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Sweet!  Something homemade and unique from Door County bakers!

By Donna Marie Pocius
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tart-from-FlourGirl-PatissierIn this edition of From the Lake to the Bay™ we indulge in some Door County bakery sweets. From cheesecakes to cupcakes and evening wedding cakes - get your sweet tooth primed – here's some good eatin'!



Sweet! Enjoy something homemade and unique from Door County bakers

By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to


cupcakes-from-FlourGirl-PatissierIndulge in some Door County homemade sweets during your next visit.

And keep some quality bakers and places in mind when planning special events in Door County.

For example, Sarah Basch, owner of the FlourGirl Patissier, specializes in whipping up cakes for occasions such as weddings, birthdays, showers and anniversaries.

“My motto is ‘simple, elegant and delicious.’ And that is how I decorate as well. The most beautiful cakes are usually the ones that are the simplest,” Sarah says.

tart-from-above-from-FlourGirl-PatissierShe recently launched “a little cupcake love”—a weekly offering of different flavors of cupcakes. For example, during one week she offered customers opportunity to order cupcakes in flavors of vanilla, vanilla-almond, poppy seed, chocolate chip and chocolate. She tops the cupcakes with vanilla-almond buttercream, vanilla buttercream, chocolate buttercream chocolate ganache, lemon curd, key lime curd or raspberry jam. Each costs $2.

Sarah also creates—from scratch—cookies, tarts, torts, scones, muffins, cinnamon rolls, coffeecakes, éclairs, cream puffs and more.

She is also the pastry chef at Alexander’s Restaurant, Fish Creek (obviously, a good place to check out her creations, as well). She established FlourGirl Patissier in 2009. Orders can be made by phone or e-mail and then picked up at Alexander’s Restaurant.

Another relatively new addition to the Door County dessert scene is CheeseCake, Etc., a family-owned place which opened in 2010 in Sister Bay’s Country Walk Shops.

cheesecake-on-a-pedestalHere, cheesecakes are made from natural and fresh ingredients. People can buy cheesecake by the slice or take a cheesecake to go. Belkis Dell, the fourth generation baker and co-owner, also makes and serves "mini" cheesecakes, which are perfect for a couple to share. The "bites" size portions, also available, are tasty ways to sample a new flavor.

Speaking of flavors, a few different kinds of cheesecakes are in the showcase daily, but keep in mind that Belkis makes many more. The house faves are the original, double dutch chocolate and turtle (with caramel and nuts).

For Belkis, cheesecake is an art. And her creations are often topped with lovely fresh flowers and colorful fruit.

"Everything I do has to be to the best of my ability. The cheesecake is beautiful and elegant. I do things that are different, and you have something that no one else has. I look for things that use my imagination. It starts with a batter that is different from a cake most people make," Belkis says.

inn-at-cedar-crossing-restaurant-door-county-wisconsinStill another wonderful place to buy sweets is the Inn at Cedar Crossing Restaurant, Sturgeon Bay. Tempting people from a large street-facing window on Third Avenue are breakfast pastries and desserts that are made from scratch in the on-premises bakery.

The most popular item sold here is the morning bun. Also available are iced cookies; now featured are maple walnut iced cookies. Other flavors available throughout the year include oatmeal raisin and pumpkin. Steve Hellmann, co-owner of Inn at Cedar Crossing described them as “something snazzier than a basic cookie.”