Before you sigh and bemoan “yet another cupcake shop,” first, realize that there really aren’t that many in the Boston area, and second, there is ample room for a bakery that offers several vegan and gluten-free options in addition to traditional non-vegan items. Take a minute to peruse these photos of the cupcakes and other goods at Cherry Bomb Bakery, a relatively recent addition to the Boston cupcake scene.
Cherry Bomb, located in Brighton Center, is a full service bakery offering cupcakes, cookies, scones, muffins, savory treats, as well as iced coffee and tea. Everything is baked on-site by owner Colin Cunningham.
Cherry Bomb has an extensive selection of sweet and savory vegan and gluten-free items. You can special order a cake or cupcakes, and they make wedding cakes as well. Cherry Bomb will make a dessert to most any dietary specification.
Cherry Bomb really excels at the cake part of the cupcake. Those that I’ve tried were moist and fluffy, not dense. They definitely are liberal with the frosting, as you can see in the photos. The non-vegan cupcakes are frosted with an Italian buttercream that is smooth, and, well, very buttery.
A lot of care is put into the presentation of these cupcakes. The cannolis on top of the cannoli cupcake are freshly filled to order and a whimsical embellishment on top of many of the cupcakes signify at least one of the flavors within.
Irish Car Bomb (Chocolate Stout)- Stout cake with Guinness buttercream and a chocolate pretzel
The flavor creativity extends to the cookies, especially the vegan varieties. They are hefty in size, and could pass for scones in appearance. The non-vegan classic chocolate chip cookie is one of my favorite items in the shop. Made with good quality chocolate, it is crispy around the edges and very buttery inside.
Flatbread flavors rotate daily and include Jalapeño Apple Cheddar and Basil Ricotta Prosciutto.
Scones are crumbly but not dry with a pleasantly toothsome outer crust. The peanut butter cup scone is a thicker, richer version of a peanut butter cup cookie.
If anything, Cherry Bomb cupcakes are one of the better values you’ll find in the area, at $2.50 for a regular sized cupcake. The space has a charming retro vibe, with turquoise walls and black 1950s era tables and chairs. The shop also has wi-fi. For those of you not familiar with the Brighton area, Cherry Bomb is accessible by various MBTA buses, including the 57 and the 86. For more information, check out Cherry Bomb’s website.
Who doesn’t love free cupcakes? I am giving away a gift certificate for a half-dozen Cherry Bomb cupcakes to one lucky reader. To enter, comment below about which cupcake, or other treat, from Cherry Bomb you most want to try. I’ll select a winner at random this evening.