I now understand why so many artists sing about Boston. What a great city! Earlier this month I ventured to Beantown for the first time. We were lucky to have such beautiful weather in November to get out and explore, and of course—eat! We were only there a few days, but managed to do some pretty serious bakery research. Sorry, some of the photos are from my phone, all the desserts looked stunning!

Sweet Cupcakes

Sweet—This was our first stop and my favorite. Just as I found myself thinking, “I could really go for some tea and a cupcake,” we stumbled on to this shop. With four locations in the Boston area, it’s easy to see that they are enjoying sweet success. I had the dark chocolate cupcake, and I’m not usually a big fan of frosting, but this chocolate buttercream really hit the spot! Maybe I just really needed a little sugar buzz. For my gluten-free friends, they did have a few options for you. Bonus points!


Café Vanille—We stayed near Charles St. so this hip area quickly became our go-to place. In the afternoon we stopped here and I had a quiche that was pretty tasty. My friend had a chocolate raspberry treat that competed for her top pick.

Curly Cakes—Also in the Charles St. area, this cupcake shop was the perfect way to end a long day of site seeing. We inhaled our triple chocolate cupcake and enjoyed some time off our feet in this tiny shop.


Flour—A bakery frequently topping “best of” lists is Flour. I was surprised to see this was a popular sandwich stop. It was packed but the service was friendly and the triple chocolate mousse cake was a delight. They have four shops in the area.


Don’t worry, we also sneaked in plenty of history, shopping and meals that skipped the sugar. I would definitely recommend Boston as a great fall trip.

I think I’ll go to Boston…



Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Cupcakes

Last year I made Nutella Swirl Cupcakes and since then I’ve wanted to try a chocolate and peanut butter version. A fall birthday was the perfect occasion to try these out. This is an easy recipe, especially if you use a cake mix. (I won’t tell.) I should have done a better job taking photos of the process, but I promise it’s simple.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Cupcakes


Your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe (grab a mix and take it easy)
1/2 cup peanut butter

  1. Line cupcake tray with liners and preheat oven according to your chocolate cake recipe
  2. Fill each with 1/3 full with batter
  3. Soften peanut butter for 10-20 seconds in a ceramic dish
  4. Spoon a nickel-sized amount of peanut butter on top of the batter
  5. Swirl with a toothpick
  6. Repeat each layer one more time
  7. Bake according to your chocolate cake recipe

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Cupcakes-Yum!

I added chocolate frosting, but these are great on their own as well! What other combos do you think would be good for the swirl technique?