Central Connecticut's Photo-worthy Bakeries Last Updated: July 2023

From donuts to delectable pastries, Hartford, Middlesex and New Haven counties are filled with bakeries using fresh, locally-made ingredients. A handful of pastry places also offer remarkable atmospheres, artisanal drinks, and seasonal goods like no other. However you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, these bakeries are worth a visit.

NoRa Cupcake Company in Middletown, CT


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NoRa Cupcake Company’s treats, atmosphere, and staff are as spunky and vibrant as ever. Using ingredients that support local farmers and businesses, they regularly rotate their flavors of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more.

“I love the atmosphere at NoRa – it has a cool, rockabilly vibe. I really like their chocolate peanut butter explosion cupcake! It’s also great that they have vegan/gluten free options, so everyone can enjoy a visit.” - @jamieperry_x.

Scratch Baking in Milford, CT


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At Scratch Baking, there are no shortcuts – every product is made and shaped from real ingredients by hand. Owner Lesli Flick’s treats have been featured in Food and Wine, O–Maagazine, and Wired.

Taste by Spellbound in West Hartford, CT


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The macarons and cupcakes are just as unique and bold as the interior of Taste by Spellbound. The goods are baked fresh daily and reflect their belief in contemporary designs.

“This is the first dessert bar in the area that offers the 'coffee shop' atmosphere with the perk of delectable pastries served on gorgeous fine China. I really felt like I had indulged in a once in a lifetime opportunity.” - @noneesworld.

Sweet Cupcasions in Milford, CT


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Gourmet sweets is the name of the baking game at Sweet Cupcasions, where you can try the award-winning flavors that crowned them winner of season 8, episode 6 of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.

“Being inside Sweet Cupcasions makes you feel like a kid again. They have some of the best cupcakes I’ve ever tasted. The location can’t be beat, it's a very walkable area.” - @foodiephotoct.

Dee’s One Smart Cookie in Glastonbury, CT


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Dee’s One Smart Cookie is a gluten, dairy, and allergen free bakery all in one. No matter if you suffer from celiac disease or lactose intolerance, there are muffins, cakes, breads, bars, and more ready for you to consume without harm. Customers go crazy over the delicious flavors they experience after every bite.

Hartford Baking Company in Hartford, CT


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Hartford Baking Company is all about doing things the hard way. Every baked good is made with the finest ingredients, tastes, and textures straight from local farmers.

“I was visiting a friend in Connecticut and heard all good things about Hartford Baking Company, so I had to check it out. I live in Brooklyn and spend a lot of weekends drinking coffee, so this was a no brainer for me!” - @nyccoffee.

Sugar Cupcakery & Bakery in East Haven, CT


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Another past winner of Cupcake Wars, Sugar Cupcakery and Bakery has flavorful cupcakes and cakes for every season, holiday, or major event.

“Their cupcakes taste as good as they look and the flavors they choose are amazing! The fact that they won the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars was a definite factor in choosing to go there, but even without that the cupcakes are so good. It’s worth the drive.” - @tdwtravelblog.

Moneta Moments in Windsor, CT


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The mother-daughter baking team at Moneta Moments is dedicated to making your wildest cake and cupcake dreams come true. All of their treats are peanut and tree nut free.

“We never stop striving to be better than we were yesterday, and we love every aspect of our business. Moneta Moments can either provide finished edible creations or send you off with all of the pieces for you to create yourself!” - @monetamoments.