You guys: remember when it was 2002 and the world was just discovering that you didn’t have to be in 3rd grade to profess your love for cupcakes? (nor did you have to be at a 3rd grader’s bday party to eat cupcakes?? however, 1 cupcake IS technically a 3rd grader-sized serving = 1/2 a piece of reg cake, so if you are over age 12, please eat 2 cupcakes. nutritionist’s orders.)
Cupcakes took the dessert world by storm and soon this lil baby cake was gussying itself up in all kinds of crazy gourmet outfits and even getting invited to weddings. Ah but it was not to last because bandwagon jumper-on-ers got gross and lazy and started letting sub-par cakes onto the shelves. (i’m looking at you, mile-high dyed frosting facade. for shame.) Thank god for Dessert Darwinism and the shuttering of poser cupcakeries just looking to cash in on the latest trendy treat. And thank god that the leaders of the cupcake revolution stood the taste test of time, because when you see that glowing cupcake stained glass window, you know you have safely arrived at Sweet Mandy B’s and everything is going to be good.
Away from the bustling Lincoln Park traffic of honking car horns and stroller gangs, Sweet Mandy B’s offers sugary respite for adults and kids alike. Calming mantras of “eat your dessert first” and “the best things in life are sweet” float overhead, and the cases are stocked with anything anyone could ever want. Seriously.
Cupcakes, cookies, pies, cakes, bars, puddings, caramel apples, meringues, and more and more. All made with old-fashioned, simple ingredients. All ready to take you back to a time when cupcakes were enjoyed without worry and dessert was celebrated, not calorie-counted. Normally, I shy away from slathers of pastel buttercream, but Sweet Mandy B’s does buttercream right – not overly sugary in itself, and not overly dominant on top of any cake/cookie. Just how buttercream was meant to be!
Treats to note:
- the aforementioned cupcakes (any flavor, any color)
- molasses cookies (iced or not, your choice)
- lemon meringue cheesecake
- anything cabinet pudding (kind of like a bread pudding, but less bready. and ask for to be it heated up!)
Along with all the classics, there will probably be a few new creations too. Today, for the sake of dessert exploration, I present Pete’s coconut cloud cookie – which is the fortunate result of a macaroon calling up a meringue for a good time. Ta da!