Pastries have a special place on our meals. They’re the desserts that end our food fare that puts us in a good mood, and the sugar in these sweets has been proven to make us happy, for as long as it’s eaten in moderation. A sumptuous cupcake after dinner or a slice of an ornamental, center-piece cake at a family member’s wedding anniversary is one of the heavenly delights everyone can enjoy. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, we suggest you try the confections from these Black-owned bakeries around Memphis.
1. Quintessential Sweets
Quintessential Sweets is the sweet-toothed’s wonderland. They offer pastries, waffles and homemade ice cream that are sure to elate your taste buds and fulfill your cravings. Their signature city hall cheesecake, caramel apple and pre-order-only chocolate-covered strawberries are the must-try on their menu. This place is a one-stop dessert shop you must visit. Plus, they even create custom-designed treats that’ll be perfect for upcoming Halloween parties. Just take a look at that sumptuously spooky strawberry tower! It’s a sight. And it’s a delight.
Location: 2811 Bartlett Blvd, Bartlett, Tennessee
- Tuesdays to Saturdays, 12–10 p.m.
- Sundays, 1–10 p.m.
2. Blues City Donuts
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Blues City Donuts bravely opened shop in January 2020, right at the start of the pandemic after just a month of preparations by owner Rueal Braden. Braden’s confections are flavor explosions with a seemingly endless selection of choices. There are the classic candy bars Twix, Oreo and Reese’s; the cake-inspired strawberry cheesecake, red velvet and caramel; and there’s the sweet, salty and savory combo of egg, pepper jack cheese, and brown sugar ham sandwiched on a bismarck donut. You’ll surely find something
Location: 5735 Raleigh Lagrange Rd., Memphis, Tennessee
- Fridays and Saturdays, 6 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Sundays, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
3. Makeda’s Cookies
Bite into the sweet, crumbly and crunchy cookies of Makeda’s Cookies. To keep your tongue occupied with the bakeshop’s whopping 16 flavors ranging from classics, like butter cookies, chocolate chip and sugar cookies, to more flavorful ones, like the “Sensual Strawberry” and “Lemon Goodness.”
Location: 2370 Airways Blvd., Memphis, Tennessee
Hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
4. Cupcake Cutie
Cupcakes: the cute-sized cousin of the regular-sized cakes that’s perfect for a single person. Cupcake Cutie offers six flavors, available every day: chocolate, butter, lemon, strawberry, red velvet and French vanilla. but the party really starts with their specialty flavors that change every day and are available for custom orders. Sweet meets sour with key lime. Macaroons find its way into a cupcake with the coconut flavor. And the peach cobbler cupcake is topped with delightfully refreshing slices of peach. Visit this bakeshop and you’ll be bringing home a box.
Location: 300 S. Main St., Memphis, Tn
- Tuesdays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
- Wednesday and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
- Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
- Sundays, 1–6 p.m.
5. J’s Cakes
If you’re in the market for bigger cake orders, make sure to check out J’s Cakes. This bakeshop specializes in creating custom creations for any events: birthdays, baby showers, anniversaries, and many more. They will create a one-of-a-kind pastry that’s sure to make any event memorable and meaningful. Just take a look at this meticulously detailed children’s birthday cake decorated to the art style of the video game Little Big Planet or the towering four-tier cake with a Jungle-Book-inspired theme. Let your imagination run wild, and this bakeshop will make it happen.
Location: Online-only on Instagram, Facebook and their website
Hours: By appointment through their social media pages or website