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Bakery Bar, located across Water Ave from clarklewis and the offices of the Portland Farmers Market, has made themselves one of the town's premier pastry shops in a very short time. They specialize in elegant cakes, cupcakes, and tarts.
There's only one special Easter treat from Bakery Bar, but it's a fabulously gorgeous four inch citrus poppyseed cake layered with lime curd and covered in vanilla buttercream for $12. Their rich buttercream is a great complement to citrus flavors. The white cake is decorated in fondant flowers and topped with coconut and jellybeans. It looks terrific.
1028 SE Water Ave
Di Prima Dolci
Good Friday Bread
I expected more bakeries to have a full menu of holiday goodies. Of course no self-respecting Italian Bakery is going to be without an Easter menu and Di Prima didn't disappoint. They have, by far, the largest Easter menu of any place in Portland from what I saw:
Easter Dove Bread -- Egg-based dough and amaretti cookies make this a sweet and rich cake-like bread shaped like an Easter dove. Must be ordered two days ahead because of teh lengthy preparation process. $20
Good Friday Bread -- Pane di Giovedi Santo -- a slightly sweet, anise seed-topped round loaf marked with a cross. Available through Holy Week. $4
Easter Braid -- Egg and butter sweet yeasted bread studded with candied orange, anise seed, lemon zest and hard baked eggs. $10
Pandoro -- Called "Golden Bread" because of the many eggs in the recipe. It's ultra light in texture taking many hours to prepare, and it's buttery on the tongue as it melts in your mouth. $20
Desserts: To ensure availability, orders must be placed by Tuesday, April 11th.
Orange Ciambella -- Yeasted orange cake layered with chopped almonds, our home-made almond brittle and fluffy whipped cream. 7=in $18, 9-inch $35
Raspberry, Mascarpone and White Chocolate Cheesecake -- Creamy mascarpone cheese and white chocolate make a rich cake with a ricotta and raspberry topping and white chocolate garnish.
Cassata -- Orange Ricotta Cake with Pistachio -- Orange sponge cake (or chocolate cake) soaked in orange liqueur and layered with sweetened ricotta, covered in whipped cream and dotted with candied cherry and pistachios.
Italian Cheesecake -- Sicilian cheesecake made with ricotta cheese and flavored with anise, Orange or Amaretto and Chocolate Chips and topped with lattice crust. $3 small -- other sizes available.
Sfogliatelle -- Crisp clam-shaped pastry filled with semolina and orange custard. $4.50
1936 N Killingsworth St
Ken's Artisan Bakery
Tiramisu Cake (Smaller than the 6")
Ken's Artisan Bakery has been putting out wonderful bread since the first day they opened. Their pastries have varied more. But currently, they have a great mix of solid rustic and more sophisticated desserts. Their Easter offerings tend towards the sophisticated side of their case:
* 6 round Tiramisu cake. $21.95
* Carrot Cake Cupcakes $3
* Mocha Truffle Easter Eggs $2
* Egg shaped Lavender Shortbread Cookies $1.50
* 6 Coconut Roulade cake. A rolled up coconut cake. $14.95
* 6 round Mango Passion-Fruit Mousse Ensemble. $18.95
* 4 round Chocolate-on-Chocolate-Intense-Chocolate-yay! Cake. $14.95
We will also have our regular bread and pastry offerings. Please let us know in advance if you would like a special order of croissants or other breakfast pastry items, apple tart, canneles, etc.
338 NW 21st Ave
Bunnies on a Chopper and Chocolate Eggs
Since opening their North Portland store, Pix's chocolate work has become more extensive and elaborate. I'd gladly fill a basket with their palets. All of their normal desserts show the kind of decadence appropriate for the day when our sins are washed away. For Easter they only have a couple items, "painted" chocolate eggs, both large and small, and bunnies on choppers, a perfect choice for such a fun and funky patisserie. $2.25 for small eggs, $3.25 for large. $7.50 for bunnies on a chopper.
3402 SE Division St
3901 N Williams Ave
Sahagun Chocolate Shop
Chocolate Bunnies Filled with Salted Buttery Caramel
When I walked into Sahagun, they were busily wrapping their case in pink and purple ribbon. I asked if they had anything special for Easter and Elizabeth, the owner, sarcastically replied, "Sure, everything. See, it's wrapped for the holiday." Truthfully, she had some very nice chocolates made just for Easter.
Bite into one of the caramel filled bunnies about the size of your thumb ($1.50 each) and a rich and salty caramel will ooze out, coating the inside of your mouth. Choose between fashionable Pralus chocolate rabbits to put around your wrist (with the aforementioned pink or purple ribbon). I like the little fellow with the monocle. ($2.25 each.) And finally, I think Sahagun will have to bring back their Last Supper when the Da Vinci Code opens later this year so that I can see if the 12th apostle tastes male or female. ($29.99)
10 NW 16th Avenue
(between Burnside & Couch)
Vanilla Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Saint Cupcake is so brightly appointed to begin with, I had to ask whether the fluorescent icings were normal or for the holidays. (The latter.) Despite being the victims of thieves with a wicked case of the munchies recently, they haven't given up on cute.
Choose between light and crumbly chocolate, vanilla, or chocolate chip cakes topped in aqua, lemon yellow, pink, and peach-colored cream cheese frostings sprinkled with tiny candy eggs and decorative sugar in contrasting psychadelic. Larger cupcakes are $2 while minis are $1.
407 NW 17th (at Flanders)