaned toward the lime-fragrant tart side, which I prefer.
Coconut Sno-Ball: This round coconutty treat hit just the right note of sweetness and texture — not too light, not too dense. Great shredded coconut. I should have bought a whole bag.
Blue Cheese and Spinach Brioche$3.00
Cinnamon Brioche $3.00
Key Lime Bite $1.50
Coconut Sno-Ball $1.50
2 Machiattos $4.80
Leigh Haddix: firstname.lastname@example.org
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