One of the many friendly little shops that line Oakwood’s streets in central Dayton, Ashley’s Pastry Shop seems to fit right in with the other houses and tiny offices along Park Avenue. It’s quaint, it doesn’t jump out and demand attention, and it just seems about as friendly as a little shop can get. The pastry shop just exudes classiness; the shop’s website professes a passion for details, and every sweet and delicacy in the windows and the cases attests to a business which prides itself on the little things. Fortunately, that rare level of passion just makes this place all the better.
The pastry shop offers a specifically diverse range of doughnuts, muffins, cinnamon rolls, muffins, cakes, and breads. Really, just about anything that can be baked is produced in a down-home variety here. There are cheesecakes and wedding cakes, shortcakes and simple basic iterations. The cake here is great; it’s not as sweet and so decorations like icing and fruit adorning the cake dominate the palette. The cheesecake has this same pleasant taste; it’s not overwhelming and in fact carries a more subtle taste. It’s masterful how the basic items have such a muted flavor to make the other contents of the pastries taste that much better.
The other items on the menu are equally impressive; the brownies are chocolatey and the frosting is sweet in all the right ways. It’s got the taste of fresh fruit; I honestly think this is the best icing I’ve had in Dayton. The fruits in the pastries are also great; with a sweet syrup it’s refreshingly pleasant to taste real fruit. It’s not very often a bakery with such a diversity of things on its menu can still pull this off.
The service in Ashley’s Pastry Shop is exceptional. The ladies who run this shop really have just the nicest way of doing things. There are so many things in the shop to try, it’s overwhelming at first to narrow down. What’s more, the place has a lot of items you don’t assume it will from the outside, so it can be confusing too. Fortunately, the attendants and bakers are patient, and more importantly, they’ll gladly make something to order if you have a request. Which is just fabulous. What’s better; all of the goodies are actually pretty inexpensive.
It’s a shame that Ashley’s Pastry Shop isn’t downtown. I would probably have missed it if I hadn’t been looking for directions online. It’s a good thing, too, because this place is truly and Oakwood gem. Give it a try.
- Consider getting a cake from these guys. I haven’t tasted their wedding cakes yet, but take one look at the unbelievable decorations and you’ll be a believer.
- Also consider the cupcakes, which are very tasty and offer some delicious flavors.
- There isn’t any seating and only a few benches outside. It’s a nice place to visit but you’ll have to get your goodies to go.