Three Blonde Bakers get literal with new 3BB Café next door

Date Published: 
June 16, 2017

Coastal Point photo • Shaun M. Lambert: Cassidy Baker, left, and Brittany Baker show off one of the 3BB Cafe's new homemade ‘cake-pops’ and croissants. Coastal Point photo • Shaun M. Lambert: Cassidy Baker, left, and Brittany Baker show off one of the 3BB Cafe's new homemade ‘cake-pops’ and croissants. The name Three Blonde Bakers was already all but famous along the Bethany Beach boardwalk, whether it be for their scoop selection of Vanderwende Farm Creamery classics or ever-changing array of off-the-wall homemade fudge flavors.

But the now-officially-baking blonde Bakers are no longer just fudging around when it comes to that name being literal, recently launching their latest boardwalk venture with the 3BB Café in the space right next door.

“Cassidy has always wanted to open up her own bakery,” said Brittany Baker of her younger sister and Baker-family baking authority, Cassidy Baker, who learned her trade at Ruthie’s Bakery in Bethany. “When the Orheleins [Michael and Hope] told us that they were moving the gallery across the mall, we knew we had to go for it.”

“People would always come up and asked about baked goods, with the name,” added Cassidy Baker with a laugh. “It’s definitely nice to finally have an established bakery now.”

While the original 3BB (a.k.a. “3BB OG”) has been able to feature select baked goods since opening up shop on Garfield Parkway in downtown Bethany two summers ago, this summer the 3BB Café will take things to a whole new level with a whole new concept.

Not only will Cassidy Baker heat things up with a full menu of homemade baked goods, ranging from doughnuts and muffins to “cronuts” and “cruffins,” but Brittany Baker will bring her own signature twist to the café with a full menu of specialty coffee and tea drinks and fresh, local, açai bowls as well.

“We still have The ‘OG’ bowl, but now we have a build-your-own section and a bunch of other bowls, too,” explained Brittany Baker, noting that the 3BB Café concept was inspired by her travels to Puerto Rico and time spent working as a barista at Café to Go in Rincon. “This is the kind of thing that I love to do.”

Along with The OG, açai bowl options at 3BB include new additions, such as “The Dragonfruit” with blended pitaya, pineapple, strawberries and coconut water topped with granola, strawberries, chia seeds; “The Pineapple Express,” with blended pitaya, mango and pineapple and passionfruit juice, topped with granola, coconut, and chia seeds; and the house-special “3BB Bowl,” with blended açai, blueberries, mango and passionfruit, and topped with granola, coconut and peanut butter.

The ingredients are coming as fresh and local as possible as well, from local farms, including strawberries from Magee Farms, and blueberries and peaches from Bennett Orchards.

The 3BB Café drink list includes everything from specialty drinks, such as the café con leche, Red-eye and Rincon-inspired Cortado, to lattes, cappuccinos, espresso and macchiatos, to iced and frozen drinks — all made with fair-trade, organic beans from the Chesapeake Bay Roasting Co.

There’s also plenty of specialty tea options available hot, cold or frozen — and, of course, just a good old fashioned cup of regular Joe, too.

“We’re trying to make it as quick and easy as possible for people to come in to grab a coffee on the go,” said Brittany Baker. “Cassidy’s got the latte art down — she can do the ‘3BB’ at the top, she can make hearts and waves, everything.”

As for the baked goods made fresh every morning, options include not only croissants, scones, crumb cakes and cinnamon buns, but also cupcakes, brownies, cake-pops, cookies and more.

“We’re coming in and baking everything that you see, in the morning,” said Brittany Baker. “We already had doughnuts and some things like that, but now we’re really doing it — the cruffins and cronuts have been really popular already.”

There’s also plenty of other on-the-go items, such as local Dutch waffle cookies from the Joost Waffle Co., fresh fruit, jams, granola and breakfast bars, cooler drinks to take back to the beach and even event catering available through their new Baker baked-goods’ catering company, Sea Baked: Salty Sweet Creations.

Despite all the new and name-literal offerings at the new and name-literal 3BB Café, however, all the Three Blonde Bakers’ favorites are still available at the “OG” 3BB right next door, too.

“We’ve just been going with the flow and seeing where this takes us,” said Cassidy Baker. “Everything feels a lot more real now. We’re not rookies anymore.”

The 3BB Café is located at 107 Garfield Parkway in downtown Bethany Beach, right next to Breakers Surf Shop. The shop is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.

For more information, check out the Three Blonde Bakers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thefudgefactorybb or on Instagram at the handle “@threeblondebakers.” To inquire about catering from “Sea Baked,” contact Cassidy Baker at saltysweetcreationsbb@gmail.com.