The most important part of any celebration, some would say, is the dessert. Sweet, decadent treats are a staple for parties, get-togethers, and even dinners at home. Strawberry shortcake is a classic for a reason, as it’s one of the most beloved dessert recipes in American cuisine. There are several Essex county bakeries that serve up renditions of the sweet treat, in cupcakes and full-sized options. Check out our list of bakeries that serve strawberry shortcakes below.
Gencarelli’s Bakery | 446 Broad Street, Bloomfield
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Mixed into a sweet array of custom orders and pre-baked cakes, this bakery, with outposts in both Bloomfield and Wayne, offers a pre-made strawberry shortcake. The team takes a classic white cake with strawberry filling and tops it with whipped cream icing. For added decadence, the bakery also offers a strawberry chocolate shortcake, with a chocolate cake base instead of a white cake.
House of Cupcakes | 259 Allwood Road, Clifton
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This eatery offers bite-sized versions of classic cake flavors, including strawberry shortcake. Mix and match it with other flavors like a strawberry daiquiri, red velvet, and s’mores, or order it as a part of a special event platter. House of Cupcakes offers parties and cupcake decorating classes to make any strawberry shortcake cupcake one-of-a-kind.
Leilo’s Sweet Shop | 306 Main Street, West Orange
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This custom, made-to-order bake shop prides itself on its made-from-scratch recipes. Every gourmet cake, including strawberry shortcake, costs $65, and sheet cake is customizable. The recipes are passed down from owner Nicole Josey’s grandmother, who was affectionately called Leilo. Nicole opened the bakery in 2013 after the birth of her child and has been serving up sweet treats ever since.
Plum Bakery Gluten-Free | 179 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair
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This gluten-free eatery’s rendition of strawberry shortcake is a three-layered treat. It comes in six, eight, nine, and ten-inch cakes. Plum also offers online gluten-free baking classes to help dessert-lovers make their own strawberry shortcakes. The bakery accepts orders over the phone during regular business hours.
Styertowne Bakery | 1039 Bloomfield Avenue, Clifton
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A local favorite since 1949, Styertowne Bakery offers strawberry shorties, mini versions of the classic, full-sized cake. Styertowne tops its version with fresh strawberries and makes sure that each of the treats goes the extra mile. Every year, the family business donates a large percentage of the bakery’s earnings to various causes, including cancer research, autism awareness, the homeless, local churches, schools, fire and police departments.
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Supreme Bakery | 40 Main Street, West Orange
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Everything at this bakeshop is customizable, from bagels to doughnuts to cakes. Of course, it offers classic favorites, too, including a ready-made strawberry shortcake. The bakery is open from 6AM to 7PM from Monday through Saturday, and 6AM to 5PM on Sunday. While many options are premade in the store, custom orders can be placed online. Custom orders require a minimum of 24 hours’ notice.
Vanilla Heaven | 342 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
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This take on the classic dessert is a bit different. Vanilla Heaven makes its strawberry shortcake unique by making it into a sweet biscuit, filled with cream cheese and fresh strawberries. It’s bite-sized, so it goes perfectly on a tray with other sweet treats or serves as a perfect snack with a warm cup of coffee.