Chicago Bakery Roundup, Part 1 (Chicago)

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I was back in Chicago at the end of June and beginning of July, hanging out with friends and enjoying all the bakeries. So many bakeries that I’m splitting this post into two parts.

This first part is covering all the bakeries I went to in my first trip, and first post about Chicago bakeries.

I wanted to try their other flavors, give the places I didn’t like a second chance, and if it wasn’t a cupcake-only shop I wanted to try their other offerings. Overall, I liked the bakeries just as much, if not more, than last time, but I did have a couple disappointments.

Molly’s Cupcake

2536 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614

Last time I was at Molly’s I got the Chocolate Decadence cupcake, looking back I don’t know what I was thinking when there were so many other options. This time, I got cookie dough, lemon meringue, and the butterscotch caramel.

I wish I got the cake batter one and will have to get it next time I’m in Chicago.

My favorite was the cookie dough, which was a chocolate chip cupcake with vanilla buttercream, a cookie on top, and a soft cookie dough filling.

The lemon meringue was super lemony, light, and had a toasted meringue topping (which I could have used more of, but it was still delightful).

Finally, my least favorite was the butterscotch caramel. It tasted like burnt caramel and I just didn’t like it at all. I was really hoping it would be amazing but I was mostly just disappointed, maybe it was having a bad day but I don’t think I’d get it again.

Bleeding Heart Bakery

1955 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
I was looking forward to Bleeding Heart Bakery the most. They have such a huge selection and I really wanted to go back and try their cake balls. The photo above only shows the stuff I got the first trip. A s’mores brownie with vegan marshmallows and graham cracker pieces baked in and a veruca salt cake ball. On another trip I got a chocolate mint cake ball, a chocolate hazelnut cake ball, and another flavor I can’t remember. On top of all that, I got a lemon bar.

The bars and brownies are huge. I’d really recommend splitting it with someone unless you had a big appetite that day. The brownie was dense and packed with chocolate, the graham crackers got a little lost but the marshmallows were melted and toasted and really stood out. The lemon bar was a huge slab of lemon filling with a delicious shortbread crust. I recommend both of them highly.

The cake balls are a great deal at just $1.50. They are pretty deceiving in size, one is definitely enough. I tried to eat 4 and felt stuffed and saved the rest for later. Every single one was great, my favorite being the veruca salt (a salted caramel cake ball, also available as a cupcake). They are also a great way to sample flavors that you can then buy in a cupcake version.

Sweet Mandy B’s

1208 West Webster Avenue Chicago, IL 60614I was a bit caked out by the time I got to Sweet Mandy B’s, it was my fifth bakery in one day, so I wanted to switch up my order a bit and got butterscotch pudding. It was thick, smooth, and packed with brown sugar flavor. It was layered with whipped cream and a cool treat for a hot day. I got a large size to share but they have them in smaller, single serving sizes as well.

Sprinkles

50 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60611

I didn’t like Sprinkles much on my first visit. I liked the key lime cupcake and hated the milk chocolate. This time I went with a staple flavor, Vanilla, because it’s also one of my favorite flavors.

I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed it. It wasn’t the best vanilla cupcake I ever had but I wouldn’t hesitate to stop in and enjoy it.

More Cupcakes

1 East Delaware Place, Chicago, IL 60611

I’m sad to say that More Cupcakes was the most disappointing of them all again. Last time I had a cupcake that had too much frosting and made me feel kind of sick by the end of it so this time I went with something with a lot less frosting, the salted caramel.

The frosting was a swiss meringue buttercream with a small amount of sea salt sprinkled in the middle. This might have been the only salt in the entire cupcake unfortunately. The cake was very dry and the center was just a big hole where the caramel had kind of soaked into the cake but still didn’t manage to flavor or moisten it. I want to like More and would love to give it a third try, but so far I have just been disappointed.

On the upside, the staff is really friendly (but the staff at all the bakeries I visited was extremely friendly as well).