Inspired by various bakeries from around the country, Spoon Baking Co. in Alton, Illinois, serves from-scratch treats made by owners Diana and Ryan Schuler. 

The bakery has been in the making for more than 10 years, and when the Schulers found the 350-square-foot space in Alton, they knew it was time to go all in.

Spoon’s cupcakes and specialty desserts change with the seasons and holidays – one day the shop might have jumbo chocolate-chocolate cupcakes in its case, while the next day’s cakes might be red velvet topped with cream cheese frosting – but it’s the shop’s mainstays that keep customers coming back.

Specifically, Spoon’s personal-sized gooey butter cakes, cinnamon and pecan rolls, and its packaged granola and caramel corn.

The Schulers have drinks covered, too, with coffee from Door County Coffee & Tea Co., which they found during cross-country travels, and specialty drinks such as Belgian drinking chocolate and chai tea lattes.

Spoon Baking Co. also recently introduced quiche in flavors like smoked ham, Monterey Jack cheese and jalapeño. Be sure to arrive early, though: Like most bakeries, the Schulers’ goal is to sell out by the end of business each day.

Three Must-Trys at Spoon Baking Co.

| 1 | The bakery’s signature treat is the Spoon cookie, made with oatmeal, coconut and walnuts. The cookie is always available, and samples of it are usually offered.

| 2 | Housemade marshmallows make ideal additions to one of the shop’s piping-hot drinks. Sold in blocks bigger than any mug, you’re sure to have plenty leftover.

| 3 | Spoon’s eye-catching hand-tinted sprinkles are sold in a rainbow of pastel colors to suit any occasion.

Spoon Baking Co., 4 E. Broadway, Alton, Illinois, 618.374.6098,


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