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Fabulous Boston Bakeries

24 Apr

As much as I love to bake, sometimes it’s nice to go out with some friends for delicious latte and a yummy cupcake that someone else has spent hours baking. It is also a great way to find inspiration for new recipes and flavors to re-create in your own kitchen. In the spirit of (hopefully) summer closing in, I want to provide a list of some of my favorite bakeries in Boston, that will make a perfect after-dinner treat :)

Sweet Bakery

My cousin took me to this bakery the first week that I moved to Boston. Right off the bat, I loved this place. The name is just like their cupcakes: sweet and delicious. They have three locations in Boston: Back Bay, Mass Ave (off Newbury) and one in Harvard Square


A bunch of girlfriends and I went to this bakery before I class a few weeks ago. They are known for their baked goods, but they also have amazing soups, salad and sandwiches. When I ate there, I had their Cubano sandwich and the creamy tomato and fennel soup. It was a great way to warm up on a stormy day. They also have a wide selection of coffee and tea that I will be back to browse soon (after finals, I hope!) But they are famous for their sticky buns, which according to my friend Juliana are fabulous. Flour Bakery has three locations: Back Bay, Fort Point Channel, and Central Square in Cambridge.

Mike’s Pastries and Modern Pastry

I tried my first cannoli from Mike’s when I came to visit BU last spring. If I hadn’t already committed to BU, I was going to move to Boston just to have the cannolis! I don’t go to Mike’s often because it’s in the North End and I’m in Brighton, but I adore this place. After living in Italy for a semester in college, it was refreshing to walk into a real Italian bakery, complete with the traditional Italian desserts and the loud Italian families. There is always a line outside this place, but it moves fast. Don’t forget to stop by the ATM on your way to Mike’s, because it’s cash only. If you don’t feel like waiting, you can always go across the street to Modern Pastry–a smaller, but just as amazing bakery. One thing I like about Modern Pastry more than Mike’s is that you get to pick your cannoli filling, and they make it fresh, right in front of you

Kickass Cupakes

I haven’t been here yet, but I am following them on Twitter, thanks to @BostonTweet. This bakery seems truly kickass. They host a cupcake happy hour every last Monday of the month, where dessert lovers can enjoy a free tasting of cocktail-inspired mini-cupcakes. They also have incredibly creative flavors, such as the Green Monster (with Sam Adams Cream Stout frosting), the Mojito, and an every-changing flavor of the day cupcake. The bakery is located in Davis Square in Somerville, and I will be taking a trip out there soon! Also soon to come: the Kickass cupcake truck!

These are just a few bakeries that have caught my eye during my short time in Boston. Yelp also has a great list of bakeries in the area. But I put the question out to you, my amazing readers: where is your favorite bakery in Boston?


Red Velvet Valentine

9 Feb

Valentine’s Day is here again! This is the holiday you either love or hate. Whether you have a special someone as your valentine, or you’re planning a single ladies (or guys) night, everyone loves some red velvet cupcakes! I’ve made this ruby dessert many times via Better Crocker, but this year I decided to try to bake them from scratch. Most of the ingredients are everyday household items, so there is no excuse not to try this easy, delicious recipe that will have your valentine seeing red (which in this case, is a good thing!)

The recipe I followed–which includes the cupcake batter and cream cheese frosting–is adapted from the lovely Paula Deen, via the Food Network website. Click here for the original recipe.



2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cocoa powder (If you’re a real chocolate lover, feel free to add a few more teaspoons.)

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil

1 cup buttermilk, room temperature

2 large eggs, room temperature

2 tablespoons red food coloring (One small bottle of food coloring roughly equals one tablespoon.)

1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Recipe Tip: If you don’t have/can’t find/don’t want to buy buttermilk, you can use this instead: add 1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup milk. Stir, let sit for 5 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pans with cupcake papers.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.

Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled (an ice-cream scooper works great!) Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick to make sure they are fully baked. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

(A little pinker than I anticipated–I ran out of food-coloring–but a little pre-taste determined they were still delicious.)

Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe Tip:Paula Deen is known for her large portions. The following a half-serving of the original. If you decide to make the original full batch and end up with a lot of leftovers, no worries: the frosting can be frozen, and then thawed for later use!

1/2 pound cream cheese, softened

1 stick butter, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy. Frost to your hearts desire. Serve to your special someone.

(The finished product. Do they make you want to fall in love?)

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! If you guys use the recipe, let me know how it turns out. Also, please leave comments on any tips you may have for me, or if there are any recipes you would like to see on the blog. Have fun baking! And remember–it’s a cake walk.

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