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Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 12:46 pm, Mon Oct 29, 2012.

Caketini (2270 E. Williams Field Road, No. 114, Gilbert [480] 786-3500). Scottsdale has its Sprinkles, Gilbert has Caketini — a cute shop run by a family that’s been baking for generations. Sweet lovers will find gourmet cakes, truffles and massive, prettily decorated cupcakes. $

The Coffee Shop (3000 E. Ray Road, Gilbert [480] 279-3144). Need a coffee or cupcake fix? Head to this cafe situated in the Southeast Valley’s cutest neighborhood, Agritopia, for uncommon flavors whipped up by the winners of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.” Flavors vary daily, but include choices like horchata, rootbeer float and “Wars” winner “coffee and cigarettes.” The monsoon drinks are yummy, and breakfast and lunch are worth a try, too. $$

Cookies From Home (1605 W. University Drive, Unit 106., Tempe [800] 543-8133). At this cookie gift delivery company’s retail shop, fresh cookies can be had for 65 cents each and enjoyed with a coffee drink in the homey setting. The shop is open only 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but a two-pound container of dough can be had for $10.95, so you can bake up cookie goodness at home anytime. They offer nearly as many gluten-free cookies as regular ones, with no change in flavor or cost. $

Cookiez on Mill (514 S. Mill Ave.,, No. 102, Tempe [480] 557-7051). This mom and pop hole in the wall is so small it’s easy to miss while strolling down the street, but its ice cream sandwiches — made with giant, fresh-baked, warm cookies — aren’t small at all. You’re better off making dessert an entire meal or opting for a half sandwich at this longtime ASU favorite. $

Essence Bakery Café (825 W. University Drive, Tempe [480] 966-2745). If you dream of dropping in for coffee and pastries in the pâtisseries of Paris, you can indulge your reverie, albeit to the teensiest of degrees, at this eatery with a small but exquisitely stocked pastry case. Most famous and highly sought after among chef Eugenia Theodosopoulos’ delicate creations are the French macaroons, but the chocolate and almond croissants are swoon-worthy, too. Essence also does a tasty breakfast and lunch, ascribing to a seasonal-local-organic philosophy. $$

Gelato Dolce Vita (5251 E. Brown Road, No. 104, Mesa [480] 218-0225). You’ll think you’ve died and gone to Italy when you step into this shop run by a husband (from Italy) and wife who both studied gelato-making in the old country. Plenty of traditional (and delicious) flavors are available, but the couple’s innovative concoctions are especially mouthwatering: chocolate habañero, salted caramel, lemongrass-cilantro, gorgonzola and walnut, and kiwi-chardonnay to name a few. They also serve coffee drinks and make gelato cakes to order. A second location in Gilbert (2743 S. Market St., No. 105, Gilbert [480] 329-2143) features more pedestrian flavors designed to suit families with young kids. $

Sweet Cakes Café (21 W. Main St., Mesa [480] 461-9529). The sandwiches, soups and salads are good at this sunny little eatery, but let’s face it — it’s the dessert we’re really thinking of as we munch through our pecan chicken salad. Baskets of giant cookies (oatmeal butterscotch, gingersnap, peanut butter M&M, to name a few) and scotcheroos tempt from behind the counter, and huge cinnamon rolls, featured on TLC’s “Best Food Ever: Top 10 Bodacious Bakeries,” beckon from cake pedestals. A yogurt bar adjacent to the main dining room is popular for open mic night — and for getting crumbled versions of those mouthwatering desserts dumped on top of tart and sweet softserve yogurt. $

Udder Delights (1385 E. Warner Road, No. 103, Gilbert [480] 507-3859). Voted Best Ice Cream shop two years running in the East Valley Tribune’s Best of East Valley reader poll, Udder Delights uses dairy from the cows at Mesa’s Superstition Farm to create ice cream, baked goods and two unexpected products: cheese and butter. Flavors include chipotle, cranberry and herbs d’ provence cheeses and honey, vanilla, chocolate, garlic and bacon butters. $

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