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May 19, 2008 10:54 AM

Cupcake Outrage in Back Bay

I peeked in the window of Sweet, the new cupcake shop on Mass Ave, today, and almost blew a gasket when I saw that individual cupcakes are $3.25. What the heck? Is this in line with other chic cupcake places like Magnolia? I'll stick to Lyndell's.

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  1. They are $2.75 apiece at Kickass Cupcakes, so I guess ~$3 is the pricepoint for upscale cupcakes here. I will stick to Lyndell's as well.

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    1. re: afty698

      For some reason $3.25 causes me significantly more anger in me than $2.75

    2. Heck, at Boyajian's new place in Belmont I gacked at a $3.50 cupcake.

      Just crossed the street and went to Ohlin's where they were something like $1.50.

      1. I know the price of flour has gone up-but.... I was at Whole Foods over the weekend, and the cupcakes were $3.99 each!

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        1. re: macca

          wow, really? I bought one at Whole Foods a couple days ago and it was the usual $1.29. Maybe the $3.99 was an error??

          1. re: poptart

            Nope- Have been there for the past three weeks- 3.99 each week- I know, because I bought two for my young neice and nephew. THis was in the bakery case, and they were beautiful, but still- 3.99 was steep.

            1. re: macca

              hmmm...maybe they price (and decorate) them differently in the bakery case. The ones I get are at the Fresh Pond location, in the refrigerated area next to the baked items like bagels, muffins etc. These cupcakes only come in chocolate or vanilla, a few different buttercream frosting colors but no fancy decorations and are $1.29. I'll check out the bakery case next time I go...

              1. re: poptart

                They were really pretty- the cupcake for my nephew looked like a baseball, and the one for my neice looked like a purple flower- and the frosting was piled high! They also pack them in a two pack container so the cupcake doesn't get messed up in transit- but will have to check out the one near the muffins- much more to my liking for every day eating. These were "special occasion" cupcakes- and the fruit tarts, BTW, were so beautiful- and the individual chocolate mousse cakes were wonderful- I bought a few for Mothers Day dessert- pricey at 4.99, but my mom loved it ( as she did the seared scallops and roasted loin lamb chops from WF)

                1. re: macca

                  Sounds like a good choice for special occasions...I will remember that next time I have an excuse to bring my nephews a treat! :-)

                  I once bought a regular layer/birthday cake from WF and was pleasantly surprised that it cost the same as the equivalent at Shaw's or Stop and Shop, BUT...the WF cake tasted a lot better and the ingredients were not full of chemicals!
                  The fruit tarts do look wonderful. I have been tempted many times but have yet to buy one.

                  1. re: poptart

                    Hope the cupcakes were good- I gave them to the kids to take home. Will have to remember about the layer bd cakes.Thanks for the tip!

        2. It's been a few months since my visit to Babycakes, but their cupcakes range from 1.25 - 2.75 (with 2.75 being a huge french toast cupcake that is a meal in itself). I would say most of their specialty cupcakes are around 2.25.

          I would've guessed that Mass Ave, near Newbury, would mean pricier cupcakes. Are they at least decent sized?

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