If you go to Chicago, pizza is a tourist rite of passage, however the sweeter side of Chicago deserves a visit. Sweet Mandy B's may not be run by a top pastry chef from a French culinary school, but it is one of the best places in the city to escape to some of the sweet treats that remind you of childhood.
I am a sweet addict. I don't have a sweet tooth, no unfortunately, I am addicted to baked goods. Sad, but true. You can imagine the awe I experienced when walking into this bakery shop that looks, feels and smells like a bakery should look, feel and smell. From the brightly decorated awnings on the outside to the smell of baked goods on the inside - I was immediately a fan.
I looked at the first counter filled with bars, cookies, rice crispy treats and all things not cupcakes and pies. I then stopped in front of their second counter full of cupcakes, cake slices and pies. Wow...it can't possibly taste as good as it looks, right? I have been fooled before! But it is! It is just as good as it looks!
So, for my very first visit, I purchased six cupcakes. I purchased vanilla on vanilla, vanilla on chocolate, banana chocolate, red velvet, confetti and cookie monster. So, by far, my favorite is confetti and cookie monster. Nom, nom, nom!!! The cupcakes are moist, but still moist enough to have a bit of a crumble. The flavor of the cake is absolutely delish! However, the buttercream sells it for me every time! The buttercream is OMG-this-is-so-good-I-could-eat-it-with-a-crane-sized-fork good! I am not sure how they make their buttercream, however I am amazed every time.
The second time I visited, I purchased chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes and an apple cherry pie. The chocolate chip cookies were decent, however not my favorite. The pie was delicious! The crumb on the pie was sweet, but not too sweet. The apple cherry filling had just the right amount of sugar and flavor. Yum!
So, now whenever I make my way to Lincoln Park, I am driving like a sugar crazed fiend to make my way to Sweet Mandy B's. Trust me, go, do not say that you have been to all kinds of bakeries and you can have cupcakes at home. I thought the same way too! Sweet Mandy B's is a special little bakery with the best baked goods in town!