All of the cakes and cupcakes at …Cakes are prepped with fresh, quality ingredients, hand-selected by talented pastry chefs working under the tasty eye of owner Deana Martin. Deana—a self-declared purveyor of sweet, but not too sweet creations—teams up with her fellow chefs to craft delicious recipes, playful decorations, and accessible edibles for any confection fanatic. Choose from the everyday cupcakes available in-store, or call ahead at least a week in advance to create your own custom everyday dozen, which allows you to mix and match any flavor combination of classic cupcakes. Flavors include red-velvet cake with vanilla frosting, chocolate cake with mocha filling and buttercream frosting, or coconut cake with lemon frosting.
Heirloom Coffee possesses a magic door to Southeast Asia, specifically Vietnam—or at least that’s how it seems as they endlessly stock their shelves with the country and region’s best coffees. Their coffee reaches nearly every US state and territory, a feat achieved by shooting the bags of beans out of a huge circus cannon. Out of their red-trimmed office in Medford, the coffee connoisseurs also educate the public on brewing their beverages through detailed seminars that span coffee’s history and culture before diving into a hands-on brewing and tasting lesson with take-home samples and equipment.
As part of the Hillside Quickie family of delectable eating establishments, Sage Cafe stands as one of Capitol Hill’s original vegan bakeries, specializing in a bevy of scrumptious desserts. Sage’s decadent cupcakes are fit to bursting with rich, delicious flavor, sans the tears of cuddly kittens. Each savory cake is lovingly baked without dairy, eggs, or honey, harnessing the environmentally friendly power of smiles, happy thoughts, and vanilla extract to forge their sweet treats instead. Choose from a delicious array of flavors, including chocolate cream-cheese espresso, rich dark cocoa and vanilla bean buttercream, double chocolate orange, chocolate chai, vanilla pumpkin pie, and vanilla custard buttercream to satiate your grumbling belly and to sign a peace treaty with your digestive tract.
With an arsenal of fresh ingredients and rich recipes, Hoff's Bakery has been bestowing gourmet goods on New Englanders for almost 30 years. Check out the sumptuous lineup of desserts, which include six-inch cakes (around $10.95), creamy cheesecakes ($19.95–$23.95), truffle bombs (around $12.95), and trifle cups. Many of Hoff's Bakery's baked goods are certified kosher. Patrons can also snag individual desserts such as mini and personal pastries (starting at $27.50 for 35 pieces), which can be easily concealed in mouths for transport over the border.
Upon seeing the iced and sprinkled goodies that glisten under the display case at CB Scoops, it's obvious that the bakery excels in the art of crafting inventive sweet treats. Behind the counter, staffers scoop generous portions of ice cream in seasonal and mainstay flavors such as butter pecan, death by chocolate, and coffee almond fudge to cool down maws or overheated laptop batteries. The flavors pour into cupcakes as well as ice cream cakes and festively decorated ice cream pizzas divided into tasty slices. In addition to its celebratory dainties, the kitchen also churns out sandwiches, salads, and soups.
When Valerie Beck was in kindergarten, there was only one way to get her to drink her milk: mixing in chocolate. As she grew up, her passion for the sweet treat only deepened. During a five-year stint living in Europe, she sleuthed out the most delectable chocolate shops and bakeries, eventually bringing friends along with her on trips to chocolate hot spots. After returning to the United States, she broadened her scope to create Boston Chocolate Walking Tours, focusing on the city’s increasing number of premium chocolatiers.
Valerie’s team of tour guides reveals Boston's best chocolate spots to guests on 2.5-hour tours around the Newbury Street neighborhood. They embark from Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, walking or canoeing across the city's historic chocolate canals. The tour changes daily, hitting five–six spots, such as DeLuca's Market and Emack & Bolio's, though the Lindt shop is always on the list.