Batter Bakery

What IS a Sand Angel ?!?

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I wish we kept a ticker that counted how many times we've been asked this question over the six years that we've had retail outlets. It is hands-down the most common question we receive at the shop, farmer's market, kiosk.. everywhere. To a non-regular Batter customer, a Sand Angel is something brand new.

If it were on Wikipedia (come to think of it, maybe we SHOULD list the Sand Angel on Wikipedia!), the description would read something like this.. "A Sand Angel is a cookie similar to a cross between a snickerdoodle and a molasses cookie. It is a chewy, cinnamon-y cookie with a unique crisp exterior and a dense, soft interior."

Sand Angels are pretty darn special for many reasons. For one, they were included in a roundup of the top ten cookies in the country. Two, they are a SECRET RECIPE. Three, you can only get them from Batter Bakery in SF. Four, we've made a wedding cake out of them. Five, they are trademarked. Six, people order them from across the country on a regular basis. Seven, they are just plain amazing.

A woman at the farmer's market on Saturday told me that the Sand Angels were the reason they had driven down from Sacramento for the day.

Two little boys in the Polk Street neighborhood have been coming in for at least a year for their special cookie treat. When these two tiny blond boys first came in, I would hear their high-pitched voices from wherever I was in the shop pipe "I wanna sand cookie! a sand cookie!" Now that they are a bit older (but still tiny guys), they beeline to the counter and politely tell the cashier "Two Sand Angels please, separate bags!" then hand over their money and scamper happily away.

Hearing Sand Angel stories always makes me happy... What's yours?!?

All-American Summer

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Bust out the flag bandanas and red, white, and blue outfits. Summer is here. I'm not sure how 4th of July crept up SO quickly this year, but it did.

Peaches dripping with ridiculously sweet juice, blueberries bursting, sweet corn being shucked... Fireworks, stars, watermelon, sailboats, red white and blue nonpareils rolling around our sheet trays... It's time to celebrate the good ol' USA!

Fourth of July party goodies available all week on Good Eggs, at the Polk shop Friday and Saturday (open until 3pm!), and at the Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market. We'll be stocked and excited to sling red, white, and blue goodies. Heck, we're an all-American bakery. This is our TIME!

Naked Cakes!

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If you haven't noticed, naked cakes are all the rage this season. Floral-topped, fruit-filled, sprinkle-laced, ganache-drenched... the possibilities are endless. A naked cake is perfect for any occasion. Weddings, birthdays, showers.. or just because.

You'll find mini versions of naked cakes in our farmer's market display boxes (chocolate beet, carrot, chocolate stout with espresso buttercream are among some favorites). Full-size cakes by special order, customized to your tastes. Seasonal fresh fruit will be gracing these cakes throughout the summer. Bourbon caramel peaches atop cornmeal chiffon cake anyone?!

These rustic-yet-refined towers showcase what often ends up hidden beneath too much frosting - the CAKE itself! Exposed sides tease and tempt, with decadent frosting pillows peeking out from between the layers. Golden cake layers invite you to pick up a knife and have a slice!

Thank you to Karl Nielsen Photography and Sabrina Bot for the lovely photos!


Mother's Day (It's May 10 this year... Don't forget!)

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How many times over the years has your mother made you breakfast/brunch/dinner/cake? Sent you care packages in the mail? Listened to you complain about school/work/life?  Reminded you to make time for a healthful breakfast? Probably many, many times. Your mom deserves a big THANK YOU on Mother's Day.

My mom taught me to bake, so she DEFINITELY deserves a big thank you on Mother's Day.. Maybe even from some of our Batter fans, since, if it wasn't for those early baking years, Batter probably wouldn't exist!? Our home was always filled with fresh muffins, cookies, granola, and amazing smells wafting from the oven.  I grew up sorting through Mom's recipe boxes, looking for my next project.

This Mother's Day, you should make YOUR mom breakfast/brunch/dinner/cake. Not the cooking or baking type? Luckily we are. Let us do the baking and you write the heartfelt note. Or even easier, you can ORDER ONLINE for the first time ever!!

Special Mother's Day treats will be available at all of our retail locations beginning May 1!



Spring Shortbread "CSA" Boxes

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Spring produce is everywhere! We couldn't be more excited. There is no better way to see the change of the seasons than to take a walk through the farmer's market. Strawberries, peas, and asparagus are plentiful. Even the first tomatoes were out last week! In addition to packing our baked goods full of these amazing flavors, we couldn't resist creating our own celebration of spring produce. Yes, we know, it's not QUITE watermelon time, but those are one our of favorites.

These little cookie "CSA" boxes are just about the cutest thing ever, and a perfect gift for anyone in your life who loves food or gardening. Available at the shop or farmer's market until we run out. Happy Spring!