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2023 CAKE

Editors’ Choice 

Mayflour, Essex

This small-batch, organic bakery produces buttercream layer cakes, specialty cakes to order, and ready-to-purchase cakes. Owner Jocelyn Pierce opened the bakery in Rockport in 2013 and has recently relocated to her expanded Essex space, where she continues to focus on cakes finished in meringue buttercream that are made without vegetable oils, corn syrup, shortening, or artificial flavors or colors. Pierce’s stunning cakes are often draped in fresh, seasonal flowers. 162 Main St., Essex, 978-216-2606,

Readers’ Choice 

Cakes for Occasions, Danvers

The nut-free bakery, Cakes for Occasions, a decades-old business in Danvers, offers online ordering up to 7 days in advance. The bakery makes all kinds of whimsical cakes for children and adults, including of-the-moment piñata cakes, which open to reveal a bountiful surprise candy center. The bakery also sells weekly chef specials, reflecting the season and whatever else happens to delight. 57 Maple St., Danvers, 978-774-4545, 
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