12 Sweet Midwest Bakeries
Omaha: Bliss Old Market Bakery
Tucked into Omaha's celebrated Old Market district is a charming bakery combining delicious treats with sweet customer service.
Bliss is best known for unusual cupcakes, with flavors such as blueberry chocolate and car bomb (Guinness and chocolate cake, filled with Irish whiskey ganache and topped with Irish cream buttercream). The cupcakes are miniature works of art, topped with towering frosting ribbons and swirls. We tried the ginger-peach cupcake; spiced ginger cake created a perfect complement to the cool cream cheese frosting and peach-puree toppings.
"Caketinis" (miniature balls of cake mixed with frosting) in champagne glasses line the cold case near the counter. Other goodies include cinnamon and caramel pecan rolls and scones.
The bakers at Bliss are friendly and chatty, and the shop offers free Internet. A shaded, pet-friendly patio is open during summer (blissbakery.com; 402/934-7450). - Erica Hengelfelt