Lafayette’s Itty Bitty Bakeshoppe
Tasty bite-sized treats for you next event.
Lafayette’s Nicole Carberry had never even baked a cookie when she set out to uphold her grandparents’ legacy by creating traditional Italian holiday cookies for her family. Driven to achieve cookie perfection, Carberry developed her baking skills over the next few years, making treats for parties and hostess gifts.
By last year, requests for her goodies were so steady that she launched her own catering firm.
So what sets Carberry’s cookies and sweets apart? Her treats are bite-sized. We asked the baker and owner of Itty Bitty Bakeshoppe which treats are her favorite, and why she prefers itty-bitty baked goods.
Q: Why bite-sized treats?
A: It started as a reflection of the way I like to eat: I’d rather have one bite of five different sweets than eat one giant treat. Small treats fit perfectly with a more casual elegance approach for weddings and parties these days, and they’re perfect for kids’ parties. And with the number of people focused on health, small treats are appealing; people feel better about indulging for just a few bites. But let’s be clear, it’s still dessert. It’s not kale!
Q: What is your most popular menu item?
A: Our Itty Bitty sugar cookie. It’s the very first treat I ever sold. It launched the business, and it holds a special place in my heart.
Q: Do you bake more than just cookies?
A: Itty Bitty started with cookies, but we also make cakes, cheesecakes, cake parfaits, breakfast breads—all itty-bitty sized, of course. The best part is when someone asks for something we don’t make. We take it as a challenge and create an itty-bitty version of his or her request.
Q: Which treat is your favorite?
A: I love the cheesecake, especially the one with lemon curd. I’m always excited when we have an order for those because I get to have one (or two)!
Q: What kind of events do you cater?
A: We cater everything from dropping off mini cakes for a children’s birthday party, to building wedding displays for 300 guests, to staffing dessert tables at special events. We cater corporate events, too.
I did a 315-person wedding in Calistoga with more than 700 individual desserts. It’s an honor when you’re asked to be part of a milestone in someone’s life.
Q: You don’t have a brick-and-mortar shop, so how can people order your treats?
A: E-mail us, give us a ring, or [send] an Instagram message to place an order, and we will deliver. ittybittybakeshoppe.com.