Mayflour Cake & Confections, Rockport
Standout Qualities: Gracefully made cakes that look as beautiful as they taste. Proprietor Jocelyn Pierce focuses on seasonal ingredients to craft treats like a summer lavender sponge cake with honey buttercream.
What’s Unique: Pierce makes her cakes with buttercream because she wants them to look pretty, enticing, and natural. There’s no fondant (the icing that’s typically used to build photogenic cakes).
1 Whistlestop Mall, Rockport (kitchen visits are by appointment only), mayflourconfections.com
Cakes for Occasions, Danvers
What’s Unique: Owner Kelly Delaney is a nationally recognized baking expert who studied at Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland and Cordon Bleu in London.
57 Maple St., Danvers, 978-774-4545, cakes4occasions.com