cupake tasting recap: the best things in life are sweet

Last week I had the opportunity to go to a cupcake tasting with Boston Bloggers. This was actually my first time taking part in one of their activities and couldn’t think of a better event to go to. The cupcake tasting was at Sweet Cupcakes in their back bay location. I’ve been there once before a couple of years ago and I remembered it being super yummy so I was excited to go. The event started with an introduction from the owner who gave us a little run down on the history of the company, these were some of the things that stood out to me:

– they prefer to use natural flavoring and colors which is why many of their cupcakes look very monotone (with a few exceptions, one being the red velvet)
– all of their cupcakes are hand-made
– they use a signature double dollop swirl for the frosting
– they have responded to trends in the industry by incorporating cupcakes are gluten-free and even have treats for dogs!
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Irish coffee was being served by the two girls that worked there that evening and they also had full-sized cupcakes that were cut into piece (like a cappuccino cupcake and a Guinness cake with Bailey’s frosting) in addition to mini cupcakes with a variety of flavors. They were all delicious but my favorite was the red velvet.
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The best part was being told I could try anything from the case {anything?! O_O}. I thought the ones in the case were off limit but with a huge decision upon me I decided to use a lifeline. The girl behind the case helped me narrow it down and suggested the hot chocolate cupcake is the best option for chocolate lovers so I went with that… it didn’t disappoint! This one had chocolate cake with a ganache center and an airy frosting that came with a red straw, adding to the cute factor. They provided me with a box so I took this one home with me.
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At Sweet they don’t make the cupcakes on location but instead get them delivered from their Hyde Park bakery. They order enough cupcakes so that they have around 50 cupcakes at the end of the day so even the last customer would have options and anything else left over the staff gets to keep. Considering this was the case I’m surprised that they didn’t allow us to take the cupcakes home… just a few minutes after I got a box another girl wasn’t allowed to take one with her (I’m guessing the one I got was an oversight from their end). Since it was a “tasting” we had to eat it on location but since it was already the end of the day and assuming that every night they have 30+ cupcakes left over what’s one day without the staff being able to take the cupcakes home? Oh well… we did also got a nice bag with treats that included a hand written note from them which was a nice touch. I can confirm that they were all delicious ;)
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peppermint s’more cups

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black bean brownie kiss bites

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Trifles are by far one of my favorite desserts. In fact, I love any kind of layered dessert. There’s something about having a mouthful of deliciousness that incorporates different flavors and textures that I absolutely love!

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