KEYS EATS: MALLORY’S BAKERY CHURNS OUT DELICIOUS BREADS & DESSERTS

Does the air smell a little sweeter when driving by MM 100 in Key Largo? That’s because Mallory’s Bakery is churning out delicious desserts every chance she gets. 

Mallory Weeks’ bakery opened during the COVID pandemic and has been such a great addition to the community. You can check out her Facebook page at Mallory’s Bakery Key Largo or text 305-394-1680 to get updates on what new or recurring baked goods they have in stock. Once you put your order in, they will give you a pickup time, usually within 48 hours. After that, you head over to Atlantic Boulevard  and get the goods.

If you happen to catch them during one of their end-of-month front porch sales, you can get your order immediately. It’s usually the last weekend of each month and you simply drive up, pick up and go.

I went all in on my recent order with some favorites and some new items. The loaves are fantastic because if you buy a couple, you can keep one out for the family and freeze the rest for the future. I got the banana loaf and pumpkin cream cheese loaf. The pumpkin loaf brought all the much anticipated holiday vibes into the house. I gave the chocolate lovers mini bundt cake a go and I was so pleasantly surprised. The simplicity of how this cake looks will trick you because it tastes anything but simple. It’s packed with chocolate-y goodness. It reminds me a lot of the chocolate lava cake at Ziggie’s but with triple the chocolate chips; everyone in the house loved it. 

What caught my eye next was the sweet potato crumb cake squares. I knew before my first bite this would be good but I had no idea it would ruin all sweet potato or pumpkin pies I would try in the future. When I tell you this sweet potato crumb cake was so absolutely correct, on point, out of this world, I mean it. Every other sweet potato or even pumpkin pie for that matter that I’ve tried before this moment is obsolete. The minute I tasted it, it became a new holiday must-have staple. 

When a person says that someone is trying to reinvent the wheel, it’s an idiom that is supposed to come off somewhat insulting, but in this case I mean it as the highest compliment. Mallory did reinvent the wheel, she reinvented a holiday classic and did it better than everyone before her. In fact, as soon as I’m done here I’m texting Mallory’s bakery to see if they make a full size for the holidays. 

Another cake I’ve never tried or heard of was Mallory’s Grandma’s “Do Nothing” cake. If you’re a fan of my column you know I love coconut; however, I’m not big on raw shredded coconut. At first glance of this cake, I thought for sure it wasn’t going to be for me. I took the smallest bite. Pow! I was transported to a poolside sun-filled day with a pina colada. This cake is one rum shot away from tasting identical to a fantastic fresh pina colada. The shredded coconut was actually cooked fully and the chunks of pineapple were so bright and vibrant.  Definitely adding it to my familiar favorites list. 

What I’ve mentioned today is nowhere near the amount of choices Mallory’s Bakery offers, so make sure you check her out on Facebook or text to see what will be on your must have list. Nothing is better than satisfying a sweet tooth and supporting a lifelong local like Mallory’s Bakery.

Samantha Dellilo has been in the Keys since she was 1 day old, so definitely consider her a Conch. Holding a passion for food since she can remember, while most kids were watching Barney, she was watching Emeril. "Being half Cuban and half Italian, food in those cultures is considered a love language. It's a total experience whether eating out or cooking." She's been with her other half, Marky, going on 17 years. The two met when they were 9 years old at Key Largo School. Samantha owns Florida Keys Eats, which is a blog of "must eat, must see, and must dos" from Key Largo to Key West.