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Mix Bakery – cupcake heaven here in Boston

May 9th, 2010 · 43 Comments · baking, Boston, restaurant reviews

From the looks of your comments on my last post, you are more interested in getting all the details about cupcakes than hearing about eggs. I do feel the need to talk about both, but we’ll start with cupcakes first since you asked so nicely 😉

So Friday I had the perfect girls night out planned – dinner and drinks out, followed by watching the first Sex and the City movie (can’t wait for the second one now!!!) and eating cupcakes. Sounds pretty good, right? A few weeks ago I won a giveaway at We Are Not Martha – the prize: half a dozen cupcakes from Mix Bakery delivered right to my door. Um yes, I was excited to say the least. So of course this was the perfect night to cash in my winnings and taste test these babies. 😀

I emailed the owner Kelly and we decided on a 6 different flavors that were delivered to me on Friday night. I loved that the cupcakes were customizable, although the specialty cupcakes on the menu sounded so cool, I couldn’t get much more creative that that.

I chose the chocolate cupcake with chocolate butter cream frosting as my “base taste” – that’s usually my favorite flavor combination and I needed to know if Mix Bakery could be my go-to “cupcakery” to fix a craving for it (I have not found a bakery in Boston yet that could come even close to Magnolia bakery in NYC that I love so dearly).

So that was chocolate, let’s see what else I got…

Banana cupcake with chocolate butter cream frosting

Carrot cake cupcake with cream cheese frosting

Chocolate peanut butter cup cupcakechocolate pudding cupcake with peanut butter butter cream and a pb cup

Red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting

S’moreschocolate graham cracker bottom, chocolate cupcake topped with marshmallow buttercream and a mini chocolate bar

Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is! :mrgreen:

After photographing these beauties, it was torture not to have a little bite. Apparently even Adam couldn’t stand the beauty (and the smell!) – he wanted a taste too. So I let him choose a favorite and told him that he could share 1/4 of it with me so that I’d leave the rest for the girls to taste. We tasted the banana/chocolate first. And this is where all the rules went out the window. Guys, this was banana bread in cupcake form (!!!), topped with the most delicious buttery chocolate frosting I’ve ever had. After a tiny bite of Adam’s quarter cupcake, I dug back into the rest of it. The girls still had 5 other cupcakes to sample after all. 😀

Adam said this was the best cupcake he’s ever had. This says a lot because he’s not big on sweets and thinks the whole cupcake craze is well… crazy. I assure you that if I let him, he’d polish off a whole one and probably dig back into the box. But no, we closed the box and I patiently waited for the girls to arrive. There was a mild inconvenience of dinner first (J/K – it was lovely) but then it was time to really dig in. No more rules, just good ol’ cupcake eating. 😉

I was a pretty bad taste tester. I just ate and ate, and noted that each was good. VERY good – the cake part was very moist and the frostings were great, not overwhelmingly sweet like this other cupcake place in Boston (we won’t name names, I’ll be nice). The girls loved them all too. Tiffany‘s favorite was double chocolate, Katy and Liz chose the s’mores for its creativity (the graham cracker crust was awesome and the frosting was so light and fluffy) and I had to go with the banana/chocolate. It was perfection.

I am so ecstatic about this new bakery. Finally I don’t have to dream of going to NY to satisfy a cupcake craving. You will definitely be seeing these on Healthy and Sane again. They are healthy for the soul. For now Mix Bakery is available by delivery only, but Kelly is working on opening a bakery with a store front soon. If you are in the Boston area, I highly recommend you place an order from Mix Bakery asap – I’d just find a few willing girlfriends to come over because if I was left alone with a box of these and no plans, let’s just say there wouldn’t be a need for dinner that night 😉

So yes, the cupcakes were awesome but I know many of you cannot have the pleasure of tasting them. So I’ll share a special treat I baked for my mom on Sunday and you CAN recreate these. :)

Small batch rocky road bars (recipe can be found here – I made mine in a 9″ sq pan and cut the batch into 12 bars). I couldn’t pick a favorite photo so here are a bunch. More eye candy, that’s for sure 😉

The actual base brownie part came out a little too chewy and dry but the topping was amazing. Baking the pecans for a few minutes was key. Good quality chips combined with melty mini marshmallows were also a really fun addition. I’d play with the base brownie recipe next time, but I definitely cannot wait to have these again. Do you have a go-to basic brownie recipe?

By the way, the date day with my husband was really fun. It was pretty miserable out but we still enjoyed each other’s company and of course there was lots of delicious food involved. Thank you for understanding that this little blogger needs some time away from here once in a while. :)

Who’s ready to conquer this coming week? 😀

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43 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 -

    how adorable is that little carrot!!???!!! omg and the peanut butter cup!!! i have such a respect for cupcake art. id be so afraid to dig into it, but once i got past the ruining of artwork.. DARN that would be one good eat! those brownies are rediculous too. seriously tho, THAT CARROT! lol hehe. must have been made with little baby elf fingers…LOL xoxo

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  • #3 - MelissaNibbles

    I’m licking the screen.

  • #4 - Tiffany

    That cupcake tasting was such a good idea. I really hope Kelly finds a storefront ASAP so I can get my cupcake fix on a regular basis! Delicious!

  • #5 - Shannon

    It’s 8:30 in the morning and I’m craving cupcakes!

  • #6 - Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards)

    I want a cupcake!!! Ridiculous. I used to live in LA, and there is this place called Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills, one block from Rodeo Drive, where I used to wait in line on the street with dozens of other people just to spend $4 on a cupcake but MAN, it was worth it!!

  • #7 - Morgan

    Those cupcakes look DIVINE! Maybe I should order myself some for my birthday since I’ll be in Boston! Honestly, I don’t like Magnolia that much, my heart belongs to Crumbs in New York!
    My go to brownie recipe is from the Baked cookbook, which is from a Brooklyn bakery. AMAZING

  • #8 - sister inna

    hehe i think you mean conquer? i like your photos of the rocky roads they look soo delicious ( and i like the tablecloth). unfortunately my only “go to” recipe for brownies involves a boxed mix from TJs 😉

  • #9 - Elina

    Courtney – I definitely stood in line for like an hour at Magnolia more than once (even in a snow storm once. eek).

    Morgan – you really should!!! I know, Magnolia is kind of controversial – I love their double chocolate but don’t care about the other stuff. These are the best cupcakes I’ve ever had though. Seriously!

    Innz – haha, thanks. I fixed it. :)

  • #10 - Chels

    Awww, so glad you liked them! We got a bunch delivered to my apartment on Saturday night for our girl’s night and they were such a hit! Kelly is really doing a wonderful job.. can’t wait for the storefront to open! :)

    Have a great week!


  • #11 - umommy

    What a fun girls night. My mouth is watering reading your post and looking at the pics. I think I might have to have cupcakes for lunch today!

  • #12 - Madeline - Greens and Jeans

    Reading this at breakfast was a bad idea! Now all I want is cupcakes!

  • #13 - Diana

    They look delicious! So jealous :p I don’t know if I’d be able to have your self control though, those things are dangerous!

  • #14 - Evan Thomas

    Yum! That all looks ridiculously good. I’ll have to check them out. Have you had kickass cupcakes? Those are also yummy

  • #15 - DessertForTwo

    I miss your daily updates about what you ate…but these cupcakes sure are pretty! :)

  • #16 - Michelle

    I had some cupcakes delivered this weekend for a birthday party. They also specialize in doing vegan cupcakes so this was a big hit for my vegan fans. So pretty…so delicious…and such great customer service! So glad you enjoyed them as much as I did!

  • #17 - Liz

    I have to admit I’m kind of with your husband on this one as I’m not a big sweets fan. BUT, cupcakes are the exception. I mean, cupcakes. They’re perfect. I’ve never had any as fancy as these, but that is probably a good thing. It seems like the kind of thing I wouldn’t be able to resist :)

  • #18 - Bridget

    I thought I had overheard you talking about cupcakes at that dinner Thursday…omg, SO jealous! Those look AMAZING! That banana one sounds incredible…I want her to open a store! Now to find an excuse for cupcakes :)

  • #19 - Rachael

    Cupcake bakeries – how I miss thee! In my even-more-thrifty-than-now college days, they were a necessary indulgence.
    Red velvet cupcakes might have to happen today – thanks for the inspiration, and I’m off to find cocoa powder!

  • #20 - Jen

    The cupcakes look great. I had a vanilla cupcake from Mix at Cupcake Camp and it was awesome! If you’re ever in Quincy, Babycakes has amazing cupcakes as well. I also enjoyed Sugar which is in Roxbury. I did a cupcake crawl last year and it was a lot of fun.

    As far as a go-to brownie recipe, I have a great one. I use it all the time. I’ve topped it with PB frosting and ganache, used mint chips in it, topped it with cookie dough frosting, you name it, I’ve done it and it’s always been awesome. Here’s the link.

  • #21 - Elina

    DessertForTwo – no worries, I’m doing a recap of today’s eats so my “regular” posts will be back soon. I will throw the egg post in there, but that’s because I’ve been thinking about this for days.

    Michelle – I definitely want to do try some of their vegan stuff too. More on that in the “egg post.” Intrigued yet? 😆

    Jen – thanks for all these links. Lots of awesome info! PS – a cupcake crawl sounds amazing. I did a dessert crawl in NYC twice and have been thinking about doing that in Boston too. I guess you beat me to it 😉

  • #22 - Claire

    I am sooo jealous! Mix wasn’t there when I lived and went to college in boston, ahhh…but really, they all sound too good to be true but I’ll take your word for it. I am pretty sure I would like every single flavor, not going to lie. I still need to find a good vegan brownie recipe.

  • #23 - Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin

    Cupcakes and Sex and the City sounds like the perfect night. I’m so excited for the 2nd movie too!

    My go-to brownie recipe is from the Canadian Living cookbook. They are so moist and buttery. Mmm!

  • #24 - Jess

    Note to self: never read your blog at the end of the work day when I’m famished. I’m thisclose to driving to Boston right now to get me one of these cupcakes!! YUM!!!

  • #25 - Kristen (swanky dietitian)

    Those cupcakes look delicious! A s’mores cupcake..I am in heaven!
    I would have had to dig in as well!
    Thanks again for stopping by my blog!

  • #26 - Naomi(onefitfoodie)

    WHERE is this cupcake place?!?! have you ever had cake or cupcakes from party favors?!?! ohhh my they are delicious!!

  • #27 - Lisa @bakebikeblog

    oh my – they look so so good!!!! And thr frosting…….YUM!

  • #28 - Megan

    These cupcakes look stunning! You know the recipe for the Magnolia Bakery cupcakes comes very close to the original. My friends and I love Magnolia, and I was so happy to discover I could bake them at home too. You and your friends did the same thing I would do with my friends… run with the excuse to have a cupcake tasting party and cut all the cupcakes so we could all try each of them!

  • #29 - Sophie @ yumventures

    It was so nice to see you on Thursday! Those cupcakes look amazing…that bakery also makes gluten free cupcakes, so I have been wanting to give them a try!

  • #30 - Katherine

    I’ve never heard of a banana cup cake! what gourmet decorating. (nothing compared to your recipe though) so many sweets in this post!

  • #31 - Shannon

    um, yum… so jealous 😉 glad you enjoyed!

  • #32 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    Holy cupcake! Those look so pretty! I’m not much of a cupcake person but I’d DEFINITELY test those. hehe

  • #33 - Julia

    These cupcakes look so amazing, and I loved looking at all your photos of each. If I lived in Boston, I would have already made a visit to Mix Bakery today. An admitted sweet-o-holic, I highly recommend a cupcakery called Muddy’s Bake Shop if you’re ever in Memphis, TN.

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  • #35 - Cara

    What an awesome giveaway, those cupcakes sound incredible! Without tasting, I bet my favorite would be the smores!

  • #36 - 5 Star Foodie

    Those cupcakes are seriously tempting! And the rocky road bars look super delicious!

  • #37 - Kirsten

    Ok, now I see what you were talking about re those cupcakes…..yum!!!! Good to see you last night!

  • #38 - Jessie

    Oh my goodness, those cupcakes look delicious! We definitely think alike about chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting :) I really like Magnolia cupcakes in NYC – I hope you can have some on a visit!

  • #39 - Jenna

    Holy yum!

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