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Pipe Dream Cupcakes

Photo by Zoe Isaac

Where’s the cupcake truck today? That’s the critical question for devotees of Pipe Dream Cupcakes, which cruises around Andover and North Andover ice cream-truck style, selling deliciously decadent and creative confections like key lime pie, banana caramel, and s’mores cupcakes. Although half the fun is following the truck on Facebook or Twitter to find out where you’ll be getting your after-lunch treat each afternoon, the real joy comes from the cupcakes themselves, which are incredibly moist and light, and topped with a generous amount of frosting that’s packed with flavor without being sickly sweet. Baker, owner, and cupcake truck driver Nadine Levin bakes her cupcakes fresh every morning before hitting the road; you’ll never find a day-old cupcake for sale. Plus, Levin has a knack for remembering her customers’ favorite flavors—and for convincing you that anytime is a good time for a cupcake.

North Andover, 978-397-6470,



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“These are the best cupcakes in Newburyport. I have lived in this town for 30 years, and I can say that with confidence. They have four or five different daily specials, which are posted on their website and Facebook page. I have never left that place feeling that I had made an unwise purchase.?? If they can make it onto the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, they must be halfway decent, right?” –Chad 

6 Inn St., Newburyport, 978-465-6057,