Summer Blooms: Sweet Magnolia Bakery Expands to the Sunshine City

‘Tis the season for sweet reprieves. 4th Street is flush with old school staples (Harvey’s), new favorites (Cali Tacos), and anticipated concepts (Mini Doughnut Factory).

Sweet Magnolia Bakery quietly opened its doors to the public on June 16 at 1961 4th Street North. Founder and Head Chef Haylee Shaddock looks to leave her mark on the Sunshine City after satisfying the discerning palates in Tampa.

To the left of the entrance is a tall mural by prolific artist Amanda Turner (@paintthatuglything). Chalkboard art throughout the bakery echoes the sugary sentiment.

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Prepare to window shop and savor

A menagerie of eclectic pastries cast spells on the senses. Mammoth cinnamon rolls melt beneath pools of icing; gluten-free brownies dusted with sugar rest in front of glorious, hearty morning muffins. Dividing the baked goods from the artisanal cakes is a hand painted Sweet Magnolia tower.

Cake artisan Jordan was meticulously ornamenting a cake during our visit. Decorative butterflies and tubes of vibrant icing framed the workspace.

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A bakery that takes ‘from scratch’ seriously

Everything at Sweet Magnolia is made from scratch. Enjoy ganache crafted from Belgium chocolate, and jams from Switzerland.

There are plenty of gluten-free selections: Espresso cookies, coconut macaroons, almond horns, brownies, peanut butter cookies and buckeyes.

You can get your savory fix courtesy of turkey and feta croissants, challah bread, quiche, and bagels.

We have a personal penchant for the apple hand pies, chocolate cigars and banana nut bread.

 

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Dream big with a custom order from Sweet Magnolia

The bakery is renowned for its custom work. You can learn a little bit more about flavors, fillings, and design possibilities on their website.

Quench your thirst, and remedy your food coma with espresso, cold brew and other assorted coffee drinks, as well as Manhattan Soda — a pure espresso coffee soda.

The space also features an assortment of ice cream flavors and rotating specials. Keep up with Sweet Magnolia on their Facebook page, Instagram and website.

Hours

  • Tuesday-Thursday: 7am-6pm
  • Friday-Saturday: 7am-7pm
  • Sunday: 9am-4pm

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of iLovetheBurg.com. New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape." He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. He can be reached by phone: (727) 896-3435 or email: andrew@rkc.me