For baker Christian Dyckman, familiarity can breed boredom.
At C&C Baking Factory, the bakery he and his wife, Courtney, opened in Babylon in March, he’s tried to shake up the cakes, cookies and pies. “A lot of times,” he said, “you already know what you’re going to find in a bakery case before you walk into the bakery.”
Dyckman spent more than a dozen years working in (and running) cafes and bakeries in New England before moving back to his native Long Island for his first professional gig at Sip Tea Lounge in Huntington. There he introduced his Elvis brownie based on the sandwich — bananas and peanut butter on toast (sometimes with bacon) — that was reputedly the King of Rock and Roll’s favorite. At C&C, the brownie has bananas inside and peanut butter frosting on top. Other specialty brownies include s’mores, cream cheese and fresh raspberry, $3 to $3.50.
Custard-filled doughnuts might be topped with powdered sugar, or with Fruity Pebbles breakfast cereal. Popular pies include all the crumbs — apple, raspberry, blackberry — and chocolate pecan. Courtney Dyckman is in charge of decorating cakes, and her handiwork ranges from a cheeky Cookie Monster cupcake (whose mouth is an Oreo) to classically elegant layer cakes.
All of the pies ($17 to $19) and cakes ($20 to $30) at C&C are available by the slice ($3 to $3.25) and can be enjoyed at one of the 10 seats in the cozy dining area, along with a cup of fresh-brewed Southdown coffee.
C&C Baking Factory
199 E Main St., Babylon