It's the kind of thing my seven-year-old self would dream about.
Instead of having to eat nasty pot roast and cooked carrots (my #1 ranked most detested meal, still), I am certain I'd have preferred a dinner of cake and cookies and ice cream. Because those food groups are the most important anyway, right?
My Cincinnati neighborhood has a new business to support - a worthy effort that shouldn't involve much work on your part. You see, I know you will fall in love with Abby Girl Sweets, because to not fall in love would mean you are a human being who doesn't appreciate delicious confections - and that doesn't sound one iota human in my book.
Abby Girl Sweets opened up shop three weeks ago - it is the confectionery creation of a husband-and-wife team who named their bakery after their little girl, Abby. Nathan (the husband) told me he and his wife (Lindsay, I think he said) bake all of the cupcakes - which range from carrot spice to a pistachio version that wasn't available the afternoon I stopped by.
My first visit to a "cupcakery" was two years ago in London at Notting Hill's fabulous boutique bakery, The Hummingbird Bakery. The Portobello Road destination is quite stylized inside - cafe furniture, frosty white accents and pretty chandeliers. The real attraction is the cupcakes, with unusual flavor pairings and artfully crafted icings and toppings.
While I enjoyed the aesthetics of one called the "Bling Bling" (liberally covered by a mound of silver dragees - which are now classified as "non edible" by the FDA because they contain minute quantities of heavy metals), I went with a double chocolate version topped with chocolate sprinkles and a glass of milk.
Abby Girl Sweets achieves much the same vibe, showcasing couple beautiful glass cases filled with silver trays and cake stands graced by delicately iced beauties. I was enchanted by the peanut butter cup and chocolate chocolate versions and decided I'd have cupcakes for the meal traditionally enjoyed between lunch and dinner.
Take a look at this cross section.
I'd like to underscore the mile-high mound of icing on that baby.
Each cupcake was incredibly moist. Very dense and sponge-like, I think Duncan Hines himself would be impressed with how wet this cake is. Having made peanut butter icing before, I know how wonky the consistency can get. Sometimes it turns out more like something made with marshmallow fluff - Abby Girl's peanut butter icing is not sticky, but nutty and buttery and everything you'd expect from a top notch cupcakery.
The chocolate chocolate version was just as divine - I was tickled to taste a hint of almond extract in the chocolate icing.
My two cupcakes came to about $5.75 - at the time the store only accepted cash, but they'll soon accomodate credit card charges, too.
I shot a video of me digging in to a "Strawberry Delight" sample sized cupcake Nathan threw in the box for good measure. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Stop by Abby Girl Sweets at 3218 Madison Road in Oakley, about half a mile north of the square.
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