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 :)
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.
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
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?