Big city, small town feel. Terrific neighborhoods with tree-lined streets. A little extreme in the weather department but hey the cost of living is low. You can’t have everything but they do however have wonderful bakeries. Maybe this is why I feel a kindred spirit with Minneapolis.
Pastry chef Ly Lo is a tremendously gifted icing artist. Lo’s business partner at Sweets Bakeshop, Krista Steinbach, is a tremendously gifted flavor artist. The grapefruit-sparkler cupcake is so citrus-fragrant, so light and flavorful that, while you’re eating one, you suddenly realize that the cupcake has the exact fragrance of dreams of summer. Together, the two are unstoppable.
Business is doing well they have opened a second store. She started the business about two years ago with Krista Steinbach and hasn’t looked back. In her past life, Ly was a Furniture Designer, and it shows with the painstaking detail on the cupcakes. First I tried the Triple Chocolate
Chocolate cake filled with chocolate ganache, topped with chocolate buttercream cupcake, sensational. Then I moved directly to the Macarons.
They’d like to sell only minis which I find insane but what do I know. Not only do they bake cupcakes and cakes, they have mastered the art of the macarons. They are poised to capture the market since their macarons rival Ladurée’s in Paris. (Try the salted caramel, the habañero chocolate, the mint-basil, and then try the rest.)Every color and flavor of the rainbow, absolutely adorable. Ly told me she has never worked so hard in her life (I could have told her that) and she works about 100 hours a week! Been there, and done that too. Although in the same breath she whispered she wouldn’t have it any other way. There is some competition down the street, but they are confident in the products (rightfully so) and don’t worry. Keep on baking ladies……..
Sweets Bakeshop, 4747 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minnesota., 612-208-0672, sweetsbakeshop.com
REMEMBER EAT SOMETHING SWEET EVERY DAY!