Thursday, June 16, 2011

Lynn loves Amanda Oakleaf's cupcakes in Winthrop, Massachusetts

Jackson enjoying the Happy Birthday cupcake...
Like ancient Diogenes in perpetual search of a decent human being, Lynn is in perpetual search of a great cupcake.  On our recent trip to Winthrop, Massachusetts (again with Winthrop!) she may have found it at Amanda Oakleaf Cakes.  The storefront has a light hearted elegance that reminded me of some of the fanicful sets on the film Funny Face which seems appropriate considering the creative pedigree of many of the staff at AOC.  Ms. Oakleaf herself is a formally trained painter having studied at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  The business has grown considerably in a short amount of town having started out in Ms. Oakleaf's. Boston apartment.  Indeed, Ms. Oakleaf has gained considerable media attention most notably having recently been a competitor on the Food Network Cake Challenge.  

In any event, Lynn felt the rasberry almond cupcake was a swirl of creamy, slightly sweatend pale pink frosting on top of a crumbly almond cake.  Our grandson Jackson went for the "Happy Birthday" cupcake which was a classic vanilla swirled frosting with colorful sprinkles scattered on top. 

The cupcake salon also had a refrigerator full of chilled delights like the cupcake sized creamsicle cheesecake which had the great summer taste of a classic popsicle. 

Mainly though, Lynn was impressed by how AOC didn't oversweeten the cupcakes.  And, again, the space is really elegant with displays of wedding and specialty cakes which had us on our tiptoes pointing in delight to this one and that one....

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I (Mark) have written for The Christian Science Monitor, Clear Magazine, Picture Magazine, Film Score Monthly, Dan's Papers, Rue Morgue, In Flight USA and a lot more publications that I can't remember.... My wife Lynn was a model with the Ford Agency and her photography has been featured in most of the publications I have written for...


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