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Royal Oak bakery owner chosen as winner of County’s Elite 40 Under 40 2017 Class
Oakland Press |
April 19, 2017

A local bakery owner has been chosen as the winner of Oakland County’s Elite 40 Under 40 2017 Class winner.

Brooke Vitale, 29, owner of Love and Buttercream Bakery based in Royal Oak, became the youngest winner of the six-year-old program.

Vitale introduced Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson at Wednesday’s State of the County Address in Pontiac.

She was selected, via an online public vote, from a group of three finalists. More than 2,900 votes were cast for the finalists.

“It’s a really big honor,” said Vitale. “I was really surprised and very flattered.”

Patterson said Vitale was an excellent choice because of her creativity.

“She is thoughtful and has an incredible business sense and is precisely the kind of young leader we want to keep in Oakland County,” said Patterson. “I am continually amazed at the caliber of young leaders we have. The future of our county is very bright.”

Nearly 400 applications and nominations were reviewed by a panel of judges for this year’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class.



Vitale opened her bakery in 2012 after turning her hobby into her passion. She is an Oakland County native and Michigan State University graduate.

After working in Chicago for some time, she returned home to begin her baking career.

“There’s something about this area that I can’t quite put into words,” said Vitale. “It’s a set of values, a culture, a feeling of support and a feeling of home. It’s something magical and unique that you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere in the nation.”

Vitale said it as the perfect place to let “her dreams fly.”

She is married and has a 1-year-old son.

“They’re the ones that make me look good,” said Vitale.



Love and Buttercream is a made-to-order, all-from-scratch bakery business.

The company is based in Royal Oak, 3202 Crooks Road, with a second location in Birmingham, Love and Buttercream Too located at 746 E. Maple Road.


Vitale’s cookies were named HOUR Detroit’s “Best Cookie” in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The bakery was also named Eater’s “Top 5 Bakeries in Metro Detroit.” It provided wedding cakes and desserts for over 600 couples in 2016.

Love and Buttercream is the exclusive wedding cake provider for the Infinity and Ovation Yacht Charters on the Detroit River.