When the weather starts to cool and the leaves begin to slowly change color, it’s a sign that fall is right around the corner. Sacramento locals know it’s also the signal for one of the most beloved times of the year — apple season — which means fresh-baked apple pie. Whether you are looking for the best spot to grab a quick slice or to find a place that does a unique take on the traditional apple pie, these five greater Sacramento-area eateries will have you covered.
Icing on the Cupcake
1121 Alhambra Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95816
What is the best alternative to a slice of apple pie? Try an apple pie cupcake. Icing on the Cupcake has earned a sweet spot in the hearts of Sacramento residents with its extensive menu of cupcakes available year round. One of its best is mom’s apple pie. It’s a classic family recipe that features apples baked into a homemade apple cider filling and topped with a crumble and icing on the Cupcake’s signature heart. Originally opened in 2007 in Rocklin, Icing on the Cupcake has grown to include four locations in the greater Sacramento area and features over 40 flavors of cupcakes (12-15 served daily).
2966 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95818
Consistently voted as one of the best bakeries in Sacramento, it’s no surprise that Freeport Bakery is a top choice to get fresh-baked apple pie. Owned by Marlene and Walter Goetzeler, Freeport Bakery has been serving the Sacramento area for over 25 years. While wedding and specialty cakes are the shining star, the Goetzelers have made their mark by serving some of the best baked goods in all of greater Sacramento.
Oakpark Farmers Market
35th St. and 2nd Ave.
How about an apple pie popsicle? Dave Pops produces some truly unique popsicles that are available at different locations throughout Sacramento. He lists the current schedule on his website with regular stops at local farmers’ markets. Through a process called duBle, developed by founder Dave Feldpausch, Dave Pops are like ice cream but do not utilize fats or dairy to achieve the ice cream-like texture. And the best part? They are low in calories and fat. Dave’s apple pie oat crust contains 1/2 apple with a full serving of whole grain fiber to boot. How’s that for an apple pie that won’t leave you feeling like you cheated on your diet?
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TreyBcakes Gourmet Bakery and Eatery
1801 L St., Suite 70
TreyBcakes Gourmet Bakery and Eatery is conveniently located in Midtown at 18th and L Street, just across from the L Street Lofts. It specializes in gourmet and high-end baked goods like cakes, pies, tarts, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, coffees and even gelato. TreyBcakes is one of Sacramento’s top bakeries and offers special-order, individual-sized apple pies. Made with an intense buttery and flaky leaf crust and filled with cinnamon, spices and fresh Granny Smith apples, you can’t go wrong with the classic apple pie at TreyBcakes.
Camino, CA 95709
As fall arrives, Apple Hill opens its doors and welcomes Sacramento locals and tourists to sample everything and anything made with fresh apples. A few orchards are open year round, but the bulk of them start the season off in early September. You can eat apple pie at a number of bakeries and orchards or buy one that is ready to take home and bake yourself. Spending a day in Apple Hill has become a local tradition for many residents and tourists. Within the Apple Hill Growers Region, there are wineries and even breweries so it’s a great day trip for those wanting to experience the best local products in the region. Take note — Apple Hill can become very crowded on weekends so plan a weekday trip, venture out that way early on Saturday or Sunday to avoid traffic or take one of the shuttle buses (check website for schedule). If you are driving, Apple Hill is easy to find from Sacramento — follow the signs as you head out Highway 50 towards Placerville, starting with Schnell School Exit 48.
Related: Best Eats and Drinks at Apple Hill
Erin De Santiago is a freelance travel and food/wine writer and photographer from Sacramento, California. She is a regional membership coordinator for the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and writes for a number of publications in addition to publishing her own blogs. She has traveled to over 40 countries on five continents in search of the best food and wine around the globe. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.