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Is there a cupcake bakery anywhere within an hour of Hartford? I have a friend in NYC that talks about all the great places that you can get fun cupcakes in the city and I am jealous.

Anyone have a place to recommend?

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  1. check this out
    http://followthatcupcake.com/

    1. Crumbs Bakeshop makes excellent cupcakes. They started out in NYC and now have locations in Westport, New Canaan, Stamford and one opening in Greenwich. The Westport location is nearest and will take you an hour to get to, but it's definitely what you would find in NYC.

      1. Sugarbelle in Glastonbury has amazing cupcakes. http://sugarbellecakes.com/
        They mostly do wedding and special event cakes, but they sell a variety of cupcakes in their storefront everyday.

        I love the "Old Fashioned" cupcake and they make an amazing almond cupcake with raspberry buttercream.

        1. I drove by a cupcake bakery in West Haven. It is on the Post Road a bit north of Target. I have not had the chance to stop in, so cannot give an opinion.I did go to the http://followthatcupcake.com/ truck and thought the idea was better than the execution, but they were good

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          1. re: mmalmad

            I think you might be talking about Sugar - they are in East Haven on the post road. They are a cupcake shop and the winners of FoodTV's Cupcake Wars holiday episode. They make some good cupcakes. The pistachio is my favorite, but I hear the canoli is amazing.

            http://www.thesugarbakery.com/

            1. re: Tygress

              Sugar is fantastic! Their cupcakes are imaginative and absolutely delicious! I travel from the Hartford area to get them. Some of those franchise cupcake spots (Crumbs for one) are all hype with dry, tasteless, and very over priced offerings. Sugar is a welcome treat!

              1. re: Tygress

                I came across the Sugar Bakery cupcake truck yesterday when they were parked out in front of the courthouse in New Haven. Ah, crime and cupcakes, barristers and buttercream!

                The selections looked really interesting. I tried the key lime cupcake. It was nice but it could have used a good bit more acidity. I want some sweet and sour in my citrus desserts. I know this is just a personal aesthetic. But I love lemon desserts, for example, but only if the flavors include an acid element. It adds depth and balance makes the sweet all the sweeter.

                But the truck was clean and handsome, the people were nice, and the cupcakes were adorable. I will have to go back and sample more.

                On the down side, I never made it to the cupcake place next to Clark's, which had been my intended destination. But I'm a one-cupcake-a-day kind of gal.

            2. A Little Something Bakery in West Hartford makes really good cupcakes. I especially like the carrot cake and lemon flavors. And Sweet Maria's in Waterbury (although it's been years since I've had them) makes a delicious cupcake with creamy fillings. Neither of these places are "cupcake bakeries" but I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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              1. re: pinky2

                I support the suggestions of CRUMBS and A Little Something Bakery. Good stuff!!

                1. re: pinky2

                  Sweet Maria's cakes are awesome! I haven't tried their cupcakes but, judging by their cakes, I would say you couldn't go wrong.

                2. Just to add a little contrarian view. Crumbs in New Canaan and Stamford are all show with less than perfect results. They are overpriced and the flavors are just not worth the price.

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                  1. re: jfood

                    We tried Crumbs in Westport and thought it was pretty awful across the board. We tried 4 different kinds...all dry and tasteless except for the excess of sugar. Yuck.

                    1. re: jfood

                      a friend of little jfood bought a dozen to her for a birthday from STM. 1 of 12 were OK.

                    2. Do not support Crumbs one bit. Go to the other places mentioned on the post or take a trip into the city and pig out on cupcakes to your heart's content. Crumbs in Connecticut is a waste of calories and time.

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                      1. re: MasterofLightChick

                        this is why jfood is glad ur back

                        1. re: jfood

                          why? you're not a fan of Crumbs either? It's just crummy, IMO....(and I live close to the Westport location). Would rather drive 45 minutes and go to Magnolia in the city. Hell, I just read about a place in L.A. that is supposed to have awesome cupcakes and don't think I'm not scheming a trip out there... :-)

                          1. re: MasterofLightChick

                            called Sprinkles....

                            1. re: MasterofLightChick

                              if you are dreaming of Sprinkles cupcakes you can buy their mixes (incl frosting) at Williams Sonoma right here in CT. Obviously not the same exact thing but could get you by. Also- their website says they ship...

                            2. re: MasterofLightChick

                              jfood's first visit to the Stamford atore resulted in a litle discussion about the ingredients and 6 coins for free cupcakes. Those 6 cupcakes produced zero interest in any others. Then a friend of little jfood gave her 12 for her birthday. Maybe 1 of the 12 were eaten to conclusion at casa jfood. Nah...jfood not a big fan.

                              1. re: jfood

                                are there any cupcakes around you do like? I think cupcakes are the most wonderful invention ever! I had them catered from Magnolia for the last party I had at my pad and my guests were in Heaven.

                                1. re: MasterofLightChick

                                  not really

                                  1. re: jfood

                                    tinkerbelldee thinks that if you don't like cupcakes you should probably find another thread to respond to.
                                    :)

                                    Thanks to all the cupcake lovers for their responses.

                                    1. re: Tinkerbelldee

                                      Actually jfood LOVES cupcakes. He has been eating them since he could buy one for less than 10-cents and would guess he has consumed thousands of them in his life. :-))

                                      Look at the responses for all of CT, ones in Hartford and Simsbury (he does not even know where that is). The best cupcakes he has found in FFD County are off Hope St in Stamford near the Patio.com warehouse. They have a good filling and if you get them fresh they are pretty good, but not great. Rosie's in New Canaan has some as well but their prices for a mini cupcake are almost 300X what he paid as a kid.

                                      He also loves bagels, pastrami, corned beef, and lox, yet none of those are available in FFD couty either. Freakin' wasteland in certain respects. :-(

                                      Jfood was really hoping someone would post where he could get to easily to buy these little gems. :-)

                                      1. re: jfood

                                        I did hear an ad on the radio this weekend that Palmers in Darien supposedly offers cupcake wedding cakes. So, one would hope a cupcake might be good there - does anyone know?

                                        And, I forgot to mention this earlier but the ones now being offered at Starbucks around the County are pretty good if you need a quick fix. Better than Crumbs that is for sure.

                                        Actually, about a year back the Starbucks cupcakes rocked but then they pulled them completely from all locations for some inane reason. They are now back in all the Starbucks, but from a different bakery than the first go around, yet do get honorable mention from me - the vanilla especially.

                                        1. re: MasterofLightChick

                                          I Went to manhattan yesterday and just had to try the cupcakes from magnolia that people seem to be raving about. I was not at all impressed, in fact I stopped eating it and threw it away. We share dvanilla with vanilla icing and vanilla with chocolate icing. The cake seemed very heavy and the icing to sugary and heavy instead of fluffy and airy.
                                          We then ventured down to sugar sweet sunshine bakery to see if we would fair better there. We did! We tried a variety and liked the flavor and texture of the icing much better. However, I am happy to realize that the best cupcakes, in my opinion, are right here in Glastonbury at Sugarbelles. while a little more expensive than the NY ones we tried they are also larger and have have great flavor and creamy fluffy texture. I guess i like a cupcake that feels like a creamy, pillowy cloud in my mouth instead of a dense almost pancakey texture. My sons are enjoying the benefits of me trying to find the best cupcake but for now I wholeheartedly feel Sugarbelles is the place to go.

                                          1. re: askeenan

                                            OMG! I agree with your description of the perfect cupcake at the end of your post but wholeheartedly think Magnolia fits the bill in that department. I wish I were near you when you threw it away as I would have gladly picked it up and devoured it, especially the one with the chocolate frosting! j/k....

                                            Will have to check out Sunshine - that's a new one to me.

                                            And, to veer from cupcakes for a moment (so as to continue to include the men in the discussion), there is supposed to be a killer donut place in the Lower East Side with inventive unusual combinations. (near the vegan cupcake place - Babycakes).

                                          2. re: MasterofLightChick

                                            I got cupckaes from Palmers for a party after my daughters baptism and they were horrible! I am a big Palmers fan and generally like their bakery but these had no taste and the texture almost seemed stale.

                                        2. re: Tinkerbelldee

                                          At the risk of being unscientific and sexist, it's my feeling that cupcakes are more a girl than a guy thing. (whoa, no insinuations, J-food!)

                                          But then no generalization is worth a damn (including this one).

                                          My LA correspondents, not a y chromosome amongst them, tell me Sprinkles is over-hyped, and not as scrumptous as Magnolia. Also a branch slated for Manhattan .. and warning that some Sprinkle outlets better than others.

                                          1. re: louuuuu

                                            None taken Lou. :-)) He actually agrees with you.

                                            It is one of those comfort, go down memory lane things for jfood. Growing up the only treats he used to receive were cupcakes (remember the 3-pack of tastykakes) and those from his local bakery. He very much likes filled cupcakes and the place in Stamford has filled cupcakes.

                                            www.ctbites.com

                                            1. re: louuuuu

                                              Agree with you and thank GOD I am a girl so can loooveee my sweet little cupcakes...they make me sooo happy!

                                              :-)

                              2. Madison may be pushing the one hour limit a little, but check this cupcake lady out:

                                http://www.shorelinetimes.com/article...

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                                1. re: DonShirer

                                  I had a great cupcake from Amore baking in Fairfield. I agree that crumbs is way over rated. The shop is very pretty but the cupcakes are sickly sweet.

                                2. Got two cupcakes from Mocha Coffeehouse in Sandy Hook/Newtown (intersection of Rt 34 and Church Hill Road) and was pleasantly surprised.

                                  The cake on both was basic yellow, but moist, dense and not too sweet. One with chocolate frosting, which was very good - a rich, dark chocolate, not sickly sweet; and the other with lemon, which could have been lemonier, but it had a pleasant enough mellow, buttery lemon flavor. The cupcakes are massive in size; and I don't know the price as they were a birthday gift.

                                  I've tried to avoid the cupcake mania, so cannot compare them to Crumbs or anyone else. But next time I'm in Sandy Hook, I'm definitely stopping in to check out their other stuff.

                                  1. Sugarbelle in Glastonbury is excellent. Close to Hartford and delicious. Their birthday cake cupcake, vanilla cake and chocolate butter cream frosting, is stellar. While simple, it is just fantastic. They usually have 10 different types of cupcakes on hand for retail, but this place is mostly used for wedding cakes and special occasion cupcakes. We brought them to a party recently and they were gone in about 5 minutes.

                                    Head and shoulders above Magnolia.

                                    1. Great Cakes in Westport. Buttery yellow or moist chocolate with vanilla frosting that I am addicted to. For special orders they can do red velvet or carrot. A crazy great bargain at 1.25 a pop.

                                      1. The Cake Suite, a fairly new cake shop on Riverside Avenue in Westport, CT (just off Exit 17) is offering cupcakes that are really good. Definitely better than Crumbs. The golden butter and/or devil's food cupcakes are little bites of deliciousness.
                                        http://www.cakesuite.com/whatsnew/ind...

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                                        1. re: luvarugula

                                          Cupcakes ( and many other items including pizzas) are unbeatable at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville just west of Northampton, Ma.

                                        2. Just got back from an expedition to Charli's Cupcake Factory.
                                          I have only had a taste of the Coconut cupcake so far, but I will say that I really enjoyed the cake. Moist and not too dense. The frosting is good, but WAY too much. I prefer a cupcake with frosting, not frosting with cupcake.
                                          I will report back when I taste the other 6...yes 6, I didn't drive an hour for one!

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                                          1. re: Tinkerbelldee

                                            Well, I think I am back on the hunt.

                                            I tried the following cupcakes:
                                            Elvis (Banana Cake with peanut butter frosting)
                                            -Banana flavor was overwhelming so I never got any peanut butter taste

                                            Snickers
                                            -not sure what makes it a snickers other than the mini snickers on top. Chocolate cake had no flavor

                                            Coconut
                                            Moist cake but minimal coconut flavor

                                            I bought 3 more and have not touched them. They cakes were all very moist and not too heavy but flavors were inconsistent. I had thought that the coconut cupcake was yellow cake but realized that it was supposed to have coconut in the batter. For Yellow cake it was good, but not coconut at all.

                                            My hunt is still on, until then I will make my own :)
                                            I will say it again, WAY too much frosting.

                                            1. re: Tinkerbelldee

                                              I would agree that the cake is excellent and the frosting very nice. I'd agree on all counts, as a matter of fact. I only tried two kinds: yellow cake with pistachio frosting and chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. They were both delicious, but I would have figured the pistachio frosting was vanilla, save for the label and the green color.

                                              I liked them. I liked them better than the Cupcake Truck cupcakes. But it remains to be seen if they do a caramel frosting.

                                              As far as the amount of frosting, I do find it to be too much. But that is the way of the modern cupcake. People demand ginormous globs of frosting on their cupcakes. They do, they do!

                                              1. re: Pipenta

                                                Kelly's Sweet Rewards in Brookfield is great. She is only open certain days, but her cupcakes (and special order cakes) are so worth it. She does a great variety of flavors too.

                                                1. re: Stephy0619

                                                  I had a lemon cupcake from Charlie's recenty and it was very good. I'm with you on the frosting front, but I just scrape a bit off to better the cake/frosting ratio more to my liking. There is a new cupcake place called Cherry Bomb in Brighton Center, but they are extremely unmemorable and not recommended.

                                            2. re: Tinkerbelldee

                                              Tinkerbelldee & Charli's fans: My brother saw tons and tons of empty Duncan Heins frosting cans in the Dumpster of Charli's last year, fyi. Yuk!

                                            3. OK I tried Charli's Cupcakes on the Post Rd in West Haven. I got 4 large cupcakes for $13.00.
                                              The Double lemon- nice lemon flavor to the frosting, but cake was lacking any strong lemon, tasted the same as the vanilla with Toffee frosting. The Sweet Potato was outstanding a nice cinnamon y component. The chocolate with chocolate/marshmallow/ chocolate swirl was pretty good, adding a filling would have helped. They had several other options. all in all worth a second visit

                                              1. A Little Something Bakery is running a half-off deal at http://savenowct.com/hartford.

                                                A couple of people mentioned it a while back, look's like now's the time to try it!

                                                -----
                                                A Little Something
                                                196 Washington St, East Walpole, MA 02032

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                                                1. re: BenjaminM

                                                  The red velvet and artie lange cupcakes from crumbs make me smile. Sugar content be damned. These 2 kick ass.

                                                  1. re: Scotty100

                                                    Charlies Cupcakes uses canned frosting.

                                                2. The Cupcake Truck in New Haven has many loyal followers. Go to
                                                  http://followthatcupcake.com/
                                                  for details, and check their blog link for daily locations. They also have a printable order form.

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                                                  1. re: DonShirer

                                                    I collected a birthday cake from J-cakes in North Branford and realized they do cupcakes too. If their cakes and buttercream are anything to go by, I'd definitely love the cupcakes but they're not a full service bakery with a case, although I noted the case near the front desk was full of both chocolate and vanilla cupcakes.

                                                    WhitneyVille Foods in Hamden sell mousse filled cupcakes, moist with a nice and not too sweet, sickly buttercream (different to frosting, this is more of a silky meringue buttercream).

                                                    Re: Follow that cupcake truck, I liked their cake and frosting, but the frosting was the powdered sugar/butter kind. I was pleased to support them in their early days (since they opened their bakery, they dont parkk near our offices any longer) but I just looked at their website and I think their statement about not participating in Cupcake War is completely unnecessary and way too snarky for my tastes/

                                                    Visited Sugar for the first time a couple of weeks ago. The frosting is probably the sweetest I have ever had, but I enjoyed it. I think the cake needed it.

                                                    Same feeling about the place near Clarks Dairy, the frosting is very sweet but much improved since they opened, but the cake itself had barely any flavor and could have been anything.

                                                  2. This is my first time posting, although I've been a viewer of the board for a while now. I'm not really sure what compels me to write, although it may be that I've had cupcake cravings for the past two months since I had cupcakes at a friend's baby shower. The cupcakes were from a friend of the sister in law, the owner of Dirty Face cupcakes in Milford. Truly the most amazing cupcakes I have ever had- fluffy cake, rich dense frosting and the cutest decorations on top.

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                                                    1. re: ffldctyfoodie

                                                      Ignore my first post, I sent a couple of messages to Dirty Face cupcakes and never heard back. Too bad.

                                                    2. The Barefoot Contessa's coconut cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are insanely delicious. You can find the recipe online. The recipe makes quite a few. I have frozen them with the frosting on them. They're still good right out of the freezer. Just be sure that you aren't having your cholesterol checked the next day.