Sweet Mandy B's

by Steven Behling


The time has come to close the Chicago chapter of NOSHology, at least for now.  And what better way to say goodbye than with a slice of something smothered in buttercream frosting...the kind that doesn't leave a Crisco-like film inside your mouth and cause your teeth to ache.  The kind of buttercream that fills the swimming pools of your dreams, into which you dive and burst forth in a shower of rainbow sprinkles.  The kind of buttercream frosting I've only ever had at Sweet Mandy B's.  

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I can honestly say that Sweet Mandy B's is responsible for at least 15 of the 30 pounds I gained during graduate school.  Situated just down the street from DePaul University's Lincoln Park campus, this one-of-a-kind bakery features ample seating and a little step upon which your ill-mannered children can climb and plant their faces and palms directly on the glass display, showcasing row after row of sweet treats.  Over the course of the five years I lived in Chicago, I can't count how many times I walked down Webster Avenue for a cupcake or two...or six.  I celebrated more than one birthday and drowned countless sorrows at Sweet Mandy B's, and would likely be celebrating/drowning many more if I still lived in the Windy City. 

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When it came time to plan my week-long celebration of graduating with a PhD in clinical child psychology during the summer of 2010, I called Sweet Mandy B's to order a simple-yet-glorious chocolate cake with...you guessed it...buttercream icing.  

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When the time came to commemorate my friend Rachel's completion of all the many cumbersome requirements for licensure in psychology, who do you think I called? Sweet Mandy B's.  

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When the time comes for me to order a wedding cake, who'm I gonna call? SWEET MANDY B's.  I'm also going to try to order a whoopie pie, even though they don't make them anymore.  

Sweet Mandy B's is located at 1208 W Webster Ave in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.  It's also located in my dreams, but those are harder for you to access.