Bittersweet Treats

Best Bakery, February 2013

There is a time and place for a vanilla malt cupcake with peanut butter mousse filling and a layer of old-fashioned chocolate frosting on top. The time is whenever you darn well please, and the place is Bittersweet Treats, the new Pasadena bakery from Top Chef: Just Desserts contestant Danielle Keene. The shiny storefront specializes in decidedly more frilly desserts: iced cookies fashioned like ladybugs or pirates for the kiddos, fruit-filled hand pies shaped like hearts, and stunning tiered cakes dripping with candy flowers. Keene has a soft spot for retro confections, too, prepping batches of red velvet whoopie pies, seasonal upside-down cakes, and supersize riffs on the timeless Oreo. Order cupcakes by the dozen, a whole pie to go, or scoop up a variety of treats for a candy-coated showstopper of a dessert table at your next fete.