Pure Bliss on Parmenter: Bloom Bake Shop

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After our fish fry lunch, we decided to check out the Bloom Bake Shop. It's a small bakery that opened a few weeks ago and is located dangerously conveniently between my apartment and my office, on the corner of Parmenter and Elmwood.

We sauntered into the chic little bakery and were immediately greeted by two friendly folks, including the owner, Annemarie. As we browsed the case of goodies, they took the time to share with us information about each cupcake. There was a nice selection of cupcakes to choose from, including: vanilla, chocolate, Oreo, and peanut butter cup - oh, heck, just check them out for yourself (poor photo - sorry - iPhone and all that):


Sorry for the shadows and poor lighting - I didn't have my real camera with me, so you'll have to take my word for it when I say the photos don't do the cupcakes any justice at all.

In addition to those offerings, there were "whoopie pies," which I believe are two cookies that are filled with a frosting of sorts. There were also traditional cookies, including chocolate chip, chocolate, and a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie with Door County cherries. Yummo. Oh, did I mention the vegan & gluten-free cookies?

Annemarie was a breath of fresh air - she shared with us her passion for not only conjuring up a host of scrumptious goodies but for being conscious of the environment - her ingredients are locally sourced from responsible farmers and suppliers. Whenever possible, products are organic, seasonal, fresh, and local. The flours are minimally processed. The coffee is fair trade.

Even the bakery itself is earth and environmentally friendly by featuring such items as VOC/toxin-free paint and biodegradable flooring materials, re-used cabinetry by way of Habitat for Humanity, Energy Star appliances, and lighting that is 100% wind-powered. You have to admire the fact that they put so much effort into being responsible and aware of the environment.

We placed our order and sampled a delightful vanilla cupcake with a strawberry rhubarb frosting (I'm not normally a fan of the rhubarb, but this frosting was top-notch). We thanked the staff and headed back to the office.

Here's our stash of goodies - check out the cool boxes (of course they're made from recycled materials):


And just what was inside of those boxes? Pure bliss, that's what. Think I'm exaggerating? Take a look and see:


Those are the Oreo cupcakes (chocolate cupcake with a whipped frosting that was chock full of Oreo pieces) along with a peanut butter cup cupcake (chocolate cupcake with a chocolate and peanut butter frosting with a peanut butter cup).

How were they? In a word - sinful. The cupcakes were dense and moist, without any sign or hint of dryness. They didn't crumble; with every bite they simply melted with a seamless silkiness. I've never had a cupcake that was so utterly delicious and perfectly balanced; often, cupcakes are overly sweet, or feature far too much frosting (or worse yet: not enough frosting) - these were just perfect.

And after enjoying a cupcake or two, it was time to see what was in box #2...


Two banana chocolate chip whoopie pies with cream cheese frosting.

As hard as I try, and as much as I wish I could, I simply cannot find adequate words to describe how friggin' awesome these things were. Better than your first kiss. Better than winning the lottery. Better than - well, anything I can think of. Why?

The thick cookies were cake-like, but with a hint of chewiness. They boasted a boatload of banana flavor with huge semi-sweet chocolate chips, and they tasted just like a freshly baked loaf of banana bread. In fact, if I didn't know better, I'd say they were still slightly warm. And just like the cupcakes, the texture was so spot-on - not dry, not crumbly, just flawless.

The cream cheese frosting works so well with the banana and chocolate chip... never in a million years would I have guessed cream cheese would compliment something like that, but trust me when I say it works. After wolfing down one of those whoopie pies, I immediately regretted not having bought 5 or 6. Sure, they probably have 800 calories in them, but it would've been worth it, every last morsel.

So I realize I'm gushing about this place, but it really is stellar. The whole thing works - from the vibe, to the staff, to the goodies themselves - they're all superb. And I hate that they're so close to my apartment... thank goodness I'm finally feeling good enough to where I can start running, riding, and swimming again, because I foresee many repeat visits to Bloom in my future.

My hat's off to the folks at Bloom. I'm going on record to say that I rate them higher than the Greenbush Bakery, and that's saying something because you know what a fritter fiend I am. :-)

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