Organic Cakes and Bakeries in the Bay Area

I was going to do this great in depth article on fluoridated water, but then someone mentioned cake. When it comes to cake, I’m rather like that sweet dog, Dug, in the movie “UP”, who can carry a train of thought just until he spots a, “Squirrel!” Diverted from my serious and informative article on our tap water, my brain shouted, “Cake!” And before I knew it, I was researching organic bakeries and cake-makers here in the Bay Area. It seemed only fitting (so distracted) to give you all the same break and talk about cake instead of water. For those of you for whom cake holds little or no interest, never fear, the fluoride article will appear. Unless I get sidetracked again by something sweet.

ACME Bakery – Berkeley and San Francisco, CA. 415.983-8030

Bread and Bun – Los Gatos, CA. 10 Victory Lane. 888.688.1712 or 408.490.1212.

Kara’s CupcakesNapa, Palo Alto, San Francisco, San Jose, Walnut Creek

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La Boulange Bakery – San Francisco, CA. Several Locations around the city.

Mission Pie – San Francisco, CA. 415.282.4PIE or 415.282.150.

Petite Patisserie – San Francisco, CA. 1415 18th Street. 415.794.0319

Rustic Bakery – Larkspur, CA. Cafe hours, M-F 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 415.925.1556.

Vitale Vittles – Berkeley, CA 94702. 510-644-2022

Wild Flour Bread Bakery – Freestone, CA. 140 Bohemian Hwy. 8:30am to 6:00pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday. 707.874-2938.

My Most Favorite Organic Chocolate Cake Recipe:


Note: I often halve this recipe, as it makes a large cake, which is great for making a layer cake if you so desire.

1 1/2 C organic sugar
1 1/3 C organic all purpose flour
2/3 C fair trade unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 C strong fresh-brewed coffee*
3/4 C hemp milk
1/2 C organic butter, room temperature
2 large organic, free range eggs
1 tsp. organic vanilla extract

Image by FotoosVanRobin on Flickr


Preheat oven to 325į F. Butter 17 1/4 by 11 1/2 inch jelly roll pan.** Line pan with parchment paper. Sift first six ingredients*** into large bowl. Whisk coffee, hemp milk, butter, eggs and vanilla in medium bowl. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients; mix just until combined. Transfer batter to prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake cake until tester comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool cake completely in pan on rack. Using small knife, cut around edges of pan. Turn cake out onto work surface. Peel off parchment. Trim rough edges. Frost. I like to top this cake with fresh flowers from the garden. Edible ones are especially fun. Consult your library or local gardening expert before eating any flower.

* You may substitute hemp milk for coffee if you prefer.

** I have never used this size pan. I use a 9×9 square or round cake pan.

*** I have also never sifted these ingredients. Sifting is fabulous, and will lead to a lovely, smooth-textured, dense, yet light cake.

My Favorite Organic Frosting:


1/2 C + 2 tbs. (1.25 stick) organic butter (room temperature)
5 C organic confectioners (powdered) sugar
8 tbs. hemp milk (part, or all, of this can be substituted with a flavored liqueur such as coffee, orange, raspberry, etc.)
1 1/4 tsp. organic vanilla extract
3/4 C + 2 tbs. fair trade cocoa powder (if a non-chocolate frosting is desired, use powdered sugar instead of cocoa)


Cream butter and slowly add about 1/4 of the sugar. Slowly add hemp milk or liqueur while mixing. Add rest of sugar slowly and cocoa (if using cocoa). Add vanilla.

I made this cake last week, and in a moment of overindulgence, age a huge piece of it at about 9:30 p.m. I go to bed at about 9:30 p.m. and the combination of chocolate, sugar, sugar, sugar and coffee did me no favors while trying to get some sleep. In light of that, I highly recommend eating it for breakfast instead.

- Jocelyn Broyles

Headline Image © Steve Broyles 2010


May Howie
may Howie6 years ago


Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener6 years ago

Big YUM!!!

Elena Arutiunova
Elena Arutiunova6 years ago

Thx for the info :)

Ioana Boca
Ioana B6 years ago

thank you

judith hannah6 years ago


Joy Jin
Joy Jin6 years ago

omg. looks so good. nomnomnom. :) thanks

Andrew H.
- -6 years ago

heres a californian company - they chant whilst making the food (i dont think the agave in some of the products is a good idea therefore dont think agave should be consumed - see Dr Mercola website for why, BUT they have organic food with honey in it, i.e really natural instead)

Megan S.
Megan S6 years ago

I love baking...I'm hoping to open up a vegan. organic cafe down the line too. I want to major n nutrition though, and also sell herbs and what not... :)

It's one of my biggest pet peeves when people assume organic means gross!
The only reason why somebody would say that is because they're so used to eating way too much salt and sugar, that they think anything with less than a teaspoon of salt or a pint of sugar is bland!

norma s.
norma s6 years ago

I put on ten pounds just reading this! Yummy.

Ann Lafave
Ann L6 years ago

Sharing these. Thanks for the post.