October 1, 2014

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Cupcakes baked with love

BRUNSWICK — Carolyn Robertson is counting on a couple of saints to help bring customers to her Delish Cupcakery and Bake Shoppe.

When she opened her store this week, she featured St. Valentine’s Day-themed cupcakes.

Next month, she’ll be offering St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes — green, of course.

Katie Karp, left, and Carolyn Robertson, of Delish Cupcakery and Bake Shoppe, pose with some of their store offerings on Thursday. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Katie Karp, left, and Carolyn Robertson, of Delish Cupcakery and Bake Shoppe, pose with some of their store offerings on Thursday. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Robertson, a Brunswick resident of 13 years, started baking cupcakes in her kitchen several years ago and sold them on the Internet.

“I’ve more than outgrown my home bakery,” she said.

Not wanting her job to take over her family kitchen, she found a home for her business in a former storefront deli, at 1450 Pearl Road.

“I had a lot of good feedback here and I knew Brunswick needed a cupcake store,” she said.

She said she’s thrilled with new store and is hosting a grand opening at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Robertson pointed to the popularity of cable television cooking shows — including programs dedicated to baking cupcakes. She said a growing number of party planners are looking for cupcakes to serve as dessert.

“With cupcakes, the possibilities are endless,” she said. “You can mix it up and do a variety of flavors and colors.”

But Robertson’s shop boasts more than just cupcakes. Robertson got her start doing hand-designed sugar cookies for any theme and she continues to offer that option to her clients, along with cake pops, and other seasonal goodies.

She has a rotating selection of cupcakes available on a walk-in basis and is able to accommodate special orders with 48 hours notice.

“If you don’t see it here, we can make it come to life,” she said. “You can get them delivered or pick them up in the store.”

In addition to her cupcakes, Robertson hopes to offer special-occasion cakes for weddings and other large events. Her friend Katie Karp is a talented cake maker and hopes to soon offer her cakes at the store.

For the time being, Karp is helping Robertson get the cupcakes up and running each day, but hopes once the storefront operations settle into a routine, she can start offering cakes.

“We’re just working on getting our cupcake shop up and running for the moment,” Robertson said.

For more information, visit www.delishbakeshoppe.net or the shop’s Facebook page.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.