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Baked goods that make your mouth water.


THREE COUNTY


GOLD

Publix
Multiple locations
www.publix.com

Now, there may be some who raise their eyebrows at this one. Publix is certainly a special supermarket, but specialty bakery? Well, if you've ever tasted a Publix bakery item or ordered a cake, you'll agree their sweets are very special indeed. Besides the convenience of buying special baked goods at your local Publix, the ingredients are high-quality, the bakers are creative and experienced, and the end results are delicious. From pirate ships to princesses, the bakery offers cakes for any themed kids' parties you can imagine -- and grown-up parties, too. Custom, convenient and affordable is certainly a recipe for success in today's busy world. Plus, Publix offers kid-size cookies to children of all ages any time of day. That's its way of making customers' day just a little sweeter.


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY


GOLD

Anny's
18282 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami
305-931-2669

This summer, Anny's will celebrate its 10th anniversary and South Floridians who frequent this specialty bakery celebrate Anny's, too. This repeated Kids Crown winner knows her customers by name, what their kids eat, who's allergic to what and exactly what goes into each and every order. Anny says what makes her place special is the people, the atmosphere and the ingredients. The wheat is grown in Montana and milled daily. The breads are fat-free and contain no eggs. Just listening to Anny describe her Blue Ridge Mountain Herb or Holiday Bread, with ingredients like whole wheat, apricots, dates, walnuts and toasted pecans is enough to make you want to make the trip there from anywhere. The business has expanded into a full-service bakery now, offering fancy cakes, tiramusu and a complete line of cookies -- all, of course, made from scratch. Nothing is ever frozen, so you will need to order ahead for special occasions. Everything here is kosher, too. , 6 a.m.-4 p.m.

SILVER

Don Pan
Multiple locations
www.donpan.com

BRONZE

Gilbert's
1511 SW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-442-2427
5777 SW 40th Ave., Miami, 305-668-0366
www.gilbertsbakery.com


PALM BEACH COUNTY


GOLD

Panera Bread Bakery Cafe
Mission Bay, Boca Raton, 561-487-9882
Yamato Blvd., Boca Raton, 561-997-2515
Boynton Beach, 561-735-8585
Delray Beach, 561-330-9270
PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, 561-775-3705
Northlake Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, 561-845-7747
Wellington, 561-333-1330
West Palm Beach, 561-689-9200
Additional locations in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Few aromas are as enticing as the smell of bread baking in an oven. Drop by Panera to dine in or pick up a loaf to take home, and indulge your senses. In addition to an assortment of fresh, delicious breads -- including lower-carb pumpkin and Italian herb -- the menu also offers breakfast souffles, bagels, assorted spreads, special soups that can be served in a bread bowl upon request, salads, sandwiches and pastries. Beginning in May, all locations introduced kids' meals with a choice of grilled cheese with organic American cheese, PBJ with all-natural peanut butter and grape jelly, or turkey, roast beef or ham with organic American cheese. Each kids' meal will also include a Horizon organic squeezable yogurt tube and a choice of milk, chocolate milk or apple juice. Panera now offers free wireless Internet at all locations and prides itself on providing an environment that is family-friendly as well as a great place to socialize or have an informal business meeting.

SILVER

Christy's NY Cheesecake Bakery
12020 South Shore Blvd., Wellington
561-795-3244

BRONZE

Don Pan
2200 Glades Road, Suite 900, Boca Raton
561-353-1410
www.donpan.com
Additional locations in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

JUDGES' CHOICE

We Take The Cake
1021 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale
954-764-CAKE (2253), 888-901-CAKE (2253)
Satellite location:
Field of Flowers
5101 S. University Drive, Davie
www.wetakethecake.com

When it's voted one of "Oprah's Favorite Things," you know it's really good. Oprah's favorite is the key lime bundt cake, but no matter the flavor or the occasion, everything is made from scratch with the highest quality ingredients by trained professional bakers.
The bundt cake recipes will air on an episode of The Food Network this summer, and two of the store's bakers were involved in a Food Network wedding cake competition as well. (They placed an incredible second.) Just imagine what they could do for a child's dream cake. The owner here will tell you up front that the store is pricier than most, but that's because of the quality of the cakes and the time put into each creation. And creations they are. Accents and decorations are all edible, created from sugars and chocolates and the painstaking efforts of skilled bakers.
A quarter-sheet, themed cake for a child's party of 15–20 kids with butter cream cheese frosting will run you about $63. Stacked cakes, which make for beautiful centerpieces as well, start at $4 per person. A complimentary, 4-inch "smash cake" to match a child's first birthday cake is offered to parents for that special milestone.
In case you're wondering, the most popular cake, The Hassle Cake, is half-chocolate, half golden butter, with the store's signature butter cream cheese frosting on the outside and butter cream cheese fudge frosting in the middle. You can browse through books in either location or check the web site, but either way, be sure to place an order at least one week in advance of your occasion.


BROWARD COUNTY


GOLD

Vicky's
17537 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines
954-392-5958

This Cuban bakery and frequent Kids Crown winner is as well known for its empanadas and pastelitos, little pastries filled with chicken, cheese, guava and cheese or ground beef, as it is for its delectable cakes and pastries, including cookies and Napoleons. Cake choices are mouth-watering. Choose from vanilla, dulce de leche, tres leches, chocolate and much more. Vicky's does great birthday cakes as well.

SILVER

Don Pan
7341 N. State Road 7, Parkland, 954-510-7304
12711 Sunrise Blvd. Sunrise, 954-851-0801
2800 Weston Road, Weston, 954-358-6251

BRONZE

Panera Bread Bakery Cafe
2015 N. University Drive, Coral Springs, 954-757-9870
4547 Weston Road, Weston, 954-385-1560
1762 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-567-5925
1729 East Hallandale Beach Blvd. Hallandale, 954-457-9310
2101 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, 954-783-5490
Additional locations in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.

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