Thanks for joining us for this discussion about the best places to buy ice cream, cakes, and cookies in Birmingham, Alabama. There are numerous dessert shops selling sweets around town and you will be learning about the top options as this blog progresses.
The best ice cream shops in your area will kick things off. Those that love vanilla, chocolate, gelato, frozen yogurt, malts, ice cream cakes, and other frozen delights have numerous options to choose from.
Local bakeries where you can buy cakes, cookies, pastries, and all kinds of sweet treats will be up next. After that we will focus on donut shops, where to buy cupcakes, candy stores, and chocolate and fudge shops near you.
Then we will pivot to healthy dessert options like Birmingham gluten free bakeries and smoothie shops. Restaurants that are known for their must have desserts in your area will round us out.
A map that has all the various venues we are mentioning throughout the post pinned on it will be shared at the end. And anyone that is interested can find all of our posts on the best sweets in this region of the country at that link.
Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
The best Birmingham ice cream shops or some healthier frozen yogurt can be found at:
- La Nueva Michoacana at 104 Green Springs Hwy
- Steel City Pops at 2821 Central Ave #109
- Big Spoon Creamery at 4000 3rd Ave S #104
- Bluff Park Ice Cream Shoppe at 815 Shades Crest Rd
- Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers at 3720 Mary Taylor Rd
- Bruster’s Real at 5212 Caldwell Mill Rd
- SweetFrog at 250 Doug Baker Blvd #400
- TCBY at 1919 28th Ave S #153
Steel City Pops’ pops are completely handcrafted in small amounts, gluten-free, and free of artificial colors and flavors. Big Spoon Creamery serves traditional and seasonal ice cream scoops, sandwiches, and sundaes in small batches.
The Bluff Park Ice Cream Shoppe provides over 100 exciting and tasty rotating and seasonal flavors. They usually have approximately 30 of these kinds on hand at any given moment and the flavors change every week.
With diet-sensitive options including kosher and gluten-free flavors, dairy-free Italian ices and soy creams, and low-sugar ice creams, they have an ice cream flavor for everyone in your area.
Bruster’s Real offers a wide range of premium flavors and artisan desserts including crunchy handcrafted waffle cones, customizable sundaes, candy-filled blasts, and thick milkshakes, all of which are produced right in the store where they are served. Their frozen yogurts are made with fresh high-quality ingredients resulting in a deliciously creamy, low-fat treat. For any occasion, Bruster’s also offers custom bespoke cakes and pies in your preferred flavor.
SweetFrog is a national brand that sells soft-serve frozen yogurt and sorbet near you in dozens of flavor variations as well as a large variety of fresh toppings. TCBY is a colorful chain yogurt shop that offers a variety of frozen sweets and cold coffee drinks.
Bakeries In Your Area
Great cakes, cookies, pastries, and more are available at these great bakeries:
- Continental Bakery at 1909 Cahaba Rd
- Insomnia Cookies at 1919 11th Ave S #200
- Pastry Art Bake Shoppe at 1917 29th Ave S
- Birmingham Breadworks at 2408 7th Ave S
- Edgar’s Bakery at 3407 Colonnade Pkwy
Continental Bakery at the English Village in Mountain Brook is a calm nook with quaint decor serving traditional European-style breads, pastries, coffee, and sweets. Insomnia Cookies is a bakery chain that specializes in late-night delivery.
Birmingham Breadworks offers delectable handmade bread while also serving lunch and breakfast which you may order to take away or eat inside. Wedding cakes, pastries, and light cuisine are all available at Edgar’s Bakery.
Local Donut Shops
Stop by one of these donut shops on your way to work:
- Pop’s Donuts at 1819 Center Point Pkwy
- Daylight Donuts at 1521 Pinson Valley Pkwy
- The Heavenly Donut Company at 4911 Cahaba River Rd #105
- Hero Doughnuts & Buns at 1701 1st Ave S #135
Daylight Donuts specializes in donuts, kolache, pastries, num pao, and other baked goods. The Heavenly Donut Company is a laid-back cafe that serves coffee, donuts, and other baked goods in a contemporary setting with outdoor seating. Their local donut truck is available for rent for any occasion.
Freshly baked brioche doughnuts and buns are available at Hero Doughnuts and Buns. They’ve evolved into a restaurant with tasty, fulfilling sandwiches, salads, and desserts. Hero offers a catering menu for your next corporate event, birthday celebration, or just a get-together with friends and family.
Where To Buy Cupcakes
We highly recommend these cupcake shops around town:
- Dreamcakes Bakery at 960 Oxmoor Rd
- Cakeffect at 1021 Brock’s Gap Parkway #109
Dreamcakes Bakery has a large selection of cupcakes and baked products. Everything is made from scratch, even the buttercream, which is made with genuine butter, cream, and no preservatives. Gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free options are available, as well.
CakEffect is a small cake store that specializes in personalized custom cakes for nearly any occasion where sculpted two-dimensional and three-dimensional cakes are their specialty. They make 7 unique cupcake varieties using an old-fashioned recipe and the freshest most flavorful ingredients.
Many of the best bakeries from our previous list also make good cupcakes in Birmingham like Edgar’s Bakery and Pastry Art Bake Shoppe.
Candy Stores Near You
Kids will love all the options at these local candy stores:
- Sugar Inc at 69 Church St
- Scripture Candy at 1350 Adamsville Industrial Pkwy
- Creative Concepts at 1500 Georgia Rd A
- The Birmingham Candy Company at 1821 2nd Ave N
Sugar is a nostalgic candy shop in your area featuring pound-sized chocolate and sweets as well as luxury shaved ice. Scripture Candy provides allergy free products, chocolate, gift towers, Scripture cookies, sugar free items, and many other products are available.
Birmingham Candy Company is a small-town candy shop that specializes in regional, southern, and homemade confections.
Chocolate & Fudge Shops
If you are searching for the best chocolates and fudge near you just head to the candy shops we just mentioned.
Gluten Free Bakeries
Gluten free bakeries can provide some healthier options:
- The Joyful Food Co. at 759 Shades Mountain Plaza
- Sunrise Baking Company
The Joyful Food Company is a one-stop store for healthy dining options. They include Whole30-approved pre-made meals as well as gluten-free and paleo desserts. All of the meals are made with pastured meats and all of the ingredients are stated on the menu. Honey, pure maple syrup, or fruit are used to organically sweeten baked items.
Sunrise Baking Company offers delicious grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free baked products and granola with no less-than-healthy ingredients. Many of the best bakeries from our initial list also have many gluten free options like Edgar’s Bakery and Dreamcakes Bakery.
For a tasty yet healthy choice consider these smoothie shops:
- Planet Smoothie at 4700 Hwy 280 South #10
- Tropical Smoothie Cafe at 1350 Inverness Cors
- J’ ti`’z Smoothie-N-Coffee Bar at 1521 Pinson Valley Pkwy #109
- Good Health To Be Hail at 1920 8th Ave N
Local Restaurants With Great Desserts
Must have desserts near you can also be found at these restaurants:
- Satterfield’s at 3161 Cahaba Heights Rd
- Gianmarco’s at 721 Broadway St
- Chez Fonfon at 2007 11th Ave S
Satterfield’s Restaurant, a stylish white-tablecloth establishment with a full bar, serves inventive American fare with a Southern twist. Their vanilla crème brulee, beignets, chocolate cream tart, and other sweets are some of the best local desserts you will find.
Gianmarco’s Restaurant serves great Italian cuisine in a classy setting with white tablecloths and beautiful lighting. Flourless chocolate cake, bombolini, elegant cheese and strawberry cake, tartufo, tiramisu, trio gelato, trio sorbete, and many other great desserts in your area are available at Gianmarco’s.
Chez Fonfon is a traditional French café with vintage furnishings and a boules court for a game of boules. Desserts include lemon meringue tart, coconut pecan cake, chocolate pot de crème, Basque cake, and many others.
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Enjoy Ice Cream, Cookies, & Cakes In Birmingham
That is all we’ve got for now but visit us again because we plan to update this post often. After reading about all these local shops to buy ice cream, frozen yogurt, cookies, cakes, pastries, other bakery items, cupcakes, donuts, chocolate, fudge, candy, gluten free baked goods, smoothies, and even restaurants with can’t miss desserts in your area you should be ready to find your next sweet indulgence.
Don’t be afraid to let us know if any shops have closed down or if we posted anything that is incorrect in the comments. Now have fun eating your ice cream, cookies, and cakes in Birmingham, Alabama.