From Snickers ice cream bars to chocolate sundaes, I have a weak spot for desserts that combine chocolate, caramel and nuts. So when I walked into on South Street, my eyes went first to the Snickers cupcake. Sitting under a glass cover with a $2.75 pricetag on it, the chocolate creation was covered in caramel-flavored icing, peanut halves and drizzled with lines of chocolate.
With its last month, joined an . A banker turned baker, owner Tracy Silverman is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education and studied under Master-Chef Instructor Toba Garrett, who has won international awards, authored cake-decorating textbooks and founded ICE's Cake Decorating and Design Department 14 years ago.
Silverman's cake creations are not on display inside Sweet Lucy's, but the kitchen is visible through glass, so children and adults can watch the baker/decorator in action. On display at the counter are Silverman's cupcakes, scones, whoopie pies, brownies and cookies—some on shelves under the glass counter, others on white cakes plates with tall, elegant glass covers.
While the Snickers cupcake was clearly my first choice, Sweet Lucy's also had Samoa cupcakes on display. Like the Girl Scout cookies with the same name, these appeared to have chocolate, coconut and caramel–also a tasty combination.
If taken to go, the Snickers cupcake is delicately packaged in a brown box. A day later, I enjoyed it for dessert. The cupcake itself was moist and chocolatey. Of everything I tried at Sweet Lucy's, this was perhaps the sweetest, but the intense sugar of the icing is tempered well by the peanuts.
Next on my list of sweets: whoopie pies. Like a cake sandwich, these large desserts sell for $3.50 and come in several varieties: mocha, mint chocolate chip, chocolate chip cookie dough and chocolate. Rising in popularity over the last decade, whoopie pies were in the news earlier this year when health advocates criticized a proposal to make the whoopie pie the official state dessert of Maine. Wild blueberry pie, some suggested, was more worthy of the title. (In the end, the blueberry pie became the official state dessert, while the whoopie pie became the official state treat).
With so many varieties to choose from at Sweet Lucy's, I asked the woman behind the counter what she recommended, and I happily accepted her suggestion of the chocolate chip cookie dough. The size of the whoopie pie is a little overwhelming, but the chocolate cake part of it is not so sweet that it overwhelms.
Not all of the treats at Sweet Lucy's are sugary desserts. I picked up two cinnamon scones for breakfast the next morning. Though smaller than the average scone, these were moist, sweet and full of cinnamon, like a Snickerdoodle cake.
For now, the only savory item at Sweet Lucy's is a ham and cheese scone, though I heard a rumor that Sweet Lucy's may soon serve quiche. It would be a welcome addition to the lineup, as I could surely see myself sitting down for a slice of quiche and cup of hot tea, and then finishing with a Snicker's cupcake.
Sweet Lucy's has tables and chairs for eating in and offers the ever-useful free WiFi. The bakery was named after Silverman's yellow lab, and the young baker makes homemade treats for her customers' canine companions.
The Snickers cupcake was not the first thing to grab my attention when I walked into Sweet Lucy's earlier this week. Instead, it was the music: 10,000 Maniacs' "These Are Days" was playing, an appropriate song for this uplifting space, with exposed brick walls, and lots of pink and white. Sweets are arranged on a marble countertop, and the menu has no sign of calorie counts. These are the days to indulge your sweet tooth.