Over the past few years, locally owned cupcake shops have been popping up all over the place. While some have argued that this trend won’t last, the plethora and popularity of shops popping up all over Boston seem to say otherwise.
Of course, everyone has her own favorite cupcake shop. Boston A-List, Boston Magazine, and Boston.com (among others) have compiled “best of” lists, but opinions always differ. As a cupcake fanatic and an aspiring Cupcake Wars competitor myself, here is my take -- based on personal experience, word on the street, and, yes, these numerous lists -- on Boston’s best cupcake.
Baby Cakes (163 Beale St., Quincy). Located conveniently near the Wollaston T stop, Baby Cakes offers 13 “everyday flavors,” as well as daily specials Tuesday-Saturday. While I’m a fan of the French Toast cupcake ($3), the shop’s owner proudly told me that “The Babycake” -- chocolate cake with whipped cream, dipped in chocolate ganache -- is their most popular flavor. Looking for cupcakes for a special event at your internship or for an on-campus club? Baby Cakes takes special orders.
SWEET (Multiple locations: Back Bay, Newbury Street, Harvard Square, and Downtown). Awarded the title of “Best Cupcake” by Improper Bostonian three years in a row, this bakery is definitely worth checking out. Daily offerings include “The Sweet Cake,” dark chocolate, “Organic Karat,” cappuccino, red velvet, and Boston cream pie, and specialty flavors are available for every season and holiday; they also make vegan cupcakes on Mondays and “Pupcakes” for your canine friends. SWEET offers catering for special events and same-day delivery orders, but their treats are the perfect any-day pick-me-up. When I interned in the Financial District over the summer, it was a struggle to not stop in for a treat every day.
Kickass Cupcakes (378 Highland Ave., Davis Square). This shop truly has one aspect that makes them stand out above the rest: a cupcake truck, which you can usually find near Harvard Square or Boylston Street. Kickass Cupcakes offers a wide variety of flavors that rotate daily, along with specialties such as “Cupcake Crisps,” “Yo Cupcake!” parfaits, and deep-fried cupcakes. Word on the street is that their cookie dough cupcake is a can’t-miss.
South End Buttery (314 Shawmut St., South End). This cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner -- and, of course, dessert! The signature cupcakes (Vanilla Madison, Chocolate Simon, Carrot Harriet, and Dexter German Chocolate) are named after the owner’s beloved dogs, and a portion of the sales goes to animal rescue causes. The rave reviews and their commitment to using organic, all-natural ingredients as often as possible are just two of the many reasons South End Buttery is next on my list of cupcake spots to try.
Cakeology (45 Province St., Downtown Crossing). This cupcake bakery has a fun and friendly atmosphere and has been honored by Cupcake Wars. Enter, and you will find six daily flavors, along with three of their rotating specialty flavors; red velvet is their best-selling flavor. Cakeology also offers online ordering and free delivery to Boston or Cambridge.
Which Boston-area cupcake bakery is your favorite?
Photos by Rachel from Cupcakes Take The Cake (Flickr)
About Samantha -- I'm a South Shore native pursuing a career in the advertising industry, a lover of travel, snow, sand, and anything creative, and a Boston sports enthusiast with a secret desire to become the next Cake Boss. I want to do what I love and love what I do while continuing to travel the world. Twitter: @samanthancurtin
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