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20 Nov 2019

The Indy Endorsement: The Disco at Bake'd Cakes and Pan Dulce

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It's like a flattened cinnamon roll ... but better. It's like a flattened cinnamon roll ... but better.

What: The disco

Where: Bake’d Cakes and Pan Dulce, 27800 Landau Blvd., Cathedral City

How much: $1.59

Contact: 760-656-0176

Why: It’s caramelized, cinnamon-y goodness.

When I perused the trays upon trays of baked goods at Bake’d Cakes and Pan Dulce, one particular pastry immediately caught my eye: It looked like a cinnamon roll had been flattened by a steamroller. The resulting disc was the size of a large plate.

“What is that?” I asked the pleasant and helpful young woman.

“That’s a disco,” she said—Spanish for disk.

I got the disco and several other goodies to take home and sample. The aforementioned other goodies—including a brownie and a couple of pastries—were very good.

The disco was a revelation.

I will now try to describe the flavor: Imagine a really good cinnamon roll—one with lots of delicious cinnamon—but give it the texture of a crispy cookie. There’s no white glaze like a cinnamon roll would have, but there’s a lot of sugar that’s been caramelized, giving the pastry a thin, clear, almost-candy-like coating. It’s certainly big enough so share … but you probably won’t want to.

It’s big. It’s fragile. It’s so freaking good. As a result of this fantastic festive Frisbee, Bake’d will probably become a regular destination for me—my waistline be damned.

The little family-owned bakery with a decidedly Mexican flair opened back in August, and the place was empty when I was there. Granted, I was there at 6:30 p.m. on a weeknight in November, which is not exactly business prime time for a bakery, and I am hoping that’s why I was the only customer—because this place deserves customers, and a lot of them.

So, go. Get a disco—and revel in the cinnamon-y, sugary goodness.

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