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Bikini weather already? Well, Bay Ridge’s Little Cupcake Bakeshop will make you forget all about that summer diet.

As you enter the shop, reminiscent of your Grandma’s kitchen with ’40s swing music playing in the background, you see a multitude of tasty treats displayed on retro cake plates, including at least 10 types of cupcakes, personal cheesecakes, peanut butter blondies and banana pudding.

"Our focus is a throwback to traditional American desserts from the ’40s and ’50s," said Mark Libertini, who co-owns the bakeshop with Luigi Lobuglio. "We have simple American desserts. Don’t come in looking for the tiramisu or cannolis you can find in every other bakery."

The "Golden" cupcake is a customer favorite, says Libertini. It’s your classic vanilla cake topped with vanilla or chocolate buttercream frosting. While the cupcakes, at $1.50 each, are the most popular dessert in the bakeshop, a variety of cakes, cookies and puddings are also designed to make your mouth water.

And when you’re on your way to work, the bakeshop also offers convenient croissants or muffins and to-go cups of Italian roasted "Illy" coffee. Personalized cakes and cupcakes can be created for special occasions.

Everything in the bakeshop is made daily from scratch at the bakeshop, "just like your Mother or Grandma would have made it," Libertini said. "People want desserts that taste great and are made from [organic, preservative-free] ingredients. We only use whole butter, and fresh milk, cream and dairy."

The bakeshop, which opened in July 2005, offers indoor seating, and Libertini and Lobuglio plan to open an outdoor cafe with waiter service beginning June 30.

The Little Cupcake Bakeshop (9102 Third Ave. at 91st Street in Bay Ridge) accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Cupcakes: $1.50. The bakeshop is open Monday through Wednesdays, from 7 am to 10 pm; Thursdays through Fridays, from 7 am to 11 pm; Saturdays, from 8 am to 11 pm; and Sundays, from 8 am to 10 pm, with extended summer hours. Neighborhood delivery available. For more information, call (718) 680-4465 or visit their Web site at

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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