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Best desserts: Karen’s Bakery
Don’t miss the raspberry almond bars, snowdrop brownies or carrot cake swathed in cream cheese-mascarpone frosting at this Folsom bakery/cafe.
Best frozen yogurt: Mochii Yogurt
Mochii’s zesty Zang frozen yogurt is brightly flavored and not too sweet. It’s even better when sprinkled with a spoonful of granola.
Best artisan chocolates: Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates
Chocolatier Ginger Hahn sources the finest ingredients from all over the world, including chocolate from Venezuela’s Lake Maracaibo region and fleur de sel hand-harvested from France’s Brittany coast.
Best mochi: Osaka-Ya
These addictive sweets have a pounded sticky rice exterior with a hidden pocket of beans or bean paste inside.
Best new cupcake bakery: Esther’s Cupcakes
Chocolate and vanilla are so old school. This Sierra Oaks jewel box has offbeat flavor combos such as green tea cake with red bean butter cream and Earl Grey cake with lavender buttercream.
Best cake for your little princess: Ettore’s
Swaddled in a smooth layer of pink or green marzipan are three layers of vanilla sponge cake interspersed with raspberry preserves, pastry cream and whipped cream. This princess cake is a stunner.