When MP was a girl, she loved visiting her neighborhood bakery in suburban New Jersey. Her family stopped in on Sundays for cinnamon coffee cake with generous crumb topping, oversized black and white cookies, or decadent cheese Danish topped with swirls of royal icing. The staff packed the goodies in a white pastry box, which was neatly tied with red and white baker’s twine.
Given these delicious memories, you can imagine MP’s delight when Ice It! Bakery opened in Yarmouth a year ago. The bright and inviting bakery, which made DownEast Magazine’s Best of Maine list, is owned by Chef Alan Fried and his wife Sharon Kurht. As the name implies, visitors are encouraged to decorate their own cupcakes or mini-cakes. Ice It! offers a variety of tempting choices. On the day we visited, CP#2 chose a red velvet cupcake. MP, who is a chocolate lover, decided to switch things up and try coconut for a change.
We set our cupcakes down on a café table, and walked over to a magnetized wall display of colorful sprinkles for the choosing. Once we decided on sprinkles, CP#2 and MP selected a few pastry bags with decorative tips for frosting.
We had so much fun decorating and eating our cupcakes! Recalling her childhood, MP decided to take home a pretty box of treats to share with family. The hard part was choosing! Chef Fried makes many other delicious desserts like gluten free Sacher-Torte (chocolate cake with apricot jam and chocolate ganache), buttery rugelach cookies, and custom birthday cakes.
Whatever you decide, you simply can’t go wrong at this sweet village bakery. And PS busy mamas and papas: Ice It! also hosts kids’ birthday parties!