By Caitlin Croft

The instant you step into Cupcaked, your senses are intrigued; the smell of baked goods wafts from the kitchen, and your eyes are drawn to the beautiful display of cupcakes decorated in every color of the rainbow.

I got a chance to catch up with owner Annie Coe and find out how this beautiful boutique came to be. Coe grew up baking with her grandmother, who taught her the fundamentals of baking. “I come from a very artistic family – always finding pleasure in the decorating process,” she said. From Salamanca, Coe attended Lockhaven University and graduated with a degree in Event Planning.

“For many years, I have been a Banquet and Restaurant Manager; at my last job I would incentivize my staff with my baked goods and one day, one of them asked why don’t you do this for yourself?” Coe explained. Therefore, in April 2017 Coe filed for her Doing Business As (DBA) and started baking out of her kitchen.

“The orders started rolling in, so I started working the Buffalo and Salamanca Farmer’s Market circuit,” she said. “Quickly I outgrew my home kitchen and knew I needed a bigger place.” Coe’s father owns Magara Refrigeration and he does a lot of work at the restaurants in Ellicottville. “I was driving by one day and noticed Weed Ross Agency had moved and thought that could be a good place and had my father reach out to the landlord and introduce us.”

Coe got into the space Sept. 1 and doors opened Sept. 28. It is remarkable the transformation this space underwent. “In the first four days, we sold over 2,000 cupcakes,” Coe noted.

Aside from cupcakes, you can find work from five local artists. Penny Minner weaves Native American baskets. Jill Magara creates custom screen-printed cards, tee shirts and you will find her hand thrown pottery. You will find photography from Kyla Piscitelli and hand crafted Native American jewelry from Kaylei DuPont. Finally, you will find work from Kindled Grain by Kayla Goode. Goode hand burns everything from cutting boards to wall hangings. (Goode has made me some seriously awesome gifts for friends in the past!)

Good news! There is an assortment of drinks including coffee to help that second cupcake go down smoothly. I swear cupcakes are like Lays – you can’t have just one… or maybe that is just me… Anyway, for all of you who are gluten free like me just wait: they have GLUTEN FREE CUPCAKES!

So, when you are looking for that perfect gift for the friend that has everything, be sure to grab a cupcake and browse their great boutique. Just make sure it is during these times: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Coe also provides Day of, Month of and Full Event Planning for anything from Weddings to Anniversary Parties to Bachelorettes. In addition, as if she could get more talented, Coe will do custom orders for Gourmet Cakes and Cupcakes.

“I am so excited to join this community – there has been overwhelming support from the business owners, locals and visitors. I am so fortunate to be based in Ellicottville!”

Cupcaked can be found at 22 Monroe Street, in the Village of Ellicottville. Now my real question is— how are you still reading this and not running to get Cupcaked?