—Man (and woman, of course) does not live by bread alone, as the saying goes, and Patti Wicks takes those words seriously. She is the Patti behind Pattibakes, a Valley bakery known for its spectacular cakes and cupcakes— and muffins, and tarts, and coffee cakes, and cinnamon rolls and cookies and pies and bread and bagels, all of which are baked fresh every morning.
Wicks, who moved to the Santa Ynez Valley with her husband, Lynn, some 20 years ago, began her baking business in her own kitchen, preparing cakes and other baked goods for a local coffee shop. Her sweets began to sell like, well, hotcakes, and soon Wicks and her team were baking up more goods than her home kitchen could accommodate. So she set up shop in an industrial kitchen on Highway 246 in Buellton.
Pattibakes is most famous for its cakes —carrot, chocolate, lemon, marble, mellow yellow, and raspberry—that range in size from a six-inch round to a two-layer half-sheet. But the array of pastries on any given day includes much more. Wicks offers 11 different kinds of muffins, 6 different tarts, 5 different coffee cakes, 9 different kinds of cookies, and 10 different pies, including pumpkin. The pumpkin is seasonal, and with the holidays just around the corner, Wicks will be baking a lot of those.
Breakfast and lunch are served on an outdoor patio adjacent to the kitchen, where the aroma of just-out-of-the-oven baked goods fills the air and whets the appetite. Breakfast fare ranges from breads, scones, iced cinnamon rolls, and muffins to homemade granola with yogurt, oatmeal, panini with scrambled eggs, ham, cheddar cheese, and diced tomatoes, quiche, and homemade bagels with cream cheese and fresh fruit.
The lunch menu features a variety of cold and grilled sandwiches and panini, soups, salads, and quiche.
Sandwiches are prepared on Wicks’s homemade bread—sun-dried tomato, Italian herb, whole wheat, olive, and jalapeño cheddar—with chicken, turkey, and pork tenderloin she roasts herself. Salads are made with local, organic greens.
Pattibakes also offers event catering and special orders for birthdays, weddings, baby and bridal showers, and corporate functions.
INFO: Pattibakes is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, from 7 a.m. to noon. It is located behind Burger King at 240 E. Highway 246, #109. 805.686.9582