Chow Bella

10 Favorite Bakeries In Metro Phoenix

If you're one of those people who bakes a pie to cheer up a friend, makes your specialty carrot/red velvet/whatever cake for everyone's birthday, and routinely pulls together all manner of adorable goodies for your children's school programs and bake sales . . . well, bully for you (and the rest of us hate admire you no end). You obviously like living in the kitchen and don't need the services of the shops provided here.

See also: -- Macaron and Cake Classes with Linda Schneider of 21 Cakes in Scottsdale This Spring -- The Coffee Shop Kicks Off Coffee Class Series at Crepe Bar in Tempe

But for the rest of us poor slobs who can't or won't make the time to DIY the snickerdoodles and would never dream of attempting Danish or anything that actually requires an understanding of dough, here are 10 bakeries that keep our collective sweet tooth satisfied. You won't see every popular or mainstream bakery here, however. This is a collection of slightly quirkier favorites -- many of them ethnic, a few of them hyper-focused or artisanal.

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Nikki Buchanan