In the deluge of specialty cupcake shops sweeping the nation, Oklahoma has been no exception. But as anyone who has sampled the goods at BAKED Cakes and Gourmet Desserts can tell you, not all cupcakes are created equal. This relatively new establishment barely escaped the Moore tornado unscathed – several areas nearby were devastated – but the bakers keep on baking, and we’re glad they do. Without them, we wouldn’t have gotten to experience the chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake (yellow cake filled with cookie dough and topped with cookie dough frosting and cookie crumbs) or the spin on the classic strawberry cupcake (filled with strawberry jam). Recent flavors of the week have included cherry limeade, Neapolitan and Shark Week-themed cupcakes, complete with ominous fins. For those seeking to satisfy a different kind of sweet tooth, BAKED also offers massive brownies, custom-made cakes and cookie sandwiches so large they need two hands to manage. In a nice change from many local bakeries, the establishment stays open late enough for customers to satisfy a post-dinner sweet tooth. 2721 S. I-35 Frontage Rd., Moore.

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