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Charlotte Birkner is a native Bostonian. She relocated to Washington, DC after college, only to come back to her favorite city a few years later to pursue her MBA in marketing. As a marketer Charlotte especially likes to write about anything “new” whether it’s an art exhibit, charity event or her latest fashion and beauty finds and has written for both personal and professional blogs. She works at a market research firm in Boston that focuses on digital marketing and online consumer behavior. In her free time Charlotte likes to discover new places and events in the Boston area, support the arts, sail at Community Boating in Boston (when it’s warm out), and travel to new places (local and not so local).

Miss A’s Faves: Boston’s Best Cupcakes

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.

Cookie Dough Cupcake (Photo Credit: Kickass Cupcakes)

Cookie Dough Cupcake (Photo Credit: Kickass Cupcakes)

Kickass Cupcakes

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.

WHERE:

Kickass Cupcakes
378 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02144
Ph. 617-628-2877

HOURS:

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 Vegan Cupcakes (Photo Credit: Georgetown Cupcake)

Georgetown Vegan Cupcakes (Photo Credit: Georgetown Cupcake)

Georgetown Cupcake

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!

 

WHERE:

Georgetown Cupcake
83 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02116
Ph. 617-927-2250

HOURS:

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.

WHERE/HOURS:

The Cupcakory is a food truck, check their website and Twitter feed (@cupcakory) for their latest locations and hours.

(Photo Credit: Sweet)

(Photo Credit: Sweet)

Sweet

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.

WHERE:

Sweet
225 Newbury Street
Boston MA 02116
Ph. 617-267-2253

HOURS:

Sunday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Isabelle’s Curly Cakes

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.

WHERE:

Isabelle’s Curly Cakes
81 Charles Street
Boston MA 02114
Ph. 617-729-2260

HOURS:

Sunday – Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Treat Cupcake Bar 

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!

WHERE:

Treat Cupcake Bar
1450 Highland Avenue
Needham MA 02292
Ph. 781-444-4995

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!

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