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Hey, Cupcake! East Bay bakery brings on the sweets


Alisha Petro

You may have seen Seattle’s Trophy Cupcakes on the Martha Stewart Show or Beverly Hills-based Sprinkles cupcakes on Oprah. Or maybe you’ve noticed little cupcake shops cropping up in San Francisco. It’s undeniable—cupcakes are it.

Now the cupcake craze is moving to the ‘burbs. Just ask Gloria Bruner, of the East Bay’s Dolcé, The Little Bake Shop, whose cupcakes are pictured above.

Cupcakes, explains Bruner, aren’t just for taking to school to celebrate your son or daughter’s eighth birthday; they are becoming the confection of choice at many events, including weddings, baby showers and office parties.

Why settle for plain vanilla cupcakes when you could have flavors such as Dolcé’s red velvet, chocolate raspberry truffle, or The Great Pumpkin? We thought the cream cheese frosting used on many of the cupcakes was the real claim to fame here.

Bruner loves collaborating with the customer to create a custom design for the cupcakes. If you can dream it, Bruner will create it. Tackling a skull and crossbones request from one customer, Bruner looked to fashion designer Ed Hardy for inspiration.

Whether you’re planning your daughter’s graduation party, your boss’s retirement party, or, uh, your child’s eighth birthday, you can be assured that your cupcakes will be an original creation.

Dolcé requires 48 hours to fill an order and offers free delivery in the Tri-Valley, with deliveries beyond the Tri-Valley available for a fee. Call (925) 443.9869, or go to www.dolcebakeshop.com.

Happy Hour Bar & Bites at
The Cooperage

Monday through Friday
3pm – 5:30pm


This isn’t your typical happy hour. This quintessential neighborhood spot offers high-quality craft cocktails on tap and tasty bites. Menu features: $10 cocktails on tap, $5 select beer & wine, $1 oysters, $7 bacon cheeseburger sliders, $7 crispy beer battered shrimp sliders, $9 sashimi-grade ahi tuna tartare. 

32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
​Reservations: www.thecooperagelafayette.com or 925.298.5915

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