Now that it’s March, and your new year’s resolution of not ever eating dessert again ended with those chocolates you ate on Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be great to do a review of cupcakes in the Boston area. I’m allergic to casein, a protein found in all milk products, so I stay away from dairy (most of the time), and Boston happens to have plenty of dairy-free/vegan cupcake options.
Kickass Cupcakes, in Somerville, has the best cookie dough cupcake in the world, the vanilla frosting is perfect, the vanilla cake is moist, and the cookie dough in the middle is heavenly, that said, it sure isn’t vegan. Kickass also has vegan options that change seasonally; I’ve tried a cinnamon one, a raspberry one, and even a pumpkin. The cake is always moist, not too dense, as some vegan cakes can sometimes be, and the toppings, while not always frosting based, are fresh, and delicious.
378 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02144
Monday – Wednesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Georgetown Cupcake opened its first Massachusetts outpost earlier this year on Newbury Street. I don’t think Georgetown wins the contest on real cupcakes, they are pretty to look at, but other spots have them beat on actual flavor. However, they sure do win with their vegan cream cheese frosting. It tastes buttery and creamy, like they surely had to have snuck some dairy in there, but my stomach can confirm they have not. So far they have offered Apple Cinnamon, Cranberry, and Carrot Cake vegan flavors, all with their delicious creamy, non-cream cheese frosting. Get one, NOW!
83 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02116
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Cupcakory (Food Truck)
Before Georgetown Cupcake opened, this food truck was right next to my office every Friday. I was so excited to try their vegan options, that I was a little sad when I got the vegan vanilla. The cake was a little too dry and the frosting tasted a little too fake. When you make frosting with soy products sometimes you get this weird soy taste that just is not so good, unfortunately I won’t be going back.
Wow, their vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting is the best in Boston, hands down. The vanilla bean flecks in the frosting are bursting with flavor, and the cake is just perfect, but again, not vegan. Thus, I was very excited to try their chocolate vegan cupcake (offered Monday’s only); so far it is their only vegan offering. If you’re in the mood for something VERY chocolate-ey then you’ve found your match! The cake is dense in a good way, and the frosting, though not super creamy, has a wonderful dark chocolate flavor.
225 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02116
Sunday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Isabelle’s, opened in Beacon Hill by Boston’s very own Todd English and named after his daughter, has fun innovative flavors for their real cakes, but sadly, their vegan offering (on Thursdays and Sundays only) just didn’t meet the measure up. I got a vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting that had the same “soy” taste as the Cupcakory. I’m willing to give another flavor a try, but the vanilla didn’t cut it.
Isabelle’s Curly Cakes
81 Charles Street
Boston MA 02114
Sunday – Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Treat, in Needham MA (and a cupcake kiosk at the Natick Mall near Banana Republic), wowed me with their vegan chocolate cupcake with Oreo frosting. They have a few vegan offerings daily, but the Oreo cupcake caught my eye and I had to try it. The cake was dense and not overpowering and the Oreo frosting balanced out the cake, it didn’t have a soy taste, just nice and creamy, like an Oreo!
Treat Cupcake Bar
1450 Highland Avenue
Needham MA 02292
HOURS: Open everyday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Conclusion, for convenience (I can see it from my office window) and taste, Georgetown Cupcake is my go-to for vegan treats, their frosting is hands down the best, and I was told they have some new flavors coming for spring, so stay tuned!