The treats at this downtown Anchorage bakery taste as good as they look. After all, the folks who run Alaska Cake Studio see dessert as edible art— but they also offer a European café-style spot where you can enjoy a delicious snack, sip a coffee and watch downtown life go by.

Uniquely Local

Certainly, this relatively new shop is unique for Anchorage. Plenty of baked goods around town actually come from out of state, but Alaska Cake Studio—which used to be just a wholesale operation—prides itself on making its handcrafted desserts onsite.

Bon-Bons, Chocolate Merlot—and, Yes, Bacon

But it’s also more than just a place to pick up a pretty box and go: The owners realized that their Anchorage clients also wanted small, sweet-tooth indulgences during a regular workday—and a charming atmosphere to enjoy them. During the morning—when you’re most likely to get a seat—you can choose from savory and sweet croissants, muffins, and an eclectic selection of scones, such as lemon-lavender, orange-cranberry, and cheddar bacon cracked pepper. During the afternoon, you can get an elegant sugar boost from the trifle cups or bon-bons— or get more decadent with the Chocolate Merlot Cake, Lemon Mousse Delight or the (brace yourself) Bacon Cheesecake.

After-Five Elegance, Art and Gifts

The shop is a favorite among locals who need wedding or specialty cakes, but it also attracts plenty of out-of-towners (indeed, the scones are a hit with folks from across the pond). It has also become a charming date-night spot, with couples enjoying a delectable dessert in the relaxed, intimate atmosphere. Alaska Cake Studio also participates in First Friday, when local artists display works in downtown cafés, shops and galleries. While you’re here, check out the quality gift section, with specialty baking items, aprons, holiday items, cookbooks and even candles for that unforgettable birthday cake.

Hours

  • Summer: Monday - Friday 8am - 9pm, Saturday 10am - 9pm, Sunday 12pm - 7pm
  • Winter: Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 6pm, Friday 8:30am - 9pm, Saturday 10am - 9pm, Sunday 12pm - 6pm