"We are excited to reintroduce our authentic Moravian baked creations to the community!"

-The Dewey Guy Wilkerson Family

A Family Tradition

Nearly a century ago, our great-grandfather stopped at nothing to bring his passion for baking to the heart of Winston-Salem. Generations later, we are still baking in the unwavering pursuit of perfection.

The Wilkerson Family

Our Story
1925
2020
THE WILKERSON WAY

We have been baking since 1925 -- long enough to know that the best recipes aren't written in books, they are secrets passed down by generations of master bakers. We believe that perfection can be tasted, and every batch should be better than our last. It’s what we call the Wilkerson Way.

THE WILKERSON WAY

"I can state with absolute certainty that every day we will use all of our ability and continuous effort to make products that we would proudly serve to our most honored guests."

THE WILKERSON WAY

Aromatic journeys and remarkable origins baked into every bite.

A family tradition baked from the heart.

The aroma of our sugar cake and cookies keep the stories and the precious memories of our ancestors alive. We pride ourselves on scouring near and far, locally and across the world, for the best ingredients with careful attention to detail, from freshly grinding our own spices and cracking every egg by hand to sourcing the highest quality Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, using real potatoes in our Moravian Sugar Cake, and more.

Our Moravian Sugar Cake

Smell the memories, taste the tradition.

Moravian Sugar Cake | Baked fresh daily!

"When you open a package from Moravian Bake Shop, you are opening our best - handcrafted Moravian goods baked with devotion, honor, respect and holiday spirit. We are eager to share our products - served with pride and passion in every bite."

Our Moravian Cookie Flavors

A Taste of History

The allure, fame and mythology of spices is older than recorded history. Once civilizations tasted spices and experienced the mesmerizing aroma, people could
not live without them. Early in the 15th century, a 200-year period of time called the Spice Wars was fought. From this, far-away lands were discovered, large
shipping and trading companies were formed, and spices would become the most lucrative business in the world. When settlers came to Colonial America some families brought with them special treasured recipes and traditions handed down from their ancestors. A few of the Moravian families were known for their incredible spice tea cakes which would eventually become known as Moravian Spice Cookies.

Introducing our Moravian Spice Cookie
Hand-baked delicacies from the pages of yesteryear. Cookies are rolled paper-thin, rich in intensity with the delightful caress of a warm winter blend of ginger, allspice, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Molasses and brown sugar add complexity, depth and aroma for a pallet-satisfying spice cookie that is unmatchable. A traditional treat for the holidays.

Many early recipes brought to colonial America by the Moravians were called Tea Cakes. The importance of these treasured family recipes goes way beyond their incredible taste. The tea cakes were prized for special occasions and serve as reminders of that special bond of love we had for our grandmothers, our moms, and sometimes even memories of our own childhood. The aroma and taste of these old family recipes keep alive the stories and the precious memories of our ancestors. These early Sweet Tea Cakes are now known as Moravian Sugar Cookies.

Introducing our Moravian Sugar Cookie
The alluring flavor and seductive aroma of Madagascar Bourbon Bean Vanilla welcomes you at first bite. Luscious notes of velvety butter enhance the smoothness and exceptional taste. At the end a lingering sweetness captures the essence of our crisp Moravian Sugar Cookie making it an enduring holiday favorite.

The first lemons are believed to have evolved on the lower slopes of the Himalayan Mountains in eastern India. Lemons originated from a cross between the most ancient citrus called citron and sour orange. In early Colonial American recipes, the use of local fruits like apples, blueberries, grapes, and peaches were popular, but the most revered and rarely available were tropical fruits. Lemons came mostly from the Caribbean with transportation making them extraordinarily expensive. Families put a lot of effort into preserving the lemons so their flavor could be enjoyed throughout the year. Lemons became a status of wealth and prestige and were usually only served to special guests or for the holiday season.

Introducing our Moravian Lemon Cookie
Our signature lemon cookie, thin, crisp, and refreshing. Notice the vibrant citron flavor with hints of freshly cut lemons. Expertly blended with Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla giving unusual depth and complexity with a touch of lemon zest for a lively tingle. The aromatic flavor is sensuous with buttery notes that smooth out the finish. A premier treat for any occasion.

In 1753 on the Carolina frontier, the Moravians purchased 100,000 acres which came to be known as Der Wachau, Latin for Wachovia. Its name originated from the ancestral estate of Count Von Zinzendorf, the Moravian patron. Carved out of the wilderness, the first Moravian settlement of Bethabara, present day Winston-Salem was established. Within three years one of the earliest distilleries in Colonial America was completed. From that original log distillery, the fruity, rich fragrance of brandy and whiskey filled the air, and freshly brewed beer was enjoyed in the tavern. The very flavorful brandy eventually found its way into some early Moravian recipes.

Introducing our Moravian Orange Brandy Cookie
Moravian history oozes out of this exceptionally thin, crisp cookie. First a little orange citrus is detected on the tongue. Delicate notes of flowery fruitiness with sweet hints of vanilla and butterscotch bring your pallet to life. The finish is exquisitely clear, fresh with aromatic hints of cloves and allspice that leave the taste buds jolly.

The origins of ginger date back over 5000 years. Not only revered for its taste, but also its mythical abilities to cure every illness or sickness. During Marco Polo’s adventures he saw the many uses of ginger, and he brought it back to his hometown of Venice. The popularity of ginger swept over Europe and into many treasured family recipes. Some of these old recipes found their way to Colonial America in the form of gingerbread teacakes, gingerbread men, and gingersnaps. Even the colonial breweries got in on this prized ingredient with Ginger Beer. Records of a refreshing Colonial holiday custom of serving slices of crystallized (candied) ginger highlight the popularity of this coveted spice.

Introducing our Moravian Sugared Ginger Cookie
An elegant, refined, but bold ginger cookie. It tastes gingery and sweet at the same time with chewy bursts of ginger warmth that perks up the taste buds. Hints of vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg deliver a merry finish.

A Moravian cookie inspired from North Carolina legends and folklore. The ingredients that make up this legendary cookie first found their way into Colonial America in an unusual way. Edward Teach, a friend of the governor lived on the Pamlico Sound in the port town of Bath. Teach was better known as Blackbeard the pirate. When his ship, “Queen Ann’s Revenge”, would return to Bath from pirating ships, his booty would include many exotic things. Items such as sugar, spices, cocoa, vanilla, molasses, and barrels of rum are things that historians have recorded. Also, on the Pamlico Sound in an area known as The Outer Banks lies a town called Kill Devil Hills. According to the town lore, the name “Kill Devil Hills” was named after a rum so strong it could “Kill the Devil”.

Coming the week of New Year’s… our Moravian Spiced Butter Rum (aka “Butter Rum”) Cookie
This is one of our more complex cookies. When tasting, neat notes of vanilla, honey, toffee, and a slight hint of spices are detected on the pallet. At the finish, flavors of  butter and rum start coming through with hints of brown sugar sweetness. The aftertastes are richly complex as orange peel, cocoa, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg help sweeten the holiday cheer.

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