At the base of the San Gabriel Mountains lies the city of Rancho Cucamonga, California. On Baseline Road, a popular northern artery, you have a prime view of the majestic mountains, especially on a clear day.
It is here where you’ll find the Old Town Baking Company, a family owned and operated bakery for over 16 years.
Known for their Miner Sourdough, they prepare specialty breads, sweet breads, gourmet cookies, and more.
Since readers of Inland Empire Magazine had voted them Best Bakery 2014, I was interested in the more.
I stopped by on a weekday to satisfy my sweet tooth. I had reviewed their website and Facebook page beforehand, but hadn’t learned much about specific flavors. Thus, compared to other recons I was winging it.
When I entered the Old Town Baking Company, the focal point was the large display case facing their door. I quickly appraised the inventory, noting savory breads, cookies, packaged cake slices and sweet rolls.
Nice, but not what I came there for.
Before a cloud of disappointment could descend upon me, I took another look around.
That’s when I spied the hidden treasure in the left corner – their second display case.
Ooh, inside were cupcakes, dessert bars, and other temptations.
I smiled brightly and asked an associate for assistance.
There were four cupcake flavors to choose from at only $2.50 each. A good deal makes it so much harder to behave, but I stuck with two.
Later that day, I began my critique with their Chocolate Peanut Butter. It’s a chocolate cake, topped with peanut butter frosting, then drizzled with chocolate and garnished with a peanut butter cup piece.
I took a bite of cake first. There was nothing exceptional about the flavor, but it was moist. The frosting was thick and creamy. It literally reminded me of peanut butter.
To my surprise, there was a chocolaty filling in the center, almost like frosting. It added a touch more depth, making the cupcake richer. The peanut butter cup on top was generic. Nonetheless, it served its purpose.
I gulped a glass of milk afterwards.
Next I tried their Salted Caramel. It’s a vanilla cake with caramel buttercream frosting.
Like before, I was curious and tasted the cake first. It was just an ordinary vanilla cake. Moist, but it could not stand-alone.
I progressed to the frosting. It was sweet, smooth, and ample. I wouldn’t call it salted, but I enjoyed it.
As I looked at my empty plate, I began to struggle with the rating. I always consider the cake, frosting, and price.
That said for $2.50 I received my money’s worth. Yet a week earlier, I had tasted better for the same price.
Still, there was nothing artificial in what I did sample; something I have experienced at other bakeries.
This was a conundrum indeed.
With hesitation, I give the Old Town Baking Company 3 out of 5 stars for their cupcakes. I’d love to give them higher. However, when I consider the 3.5 ratings, they aren’t quite on the same level.
Well, that was an exhausting exercise. I worked up an appetite! Think I’ll try the other tantalizing treats I purchased during my visit.
I did say I was interested in the more.
Please join me next time when I review their brownies and dessert bars.