I have recently discovered a wonderful little cake haven in Berkeley called Spun Sugar. It is a tiny, hole-in-the-wall-looking place, but although it is small, it is mighty! The short aisles are lined with baking supplies, from cupcake wrappers to cookie cutters to pastry tips to Styrofoam cake tiers to a wall of chocolate. Seriously, a wall of chocolate. Floor to ceiling. Chocolate. Oh and LOTS of sprinkles. On one side of the shop is a little coffee shop, where you can get coffee and pastries and such. And they teach decorating classes too. Awesome.
I heard of this place a while ago, and it's one of those places that I've been meaning to go to for a long time. Finally, with a plan to bake cupcakes that evening, and no cupcake tin liners, I decided I had to check this place out. Pronto. I was also looking for Cal-appropriate decorations, since the cupcakes were being made for a Cal-football-watching get together, and I had a feeling that this place would have what I was looking for (it's right down the street from the University).
Anyway, I'm glad I finally got to patronize this place. It is super cute, and they pretty much have everything you could ever need. And did I mention the wall of chocolate? Honestly though, I was in baking supplies heaven, and I wanted to buy it all. I walked away with mini cupcake liners (actually labeled "Cal Blue" and "Cal Gold"), three pastry tips, and two little bags of blue and yellow nonpareil sprinkles. Oh, and a salted caramel and piece of blood orange chocolate fudge (handmade by one of the employees).
A short slideshow so you can see the store: