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ced9 Feb 12, 2009 10:03 AM

I have to write this post after having been to Sweet on Mass Ave between Marlborough and Comm Ave. They are amazing. The cupcakes are just the right size, all natural and as fresh as possible-- not to mention beautiful and well priced! Anyway, since moving from NYC I thought this type of place would be impossible to find but I would put them up against any Crumbs, Billy's or Buttercup Bakery cupcake in NYC any day. You can also go for coffee or tea as they have a cute sitting area! http://sweetcupcakes.com/

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    ysb Feb 12, 2009 10:44 AM

    nice report, Sweet employee. Just kidding! I've had their red velvet cupcakes and the day that I went they seemed like they could be a little more moist. Decent frosting. definitely better than Kickass Cupcakes in Davis Square, though.

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      taves7 Feb 12, 2009 11:41 AM

      I totally agree with ysb, i found the cupcakes at Sweet to be way too dry. Especially the carrot cake. I may go back if I'm in the neighborhood, but I wouldn't head back there continually as I would Georgetown Cupcakes in DC.

    2. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Feb 12, 2009 12:22 PM

      Meh. Doesn't touch Party Favors.

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        stradacouple Feb 12, 2009 03:26 PM

        Where is Party Favors? Boston has been lacking in good cupcake options. Have yet to find any that can compare to my favorites from:

        Swirls - Chicago
        Sprinkles, Crumbs - Beverly Hills
        Heavenly - San Diego

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          bachslunch Feb 12, 2009 03:52 PM

          Party Favors is in Brookline, Coolidge Corner area.

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            tamerlanenj Feb 14, 2009 09:38 AM

            Oh come on? Party Favors? home of the rock hard ice cold refrigerated cupcakes with the mountain of cheap frosting? I know it's cool to be against the hip place but Sweet really blows PF out of the water for quality. The regular vanilla cake with white buttercream at sweet is an almost perfect cupcake, I think. Better than Magnolia.

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              BarmyFotheringayPhipps Feb 14, 2009 11:45 AM

              Or...you could, y'know, not eat it directly out of the refrigerator.

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            BarmyFotheringayPhipps Feb 12, 2009 04:16 PM

            If that sort of thing is what you consider a good cupcake, I would probably advise against Party Favors, which you may well find far too old-school for your tastes.

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            C. Hamster Feb 13, 2009 06:11 AM

            Ive not had their cupcakes but my nephew's birthday cake was from Party Favors and it was awesome.

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              eowynnie Feb 14, 2009 01:15 PM

              I found that Party Favors makes awesome cakes (their chocolate cake is delicious!), but their cupcakes are lacking. The cake itself is flavorless and the place seems to try to make up for that with mounds of mediocre frosting.

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                kristinayee Apr 17, 2009 09:45 AM

                I agree, with the bad reviews. I love the concept of Party Favors - their decorations are really great, but I don't think their actual cake can even compete with many other cupcake places. Not to mention the frosting is supposed to be buttercream, but tastes like sugary frosting to me.

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                winstont Feb 12, 2009 12:50 PM

                I have had Sweets several times and they are nothing special- definitely dry and unmemorable, I'd rather make my own from a box.... Party Favors is the way to go

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                  bachslunch Feb 12, 2009 12:56 PM

                  Will second Barmy and winstont regarding Party Favors -- really like their cupcakes a lot.

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                    jinx1832 Feb 12, 2009 04:55 PM

                    I am a fan of Party Favors vanilla but their chocolate is average. I am still partial to The Icing on the Cake cupcakes despite the outrageous prices....

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                  gramercyfoodie Feb 12, 2009 12:54 PM

                  I'm with you -- love sweets...don't care for party favors at all.

                  1. littlelady Feb 12, 2009 01:43 PM

                    I have to say, I *really* wanted to like Sweet- I love cupcakes, and I thought the place seemed really cute. But, I've found all of the cupcakes I've tried there to be really unremarkable. The lemon poppy was the worst of the bunch - it reminded me of a lemon poppy muffin from the Stop and Shop (seriously), the vanilla cupcake was extremely dry (and also had far too much icing for the size of the cupcake- I had whole mouthfuls that consisted of just icing...) and the red velet was completely unexciting.

                    1. voodoocheese Feb 12, 2009 05:17 PM

                      I actually really like Sweet- not such a big fan of Party Favors... The red velvet at Sweet are probably the best I've had, although some of the special seasonal flavors have missed the mark for me. I've finally decided that I can't do Kickass anymore, I've been let down too many times. Babycakes in Quincy though, that is worth a trip!!

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                        C. Hamster Feb 13, 2009 06:13 AM

                        Babycakes in Quincy make a cupcake with a very dry weird texture. Like from a boxed mix or high gluten flour. They look good but disappoint.

                        For goshsakes if you are making cupcakes use cake flour to get the right crumb.

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                          kobuta Feb 13, 2009 05:08 PM

                          I agree with you. Babycakes is still my go to place for places that specialize in cupcakes. I tried Kickass twice and was very disappointed - dry cupcakes and not so great frostings. I've had nothing but really good, moist cupcakes at Babycakes, and cheaper too.

                        2. SaraASR Feb 12, 2009 06:28 PM

                          Sweet vs. Party Favors are totally different.

                          Sweet rides the curtails of the upscale, trendy cupcake boutiques that are popping up all over the country.

                          Party Favors is the best of the best in terms of traditional bakery cupcakes.

                          End of story.

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                            fantundo Feb 12, 2009 08:41 PM

                            I'm a Party Favors girl myself but can't always get to Brookline. Two good choices in the western 'burbs: Concord Teacakes in West Concord, whose cupcakes are traditional, quite similar in taste (think buttercream!) and appearance to Party Favors, and Bella Moto at 916 Mass Ave in Arlington, where the baker, formerly of Nashoba Brook and the old Blacksmith House (not to date myself, but the source of my wedding cake in 1976!), makes a very straightforward but tasty cupcake.

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                              cockscomb Feb 12, 2009 11:20 PM

                              i think lulu's in the north end makes some pretty delightful cupcakes

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                                SaraASR Feb 13, 2009 05:51 AM

                                Eh. Lulu's has some pretty interesting flavor combinations, but the execution isn't all that great. I'm headed to Sensational Cupcakes tomorrow (perhaps some other North Shore cupcakes boutiques as well) and will report back.

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                                  galleygirl Feb 13, 2009 06:12 AM

                                  Cupcake Boutiques!!??!! Cupcake Boutiques!!!!! Who says we're lunatics....;)

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                                  voodoocheese Feb 13, 2009 06:23 AM

                                  When I had Lulu's all I could think of was Crisco. Blech.

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                                    Allstonian Feb 13, 2009 06:28 AM

                                    I fear I have to agree. Barmy and I had some nice cupcakes there on a couple of early visits, when we tried various specialty cupcakes such s the Red Velvet, carrot cake, and the Lulu's cupcake which is like a Hostess cupcake with a ganache icing and white filling. But then we tried a round of their regular vanilla cupcakes, and the icing was so Crisco-y (instead of buttery) that we threw them all away after a couple of bites. The cake on those was also far from fresh. We haven't been back in since then.

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                                      cockscomb Feb 13, 2009 09:49 AM

                                      true.. they were more on the gluttonous greasy side

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                                        rlh Feb 13, 2009 10:43 AM

                                        Flavorless colored Crisco on stale, dry flavorless cake both times I tried Lulu's - not trying them again until I hear a groundswell of support and adoration here or somewhere...

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                                Alcachofa Feb 13, 2009 09:31 AM

                                (Sweet is riding "coattails").

                                Have any hounds had Babycakes in Quincy? The Phantom recommended them, but he also recommended Trani, which was supremely awful.

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                                  Bob Dobalina Feb 13, 2009 10:39 AM

                                  I thought she was making a punny comment about the economy with "curt-tails."

                                  Can someone please clarify the difference between Sweet vs. Party Favors, in terms of actual taste?

                                  It's great that y'all are engaged in a "tastes great, less filling" type of debate, but I really have no idea what you are arguing about!

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                                    BarmyFotheringayPhipps Feb 13, 2009 11:44 AM

                                    The Party Favors cupcake -- by which I mean the basic vanilla cupcake with buttercream icing, which is what I automatically think of when I think "cupcake," and which is the main thing they sell in terms of cupcakes* -- is completely basic: straight-up yellow cake with real buttercream icing, available with an elaborate floral design built on top out of yet more buttercream. (Hint: avoid the ones that have deeply-colored flowers on them: that much jewel-tone food coloring gives the buttercream a bitter, off note -- stick to pastels.) It tastes like an idealized version of what you remember cupcakes tasting like when you were a kid.

                                    Sweet specializes in the more modern post-Magnolia style of cupcake, with a wider variety of flavors and varieties. I can't speak to things like their carrot cake or red velvet options, because all I've ever had from Sweet was their equivalent to a Party Favors cupcake. While it was much, much better than those awful vanilla cupcakes from Lulu's that Allstonian mentions, it wasn't as good as a Party Favors cupcake.

                                    *Party Favors is not a cutesy name: they really are primarily a shop that sells/rents costumes and party supplies, which just happens to have a little bakery/candy section on the side.

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                                      Bob Dobalina Feb 13, 2009 12:23 PM

                                      Awesome...Thanks!

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                                        tamerlanenj Feb 14, 2009 09:42 AM

                                        You forgot to mention ice cold and hard re: party favors.

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                                          Allstonian Feb 14, 2009 11:26 AM

                                          That's because we never have that problem - we let them come up to room temperature before we eat them, at which point they are tender and delicious. You have mentioned before that you don't have the patience for that, though.

                                2. yumyum Feb 13, 2009 06:24 AM

                                  No one has mentioned Kick@ss Cupcakes in Davis Square. Are they totally out of the running?

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                                    ysb Feb 13, 2009 07:57 AM

                                    I mentioned them in the first reply as being worse than Sweet, so interpret however you like.

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                                      yumyum Feb 13, 2009 08:14 AM

                                      I'll interpret that as you like them less than Sweet. :-)

                                      Sorry, I didn't catch that part of your reply.

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                                        ysb Feb 13, 2009 08:31 AM

                                        no probs!

                                        while not technically billed as cupcakes, Gingerbread Contruction company makes some monsters and they're pretty inventive. I also work somewhat close by and a lady that works here picks up a box about once a week for the office.

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                                          rlh Feb 13, 2009 10:45 AM

                                          Those GCC dessert muffins outshine 95% of all cupcakes I've ever had - particularly the ones with the cream cheese frosting - love the pumpkin and gingerbread ones - and am glad it's not too close to home - only get to go there when it's coupled with a Fells hike or bike ride via Winchester.

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                                            Parsnipity Feb 14, 2009 07:17 AM

                                            Agreed. I think they call them muffins in the hopes that their 1000 calorie counts will be overlooked. The chocolate "muffin" with coffee buttercream is truly delicious, and the gingerbread with cream cheese frosting is also great. What's even better, is that they are insanely cheap. They weigh at least twice what Kickass's do, and cost half as much.

                                            I've been underwhelmed by Kickass, and as a Davis Square denizen, I really wanted to like them. The mojito cupcake has been my favorite so far- nice citrusy buttercream, but I still think they're overpriced.

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                                              fayth Mar 21, 2009 08:36 PM

                                              Thanks to these posts I finally made it over to The Gingerbread Constructuction Co. in Winchester. The muffin/cupcakes are fabuluous. Loved the strawberry shortcake and lemon filled lemon poppy. Prices are very reasonable for size, quality, creativity. Don't want to know the calorie count!

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                                              Gingerbread Construction Co
                                              562 Washington St, Winchester, MA

                                               
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                                                rlh Mar 22, 2009 05:18 PM

                                                I agree about not wanting know the calorie count, but do think that strawberry shortcake dessert muffin is amazing (though once it was frozen inside...it thawed and was fine.)

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                                                pollystyrene Apr 5, 2009 10:45 PM

                                                I just tried the GCC for the first time yesterday. I ate two muffins and gained two pounds. At that pound-a-muffin rate, I don't want to be trying any inferior ones in the future. The pumpkin raisin with the cream cheese frosting was so much better than any muffin I've ever had. So moist, and, oh, that frosting. The chocolate chip muffin wasn't special and I wouldn't get it again. The Boston cream one I tried was too sweet for me, and not as moist as the pumpkin one.

                                                I'm looking forward to the gingerbread and chocolate ones that have gotten good reviews. Has anyone tried the coffee cake muffin?

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                                            Joanie Feb 13, 2009 08:26 AM

                                            I had a great red velvet at the cafe on Shawmut Ave. and good choc. with buttercream frosting at the place next to Ten Tables in JP. My mind is a complete blank right now. Sweet Christopher's, right? Only $1.75 I think, frosting was really good.

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                                              finlero Feb 13, 2009 10:58 AM

                                              Haven't tried Sweet, but you know what, I've made some recent return visits to Kick@ss, and I have to say they've really come into their own.

                                              The frosting has always been excellent, but I feel like they've really stepped up their cake game. The cakes themselves tend to be denser and more buttery than your garden variety supermarket cupcake, but it totally works.

                                              Nearly three bucks per tiny ass kicking still takes chutzpah, but the quality is there in a way it certainly wasn't at first.

                                            2. cassoulady Feb 13, 2009 08:52 AM

                                              I love party favors, IMHO the best.

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                                                BostonGypsy Feb 13, 2009 11:15 AM

                                                I must say I've had mixed experiences at Sweet. There have been instances when the cupcakes were dry/bland and other times they were absolutely divine. The conclusion that I have come to is that it depends if you go on a day when the cupcakes are freshly baked. You can always tell if the cupcakes have been sitting in the case for a while because the icing forms a stiff skin.

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                                                  hdb Feb 13, 2009 01:38 PM

                                                  The Hostess cupcakes at Blacker's are large, chocolatey and quite delicious.

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                                                    Allstonian Feb 13, 2009 03:04 PM

                                                    Never heard of Blacker's - where are they?

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                                                      hdb Feb 17, 2009 01:53 PM

                                                      Blacker's is located at 551 Commonwealth Ave. Newton

                                                      They're not open on Saturday or Monday.

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                                                  catsmeow Feb 13, 2009 03:58 PM

                                                  A few weeks back, I was driving to Lynn through Saugus. I'm pretty sure that it was Saugus that I was still in when I passed a cupcake "boutique" and immediately pulled over. i didn't post until now because I forgot the name and was waiting to be around there again to get the name and exact address. It's right past a small rotary. The cupcakes were excellent. Does anyone else know where I'm talking about?

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                                                    Karl S Feb 13, 2009 04:03 PM

                                                    http://www.sensationalcupcakes.com/ab...

                                                    Click on the audio icon on the top right to mute the annoying audio.

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                                                      catsmeow Feb 13, 2009 07:27 PM

                                                      That's it!

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                                                    mcupcake Feb 13, 2009 06:51 PM

                                                    Flour makes a really good, simple cupcake -- chocolate cake with a yummy vanilla buttercream. Nicely in the middle between bakery-style cupcakes and avant garde cupcakes!

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                                                      magz Feb 19, 2009 08:29 PM

                                                      Ditto - only one flavor, but Flour gets my vote for best cupcake I've tried in Boston. Dense chocolatey cake and a good ratio of cake to frosting.

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                                                        kristinayee Apr 17, 2009 09:50 AM

                                                        I agree. They only have one flavor as you say, but it's delicious. Chocolate yumminess with a pure buttercream frosting.

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                                                          ethnicchick Apr 29, 2009 07:47 AM

                                                          Like the Flour cupcakes, but if I'm in the S.End...ALWAYS prefer the Buttery for cupcakes....yummm

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                                                          eowynnie Feb 14, 2009 01:19 PM

                                                          I've only been to Sweet once and I had the Key Lime and Boston Creme Pie cupcakes. The Key Lime was GREAT! I love dense cupcakes, and this one was nice and dense with a tangy citrus filling. A winner in my book. The Boston Creme on the other hand, was a tad boring. Nothing special at all. I'd definitely go back to try more flavors, though, and get another key lime cupcake!

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                                                            Joanie Feb 17, 2009 07:01 AM

                                                            I went to Sweet for my first time yesterday and got a combination of choc. cake with banana filling and a frosting whose description I forget. It was white and I hated it. It was piled high which isn't necessarily a plus for me, didn't seem like buttercream. I thought the cake portion and banana filling were decent tho. They did have interesting combinations but if the frosting is like that for most of them, I won't be visiting too often and will stick with the $1.75 ones at Sweet Christopher's.

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                                                              Joanie Apr 29, 2009 09:26 AM

                                                              I found out Sweet Christopher's in JP gets theirs from Rosie's. Now $2 but the choc. or vanilla with white buttercream frosting are the best.

                                                          2. voodoocheese Feb 14, 2009 07:25 PM

                                                            Just thought I'd mention that I grabbed a vanilla cake/frosting cupcake at Lyndell's today and it was pretty good. Fresh tasting, tender and sweet.. and only $1.25! It has it's place, that's for sure- maybe not at the top though.

                                                            In my top cupcake ranking:
                                                            Sweet- red velvet
                                                            Babycakes- oreo
                                                            Party Favors- Chocolate cake. vanilla icing
                                                            Lydells- vanilla cake/frosting
                                                            Kickass- I usually go for a lucky cupcake or choc cake vanilla frosting.. but only when I need a cupcake and don't want to travel far (I live nearby).

                                                            I'd be happy to travel to other cupcake locations if anyone has suggestions!

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                                                              rlh Apr 9, 2009 08:51 AM

                                                              My Lyndell's experience was a disappointment - I stopped in after great breakfast at Sound Bites on a Saturday and picked up a white cake/white frosting cupcake.

                                                              The first warning sign was that they are not refrigerated - I guess because there's no butter involved that I could tell in either the fresh but spongy, light flavorless cake (think Pillsbury at best) or the sweetened shortening on top - again, just sweet - no flavor at all (artificial or otherwise). I guess they are cheap for a reason. I will not be back there for bakery indulgences at all.

                                                              My cupcake shopping future plans will include confirming the inclusion of butter and flavor (like vanilla, at least) prior to purchase.

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                                                                voodoocheese Apr 9, 2009 02:45 PM

                                                                Definitely a fair report on their cupcakes. I can't defend my past purchases because I really only buy them due to their proximity to BSC. I've moved on to buying the almond drops... almond macaroon, almond paste, buttercream and chocolate. Refrigerated!

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                                                              FeastNut2008 Feb 15, 2009 04:58 AM

                                                              Fratelli's in Quincy (and now Weymouth) have amazing cupcakes - the Creamy Dreamy Cupcakes are the best that I have ever had!

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                                                                jylze Feb 15, 2009 07:32 AM

                                                                i dont' much like cupcakes - but i still found time to form an opinion:

                                                                sweet is good because of their size, not so much the taste.
                                                                party favors? really? maybe it was because it was the end of the day, but the cupcake i ate from there tasted like sara lee poundcake with overly-sweet buttercreme.
                                                                south end buttery has a small selection of simple moist cupcakes. the $20 bills in the tip jar, however, make me feel like dropping a dollar in there would be an insult...

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                                                                  BackBayGirl Feb 15, 2009 02:18 PM

                                                                  I have to say I'm not a fan of the Buttery's cupcakes. I find them rather bland and I hate the frosting. I like a different style frosting I guess (not the whipped butter type they use).

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                                                                    stradacouple Feb 16, 2009 04:09 AM

                                                                    I could not agree more re/ the frosting on the Buttery's cupcakes. The frosting tastes like crisco. They look so good and the cake is fine.......but I cannot get past the frosting. They have been off my list for a while.

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                                                                    kristinayee Apr 17, 2009 09:55 AM

                                                                    Hmmm...I disagree. Last night my husband ordered a dozen cupcakes of all different flavors from the South End Buttery. No, they weren't all for me ... we had a group gathering for my birthday and we sliced them up and tried them all. The buttery buttercream was perfect, IMHO and the cake was moist and delicious. The only cake I found to be slightly dry was the normal yellow cake. The chocolate and the carrot cake were seriously moist and so yummy!

                                                                    www.thevitullos.blogspot.com

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                                                                    eiareis Feb 15, 2009 10:21 AM

                                                                    No mention of Bread & Chocolate in Newton. The cupcakes range from basic - vanilla or chocolate to the more interesting - banana caramel (seasonal); coconut lemon; boston cream pie, etc.
                                                                    Very tasty cupcakes!

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                                                                      sheila Feb 16, 2009 07:50 AM

                                                                      I tried party flavor, Kickass and Bread & Chocolate. My vote goes to Bread & Chocolate.

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                                                                      BackBayGirl Feb 15, 2009 02:16 PM

                                                                      Thank you for the review. Interesting responses too. One place which makes a very simple, yet good cupcake is the Appleton Bakery. They do a simple chocolate w/ white frosting cupcake. It is moist and yummy! It's similar to something mom would make at home for birthday parties. It's nothing fancy, but it's darn good!

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                                                                        sifsw Feb 15, 2009 07:19 PM

                                                                        Ditto! My co-workers and I like Appleton cupcakes too-basic but moist and delicious.

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                                                                        fantundo Feb 17, 2009 07:19 PM

                                                                        The March Atlantic has a column on cupcakes. Alas, they conclude the perfect one is sold in DC.

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                                                                          djd Feb 19, 2009 08:26 AM

                                                                          Was just about to post that. http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200903...
                                                                          I missed one point of his argument... am I being obtuse? He says that one, cupcakes are basically a delivery mechanism for frosting and two, buttercream doesn't work well on cupcakes; you should use the confectioner's sugar/"supermarket" variety. But if I were just in it for the frosting, I would want buttercream....

                                                                          Has anyone tried the cupcakes at Lyndell's?

                                                                          Hate to sound like a kitchen snob but I think your average non-cake-mix homebaked cupcake usually beats the pants off cupcake-place-cupcakes.

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                                                                            autopi Feb 19, 2009 08:30 AM

                                                                            lyndells is very old-school, no fancy pants stuff. i don't like them at all, for anything, really.

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                                                                              Parsnipity Feb 19, 2009 09:27 AM

                                                                              I _want_ to like them. I love the old-timey font on their sign. But every single baked good I've had from them has been of Stop & Shop-type quality. (which to me means hydrogenated fat texture, way too sweet, and bitter food-coloring residual off notes)

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                                                                                Bob Dobalina Feb 19, 2009 10:29 AM

                                                                                Yup - never got the Lyndell's love.

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                                                                                  poptart Feb 19, 2009 06:28 PM

                                                                                  Agreed. I get nostalgic sometimes and get something there...and always feel like I just had sugary, greasy air. Glad they have a following, though, I wish them continued success.

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                                                                                fantundo Feb 19, 2009 02:58 PM

                                                                                I don't think you were being obtuse. He's just wrong! Buttercream frosting is why one eats a cupcake!

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                                                                                  djd Mar 26, 2009 03:42 PM

                                                                                  Thanks to Jet Blue's in-flight cable TV I have now learned that the best way to frost a cupcake with ganache is to dip the entire top of the cupcake in the pan of ganache. Why didn't I think of that?

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                                                                              bear Feb 19, 2009 10:23 AM

                                                                              Crema's chocolate-raspberry cupcakes are really good.

                                                                              1. SaraASR Feb 19, 2009 10:51 AM

                                                                                I tried a vanilla/vanilla from the Danish Pastry House yesterday. I love cupcakes, but this was terrible. TERRIBLE. The cake tasted salty, and the frosting was some sort of margarine/shortening spread. Really bad. If they can't do a vanilla/vanilla right, they can't do any other type of cupcake right, IMO.

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                                                                                  BarmyFotheringayPhipps Feb 19, 2009 11:17 AM

                                                                                  I want to like Danish Pastry House, but I've invariably been really disappointed about their sweets. It all tastes really fakey and artificial, in terms of flavorings, and there's an unpleasant greasiness about the pastry itself.

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                                                                                    finlero Feb 19, 2009 11:24 AM

                                                                                    DPH's breads are pretty consistently excellent, and a little different than you'll find anywhere else in town. A couple of the pastries aren't bad either, but I certainly agree they're at best hit or miss.

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                                                                                      StriperGuy Mar 6, 2009 08:52 AM

                                                                                      DPH is all about the bread. Particularly the dense 9 and 12 grain ones. Awesome.

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                                                                                    rlh Feb 19, 2009 11:25 AM

                                                                                    You have to wonder about a place that doesn't use (enough, at least, if at all) butter in their croissants - loved them when they opened in Watertown but the bakery and the coffee haven't been too good for a couple of years at least.

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                                                                                      djd Feb 23, 2009 02:26 PM

                                                                                      Off-topic, but I learned yesterday that Stella d'Oro doesn't use butter in its cookies—when they tried to change a particular cookie's formula, the local observant Jews got so angry the company had to switch back, my friend says. And yet they taste so... buttery!

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                                                                                    BostonGypsy Feb 19, 2009 11:40 AM

                                                                                    Susu's Bakery in Wellesley is #1

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                                                                                      jenniann Feb 20, 2009 06:59 AM

                                                                                      I think Verna's in N. Cambridge has the best cupcakes and doughnuts I have ever had! Havent tried Party Favors, but will asap!

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                                                                                        fantundo Feb 22, 2009 08:03 PM

                                                                                        DId anyone else hear the NPR interview with the owner of Bowl and Board in Brookline, who is apparently declaring bankruptcy for that shop. He mentioned that Party Favors was also struggling in this economy, so all of us who love their cupcakes had better to buy some!

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                                                                                          jonesg Mar 6, 2009 08:40 AM

                                                                                          Do yourself a favor, go to a bakery that actually bakes what they pretend to, party favors has no license to bake from ingredients, they use boxed cake mix and buy their cakes from some place in lynn. Tastes like chemicals.
                                                                                          I can't fathom the fascination with cupcakes anyway.

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                                                                                            amatto Mar 16, 2009 01:14 PM

                                                                                            Really? All of Party Favors' cakes are from mix? If so..where would one go about purchasing said mix(es)? Where is this place in Lynn?

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                                                                                      SunGlow Feb 22, 2009 10:13 AM

                                                                                      I know it seems random, but there is a little bakery in Tyngsboro called the Bittersweet Bake Shop that does a sinful chocolate cupcake. Its nothing special, per se, just a moist cakey cupcake covered with fudgy icing. Its my go-to treat out here in the boonies.

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                                                                                        mjg0725 May 11, 2009 03:41 PM

                                                                                        Thanks for the tip Sunglow. We got a yellow and a chocolate cupcake for our mothers day celebration and they were excellent. Huge and moist cupcakes with fudgy frosting is right! The chocolate cake got the nod, great chocolate flavor.

                                                                                        Not much in the way of good bakeries in these parts, so this was an excellent find IMO.
                                                                                        Looking forward to trying their other baked goods/cakes.

                                                                                      2. SaraASR Mar 6, 2009 09:21 AM

                                                                                        Ugh, I just went to Kickass. What the HELL. I got some sort of berry crumble cupcake. First of all, it was questionable whether it was a cupcake or muffin. Second of all, it was topped with SOUR creme fraiche. Extremely sour, to the point it tasted spoiled and was inedible.

                                                                                        Also, they don't have forks. So obnoxious. This place sucks.

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                                                                                          autopi Mar 6, 2009 10:37 AM

                                                                                          we got half a dozen from them over the weekend. a mojito themed one, 2 kinds of chocolate, a lemon one, a red velvet and 1 other which i can't quite remember at the moment. they were pretty good to great. i think the fancy chocolate one is my favorite. despite how trendy it is to hate them on this board, i actually rather like the place. i mean, they are cupcakes, so it's hard to get too overwhelmed one way or another.

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                                                                                            SaraASR Mar 6, 2009 11:37 AM

                                                                                            if something tastes spoiled and like it's turned bad, it's pretty easy to be overwhelmed to the horrible side.

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                                                                                          marcreichman Mar 7, 2009 12:37 PM

                                                                                          I can't believe we've gotten this far and no one has mentioned Sugar in West Roxbury, on Centre St. They have some of the best buttercream I've had around here, and they're not that expensive. They also have MANY different types, and keep switching them up. My wife and I actually got their cupcakes catered for our wedding "cake" and they were a very big hit. I wish I lived closer :(

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                                                                                            winedude Mar 8, 2009 12:12 PM

                                                                                            I went one time to Sugar, and I really wanted to like them, but I wasn't impressed. Frankly, the "buttercream" didn't taste to me like it had eithe butter or cream in it, more like shortening. Maybe it was an off day, but I'm not rushing back.

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                                                                                              FinnFPM Sep 11, 2009 08:15 AM

                                                                                              I second this vote! I really do think Sugar has the best cupcakes in Boston. I've had many more Sugar cupcakes than Sweet cupcakes, to be fair, but there's a reason for that -- I just love the taste and the variety of what they're doing over in West Roxbury. They are texturally just so perfect -- the cake has the perfect density, and the frosting is melt-in-your-mouth delicious without being sloppy or messy at all. No milk needed to wash those little guys down. So worth the trip.

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                                                                                                catsmeow Sep 11, 2009 01:46 PM

                                                                                                I third it. They're so cute too!

                                                                                            2. voodoocheese Mar 13, 2009 09:41 PM

                                                                                              Just heard through the grapevine that Sweet will be opening a location in Harvard Square! Yay for me, boo for those of you who don't dig them. I'll pass the new spot 5 days a week.. hooray!
                                                                                              http://www.thecrimson.com/article.asp...

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                                                                                                BarmyFotheringayPhipps Mar 14, 2009 10:06 PM

                                                                                                Actually, that's a really good spot for them. I'm all for anything that keeps the empty storefronts out.

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                                                                                                  voodoocheese Mar 16, 2009 03:18 PM

                                                                                                  Agreed. I'm also excited to see that Tory Row is opening soon around the corner. By fall, the square will have a few less vacant spots! Let's hope the Crate and Barrel space will go soon too..

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                                                                                                    cpingenot Mar 27, 2009 06:19 AM

                                                                                                    Not food related, so they may move this comment, but I have heard that the owner of the Crate and Barrel raised their rent to get them out so that he could put office space in there (easier for him to maintain and administer). So I wouldn't count on having something fun and pedestrian friendly there. It's a real shame because the C&B was a real street presence, filling all those windows with interesting stuff.

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                                                                                                      Dea Apr 29, 2009 12:07 PM

                                                                                                      As one who works in this building and knows one of the owners I can tell you that's not the case - at least not the office space part. He may well have raised the rent. I know he's hoping for a "name" retailer but I haven't heard anything definite yet.

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                                                                                                        voodoocheese Apr 29, 2009 05:01 PM

                                                                                                        Well, at least it's good news that it won't be office space. Please keep us posted if you find out anything!

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                                                                                                          Dea Apr 30, 2009 11:43 AM

                                                                                                          Sure thing!

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                                                                                                BackBayGirl Mar 26, 2009 08:43 PM

                                                                                                Is it just me, or is this economy and people losing their jobs getting people to try out owning a business they may not have ever tried before, such as the ever popular "cupcake shop." It seems like they're popping up everywhere & none of them are that good. It seems more like the established bakeries make better cupcakes than these cupcake specialty shops. For instance, a simple yet good cupcake can be found at Appleton St. Bakery. Bova's has some good ones too. I'm not trying to be a pessimist and I do wish everyone luck in their new businesses, but I have a feeling most of these places will not be open for years to come. If you're charging $3 for a dry cupcake w/ icing that is so-so, are there really that many suckers who will buy them and have that be enough to sustain your business??

                                                                                                1. BostonZest Mar 27, 2009 06:01 AM

                                                                                                  I hear that Sweet is opening a second location in Harvard Square. More to follow. I'll pop in thre to confirm it soon.

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                                                                                                    SaraASR Mar 27, 2009 06:35 AM

                                                                                                    They are, someone already posted the link to the Harvard Crimson review. Where the pen place used to be.

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                                                                                                    jmf2188 Mar 27, 2009 03:37 PM

                                                                                                    try Icing on the Cake in Newton - Nonantum area. They have the BEST cakes and have cupcakes that you can buy too. I love Buttercup Bakery in NYC and Icing on the Cake definitely rivals Buttercup's options

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                                                                                                      Buddernut Apr 16, 2009 08:02 PM

                                                                                                      Okay, was over the Pru area for work and headed home down Mass Ave. I see Sweet and remember this post. With several free meters, I took advantage and stopped in. My elderly mother loves cupcakes so I bought 4 and had two minis there with a cup of coffee. I came home and took half of each of the 4 flavors...... I completely enjoyed them. Carrot...Red Velvet...Chocolate Caramel...Vanilla. I found them to be a much better product that most cupcake joints around. I have a big aversion to "crisco" frostings....they make me physically and mentally sick. But I can sure put away a bowl of genuine buttercream. I inquried as to ingregients and they informed me that they only use all natural ingredients...no crisco, hyrogenated crap. And NO NUTS. This is a big plus in my book only because my elderly mother cannot digest nuts and she loves carrot cake. Its very hard to find carrot cake without nuts. The cake texture on all flavors was like a true homemade cake product and not the "duncan hynes" fake-fluff texture. Frosting was a buttercream and was a lovely billowey texture. They do frost the cupcakes in a "dairy whip" fashion with two graduated plops and a pointy peak. As I drank my coffee, at least 10 customers came in and I had to laugh. All customers, and myself included, put the cupcakes to our mouths like a dairy-whip cone and with pursed lips, sucked the top off the frosting like it were ice cream. Anyhow, it may have been a good day at Sweets with fresh product, as I loved the cupcakes. I just hope I don't hit them on a "less-than-fresh day" for the prices they charge.

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                                                                                                        pollystyrene Apr 16, 2009 08:42 PM

                                                                                                        Thanks for posting this. I'm psyched about a nut-free cupcake place. I'm allergic to nuts so have never had carrot cake in my life. I always wondered what it tastes like, and now I know where to go to find out. Maybe I'll be in carrot cake heaven like your mother.

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                                                                                                          Prav Apr 29, 2009 08:53 PM

                                                                                                          Polly, we are in EXACTLY the same boat. Super allergic to nuts here, and have never tried carrot cake in my life. We should go sample some as a chowdown. ;)

                                                                                                    2. SaraASR Apr 17, 2009 04:58 AM

                                                                                                      I am not vegan but I like to try vegan foods and baked good. i went into Sweet on Tuesday and they have chocolate/chocolate vegan cupcakes on Mon/Tues. It was REALLY good! I think the frosting might even be better than normal frosting, if that's even possible! Try it out.

                                                                                                      1. fecalface Apr 17, 2009 05:13 AM

                                                                                                        Inspired by this post, Fecalface decided to go on a cupcake quest to find the best. Although the search is not complete, Fecal needs to report some results before he forgets the details. Here are the results of the experiment, in preference order:

                                                                                                        Flour, Southie:
                                                                                                        Tested one cupcake – chocolate cake with green frosting. The cake tasted like eating a truffle. Clearly Flour is using high-quality chocolate to make this. The frosting was the lightest of the sample, it was more whipped like air. Fecal's one criticism is that it needed more frosting to counteract that richness of the cake. But the flavor and moistness of the cupcake make it bar none the best of the bunch.

                                                                                                        Rosie’s, Inman Sq:
                                                                                                        Tested two cupcakes – chocolate cake with white frosting and yellow cake with chocolate frosting. The chocolate was fairly rich and moist, and the white frosting was very creamy…more butter cream than straight sugar. The yellow cake was exceptionally moist and the chocolate frosting was creamy and rich…perhaps the best frosting of all the cupcakes tested. Both cupcakes were very traditional and well-executed. Fecalface ranked Rosie's above the other shops because both the cake and the frosting were excellent. Flour has Rosie's beat because of the richness of the chocolate and moistness of the cake.

                                                                                                        Party Favors, Brookline:
                                                                                                        Tested two cupcakes – yellow cake with chocolate frosting and a chocolate cake with white frosting. The yellow cake with chocolate frosting was the quintessential cupcake, excellently executed. Frosting struck a good balance between sugar and sour, the frosting/cupcake ratio was right, and the flavor was a rich but light and fluffy chocolate. The chocolate cake was a bit dryer, and the white frosting didn’t pack as much flavor. Fecal has to say, the coldness was hard to offset but testing was done at both cool and room temp. Bar none the cheapest cupcakes in the sample, these are a reliable, value cupcake.

                                                                                                        Sweet, Back Bay:
                                                                                                        Tested two cupcakes – the bananas foster (yellow cake) and an espresso cupcake. Interestingly, these were tested alongside the Kickass cupcakes and both Sweet cupcakes were rated superior. The bananas foster was creative, had cream filling, but it didn’t pack the banana punch that Fecal was expecting. The cake was fairly forgetful but the frosting had a nice, smooth texture. The espresso cake was a bit on the dry and dense side, more like a muffin or breakfast bread than a cake, and once again Fecalface was disappointed by the lack of espresso flavor. The frosting on both cupcakes was light and smooth without being too sweet, but the cupcakes had an excessive amount of frosting (approximately a 1:1 ratio of cake to frosting) that detracted from the overall cupcake. Still, the overall composition was better than Kickass, despite the actual Kickass chocolate cake being better.

                                                                                                        Kickass Cupcakes, Davis Sq:
                                                                                                        Tested 2 cupcakes. First was a chocolate cake with green frosting and chocolate ganache center. Description said something about using Sam Adams in both the cake and ganache. The second cupcake was the mojito. Both cupcakes suffered from frosting that was too dense, grainy and sweet. Both had too much frosting relative to cake. The mojito cupcake’s flavor was sour, not balanced (Fecalface has had it before). The chocolate cake was excellent, but the frosting tasted so neutral and flavorless that it was almost purposeless. Kickass would still be an acceptable choice if Fecal were in the Davis Square area, but there are better cupcake options in the Boston area.

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                                                                                                          voodoocheese Apr 17, 2009 07:29 AM

                                                                                                          Thanks for your opinions!
                                                                                                          I have to disagree with the idea that a 1:1 ratio of frosting to cake is a bad thing though.. it's right up my alley, and quite frankly; I would rather have to take some off then have to buy an extra side!
                                                                                                          I also want to note that I am not a big fan of Rosie's cupcakes- they're probably more like Lyndell's, basic and just ok. I'm pretty stoked to go to Flour and try theirs!
                                                                                                          I went into Simon's coffee shop on Mass ave near Porter the other day and had a couple of really good cupcakes! I have no idea if they were made in house or purchased from a commercial bakery though.
                                                                                                          Ultimately, I am so, so, so excited for Sweet to hurry up and open in Cambridge!!

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                                                                                                            fecalface Apr 17, 2009 08:10 AM

                                                                                                            fecalface thinks voodoo posits an interesting questions. As a matter of preference, fecal prefers to eat a cupcake very vertically, but recognizes that other techniques may be used that will impact one's determination on the proper frosting/cake ratio.

                                                                                                            fecal also likes it when a cupcake can be eaten vertically without having to overextend the jaw - fecal prefers width over height. Having to pay for extra frosting is a crime, fecal agrees that more is better than less.

                                                                                                            All of this being said, fecal recommends a frosting to cake ratio of approximately 8:11, with many factors influencing the ratio such as the density, moistness, intensity of flavor, etc of both cake and frosting.

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                                                                                                              zaftig Apr 19, 2009 02:40 PM

                                                                                                              I agree that Rosie's isn't so great. It seems overrated. I just had their yellow cake with chocolate frosting and the cake was dry/dense/flavorless and the frosting seemed synthetic...too gel-like and heavy.

                                                                                                              My favorite cupcakes are from Ula's (see below) but I have also loved cupcakes I've had at Flour and Appleton Bakery/Cafe (though they have less variety of flavors).

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                                                                                                                rlh Apr 21, 2009 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                Lyndell's doesn't have butter in the frosting - Rosie's doesn't have Crisco in theirs - big difference for me - cake isn't memorable for either - agree that I need to try Flour.

                                                                                                            2. soxchik Apr 17, 2009 10:47 AM

                                                                                                              Sweet cupcakes are amazing! I've had about 5 different kids, and couldn't stop eating any of them. I also love the fact that they have the mini and regular size. My second choice would either be one from Flour, or the peanut butter cupcake with chocolate frosting and salted peanuts that is a Wednesday special at Kickass. That PB cupcake is really tasty, too bad the rest of their flavors aren't very good. I tried a green monster cupcake a couple weeks ago (a special I think) and it was inedible - I think the frosting had gone bad.

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                                                                                                                zaftig Apr 19, 2009 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                If I may throw in a recommendation out of left field, which is Ula's Cafe in Jamaica Plain in the Brewery Complex.

                                                                                                                http://www.ulacafe.com/

                                                                                                                Their cupcakes are among the best I've had. I just ordered 3 dozen for a party. They only have one flavor per day (and they usually go fast!) but if you place an order of at least 12 ($24) you can order whatever flavor you like. Their yellow cake is perfect...light, moist, infused with flavor. They make a boston cream cupcake with chocolate ganache and creme patisserie which is to die for. They also have creative flavors like s'mores with a marshmellow topping, another kind filled with chocolate ganache and topped with fresh strawberry whipped cream. They use natural/high quality ingredients and seem to be made with much love.

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                                                                                                                  kristinayee Apr 29, 2009 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                  So this post inspired 4 of us to go on a mini-quest for the perfect cupcake. So, we spent the afternoon driving around to a select few bakeries, including South End Buttery, Sweet and Lulu's. Not a ton, but enough for us to get in a good sampling Here is what we got, along with the results:

                                                                                                                  South End Buttery - South End

                                                                                                                  Vanilla w/ pistachio buttercream frosting, Carrot Cake w/ cream cheese frosting, Chocolate w/ vanilla buttercream frosting, Red Velvet w/ cream cheese frosting and Vanilla w/ vanilla buttercream frosting.

                                                                                                                  By far the hit of the night. The biggest, most moist and the most delicious, melt in your mouth, buttery buttercream frosting. The frosting really makes the bakery live up to its namesake. The cake seemed a tad overcooked, slightly crispy on the top, but we think it was just the batch that we had, since just a couple days prior, we had another batch of cupcakes from the Buttery which were absolutely divine and not overcooked at all.
                                                                                                                  Obviously, not a good thing that there can be inconsistencies, but that said, the cake we had most recently was still moist inside.

                                                                                                                  Lulu's Bake Shoppe - North End

                                                                                                                  Vanilla w/ orange buttercream frosting, Red Velvet w/ cream cheese frosting and Chocolate w/ peanut butter buttercream frosting

                                                                                                                  Quite small in size, but about right for the very reasonable price tag (at about $2 per), the Lulu's cupcakes were not a big hit for any of us. The consensus seemed to be that the cake was way too dry and the frosting too sweet. The frosting did not taste like the buttercream that I love and am accustomed to. The only redeeming quality of any of the flavors was the peanut butter buttercream frosting, which most of us liked, I mean wo doesn't like peanut butter, honestly ... though it didn't make up for the dry cake. This bakery did, however, have the largest selection of flavored cupcakes to choose from out of the three we went to.

                                                                                                                  Sweet Cupcakes - Back Bay

                                                                                                                  Vanilla bean w/ vanilla buttercream frosting and Chocolate w/ chocolate buttercream frosting and drizzled caramel

                                                                                                                  What can I say? We were, again, not impressed. The bakery itself is cutely decorated with really funky wallpaper. Upon first glance, it looked very promising. Though, obviously, wallpaper is no indication of what the cupcakes were going to taste like, but still, it was a first impression. Then you get to the displays. You'd expect them to be full of cupcakes right? Well no, by 2:30 in the afternoon, the bakery was already out of many of the flavors, including red velvet. The bakery is open until I think 9pm, so if you are out of so much by the afternoon, what are you going to have left towards the end of the night? There were such slim pickings, that we only bought two flavors. You'd think that they would plan better! The chocolate cupcake was too heavy and quite dry. We were hoping to be blown away by the caramel drizzle, but unfortunately, there was hardly a hint of it at all. The vanilla bean cake was very dense, but not necessarily in a bad way - it had a pound cake type consistency which was not bad. What we all really disliked, however, was the icing, which was just pure sugar and way too sweet. Good thing I didn't get the $0.25 frosting shot they offered!

                                                                                                                  www.thevitullos.blogspot.com

                                                                                                                  1. Dea Apr 29, 2009 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                    Stopped in at Sweet Harvard Square today and got a chocolate cupcake w/coconut frosting. The cake was a dark chocolate affair studded with chocolate bits. Not totally moist but not dry either. The frosting was decent - could have used more coconut flavor, though there were coconut flakes on top. My friend got the Red Velvet which said said was OK (said the ones I made for her at Christmas were better). She said the cake was a bit dry and the cream cheese frosting a bit too sweet.

                                                                                                                    Still, we agreed we'd both go back and try other flavors. They offer mini-cupcakes for about $2 each or 4 for $7 (regular size are $3.25) so we may take advantage of that offer in order to try a few more varieties.

                                                                                                                    On the way back to the office, we noticed that Crema Cafe was offering their Birthday cupcakes for $1 today in honor of their anniversary. If I had known that I would have definitely put the Sweet visit off for another day! (Crema was also advertising homemade Lemon Ginger Ice Cream as a new menu item - YUM).

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                                                                                                                      Mr Bigglesworth Apr 29, 2009 06:07 PM

                                                                                                                      I went to Charleston recently and stopped in at a place aptly named Cupcake. I had a creamsicle cupcake. My expectations were something way too sweet and instead, I nearly went back and ordered a dozen more (this at day 6 of intensive southern eating...) Does any place make creamsicle cupcakes in Boston?

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                                                                                                                      rememberme Apr 29, 2009 08:04 PM

                                                                                                                      I'm near Kickass Cupcakes, and would love to love them, but don't. Maybe I don't "get" cupcakes.
                                                                                                                      I will say, however, that right next store to Kickass is the wonderful When Pigs Fly bread company, with amazing bread -- try the orange/pistachio/cranberry loaf. Yum!

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                                                                                                                        BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 29, 2009 08:11 PM

                                                                                                                        It's not just you: if truth in labeling laws applied to store names, that place would be called Suckass Cupcakes.

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                                                                                                                          voodoocheese Apr 30, 2009 07:33 AM

                                                                                                                          Amen. Also, I stopped in to Sweet's new Harvard Sq. location and got a couple of flavors that I hadn't tried before... they weren't all that great, actually. The lemon one was good- but it turns out I don't like their plain vanilla frosting!
                                                                                                                          The red velvet is the best reason to stop in- but they sell out quick! I hate to say I was disappointed, but at least I know I can stop in for the red velvets and to check on their seasonal offerings. I loved the christmas ones!

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                                                                                                                            Buddernut Apr 30, 2009 07:59 AM

                                                                                                                            I got the cupcakes a few times at Sweet's Mass Ave location and enjoyed them. a half dozen worked out fine for a birthday because it did not leave me with a "next morning" breakfast of cake, frosting and coffee (if ya know what I mean). So, yesterday it was another birthday and I went to Brattle St. to get a half dozen. It was crowded and there were plenty of flavors. I planked down my $20....went home and opened the box to pop a candle in each....and I thought....."did I just get mini cupcakes instead of full size???" What the hell happened....These were smaller than I ever had at Mass Ave. They were decent, but for $20 bucks, next birthday I'm going back to Quebrada for a nice au naturale cake.....and breakfast leftovers :)

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                                                                                                                          SaraASR Apr 30, 2009 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                          I know Chowhounders and Yelpers don't always see eye-to-eye, but here's an example of the attitude I've encountered the two times I've been in there: http://twitpic.com/480n8

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                                                                                                                            voodoocheese Apr 30, 2009 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                            That's hilarious! As I've said before, I really want to love their cupcakes since I live so close, but I'm never blown away. I wish they would expand their menu to include other baked goods- but I guess that's the downfall of calling yourself a cupcake shop!

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                                                                                                                            oniontears Apr 30, 2009 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                            Kickass may be expensive and may have a lousy chocolate cupcake, but I have to applaud them for 3 reasons: 1) they make gluten free cupcakes for which my gluten-intolerant friends are eternally grateful; 2) they deep fry to order on the weekends, and 3) they aren't afraid to test new flavors and change it up regularly. See the Chocolate Oink below for an example of reason #3. Take that swine flu.

                                                                                                                            http://tinyurl.com/c3u2z6

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                                                                                                                              voodoocheese Apr 30, 2009 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                              I really do need to stop in and try that deep fried business. Are those cupcake parfaits things any good?

                                                                                                                          3. rlh May 2, 2009 07:28 PM

                                                                                                                            Tried Sweet in Harvard Square today - very aptly named - no way there could be any more sugar in that frosting - the vanilla cake and red velvet were both fresh and fine, but the swirly-turd pile of sugariness on top of each was too, too much.

                                                                                                                            Rosie's is still my favorite, and need to try Flour if there's a non-chocolate option, as well as Sportello where they LOOK awesome (of course, they are probably $4 there....). Quebrada is also a solid choice as long as you let it warm up and soften a bit before eating.

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                                                                                                                              mightywombat May 3, 2009 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                              I'm not a fan of the frosting on Rosie's - too...I don't know...slippery? for me. I don't know exactly the best way to describe it - like mayonnaise, sort of.

                                                                                                                            2. yumyum May 11, 2009 07:29 AM

                                                                                                                              Found out today the cupcakes at Dave's Fresh Pasta are not made by Kick@ss cupcakes, but by another Somerville local called "chocolatetarte" (on twitter) This leads me to believe they might be good. Anyone had one yet?

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                                                                                                                                heypielady Aug 28, 2009 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                The cupcake thread that wouldn't die... I was also curious about those Dave's cupcakes when I picked up my sandwich today. I'll admit by looking at the frosting I knew that part wouldn't be my cup of tea but I wanted to see what the cake would be like. I tried the red velvet. The frosting, as predicted, was that slick gross french buttercream that half the world loves and half the world hates. The flavor in the cake was ok but the texture was also too slick. Like a mouthful of oil.

                                                                                                                                Overall I say don't bother. If you want a sweet treat when picking up your sandwich at Dave's, grab a Taza chocolate bar.

                                                                                                                              2. fmcoxe6188 May 12, 2009 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                I am thinking of picking up some cupcakes for a friends birthday-how well do they keep over night? Im hoping to pick them up on Thursday and give them on Friday evening? Will they be stale by then?

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                                                                                                                                  kristinayee May 12, 2009 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                                  They won't be stale, most likely if you keep them in an air tight container, but they won't be fresh. I think picking them up the same day if at all possible, is the best. They may be a bit dry, but not stale.

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                                                                                                                                  Jardinia May 14, 2009 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                  I've got to say that my officemates have enthusiastically patronized the Sweet that just opened in Harvard Square, and while some of the cupcake flavors are novel, I've sampled about 6 flavors now and none have been that great. None have been awful, but given the hype about them, I'm not that impressed. Also, since they give you fairly extensive descriptions of each, I also expect to be able to discern the ingredients mentioned- for example, their carrot cake has pineapple in it, alledgedly, but it can not be detected in the cupcakes. So, meh. They're ok.

                                                                                                                                  1. hiddenboston May 14, 2009 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                                    I had one of the best cupcakes I've ever had at Greenhills Bakery in Dorchester last weekend. It was made up to look like one of those classic Hostess Cupcakes, but it was 100 times better, with a rich chocolate taste and fresh ingredients used.

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                                                                                                                                      C. Hamster May 14, 2009 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                      Were they on the left of the case with a swirl of white icing?

                                                                                                                                      I saw them when I went in to get some carrot cake. Sadly they were out of slices of cake.

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                                                                                                                                        hiddenboston May 14, 2009 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                                        They were in the middle of the case when we went (on Saturday), and yes, they did have that patented swirl/curl of white icing.

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                                                                                                                                      jgelfand01 May 25, 2009 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                      Petsi Pies in Cambridge and Somerville have some of the best cupcakes I've ever tried. I'm especially fond of their "whoopie", aka Hostess, cupcake. Their red velvet is also extremely good.

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                                                                                                                                        fionadaisy Aug 28, 2009 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                        Thumbs up for sure on Petsi Pie ... the red velvet is to die for. I've been to Sweet and was not impressed.

                                                                                                                                      2. Prav May 25, 2009 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                        I had some amazing chocolate cupcakes, with white confetti frosting at The Good Life, on Saturday night. It was for someone's birthday, I was told they were from "This Takes The Cake", a bakery in Quincy.

                                                                                                                                        1. fmcoxe6188 May 27, 2009 07:04 AM

                                                                                                                                          I can finally comment on this thread- took me long enough to check out Sweet- Mass Ave location. I have to say- by a long shot- these were the worst cupcakes Ive ever eaten-and it makes me really sad to say that. I was really looking forward to loving them, but each that I tried- and I had a quarter of four different types (red velvet, boston creme pie, vanilla with vanilla icing, and the lemon) and they were all dry, REALLY dry, without any real flavor or taste to them. I took two small bites of each type- one to try just the cake, and one to try it with frosting and I really strongly disliked every bite.

                                                                                                                                          Very sad....

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                                                                                                                                            taterjane Jun 5, 2009 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                            We just went to Sweet in Harvard Square earlier this week. My sister had a mini red velvet cupcake and I had the carrot cake cupcake.

                                                                                                                                            We both agreed that we would just pretend we had not eaten them, as they were not worth the calories or money. Both cupcakes were dry and nothing special. The only thing good about the cupcakes is that they were available in mini size (approximately two bites' worth) and so our disappointment was lessened.

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                                                                                                                                              rlh Jun 5, 2009 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                                              Identical experience about a month ago at the same shop - still looking for above average cupcakes at ANY of these overpriced single specialty cupcake shops - how long can this unsustainable trend last? Why is it so hard to make good cake and properly top it with butter/sugar (not the doggy dropping-style of frosting that Sweet does - yuk)

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                                                                                                                                                pollystyrene Jun 5, 2009 10:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                I've given up on trying to find reliably good cupcakes in Boston. Instead, I get whoopie pies at Whole Foods. They're delicious, and hit the same spot. Or, I get "muffins" from the Gingerbread Construction Company in Wakefield and Arlington(?). The pumpkin raisin with cream cheese frosting are fantastic, and I've heard the gingerbread with cream cheese frosting are, too. They're just like cupcakes, only bigger and better.

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                                                                                                                                                Buddernut Jun 6, 2009 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                I was a poster to gave kudos to Sweet for their cupcakes. I recommended them to a few people and just got a call saying "thanks for suggesting I pay $23 buck for a box of sawdust".......ouch. This is now the second referral who told me they were dull, dry, borderline stale...and just crappy. I felt awfully bad as this person is not a gourmand, or one who pays a premium for food. Just a basic "Joe" with not a lot of extra change who thought he was treating his grandchildren to somethng special. He says that Sweet is a wallet rapist !! Thanks Sweet for blowing it with this 80-something grandfather. Now I feel the need to step up to the plate to make amends because of this.

                                                                                                                                              3. nsenada Aug 3, 2009 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                Can't believe Lyndell's moved into LuLu's spot in the North End.

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                                                                                                                                                  MarsGirl Aug 17, 2009 11:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Lyndell's bought out Lulu's, but continues to make some of the Lulu's cupcakes, including their signature cupcake.

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                                                                                                                                                  johnecampbell Sep 5, 2009 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                  OK so after reading this post I decided to give Sweet a try. The place is, well, sweet. But the cupcakes were, well, average. I have sampled the revered cupcakes from Magnolia in New York -- and these were far from compare. At 4 cupcakes for $12.50 -- I will keep looking for a world class cupcake,

                                                                                                                                                  1. Eatin in Woostah Sep 6, 2009 06:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I am admittedly not a cupcake afficionado - I just don't eat many desserts. But I tasted a few very delicous cupcakes at a new place in Lexington this week. It's called Cake! and is in the 1600 block of Mass Ave. Here is the thread about it. I'd be really interested to hear how it compares to some of these other spots.

                                                                                                                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/649326

                                                                                                                                                    1. rlh Sep 6, 2009 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Tried Bella Moto in Arlington yesterday - not good - flavorless cake and frosting on the supposed vanilla/vanilla and flavorless (not at all chocolately) pale red cake for the red velvet with a respectable cream cheese frosting. The cupcakes are pretty big and $2.50 each - didn't appear to be a big focus - had to ask about cupcakes and they were mostly in the fridge not on display at all. Not a repeat for cupcakes.

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