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cupcakes in southern NH?

edinaeats Apr 28, 2008 07:56 AM

I can't seem to find cupcakes in s. NH. Anyone have a rec.?

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  1. mjg0725 RE: edinaeats Apr 28, 2008 09:02 AM

    Not southern, NH, but close.

    The Cupcake Boutique in Andover Center. http://www.theccboutique.com/

    1. whs RE: edinaeats Apr 28, 2008 10:38 AM

      Black Forest Bakery in Amherst NH has cupcakes, but call first. When the Amherst Farmer's Market opens on May 22, the baker there will occasionally have amazing cupcakes with coconut frosting!

      1. AbeFroman RE: edinaeats Apr 28, 2008 10:41 AM

        My recommendation is to wait 2-3 more years until someone finally imports the trend to New Hampshire.

        The Black Forest in Amherst has pretty good ones, but I don't think they churn them out daily -- might be a seasonal thing.

        In Boston, the South End Buttery is a must-visit. Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting is a perennial fave; they also recently featured a Chocolate with Pistachio Buttercream that was excellent.

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          AbeFroman RE: AbeFroman Apr 28, 2008 12:38 PM

          Linked up:

          Black Forest Cafe & Bakeries
          212 State Route 101, Amherst, NH 03031

          South End Buttery
          314 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

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            ecwashere7 RE: AbeFroman Mar 28, 2011 08:08 AM

            Best comment ever. I love how trends always take an extra 3 years to migrate to NH.

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              solargarlic RE: ecwashere7 Mar 28, 2011 03:22 PM

              ^ lol, yeah really...this post kind of sums up the culinary experience of NH in one discussion. I guess those in metro areas nostalgic for trends from 3 years ago can come here to find them again!

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            raggedy RE: edinaeats May 4, 2008 07:14 PM

            Michelle's Bakery on Union Street , Manchester NH has excellent cupcakes! I just brought freshly baked and frosted gems to my friend in Maine. She said "you can bring those anytime!"

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              whs RE: raggedy May 6, 2008 10:14 PM

              Michelle's is a great underrated bakery. Thanks for the reminder.

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                fayth RE: raggedy May 7, 2008 08:21 AM


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                  fayth RE: raggedy Aug 8, 2008 03:20 PM

                  I finally made my way to Michelle's They have a nice assortment of bars, turnovers, and a wonderful butter cookie with raspberry filling. Really liked their filled cupcakes. Tried the lemon filled with raspberry frosting. They also have strawberry and raspberry filled with white chocolate frosting. The small shop is lovely and the bakers/ counter staff were very friendly. Nearby is the newly reopened Currier Museum so stop by here for a treat.
                  Here are photos of the lemon filled raspberry forsted cupcake.

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                  hummingbird RE: edinaeats May 5, 2008 07:23 PM

                  Not sure if they do CC, but I'd give them a call"


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                    rizzo0904 RE: hummingbird Jun 19, 2008 02:28 PM

                    They do cupcakes. I had one a few weeks ago...just meh. WAY too much frosting. I wouldn't order one again.

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                      whs RE: rizzo0904 Jun 19, 2008 10:08 PM

                      Frederick's pastries and cakes taste like the stuff you can get at the supermarket. Unfortunately, Dutch Epicure does not do cupcakes, though a nice eclair might do in a pinch.

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                    bewley RE: edinaeats May 7, 2008 04:28 AM

                    Again, not on southern NH, but in York, Maine Clara's Cupcake Cafe has just opened (Thurs-Sat).

                    This is Lydia Shire's pet operation beneath Blue Sky in the Atlantic House Hotel.

                    1. whs RE: edinaeats May 13, 2009 04:38 PM

                      The Amherst NH farmer's market opened last Thursday and there was a lady selling cupcakes exclusively. It's on the Common, from 2:30-6:30.

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                        muppetcupcakes RE: edinaeats Jul 14, 2010 04:04 AM

                        Free delivery for cupcake orders in Derry and Londonderry, NH for orders of 12+ cupcakes. Not gourmet cupcakes, but REALLY delicious regular cupcakes. Check out our website "Raves" and "About Our Cupcakes" for more info. We ship cupcakes, too!

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                          bewley RE: edinaeats Jul 14, 2010 07:36 AM

                          Two cupcake places have opened since this was first posted:

                          Old Stove Bake Shoppe (Portsmouth, NH): http://www.oldstovebakeshoppe.com/


                          Clyde's Cupcakes (Exeter, NH): http://clydescupcakes.com/

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                            mlmeserve RE: bewley Aug 22, 2010 02:59 PM

                            Old Stove Bake Shoppe closed it's doors this week-end........

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                            purchaser1 RE: edinaeats Oct 10, 2010 05:42 AM

                            Shabby Chic in Windham, near Cobbetts pond.


                            Shabby Chic
                            4 Cobbetts Pond Rd Unit 6, Windham, NH

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                              SuperGrover RE: purchaser1 Oct 23, 2010 03:14 PM

                              I just had a pretty tasty cupcake from The Good Loaf in Milford. I also bought a pumpkin one which I haven't tried yet. They had a pretty good variety with some chocolates and a strawberry one as well.

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                                rizzo0904 RE: purchaser1 Aug 11, 2011 10:40 AM

                                Shabby Chic - great cake, lackluster frosting.

                                Shabby Chic
                                4 Cobbetts Pond Rd Unit 6, Windham, NH

                              2. 3catsnh RE: edinaeats Mar 27, 2011 05:34 AM

                                again not NH (but close) -- the chocolate cupcake with mocha frosting at Eat Cake in Newburyport, MA

                                1. 3catsnh RE: edinaeats Mar 30, 2011 05:27 AM

                                  I have heard good things about Wild Orchid Baking on Route One in North Hampton--have won some "best of NH" awards:

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                                    glaszgoy RE: 3catsnh Apr 11, 2012 11:57 AM

                                    I love Wild Orchid! My wife and I got our wedding cupcakes from them/her this summer, and were completely thrilled. Easily the best cupcakes I've ever had in my entire life, and I'm a cake junkie, so there's a pretty wide basis for comparison. I'm normally very anti-frosting (it gets in the way of my cake), but Erin's buttercream is delicious. Strongly recommended!

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                                      SuperGrover RE: glaszgoy Apr 29, 2012 10:23 AM

                                      Erin is on Sweet Genius this week! It's the Baby Genius episode.

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                                    rizzo0904 RE: edinaeats Mar 30, 2011 10:09 AM

                                    I don't normally buy cupcakes out....I make my own.

                                    Sweeties in Nashua makes very "homey" ones. Loved the vanilla. The chocolate was just okay. But those vanilla ones were great!

                                    Fredericks - yuck, way too much frosting.

                                    1. SuperGrover RE: edinaeats Aug 11, 2011 01:01 PM

                                      Has anyone tried Queen City in Manchester? I hear a lot about them at work but they'll pretty much eat anything you put in front of them.

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                                        SuperGrover RE: SuperGrover Jan 25, 2012 07:20 PM

                                        Anyone else been to Cupcakes 101 in Bedford? Tons of yummy flavors and the frostings are just perfect, sweet but not tooth ache sweet. Plus you don't have to get in line or get there early because they have most of their stuff all day and don't run out too often.

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                                          solargarlic RE: SuperGrover Jan 26, 2012 10:50 AM

                                          I thought they were really good, I like that they're not huge and not too much frosting. Great flavors too! My only gripe is that the edges were a bit tough, maybe I got some day old ones in the bunch.

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                                            SuperGrover RE: solargarlic Apr 11, 2012 05:11 PM

                                            Call me weird but I like the crunchy edges.

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                                              southie_chick RE: SuperGrover Apr 12, 2012 07:01 PM

                                              +1 on the crunchy edges SuperGrover - especially if they're chocolate, & still warm from the oven (no frosting needed)! : )

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                                          glaszgoy RE: SuperGrover Apr 11, 2012 12:21 PM

                                          Queen City Cupcakes on Elm turns out a decent cupcake. Their chocolate and vanilla aren't miraculous, but they're definitely good, and their novelty flavors range from "eh" to "hint of genius". I'm still infatuated with Wild Orchid out in North Hampton, but that's quite a trek for a cupcake. For something local, Queen City will definitely scratch the itch.

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                                          solargarlic RE: edinaeats Feb 27, 2012 06:13 PM

                                          Soon you can add Milford to the list of towns to find cupcakes. The building on the corner of South and Elm, when finally refurbished will be a cupcake shop!

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                                            southie_chick RE: solargarlic Feb 27, 2012 06:56 PM

                                            For a "basic" cupcake - like the kind you used to get whe you were a kid with the jimmies on top - I go to Crosby's in Nashua. It's less than $5 for half a dozen (or about 80 cents each - only vanilla or chocolate), which will buy you about 1 1/2 cupcakes at the other places. It's nothing fancy, but it's a good "go to" cupcake if you're in the neighborhood.

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                                              Msample RE: solargarlic Feb 28, 2012 06:51 AM

                                              Cupcakes in Milford ? Um, OK. But if they are on the higher end price wise, I don't see it lasting.

                                              This whole cupcake thing seems like a fad that will fizzle out rather quickly.

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                                                kilarneyvt RE: Msample Feb 28, 2012 12:17 PM

                                                Agreed that this is a fad.

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                                                Tante RE: solargarlic Feb 29, 2012 03:37 PM

                                                Well, that's interesting! I've been watching the siding go up ever so slowly and wondering what the contractor's issue with the town is (sign in the window asking people to support him). Do you know any details, Solar?

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                                                  solargarlic RE: Tante Mar 7, 2012 02:46 PM

                                                  So it looks like it is actually on the Elm St. side, not the corner. Someone was just telling me it is being opened by the Clark's Tavern owner, but I haven't found anything online. The sign in the window says it will be called Sweet Maids of Honor. It will be interesting to see how all this cupcake stuff plays out in NH.

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                                                collie RE: edinaeats Mar 1, 2012 03:47 PM

                                                Try the new Market Baskets (Salem, Lodonderry, Hookset) in the bakery case they have some big cupcakes .

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                                                  southie_chick RE: collie May 5, 2012 01:28 PM

                                                  Dutch Epicure now has cupcakes, & they're pretty good. I had the chocolate w/chocolate frosting. LOTS of frosting - I took 1/2 of it off & ate that first - but very yummy. The cake was very moist, with a good chocolate flavor.They also had a red velvet, a chocolate w/mocha frosting, & a vanilla w/vanilla frosting. Not sure how much is was since I got a couple of things, including the cheese rolls, which are HIGHLY addictive .......... I've warned you so don't blame me if you get hooked on them! ; )

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                                                  poohsgarden RE: edinaeats Feb 8, 2013 12:11 PM

                                                  Frederick's Bakery - Amherst NH or Bedford NH - awsome bakery - go there every time I'm back east Try it !

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                                                    collie RE: edinaeats Feb 8, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                    The new Tuscan Market in Salem has an amazing looking and tasting bakery, with cupcakes.

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                                                      Truh RE: edinaeats Feb 28, 2013 07:53 AM

                                                      The cupcakes at Random Acts of Sweetness have been receiving great word of mouth in Portsmouth, NH:



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                                                        Rich423272 RE: edinaeats Mar 1, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                        I hope this helps, we've been to a lot of cupcake shops.



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                                                          evandalefarm RE: edinaeats Apr 2, 2013 09:25 AM

                                                          There's a couple at the Raymond Winter Market who do beautiful cupcakes.

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                                                            Dave B RE: edinaeats May 2, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                            I noticed this place in Salem today (didn't stop in) but remembered this CH thread about cupcakes in S. NH so I thought I should contribute and put it into the "database."

                                                            Who You Callin' Cupcake?

                                                            I'm not a big sweets person, but after investigating their menu I'm pretty sure I could be persuaded. And the non-cupcake items like the stuffed grape leaves and humus sound interesting. I guess I'll have to stop next time and check them out.

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