Friday, August 20, 2010
Have Your Cake, Ltd.
The pastry gods are conspiring to make me fat. My husband and I are spending a lot of time in Westhampton this summer (along with what seems to be the bulk of Manhattan), giving me leeway to frequent Main Street's Beach Bakery Cafe (their raspberry pastry squares were my summer addiction). The weekends are a madhouse, with the line stretching out the door as disinterested teenagers package baked goods and pour coffee. Still, I spent a large portion of the summer queuing up with the rest of the weekenders just to satiate my sugar tooth...but that all changed when I made a sweet discovery.
While I was riding my bike through neighboring Quogue, I happened upon a little gem of a bakery- Have Your Cake, Ltd. The bicycle rack directly out front told me it was fate- so I parked my bike and moseyed on in. I was the only customer and received prompt and courteous service- something that never happened in Westhampton's Beach Bakery Cafe no matter what time of day or night. I had a difficult time choosing between lemon squares, raspberry oat bars (a similar look to the Beach Bakery Cafe's coveted raspberry pastry squares but I have yet to see if they are similar in taste), moist cupcakes and giant cookies. I opted for a chocolate cookie vanilla cream sandwich (basically an excuse to eat 2 oversized chocolate cookies and enough cream to cover a wedding cake). With its crackly crust (dusted with confectioner's sugar), gooey center and rich cream, it provided much needed fuel for my long bike ride.
Prime parking for cyclists
Have Your Cake, Ltd.'s colorful interior
One of the display cases with several cookie jars on top
The bakery also sells homemade jams
Lemon, marble and regular pound cakes
My latest obsession, the huge chocolate cookie vanilla cream sandwich, also comes with peanut butter cream
I ate my cookie across the street on a shaded bench