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cupcakes in southern NH?

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

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  1. Not southern, NH, but close.

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

    1. 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. 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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        1. re: AbeFroman

          Linked up:

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

          South End Buttery
          314 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

          1. re: AbeFroman

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

            1. re: ecwashere7

              ^ 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!

          2. 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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            1. re: raggedy

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

                1. re: raggedy

                  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.

                  1. re: hummingbird

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

                    1. re: rizzo0904

                      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.

                  2. 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. 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.

                      1. http://www.muppetcupcakes.com
                        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!

                        1. 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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                          1. re: bewley

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

                          2. Shabby Chic in Windham, near Cobbetts pond.


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

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                            1. re: purchaser1

                              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.

                              1. re: purchaser1

                                Shabby Chic - great cake, lackluster frosting.

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

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

                                1. 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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                                  1. re: 3catsnh

                                    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!

                                    1. re: glaszgoy

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

                                  2. 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. 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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                                      1. re: SuperGrover

                                        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.

                                        1. re: SuperGrover

                                          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.

                                          1. re: solargarlic

                                            Call me weird but I like the crunchy edges.

                                            1. re: SuperGrover

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

                                        2. re: SuperGrover

                                          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.

                                        3. 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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                                          1. re: solargarlic

                                            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.

                                            1. re: solargarlic

                                              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.

                                              1. re: solargarlic

                                                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?

                                                1. re: Tante

                                                  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.

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

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                                                1. re: collie

                                                  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! ; )

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

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

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



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



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

                                                          1. 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.