Ok, we've all had one of those days. You know the kind that I mean. one where you're so busy that you don't have time to eat despite the fact that you're around some great restaurants.
I had one of those days about two and a half weeks ago, where I found myself at around 3:30 in the afternoon pulling into the Walgreens parking lot at the corner of State and 75th. My mission? A snickers bar and a diet coke to tide me over until the end of the day.
As I'm standing three deep in line, contemplating eating the Snickers and handing the cashier an empty wrapper to scan, something catches my chowish eye: Neatly wrapped squares of thick sheet cake covered with a variety of frostings: caramel, chocolate, strawberry and lemon coconut. This doesn't look like commercial bakery fare. It looks homemade with its sweet icing dripping down the side of the cake squares and forming a decorative almost artistic pattern against the cellophane.
Executive decision time has arrived. I drop the Snickers back into its bin and settle upon one of these divine hunks o cake that have captured ny attention at the checkout.
The cake is simple. A light airy, yellow cake reminiscient of the type of cake that someone's grandmother (though certainly not mine) took great care in baking for her family generations ago. The caramel icing was simply marvelous the way good caramel should be.
Luckily for me, the cake is labeld "AM's Lil Sweet Me Me' Bakery, 11836 S. Western Ave. I think that this simple little bakery and its simple but delicious cakes deserve further attention. So, two Saturdays in a row, I stop in to sample its wares.
The outcome? Excellent pies-I sampled pecan, custard, apple. Beautiful old fashioned cobblers- I sampled peach. And those light airy cakes described herein. Everything is fresh baked in house. No commercial cake mixes are used. It's a small mom and pop place with only two little bakery cases and the owner's kids running around inside.
If you're looking for sophisticated patisserie, this is not your place. If you're looking for quality scratch made old fashioned cakes, Lil Sweet Me Me's offers great possibilities.
AM's Lil Sweet Me Me's Bakery
11836 S. Western Ave.