Baked: Cupcakes to Die For
Baked, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based bakery is a nominee for a Readers' Choice Award for Best Cupcake.
The company's founders, Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, came from the world of advertising, in which Matt was a producer while Renato was a graphic designer. Their thoughts were never too far from cake and coffee, and slowly (even unbeknownst to them) the idea for Baked was born.
Matt wanted to open a bakery that celebrated American desserts beyond the cupcake, and Renato had always been hankering to open a neighborhood cafe, so together they scoured New York City for the perfect location. They found a small, storefront church in the largely industrialized and gritty section of Brooklyn, and together with Rafi Avramovitz, set about building their inspiration. Finally, after many long delays, they opened Baked in 2005 on the shores of Red Hook, Brooklyn with just a few ovens, some mixers, and an espresso machine.
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Baked is both a neighborhood spot, and a nationally recognized bakery. Baked has been featured on the Martha Stewart Show, the Today Show, the Food Network, and the Style Network. Baked has also received an awards from Time Out, French Culinary Institute, Citysearch, and America's Test Kitchen. Oprah recognized their brownies as a "favorite thing" and they have written recipes for Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, and many more.
Their first book, Baked: New Frontiers in Baking was published by Stewart, Tabori and Chang in October 2008, and became a best-seller and was a favorite of NPR, People Magazine, Martha Stewart and Oprah.
A second Baked recently opened in Charleston, South Carolina. Baked also offers a selection of its baked goods (brownies, cookies, marshmallows, etc.) and other items online.
Vote for the company you believe makes the best cupcakes. Readers' Choice Winners will be announced on March 1st.