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RED BANK CUPCAKERY RANKED 10TH IN U.S.

DSCN1937Cream puff cupcakes at Cupcake Magician.  (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

DSCN1919PieHole was surprised to learn recently that Red Bank’s Cupcake Magician is considered one of the best cupcake makers in America.

That’s not a slight. Owner John Nardini, too, said he was “shocked” when we told him his Monmouth Street bakery had been ranked at number 10 nationwide by the influential Daily Meal website.

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RED BANK: NEW CAKE SHOP PLANS TO POP UP

Melanie Pomerico creates custom-designed cake pops for many occasions, such as weddings (above), holidays, themed birthday parties, and more. (Photo provided by Lil’ Cutie Pops. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Rcsm2_010508Melanie Pomerico of Tinton Falls grew up spending a lot of her time in Red Bank’s shops and restaurants, but didn’t expect she’d one day become part of the downtown’s booming business community.

After graduating from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts in 2003 with a B.A. in photography, she turned her creativity toward baked goods. Thus Lil’ Cutie Pops, a collection of custom-made cake pops, was born in 2010, as a sideline to Pomerico’s work in the photo industry.

Little more than two years later though, she’s preparing to open a retail store, at 16 Monmouth Street, and jump into the brisk competition for local dessert dollars.

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