"The Bakery"

Lunch Café in Cotati CA

Dreams do come true! I really took a leap of faith and moved into our own retail location in August of 2016!

The expansion of Your Sweet Expectations is the retail side of “The Bakery”.  It is warm and welcoming with lots of windows and light. There is indoor and outdoor seating as well.  We are directly behind La Plaza Park in Cotati, CA.

We invite you to come in, “Stay A While” and treat yourself with any of our products.  We proudly make everything in house with fine local ingredients.  On the savory side…Breakfast items include Gluten Free Quiche, Toast of the Day, and Puff Pastry Pockets. Top it off with one of our fine pastries, cakes or cookies.

For that last minute “I need a cake!” moment. There is a variety of  6” and 8” cakes ready to go. We are happy write on them too!

We look forward to making life “a little bit sweeter” with great service and a great product.


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Breakfast Café in Cotati CA


Your Sweet Expectations Bakery

The day starts early at Cotati’s custom sweet and savory bakery/ café – Your Sweet Expectations – as the baking team and owner Carolyn Besse prepare for another day of tantalizing creations.

Bakers arrive at 4 a.m. It is home for a business Carolyn started 30 years ago as a young mother when she took a class to make her son a Cookie Monster cake. It turned out she was a natural at the art of confection.

The expansion to 8099 La Plaza now allows Carolyn to have the storefront she always dreamed of, a neighborhood café that is welcoming to all, offering a variety of morning pastries, scones, cinnamon rolls, fruit galettes, savory puff pastries and GF quiche.

The bakery and café, a place for friends to gather over coffee or one to one business meetings, offers products made with local ingredients with a mission to be as local as possible. All cakes and doughs are made on site. SRJC culinary students are part of the team.

Carolyn and her staff have developed a line of custom wedding cakes, cookies, cupcakes, special occasion cakes and desserts that delight guests and party planners across California. Dozens of flavors are offered, from classic recipes including red velvet cakes and cupcakes, to pink champagne cakes, carrot cake and more. Most of her creations are iced with her signature icing. A delicious whipped cream/cream cheese concoction called “WCCCI”, which is a crowd pleaser.

The cool item this year are cookie kits! You can have a cookie decorating party for birthdays or holidays right at home. The kit includes 12 cookies, 3 colors of icing and sprinkles. All the fun with less mess!

“We really love the connection with the community and our customers. It is what keeps us motivated!” She and her family have lived in Cotati/RP for more than 20 years.