Review: Treat Cupcake Bar

It may be a little late to be talking about Valentine’s Day but I’m going to reminisce for a few minutes.  Boy Cupcake and I had a lovely Valentine’s Dinner at The Cottage in Chestnut Hill.  It was actually the first time that we’ve ever gone out to dinner on Valentine’s Day.

When we were leaving dinner we noticed that Treat Cupcake Bar was next door!  I had been to their location in Needham and did the make your own cupcake (super fun and would make a great kid’s birthday), but had no idea that they had another location! The whole area over there is really built up with lots of shops, restaurants, and the best movie theater ever!  The only downside is that because there’s so much over there now, it can be hard to find parking.  I digress.

Anyway, we decided to stop in and get a cupcake to take home for dessert.  I went in wanting to share a cupcake (they’re huge!) but Boy Cupcake had other plans and wanted his own.  So he ended up with a lemon drop cupcake and I got the chocolate peanut butter overload.

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I of course had to try both for research purposes.  The lemon was delicious.  It had a yellow cake, lemon frosting, and was garnished with sugar and a candy lemon.  The combination of the yellow cake with the lemon frosting was perfect for the right balance without being too lemony.

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The chocolate peanut butter overload was right up my alley.  It was a chocolate cake with peanut butter filling and topped with ganache.  I’m obsessed with the chocolate and peanut butter combo so I could have used just a bit more peanut butter in the middle but I can’t say this cupcake was disappointing.  I’d definitely get this one again, although next time I want to try the Needham cream pie cupcake!

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The Cupcakory

What could possibly be more fun than having your own cupcake shop?  Well it’s got to be having your own cupcake truck! I mean it would be pretty cool to be an ice cream man driving that truck around (minus the Pop Goes the Weasel music playing constantly) to have people run to you for ice cream.  And, I mean cupcakes are totally waaaay better than pre-packaged ice cream treats anyway.  It would be the best of both worlds of ice cream man and baker.

I actually saw my first ever cupcake truck this afternoon at the SOWA when I was there visiting my friends who take amazing photos and have a booth called SuMa Photography.  I almost stopped dead in my tracks when I saw the Cupcakory (notice this is quite similar to my imaginary cupcake shop’s name: the Cupcakery) and just stood there and pointed at it for a few minutes.  I mean first of all, how cute is that truck?  There were other food trucks there but this one just literally takes the cake.  I loved their little window showing off their fresh made cupcakes and the planters they had hung at the ordering window were absolutely adorable.

They had several different kinds of cupcakes I could have sampled but the ones that really stuck out to me were the French eclair and the salted caramel cupcakes.  I had trouble deciding between both and believe me I wanted to try both but after having breakfast not too long before, my stomach would only let me eat one cupcake.  After much debate (and this really was a hard choice), I went for the salted caramel cupcake and paid the friendly woman at the window $2.75, which is pretty average as far as cupcakes are concerned, and went on my merry way to eating it.

So what was the verdict on the Cupcakory’s salted caramel cupcake?  Delicious!  This was honestly one of the best bakery cupcakes I’ve ever had, and if you know me, you know I’m SUPER picky about my cupcakes (I like to pretend I know a thing or two about good cupcakes).

First, the cake was perfect.  It was a light and fluffy chocolate cake and wasn’t dry at all which I’m usually pretty critical about. It reminded me of the one bowl chocolate cupcakes from Martha’s cupcake book, which come out absolutely perfect every time.  Now, on to the frosting.  This was the salted caramel part of the cupcake.  It was a caramel buttercream with a hint of salt.  The frosting was nearly perfect too.  It was a delicious smooth frosting that was perfectly sweet without having that gross grainy texture or a greasy aftertaste.  The only thing I thought was missing from the frosting was a little more of the salted taste.  It was great  frosting but for salted caramel, it could have used just a bit more.  Maybe I’d add a little sea salt garnish on the top of the cupcake…delicious!

This was clearly a great cupcake and the idea of a traveling cupcake shop is awesome!  These were definitely much better than the cupcakes from the Bakery Who Shall Not Be Named (but I’m not too nice to link to them) who have some pretty awful cupcakes.  It was a perfect fall adventure to SOWA to get such an amazing cupcake!  Everyone must look out for this truck around Boston.

xoxo,

~CurlyCupcake

Sweet and Still Here…

Am I just the worst blogger ever or what??  I know, its been almost a month since I’ve posted and nothing, nada.  And sadly I’m back and I’m not even writing about cupcakes.  Ok, well I’m not writing about my own cupcakes but this is Adventures in Cupcakes, so I’m writing about someone’s cupcakes.  I went to Sweet in Harvard Square last night and only after I had eaten my entire cupcake did I think this adventure would actually be worth blogging about.  So sadly, no picture of my cupcake since I scarfed it down but I did try to get a few pictures on my phone before I left so I could chronicle this adventure.

Sweet is really cute, its very clean and white looking, kind of modern.  Definitely a similar feel with the light colors that I’d want in a cupcake shop, but I’d personally go for a little more homey, old fashioned look.  I do love their cute little cupcake logo though that they have all around the shop and on the windows.

So I’ve had Sweet before and thought they were okay, the frosting is a bit sugary for me, but I’m a huge frosting critic and tend to be really picky about my frostings…I mean who wants a mouthful of grainy sugar and butter mixture?  Not me.  Sweet does a good job with their frosting unlike our new cupcake shop in Brighton, which will possibly be named at a later time (horrible cupcakes though).

I went to Sweet with my friend Lindy, and she got the sweet cake cupcake which was vanilla bean cake with a chocolate buttercream frosting.  For me, I got a strawberry shortcake, which had the same cupcake base as the sweet cake but is filled with strawberry preserved and topped with whipped cream frosting and a sliver of strawberry.

The verdict?  I definitely liked my Sweet cupcake this time.  Surprisingly, the best part was the frosting.  It tasted like the perfect whipped cream but was thick enough to hold up to the cupcake.  The actually cupcake part was good but a little dense but definitely moist enough.  If I was going to make a strawberry shortcake cupcake though (and I definitely will), I wouldn’t put strawberry preserves in the middle.  I missed the fresh strawberry taste in this cupcake, so I think I’d go for fresh berries here.  Lindy said she liked her cupcake but it had a bit too much chocolate frosting on it and had to take off the extra dollop from the top.

Overall, our adventure to Sweet was pretty successful…its a pretty cute place and the cupcakes were tasty.  They have a lot of interesting flavors on their menu with certain ones being featured daily while others are seasonal flavors like the strawberry shortcake or bubblegum (which I’m not sure I’d be adventurous enough to try). It was definitely worth a try, plus its research for my own cupcake empire!

xoxo,

~CurlyCupcake