Very quietly, about a week ago, Lexington gained a new bakery downtown. It's called Cake, and is housed in one of the repurposed victorian houses on Mass Ave. We noticed the small sign in the window and the handful of patrons at the seating on the porch yesterday. So after an early dinner, we walked on over.
It was about 6:30, and the shop closes at 6:00. However, the door was open and we walked in before we noticed the sign. The proprietor, Michelle, was very welcoming and said, "As long as I'm here, we're open." The shop is very small, and specializes in, not surprisingly, special occasion cakes. However, they also had three refrigerator cases full of lovely cupcakes (both full-sized and mini) and a few lovely cakes just ready to be finished with the customer's wording. They make everything from scratch in what looked like a completely spotless kitchen. They also seemed to offer coffee. It looks to be primarily a take-away bakery, though there is one small table with a few chairs on the porch.
So with the convenient excuse of getting my daughter a last-night-before-school-starts treat, we bought one each of the 7 cupcake flavors featured and hurried home with our stash of goodies. (Full-sized cupcakes are $2 each, and she takes credit cards - whew!).
I grabbed a menu on the way out, so I can relate what we tried in our grand cupcake tasting. Here goes:
Midnight Delight: Dense fudge cake filled with sweet chocolate pastry cream topped with Ghiradelli cocoa icing. (Chocolate heaven!)
Berries & Gold: Rich gold cake filled with fresh raspberry preserves and a whipped Chambord buttercream. (My daughter's favorite. It was topped with a beautiful little berry candy).
Mocha Express: Bittersweet chocolate cake iced in a cappuccino buttercream and garnished with a mocha espresso bean. (My favorite - great coffee flavor, lovely chocolate cake.)
Black Tie Affair: Sweet vanilla bean cake filled with our own pastry cream and dressed in ganache. (This was like the best Boston cream pie you've ever eaten. The ganache was a beautifully intense dark chocolate)
The Minuteman: Moist gold cake layered with strawberries (fresh from Wilson's Farm), light whipped cream then topped with a vanilla buttercream. (You read that right - whipped cream topped with buttercream. This was basically like a delicious, moist little strawberry shortcake.)
One that wasn't on the menu was basically like a devil dog - chocolate devil's food cake topped with white buttercream. This was my husband's favorite.
Last but not least, a very simple yellow cake with chocolate frosting and sprinkles. My guess is this is to appeal to kids with less sophisticated tastes. We didn't taste it last night, and my husband snagged it for breakfast while we weren't looking.
On the menu but somehow we missed getting them, is also a carrot cake with pineapple cream cheese icing and a red velvet cake wth cream cheese icing. I can't wait to get back to try them.