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Editors’ Choice 

Mayflour Confections, Rockport

Philosophy: In a previous career, proprietor/chef Jocelyn Pierce was a store designer for Crate & Barrel, and that carefully curated aesthetic shows in her elegant, classic cakes. 

Standout qualities: Focused on fresh, organic, and sustainable, Pierce sources as much as she can from local businesses.

What’s unique: No fondant —Pierce works exclusively with buttercream, because she wants cakes to look pretty, enticing, and natural. You will find custom cakes in distinctive flavors like lemon with blueberry filling or lavender with honey buttercream.

1 Whistlestop Mall, Rockport. No phone. Kitchen visits by appointment only.


Readers’ Choice 

Cakes for Occasions, Danvers

Fun fact: Cakes for Occasions has been featured on HSN, introducing their lovely and entirely nut-free treats from the North Shore to the whole country.

57 Maple St., Danvers, 978-774-4545,