{Sweet San Francisco} Teacake Bake Shop: In Praise of Local Bakeries

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teacake sampler

Hi all, hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend and are getting a good start on your holiday shopping! I’m going to be posting up my annual gift recommendations in the next week, but meanwhile I thought I’d like to start off the holidays with a little giveaway!

Teacake Bake Shop is the sort of bakery I would have loved to open – it’s cute, girly, and all the pastries are sweetly sophisticated. The first Teacake opened in Emeryville (near Berkeley) while I was still in pastry school. When I found out the owner was a young female Asian entrepeneur, I thought, hey, she’s living out my dream!

A couple years later I had the opportunity to interview Agnes, the owner, for Edible East Bay, and finally had the chance to chat with one of my inspirations. There’s practically a cupcake shop on every block in the city now, but back when Teacake opened, there were only a couple around, so it’s really one of the originals, and I’m glad it’s succeeded and continued to grow. I have immense respect for all the local food producers and artisans – it’s people like Agnes who follow their dreams and open up a shop selling unique sweets, meats, cheese, jams, etc. that make the Bay Area such a vibrant culinary culture. There are four Teacake Bake Shops now, and again one of them is close to my current home. It’s always a treat to walk by and see the bakers working in the open kitchen (customers can see their cupcakes being made in front of their eyes), and there’s also a large room where they hold tea parties and classes for kids.

In fact, Jessie of CakeSpy stopped by her on her book tour! Check out her post to see some photos of the shop and of the two of us goofing around.

I’m excited to host a giveaway for Teacake Bake Shop, so you’ll get a chance to try out her goodies – or perhaps cross a gift off your shopping list! Teacake is offering up their Mini Treats Sampler, a collection of four of their bestselling cookies, including Strawberry Jam Thumbprints, Mexican Wedding Cookies, Sugar Cookies, and Chocolate Cookies Sandwiches. There are 30 cookies in the package – enough for a party, snacking during a gift-wrapping session, or to leave out for Santa.

To enter: Please note that Teacake Bake Shop will ship the prize within the continental U.S. only (not to Alaska or Hawaii). Please make sure you have an appropriate shipping address before you enter!

Simply follow Teacake Bake Shop on Facebook or Twitter, and let me know in the comments below. If you already follow them, that’s fine too – just note it in the comment! The giveaway will run through Sunday, December 4th and I’ll announce the winner on Monday December 5th.

Good luck! And if you live in the Bay Area, be sure to stop by a Teacake Bake Shop!


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    Kris L. says

    i love the teacake bakeshop in burlingame! following on both facebook and twitter… thanks for this giveaway!

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    I follow Teacake Bake Shop on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you so much for offering such a yummy and generous giveaway. :)

    Facebook – Cindy A.
    Twitter – @normawatson

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    Libbi says

    i love teacake! when i lived in the east bay, i would always stop in the location at bay street and have a cookie or two… i miss it

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    Their cookies and pastries look delicious. What a lovely giveaway. I’m now following Teacake Bake Shop on Facebook and Twitter.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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    Amanda says

    I love cookies! Especially when they are just as delightful to look at!
    Following on facebook! :)

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    belladatura says

    I liked on FB. I have to admit that I would spend way too much time there if I lived nearby. Mmmmm.

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    .:| Angela |:. says

    I’m already following them on Facebook and often visit their store in Burlingame!

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    Crystal says

    I’ve been following them on FB for a while. LOVE Teacake. Just got back from there actually and then saw this 😀

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    As a pastry student and pastry cook now I would love to hear more about this shop! It’s fantastic to hear about shops like these in the Bay Area! Thank you so much for posting :)

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    Anna Robbins says

    I follow Teacake on Twitter and even mention them in my tag line. I’ve been a huge fan for years, have visited all 4 locations and have also taken their Bake with Teacake class. I also hosted a Cupcake Competition at my office and Teacake won first place.

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    Totally already following Teacake on Twitter and FB. Their cookies make the world go round.

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    Arlene T. says

    I’m following Teacake Bakeshop on FB & Twitter (@cheapskate2009). Great giveaway & I hope to win!

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    Jessica pollard says

    I follow teacakes bake shop. Their Mexican wedding cookies are amazing! I am hosting a holiday party for my daughter’s soccer team and this sampler kit would be Perfect!!!

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    Kristina says

    I follow Teacake on FB and love their cookies and cupcakes! I’m pregnant with my first kiddo and an’t wait to try out their kid classes when she’s old enough : )

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    Lorrie says

    I LOVE all of “Teacake Bakeshop’s” shortbread cookies and their brownie bites. Their toffee cookie is also one of my favorites, and I always buy their chocolate chip for my kid’s school lunch for the next day. I even tried their bacon cookie! (tasted like dried cranberries to me) And of course, there are their cupcakes! I go to both the Corte Madera and Emeryville locations, and also “Teacake Bakeshop’s” Facebook wall. DELISH!

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    Julie says

    I already follow Teacake on Facebook. They are one of my favorite bakeries and I love their onsite classes.

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    Meghann P. says

    I follow Teacake on Twitter @meghannPresley. Always looking for new sweets to try!

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    Chaitra Makam says

    Just followed them on FB.
    I am in Bay area. will visit them soon. I love it when i get know all these incredible places around here.

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    I already follow on FB, but I just started following on twitter. LOOOOVE Teacake! But I miss their Teacakes! :(

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    Alice Zou says

    I really need to see the Bay area sometime and try out all the foods there! I’m following on facebook now.

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    I am following on Twitter and did the FB thingy too!! Sure would love some of those treats too!! yum yum!! Thanks :o)

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    Teresa says

    Following on facebook :)
    I wished I lived closer, and everything sounds yummy.

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    C.Tong says

    I am following Teacake Bake Shop on Twitter.

    Love their cookies.



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