If you shop at Albertson’s or Raley’s on San Pablo Dam Road there is no reason to buy bakery goods at either market. Maria’s Gourmet Pastries is MUCH better and less expensive.
All the cupcake talk on the board made me think I should see what Maria’s had in the way of cupcakes.
Maria’s only makes cupcakes by special order and I was going to leave. There’s not a huge selection ... then the blueberry cheesecake caught my eye ... and the tres leches cake ... and the mini ‘exotic turnover’ (that’s how they are labelled).
Two dollars ... yes $2 ... will buy a nice piece of cheesecake with at least a dozen fresh blueberries on top.
AND the cheesecake itself was quite good with rich, fresh cream cheese. Not like the gluey chemical-laden pieces at the grocery stores.
The bottom 1/2 inch of the cheesecake is cream cheese mixed with LOTS of fresh blueberries. At first I thought the bottom graham cracker crust was too thick and a little too sweet ... but with that cheesy/blueberry layer sitting on it ... it was almost like and coffee cake AND cheesecake all in one ... how good is that? Gooood!
More than worth the $2 and worth the calories.
The mini ‘exotic turnover ($.75) didn’t look like much. There wasn’t enough English at Maria’s to explain more than it had mango and tropical fruit. One bite and words were not necessary. The buttery turnover burst with tart passion fruit flavor playing against the sweet mango. Excellent.
In the link below there is a mention that the turnovers are good. They look like the type that a supermarket might sell, but are delicious with a real fruit and lots of flavor.
The moist piece of tres leches cake ($1.75) had a layer of light whipped cream on top. Each square had a small pretty pink whipped cream rose with a green leaf.
The carrot cake caught my eye when I was leaving. It is one of those tall cakes, like Max’s in height, maybe 6 – 8 inches high. Since I liked the desserts I tried so much on a recent visit, I will be back there for the carrot cake.
The free coffee is still offered.
This is not a destination bakery, but it is a great little bakery for the neighborhood. It is family run with everyone pitching in to help from kids to grandparents. Some of the people speak excellent English, some don’t. As mentioned in the link below. It is NOT a panadria, but a European-style bakery.
I wasn't expecting much and it was a nice surprise.
Maria's Gourmet Pastries
3800 B SAN PABLO DAM RD
EL SOBRANTE, CA 94803