Cake Walk

Summertime brings out the kid in us all — childhood memories are formed, summer jobs are started, and family vacations are in full effect.

Some of my best childhood (and adulthood) memories of summer include melting sugary treats and sticky desserts. If you have a sweet tooth (or teeth in my case), you’ve no doubt experienced Bradenton’s finest dessert spots. Lucky for us, downtown Bradenton offers a host of delectable places to choose from and all are within walking distance.

If you’re in the mood for: Ice Cream & Smoothies

corwins.jpgI scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

In downtown, Corwin’s Ice Cream and Smoothies is right near the dock so you can grab a sweet treat to go and relive the days of your youth. Rocky Road, Birthday Cake, Cookie Dough, and Coffee are just some of the flavors you’ll be able to dig into.

To discover what other flavors Corwin’s has to offer, go to and click the green EAT AND DRINK tab right under the search bar or simply type “Corwin’s” in the search box. From there, click onto their web address to see what other treats they have available.

If you’re in the mood for: Cookies, Cakes, and Cupcakes

retrobaked.jpgKnown as Bradenton’s first and only 100% gluten-free, vegan bakery, Retrobaked offers yummy delights in the forms of cakes, cupcakes, cookies and brownies.

Retrobaked is located in the Village of the Arts (VOTA) and is open during monthly Artwalks, pop-ups, and by special order only. To access their info, click under the ALL PLACES tab and choose VILLAGE OF THE ARTS. There, you’ll be able to pinpoint its exact location and contact information.

cubed.jpgThe custom-made cake shop, Sugar Cubed Pastry Lab is another popular spot that is also located in the Village of the Arts. Have a summer birthday or wedding coming up? At Sugar Cubed, you can get a custom-made cake for any occasion. Fruit bouquets are also available in addition to the cakes. Check out Sugar Cubed’s promotional video when you find their info on to hear directly from the shop’s pastry chef and owner, Dana Johnson.

I hope by reading this, it has made your day a bit sweeter! Life is definitely more interesting when there’s a delicious dessert around.

What are some of you favorite downtown spots for desserts?

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undine-shorey.jpgUndine Shorey is a singer/multi-instrumentalist and freelance writer in Manatee and Sarasota County.