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Emeryville - Teacakes Bake Shop

rworange | Dec 17, 200504:30 PM

Well, Teacakes has been open approximately two hours now. Too soon for a report?

They make cupcakes and cookies using, in their words, "premium ingrediants". That includes things like "Belgian Chocolate and Dutch Cocoa, Madagascar Bourbon vanilla". I didn't try it because I've had all the hot chocolate I'm going to have this season, but they sell Schokinag drinking hot chocolate. I don't know what that is exactly, but it sounds fancy.

They also have unique flavors like

Jubilant Cherry cookies - Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla, Plump Cherries, Callebaut Semisweet Chocolate

Ginger Lemon cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

There are house made whoopie pies, snickerdoodles, and pretty glass jars of cookie ingrediants to bake at home. They will also create custom cookie ingredieants.

It is located in the Bay Street Mall right near the movie theatre. It fits very nicely into that complex with stores like Abocrombie and Fitch, Banana Republic, Gap, Pottery Barn, etc. They will probably do very well with the domographic that shops there.

Teacakes deserves credit for being a local shop in a sea of chains. It is a pretty little shop with special little pink bags and boxes for its baked goods.

The bake small batches throughout the day so that items are as fresh as possible. Oddly enough, while they were busy scooping out cookie dough and busily baking, there wasn't the smell of fresh baked goods in the store.

It is worth stopping by and checking out if in the mall. I'd be interested in hearing the opinions of some of the hounds I'm more familiar with on the board and have tastes similar to mine.

They were supposed to open at 11, then 11:30 then noon. Since I already bought the presents at Bay Street and didn't want to hang out and wait for them to get their act together, I asked just to sell me any cookie and cupcake that was ready.

Since it took so long to get to writing about the actual food, it means while I appreciate the fine ingrediants, they didn't win my heart. I don't want to invest the calories or money scoping out Teacakes, so I look forward to other hounds finding the favorites there.

I liked the cookies much more than the cupake. They slighly underbake them so they are while the exterious are nicely crisp, the interior is soft and oozy.

They probably are the best chocolate chip cookies currently in the Bay Area. The Jubilant Cherry had delicous deeply flavored tart cherries with the pieces of rich, almost liquid chocolate.

I was in a hurry and didn't really hear what the other cookies was. One delicous bite announced it was the hazelnut. The finely chopped hazelnuts had the freshest toasted hazelnut taste.

So what's the problem? Not any really. The might be a bit on the sweet side, but not as sweet as Bakesale Betty. They just didn't give me the same punch and the best chocolate chip cookie I've ever had ... Blue Chip ... when it was local and first opened.

The cupcake was on par with Miette's baked goods. If you like Miette ...

Ok vanilla cupcake. The buttercream wasn't as shown in the pictures on the site. It was a round little blob of thick chocolate, almost fudge consistancy. It lacked both the instense flavor of buttercream or chocolate. Like Miette, top class ingrediants, but ...

Not in the same class as La Farine and FatApple who still hold the title for me as the best cupcakes in the area.

So thumbs up for the cookies. While I wouldn't drive there and pay for parking, I'll give the different flavors a try when shopping at Bay Street or going to the movies.

Link: http://www.teacakebakeshop.com/specia...

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