Saturday, November 28, 2009

SWEET New Flavors

SWEET Cupcake Bakery, Harvard Square location.

SWEET Cupcake Bakery introduced their brand new holiday flavors yesterday so we, of course, were invited to be among the first to review the selection with our panel of cupcake gourmets. Remember, SWEET does cupcakes and cupcakes only. The new flavors include: Gingerbread, Candy Cane, Chocolate Ganache, Snowball, Black Forest, Butterscotch, Chocolate Pomegranate, Chocolate Raspberry, Chocolate Mint, Pumpkin Ginger and Eggnog. The flavors are available through December 24th.

Candy Cane, Gingerbread and Traditional Vanilla cupcakes from SWEET.

Our taste test panel included Lindsay Paterson, James Faria, Amanda Tuohey, the camera shy Mary Tuohey and myself. We each tasted a variety of cupcakes and rated them accordingly. Not everyone agreed on the best flavors but we certainly concurred that the frostings were creamy, rich and excellent across the board.

(L-R) Lindsay, James and Amanda.

Mary rated the Chocolate Mint (creamy mint buttercream swirled across chocolate cake with chocolate shavings) as her favorite with the Black Forest (chocolate cake filled with cherry preserves topped with fresh whipped cream and topped off with a chocolate covered cherry) as her second choice. The sweet mint frosting proved a strong flavor note.

I chose the Chocolate Ganache (Belgian cocoa based chocolate cake finished with a rich Callebaut chocolate ganache topped with chocolate curls and edible silver leaf) and the Chocolate Raspberry (chocolate cake filled with raspberry jam and topped with a rich chocolate buttercream frosting and a fresh raspberry) as my top two choices. In both cases the chocolate was decadently rich without being overpoweringly sweet and the raspberry was an irresistible combination.

Amanda's favorites were the Chocolate Ganache and the Black Forest. Both Amanda and I tried the Eggnog as our first taste and were a little disappointed. The cupcake was certainly good but the unmistakable eggnog flavor that we both were expecting just wasn't there. Amanda also noted that the cookie straw was a bit stale.

Lindsay's clear number one choice was the Pumpkin Ginger (pumpkin cake with a fresh ginger buttercream and crystalline sugar crumble). Running a close second was the Chocolate Mint. Lindsay also liked the Candy Cane (chocolate cake with peppermint buttercream frosting drizzled with chocolate and bits of peppermint candy crumble). The crumble here is not the rock hard candy cane confection we may be most familiar with but more a soft and buttery version of the sprinkle. Nice touch!

James went with the Pumpkin Ginger and Black Forest as his favorites. The pumpkin cake flavor reminded both of us of a version of carrot cake, but better. James was also a fan of the Candy Cane sample.

And the overall winner is ... Pumpkin Ginger! The Black Forest ran a very close Second Place.

SWEET now has locations on both sides of the river, making it a convenient holiday shopping place to relax and refuel. Stop by, tell them The Boston Foodie sent you and let us know your favorite flavor.

Back Bay: 49 Massachusetts Avenue Boston 02115 617.247.2253
Harvard Square: Zero Brattle Street Cambridge 02138 617.547.2253

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