Boston’s Best Cupcakes

December 15, 2010 3:09 PM

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Age is just a number, especially when it comes to having a sweet tooth. Once reserved for kids’ birthday parties, cupcakes have gone gourmet in recent years. In Boston, many neighborhood shops specialize in the art of baking moist, fluffy cupcakes, topping them with flavorful frosting, perhaps adding a succulent filling, and decorating them just right. – By Yoojin Cho

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49 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA

“Delectable espresso flavored cake baked with Callebaut chocolate crowned with signature Sweet frosting and a dusting of cinnamon.” Cappuccino is just one of many rich, moist cupcakes at Sweet. If you’re not a fan of Cappuccino, perhaps Red Velvet or Boston Cream Pie will satisfy for sweet craving. Don’t forget your favorite canine; Sweet has Pupcakes as well.

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163 Beale St.
Quincy, MA

Eggnog, Peppermint, French Toast, Oreo, Butterscotch, Caramel Apple are only a small example of all the flavors they offer at Babycakes. Each day has its own specials, but remember, they are closed on Mondays.

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Kickass Cupcakes

378 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA

Using all natural ingredients, Kickass Cupcakes says “Our cupcakes really kick ass!” If you’re looking to fulfill your sweet tooth but without trans fat, hydrogenated oil, artificial flavors or preservatives, this is the place to go.

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Party Favors

1356 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA

It looks like a normal party supplies store at first. Streamers, balloons and tablecloths cover the store. Look carefully, you’ll spot the cupcake stand filled with colorful goods. You can also go for a taste testing before placing your order.

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Lyndell’s Bakery (Somerville)

720 Broadway
Somerville, ma

Lyndell's (Cambridge)

74 Prospect St.
Cambridge, MA

Lyndell’s has been around since 1887. So, obviously they have figured out the art of baking the best and the freshest cakes, pastries and pies.

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Petsi Pies

285 Beacon St.
Somerville, MA

Petsi uses local ingredients to bake their cupcakes. They offer seasonal specials, such as Apple Crumb and Eggnog Custard during Thanksgiving.

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Flour Bakery & Café (Farnsworth St, Boston)

12 Farnsworth St.
Boston, MA

Flour Bakery & Café (Washington St, Boston)

1595 Washington St.
Boston, MA

Flour Bakery & Café (Cambridge)

190 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA

Flour Bakery & Café offers vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and dairy-free options for those with specific dietary requirements. Each location also has its own daily and weekly special menu.

Yoojin Cho is a Boston University student who spent two semesters with the CBS Boston Digital media team.

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  • wmca_goodguys

    Any MetroWest cupcake recommendations? How about a report on Boston’s “Best Jelly Doughnut?” (I’ll travel anywhere for that!)

  • Chris Jackson

    You should definitely try one of Isabelles’s CurlyCakes on Charles Street in Beacon Hill. I had the Pumpkin with cream cheese frosting and the Red Velvet with peppermint buttercream.

    Also, the shop is adorable! Cute as a button and bright and cheery for such a tiny place.

  • emom

    Can I make a suggestion for the food guri’s… could you try and look at places here on the south shore,,,, I dont go any where near boston,,,but would love to know of great places here on the south shore to try…. Just asking guys…..

    • Jan Liddell

      S.S. cupcake alert! SadieMae’s Cupcake Cafe
      288 Main Street
      HINGHAM. MA. 02043
      Baked fresh from scratch in small batches every day except Monday
      gift cards available for a single or a dozen !
      this cafe written up in previous Sunday’s Boston Globe on 12/11/11 , see South Shore section of the Sunday Globe.

  • Scott

    If you’re looking on the south shore, try Wicked Good Cupcakes. Best cupcakes I’ve ever had without question.

  • Nicole

    I would really love a suggestion for cupcakes in the metrowest area please :)

    • Scott

      5 Bites Cupckes on Linden Street in Wellesley has the best cupcakes in MetroWest

  • Joanne

    I second Wicked Good Cupcakes. They just opened up a Cohasset shop. Hands down no comparison to the rest. Unreal

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