Awards has deemed us

the Best Bakery in New Jersey!

2017 and 2018
“Best Brunch” and
"Best Bakery"
by Hunterdon Happenings
Recipient of New York’s French Culinary Institute's 
“Most Outstanding Alumni”
Zagat Marketplace for “Best Tarts and Pies” in all of NY
HC Chamber of Commerce
“Most Promising New Business 2017”
"One of the best pastry shops in all of New York." -Food & Wine
2008-09 The Knot
"Best of Weddings" as voted by local brides.

Articles has deemed us

the Best Bakery in New Jersey!

A local 'gem' wins N.J.'s best bakery showdown

        Updated Dec 22; Posted Dec 21

It's official - Sweet Melissa Patisserie in Clinton Township is New Jersey's best bakery.

N.J.'s best bakery: This tower of cream puffs takes pastry to new heights
Posted December 18, 2017 at 09:30 AM | Updated December 18, 2017 at 10:12 AM

Sweet Melissa Patisserie, Clinton Township

You may have heard of Melissa Murphy and her dessert expertise. The author of The Sweet Melissa Baking Book, she operated three patisseries in Brooklyn before she and her husband, Chris Rafano, moved to Hunterdon County and opened Sweet Melissa Patisserie . . . 

N.J.'s best bakery: These are the 10 finalists
Posted December 12, 2017 at 12:10 PM | Updated December 13, 2017 at 07:58 AM

Melissa Murphy (at left in photo) and husband Chris Rafano operated three patisseries in Brooklyn for 16 years before moving to New Jersey and opening Sweet Melissa Patisserie just off Route 31 in Clinton Township.



The Sweet Melissa Baking Book:

Recipes from the Beloved Bakery for Everyone's Favorite Treats

By Melissa Murphy

Named National Public Radio’s
Top 10 Cookbooks of 2008



"I've been lucky enough to sample Melissa's amazing pastries for over a year now. I visited her new bakery & cafe today, and it was nothing short of amazing. The decor is absolutely beautiful. The service was great, and everyone was super nice. I ordered the salad lyonnaise, and it was AMAZING. Seriously, even if it seems like something you wouldn't normally try, you HAVE to have it. It will change your life. For dessert, I had a walnut oatmeal raisin cookie which was delectable. It was soft, but not too soft, and tasted amazing. I am completely impressed (not that I thought it wouldn't be an amazing place), and I highly recommend you try the cafe out if you are in the area. I know I will be stopping by often since my barn is right down the road!"

— Jessica

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