Lin Anderson turns out cupcakes by the dozen to rave reviews

by: REVIEW, TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lin Anderson works her cupcake magic in a small kitchen on Willamette Falls Drive. Her little cupcakes are delicious and beautiful.“My real love is cupcakes,” said Lin Anderson.

That is obvious when you sample one of her tasty creations from Little Bites Bakeshop. All it takes is one bite to devour Anderson’s smallest cupcakes, but that is all it takes to become a big fan. To taste her cupcakes is to love them.

Anderson works her magic out of a little white trailer at 1590 Willamette Falls Drive and is coming up on her one-year anniversary in business. She recently changed the business’ name from Decadent Cakes by Lin Anderson because she thinks the new name is more memorable.

“It should stick better,” Anderson said.

Surely, the more people who eat her cupcakes, the better. Anderson had a profitable first year in business, negotiating contracts with Willamette Coffee House in West Linn and Stickmen Brewery & Skewery in Lake Oswego. Anderson has been so busy baking that she has had little time for advertising and promotion, but she did take a few of her cupcakes over to Linda Neace at Bullseye Coffee on Willamette Falls Drive. Neace enjoyed them so much she now sells the cupcakes at her coffee shop.

“That (has) really helped get the word out,” Anderson said.

Anderson has not been in business very long, but she has been baking as long as she can remember. As a child she had a little Easy-Bake Oven (a necessary start to all future great bakers), but mainly she was at her mother’s knee as she baked in their kitchen. Little Lin became a shining light of her home economics class and kept right on baking even when she worked in the high-tech world. Her baking career was greatly facilitated when she got married and raised a family, which has lived contentedly in West Linn for the past 10 years.

“Baking was my passion and my hobby, and it has grown very organically,” Anderson said.

But her high-tech training has not gone to waste.

“There are so many aspects to a bakery — not just baking,” Anderson said. “There is scheduling and organization and other things that have a big impact on doing your job well and efficiently and getting consistent results.”

Anderson assures quality at Little Bites by making her cakes from scratch and in small batches. The comment she hears the most from her customers is “moist and delicious.” However, Anderson is also adventurous, experimenting with such ingredients as beer and spirits, bacon and maple, and green tea with wasabi. Yet, basically she is a traditionalist.

“I’m a die-hard chocolate fan,” Anderson said.

Of course, she can make larger cakes, too, for birthdays and other festive events. But even for weddings Anderson can go to the cupcake card. Her recent five-tier wedding cupcake extravaganza, with more and more cupcakes on each descending tier, was a sight to behold with its creamy frosting piped with roses spread on each cupcake with much artistry. It made you want to run out and get married.

Besides serving cupcake lovers in this area of the world, Anderson also is making disciples. Clustered around her knees as she bakes are her three daughters.

Mother knows best. Especially when it comes to cupcakes.

To place orders or learn more about Little Bites Bakeshop, go to the website or call 503-929-3774.

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