Just recently the very serious newspaper in your hands dedicated an entire column to gushing about surely the goofiest item ever to emerge from Bernice’s ovens: the “mookie,” a cookie baked in a muffin tin and concocted by the former owner’s teenage daughter. The bakery’s cakes, likewise, are as unpretentious as they are delicious (and gorgeous). Consider the Camel Spit. It’s a dark-chocolate cake filled with Ding Dong, caramel and chocolate mousse. “To make this cake more perfect than it already is,” the menu jokes, “we’ve frosted with salted caramel buttercream.” More perfect indeed. Bernice’s Bakery: 190 S 3rd St W • 728-1358 • bernicesbakerymt.com

Finalists, Best Bakery

2. Black Cat Bake Shop • 2000 W Broadway St • 542-9043 • blackcatbakeshop.com

3. Le Petit Outre • 129 S 4th St W • 543-3311 • lepetitoutre.com

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