Baking Cupcakes: Little Gourmet Desserts that Dominate

Despite rumors about the decline of the nationwide cupcake craze, these tiny treats still reign supreme in the Valley

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groovy baker cupcake

The Groovy Baker, also known as Chef Lisa, creates tasty cakes in flavors that range from the decadent — her Turtle cupcakes consist of chocolate cake filled with caramel sauce, topped with caramel buttercream, caramel drizzle, and bourbon-toasted sugared pecans — to the unusual, such as cardamom-orange or rosewater (at left).

She’s been selling her cakes around Dutchess and Putnam counties for the past four years, creating her treats from scratch using organic ingredients from local sources whenever possible (with vegan and gluten-free options). “I put my all into everything I make,” she says, “from ensuring I use high quality ingredients, to using only biodegradable or recyclable packaging. I put thought into everything, down to the ribbons and stickers on the boxes.”

Although she doesn’t have a storefront, Groovy goodies are available by appointment (check out her Web site for more options) and can also be found at the Brewster farmers’ market.

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