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Mayflour Confections

Rockport, 617-694-2769,

Simple and elegant beauty pairs with exciting flavors to distinguish the gorgeous cakes from Mayflour Confections. With seasonally focused baking and a commitment to high-quality local ingredients, proprietress Jocelyn Pierce channels her training as a pastry chef and past career in design into cakes that look like they were plucked from Mother Nature’s kitchen. Her creations are adorned with fresh fruits, herbs, greenery, and flowers, and come in creative and unexpected flavors like lavender with honey buttercream and rosemary lemon with champagne buttercream.


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Cakes for Occasions

Danvers, 978-774-4545,

Cakes for Occasions is a nut-free boutique-style bake shop that aims to not only give couples the cake of their dreams but give them a personalized experience to match. Its artistry is apparent in the many cakes it has created over the years, from elaborate raised-tier cakes with intricate decorations and flowers to more rustic and basic cakes decorated to look like birch logs or simply adorned with pretty blooms.