North Durham’s Bull City Bakery (right across from Kuts ‘n Kurls on Guess Rd.) has been around for about two years, and although they don’t have much for walk-in customers, their pound cake alone is worth a visit.
The bakery seems to get most of its business from whole cakes (wedding cakes, business and school events, etc.), but in-store they have several kinds of pound cakes (chocolate, lemon, and orange ginger this time around) and 8 or 9 different varieties of cookies. All their other items, including pastries, have to be ordered ahead of time.
Dean, the owner, is a great guy – after ordering a slice of lemon pound cake and an oatmeal butterscotch cookie, I mentioned the blog (since I was taking some photos) and he gave me a cranberry orange oatmeal cookie on the house. I can also appreciate the “cake rules” from their website:
- Frosting should never come from a bucket.
- Cake Mix may be homemade, but is never scratch.
- Yellow and White are not Cake Flavors.
- Friends don’t let friends eat bad cake.
- Good cake makes parties better.
They haven’t gotten a lot of traffic at their location, but they’re one of a few bakeries that fill Durham’s underrepresented southern bakery niche. Dean also mentioned that he hopes to pair up with Maple View Farms and sell ice cream sandwiches at Duke football games, which would add up to about 1000 calories of delicious.
The cranberry orange oatmeal cookies are terrific (they sell out pretty often), and the pound cake is some of the best I’ve had in the Triangle. But really, with a name like Bull City Bakery, how could it be bad? (Also, in case you were wondering, the restaurant next door – Cafe Latino Deli – unfortunately closed a few weeks ago.)
Bull City Bakery (map)
Tuesday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – 3 pm