November 22, 2011

guest post | cupcake taste test | sweet bakery | baltimore, maryland

This is a guest post from fellow cupcake addict Stacy of Cupcake Crusaders. Every Tuesday for the month of November, check out Stacy’s guest posts as she names her top five favorite cupcake shops in the city of Baltimore, Maryland. Visit Cupcake Crusaders every Tuesday in November to see my top five picks for favorite cupcakeries in the Kansas City suburbs!

Before this past spring, Sweet Bakery was located in Ellicott City, a neighboring town to Baltimore City. The other Crusaders and I were very excited when they decided to relocate because this meant they would be much more accessible to us. Now they are located just a “hop, skip and jump” away from Crusader Elisa’s office, which could be a serious threat to our waistlines. Their move also means that they were able to make our “Top 5” list as our second-favorite cupcake shop inside of Baltimore City.

Our first experience with Sweet Bakery was when it was located on Main Street in downtown Ellicott City. It was in the fall of 2010 and we decided to stop into the bakery our our way to a restaurant also located along Main Street. This restaurant/bar was celebrating  “Oktoberfest,” and Sweet Bakery had a pumpkin spice cupcake; we knew this would go great with the fall seasonal beers we would be sampling.

pumpkin spice cupcake and beer sweet bakery baltimore maryland

{Who says cupcakes and beer don't go together? We think with the right beers and right cupcake flavors they can be a great combination. Photo Courtesy Cupcake Crusaders}

Our first encounter with Sweet Bakery, after their move into Baltimore City, was a just a few months ago. Crusader Elisa and I decided to have a “Cupcake Night” at my house. We chose three places to get cupcakes from and Sweet Bakery was one of those three. Because Elisa is the only Crusader who has visited this new location, I asked her to describe it for us:

“Sweet Bakery is located in the heart of Mt. Vernon on the quaint and charming West Read Street. With a hip barber shop next door and an eclectic antique toy shop across the street, this little bakery fits right into the neighborhood! This location is just a stone’s throw away from Charles Street and its many restaurants, as well as the State Center Metro stop, University of Baltimore and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. A chalkboard has “Today’s Specials” written on it and greets you as you walk into the shop. The cupcakes are in a vintage glass bakery case on glass cake stands;  also found in the case are cannolis, tarts, pastries and larger cakes. With local artwork on the walls, the shop itself couldn’t be more inviting, or perfectly matched for the area.”

sweet bakery baltimore maryland

{Sweet Bakery located at 239 W. Read St. in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo Courtesy Cupcake Crusaders}

sweet bakery baltimore maryland cupcake display case

{Sweet Bakery offers more than just cupcakes. But when their cupcakes are so good, why get anything else? Photo Courtesy Cupcake Crusaders}

For our “Cupcake Night” we sampled four flavors, but the best of the night was the red velvet. It was wonderfully soft, moist, fluffy and full of rich flavor. I find that red velvet can sometimes lack flavor or, even worse, taste of food coloring, but not Sweet Bakery’s red velvet.

sweet bakery cupcakes baltimore maryland

{Cupcake selection from Sweet Bakery for our "Cupcake Night" — chocolate cake with vanilla frosting, red velvet, vanilla cake with vanilla frosting and carrot cake. Photo Courtesy Cupcake Crusaders}

Since then, Elisa has dropped by Sweet Bakery many times, but the next time we all had them together was on a girls weekend getaway. She got a variety of different flavors (of course including the red velvet).

sweet bakery cupcake baltimore maryland

{When six girls get together, sweets are a must and these cupcakes from Sweet Bakery were a hit. Flavors included key lime, vanilla vanilla, red velvet, vanilla with chocolate frosting and chocolate chip. Photo Courtesy Cupcake Crusaders}

Again, one of the shining stars was the red velvet.

red velvet cupcake sweet bakery baltimore maryland

{Red Velvet from Sweet Bakery. Photo Courtesy Cupcake Crusaders}

However, the key lime and the vanilla cake with chocolate frosting were also among the favorites.

key lime cupcake sweet bakery baltimore maryland

{Key Lime from Sweet Bakery. Photo Courtesy Cupcake Crusaders}

The key lime had the perfect sweet and tangy combination it needs. Someone also pointed out that it seems to have been made with actual key lime flavor, and not just lime flavor, which is often substituted for key limes.

vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting sweet bakery baltimore maryland

{Vanilla cake with chocolate frosting from Sweet Bakery. Photo Courtesy Cupcake Crusaders}

I was so glad that Elisa selected a flavor with the chocolate frosting because I realized that I hadn’t yet tried it. Boy was it good. Creamy, decadent and not too sweet, just how I like my chocolate frosting.

Sweet Bakery made our No. 2 spot because they consistently put out a good cupcake. The only thing we wish is that they would offer more of a variety. Sometimes they only have four or five to choose from, but at least we know those four or five will be great, and usually they have the red velvet, which is really all anyone needs to try (if you have to pick just one).

Elisa has made it somewhat of a personal mission to find the best red velvet cupcake and she believes that Sweet Bakery has taken first place with their perfectly moist, flavorful cake and cream cheese icing that is a perfect balance of cream cheese and sweetness.

Simply put, it made our list because it is a great bakery that makes fantastic cupcakes. The staff is friendly and helpful and even their coffee is delicious. So, if you get a chance, stop in to browse the art from local artists that hangs on the walls and relax with a cupcake.

Do you like red velvet? Do you have a favorite cupcakery or bakery that you think makes the perfect one? What do you think makes a perfect red velvet cupcake? Let us know your thoughts!

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  • Caro

    CUTE! I love the idea of pairing a pumpkin cupcake with a pumpkin stout!

  • Stacy

    @Caro, it’s not too late to try it! :)

  • kristina@beancakes ❤

    mmm ~ that red velvet cupcake is calling my name! now i want a cupcake w. a great tasting beer ~ what a cool pairing!! thanks for a great review once again ;)
    xo ~ kristina

  • Stacy A

    @Kristina, thank you for reading! I think it’s been a fun series and have loved posting Kim’s reviews to my blog. :)

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