Planning a graduation party or other summer celebration? You might want to reconsider that sheet cake from the big box store. From beautiful themed cakes and cookies to gluten-free desserts and gourmet donuts, the Toledo region offers an impressive range of local specialty bakeries to satisfy your sweet tooth.
If you can dream it, you can most likely find a baker here who can help you design an edible piece of art that’s almost – but not quite – too beautiful to eat. Here’s a sweet sampling of some of the region’s favorites. Most of the spots are also present on Facebook or Instagram where they share more photos of their mouth-watering creations.
The cookie lady | cookie-lady.com
1647 Toll Gate Drive, Maumee | 419-897-2240
2480 W State St., Fremont | 419-332-2423
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8am-2pm
Owned by mother/son duo Sharon Wammes and Tom Price, The Cookie Lady has been making sweet treats since 1989. Over 18 types of cookies are baked throughout the day, along with other treats such as coffee cakes, danishes and lemon. bars. The boutique is best known for its specialty die-cut cookies that can be custom-ordered for weddings, baby showers, birthdays, or other events to match any theme.
Glass City Cupcakes | glasscitycupcakes.com
3326 Glanzman Road, Toledo | 567-316-7202
Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10am-3pm
Glass City Cupcakes offers a cozy cafe atmosphere and personalized cakes, cupcakes, cut-out cookies and cake pops. Owner Chantel LaClair-Cox cooks with fresh, high quality ingredients and prides herself on attention to detail. Custom confections range from simple and elegant to elaborate and trendy.
Eston Gourmet Creations | estonsbakery.com
5433 Monroe Street, Toledo | 419-885-9442
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 9am-3pm
Founder and owner, chef Anthony Esterson is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and creator of all the recipes used at Eston’s, which is also a kosher bakery. All of their gourmet cakes, cupcakes and cheesecakes are homemade using the highest quality ingredients. Over its 35 years in business, Eston’s has racked up awards and recognition from American Towns Media, Mental FlossWeddingWire, The Knot, Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce, Relative of the Toledo region and Toledo City Newspaper. Eston’s signature gourmet cakes are baked daily on site and feature seven layers, consisting of four layers of homemade cake and three layers of all-natural fillings and mousse.
The celestial sweetness of Jera | jheavenlysweet.com
3059 W Bancroft St, Toledo | 419-214-1107
Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10am-3pm
Jera’s Heavenly Sweet has a wide variety of offerings including custom cookies and cakes, cake balls, cupcakes, brownies, pies, breakfast pastries, and rolls. Several gluten-free and vegan items are also on the menu. What makes the bakery special is not just the incredible sweets baked daily from scratch, but the top-notch customer service that owner Jera Stewart and her employees radiate to make every customer feel at home.
So Sweet Lebanese and French pastries | sosweetpastries.com
4038 Talmadge Road, Ste. 104-15, Toledo | 419-474-5445 | [email protected]
Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday, 9am-8pm; Friday-Saturday, 9am-9pm
Locally owned by the Abdel-Ghani, Eldeib and Elhady families, Lebanese and French patisseries So Sweet recently celebrated eight years of business. From Gateau pastries and cakes to baklava and over 40 flavors of macarons, everything is made from scratch in their kitchen. So Sweet offers catering and cake specialties for all occasions, as well as gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan products on special order.
Haas Bakery | haas-bakery.com
2306 Starr Ave, Oregon | 419-698-2000
Opening hours: Monday, 5am-1pm; Tuesday-Friday, 5 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 5am-5pm
Founded in 1979, Haas is a self-proclaimed old-fashioned bakery serving donuts, cookies, éclairs, custom cakes and homemade pies. Fresh breads baked daily are a local favorite, and Haas is also known for its Polish coffee cakes, Hungarian rolls and donuts.
If you or other loved ones have special dietary needs or food allergies, Cake Library can help you create a sweet treat that everyone at your gathering can enjoy. The company is dedicated to inclusive baking and everything it creates is gluten and color free. Owner Natalie White says her specialty is remaking treats her gluten-free friends haven’t had in years, like soft pretzels, calzones and chewy pizza. Other Cake Library bestsellers are chocolate and raspberry filled oatmeal cupcakes and pies.
Voted the best donut in Toledo, Holy Toledough offers unique flavor creations baked on site with fresh fruit jams, custards and toppings galore. Chris Ritter started the business in 2015 and opened the storefront in 2019. Unique offerings available for pre-order include the “Big Freaking Donut” cake, available in different flavors, and a donut with a whole Pop-Tart inside. .