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So many times I've heard my friend, Kim Janocko (aka, Crafty Mama of 4), comment on how delicious Magnolia Bakery is. In fact, she can hardly visit New York City without a visit to Magnolia. Back in March, my family and I attended the International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago. While there, we decided to do a bit of sightseeing, and on our adventures we came upon a Magnolia Bakery. I had no idea they had a bakery in Chicago; but since 2007, they've opened up more locations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and even Dubai.
Upon walking in, we were welcomed with the smell of freshly baked sweet treats. Magnolia offers baked goods like cakes, cupcakes, cookies, muffins, pies, mini cheesecakes, their famous banana pudding, brownies, and more. The decor was beautiful, with a country, shabby chic look to the entire place. It had a very vintage feel in the colors, the distressed decor, the tables, even the flooring and the walls with wainscoting. It was getting close to St. Patrick's Day, so there were also St. Patrick's Day banners and other festive decor. Looking at their site, it says that the original owner's hope was to provide visitors with the feel of a step back in time…. well, that's exactly how it felt…. like stepping into a vintage farmhouse kitchen.
Everything is baked right there in the bakery, also made from scratch. They make everything in smaller batches all day long, ready to be eaten right out of the oven. I had in mind to try a cupcake, but instead we decided to share a couple of treats since this was a late afternoon dessert (before supper). We enjoyed a piece of chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream icing. Oh my goodness, how rich and decadent it was. We also shared a Mini Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake that had a chocolate cookie crust. While it was also very rich and delicious, the cake won my heart. The chocolate cake reminded me of the cakes my grandmother used to bake; she was a fabulous baker, and I only hope I can bake half as well as she did for my boys and even for my grandchildren some day. We definitely enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere, and the boys especially enjoyed the sweet treats.
The entire experience was beautiful; everyone should visit a Magnolia Bakery at least once in their lifetime, if not every time they're in the vicinity of a location. Headed to Chicago? You'll find a sweet, decadent treat at Magnolia Bakery on 108 N. State St. Enjoy!