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Life is like a box of cupcakes…

When Frosting Met Cupcakes


Lemon Cupcake from Sweet Mandy B's in Chicago, and Jake

When life gives you lemons, you’ve got potential for a lemon quote. If Life had a lemonade stand, I imagine it’d look something like this:

Pucker up, today’s flavor is lemon. The end of summer is drawing near. To soften the blow and slow the tears, pick your poison—limoncello, lemon drop shots, electric lemonade, Arnold Palmer, Shandy, etc.—and pair it with a Lemon cupcake from Sweet Mandy B’s. The sweet and sour combo, sans MSG, will be a ray of sunshine in your end-of-summer blues.

Around this same time last year, Dana, Katie, and I visited Sweet Mandy B’s for the first time. In fact, Sweet Mandy B’s was one of the first bakeries we visited on our Chicago cupcake tour. To commemorate a year of consuming calorific cupcakes, I easily convinced my husband to try one of their creations. My excuse: I never wrote a review after trying their cupcakes, so I need a refresher before dishing out my opinion.

With its pastel colors and old fashioned décor, Sweet Mandy B’s is the most charming shop I’ve been to thus far. They pride themselves on old fashioned desserts which may come in the form of baked goods from one side of their shop or a scoop of ice cream from the parlor on the other side. Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Sweet Mandy B’s main mission is to put a big smile on your face by satisfying your sweet tooth with s’mores, frosting smeared cupcakes, banana pudding with Nilla wafers, whoopie pies, chocolate cookies sandwiching thick vanilla frosting, and more.

On my first visit, I got a Vanilla cupcake with their famous buttercream frosting, French Toast cupcake, and a Pumpkin cupcake. In addition, they threw in a free Chocolate cupcake for good measure. If life hands you lemons, throw them back and yell “I WANTED CHOCOLATE!”

Forgive my sketchy memories from a year ago. Overall, I remember their cake being fluffy and their frosting being thick and creamy. Their desserts will remind you of comfort food from grandma’s kitchen. When I returned this time, I chose their Carrot Cake and Lemon cupcakes. My memory served me well, which I attribute to the countless cupcakes I’ve eaten and gingko biloba vitamins.

Harry: Waiter, there is too much pepper on my paprikash.
Sally: Waiter, there is too much pepper on my paprikash.
Harry: But I would be proud to partake of your pecan pie.

The Carrot Cake was a fluffy, well-spiced cake studded with pecans and raisins, frosted with thick cream cheese frosting and topped with pecan pieces. Carrot cake is timeless and seasonless. I’ve never had to fake loving carrot cake.

I’ll have what she’s having.

The Lemon cupcake consisted of a fluffy lemon cake that melted in my mouth. The consistency and flavor of their buttercream frosting is at the top of the frosting charts. If there isn’t such a thing, there should be. The creamy, tart lemon buttercream frosting sent me over the edge.

Sweet Mandy B’s is exactly that, sweet in every way. They’ve got it right…when life gives you lemons, make lemon cupcakes.

I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

Rating:  ★★★★½ 

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