Cherry Bomb Bakery

Orange Caramel Chocolate cupcake

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.

Vegan Coconut cupcake

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.

Cannoli cupcake

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.

Carrot Ginger

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.

Peanut Butter Banana

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

Vegan basil olive oil cookie and vegan vanilla earl grey cookie

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.

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Sweet corn and bacon muffin

Cheddar peach flatbread

Flatbread flavors rotate daily and include Jalapeño Apple Cheddar and Basil Ricotta Prosciutto.

Chocolate almond scones

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.

Cinnamon ginger scone

Double Chocolate with Chocolate Covered Bacon

Lemon Snap

Strawberry Shortcake

Gluten free Flourless Chocolate

White Chocolate Espresso

Cookies ‘n Cream

Red Velvet

The signature cupcake, the Cherry Bomb

Vegan Peanut Butter Cup


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.

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43 Responses to Cherry Bomb Bakery

  1. Erin Wetherell says:

    Vegan peanut butter all the way, baby!

  2. Michelle says:

    The cheddar peach flatbread looks like nothing I’ve seen before and would love to try that!

  3. Anthony C says:


  4. Jay says:

    Canoli Cupcake….. woah

  5. Kara says:

    Having tried the Ginger Carrot & Cherry Bomb and enjoying them both, I would next like to try the Peanut Butter Banana. Nice thorough post with beautiful pictures. I will be going back!

  6. Alison says:

    While pretty much every one of the cupcakes would suit me just fine, the sweet corn and bacon muffins really pique my interest! Although the glaze on top *kind of* reminds me of bacon fat… I’m guessing it’s not and am willing to take that chance. 🙂 Thanks for this review–bakery sounds fantastic!

  7. izzy says:

    these cupcakes look A-MA-ZING

  8. Sarah Merriman says:

    Chocolate cupcake with…bacon?!? It’s like everything I have ever loved in this world. Sign me up!

  9. katie k says:

    i live sooooooo close to this place and i would do bad things for the peanut butter banana cupcake.

  10. Bob says:

    dub choc w/ bacon, obv

  11. Kaitlin says:

    Cherry Bomb cupcake! Have to go with the signature item. 🙂

  12. Alyce says:

    Bacon chocolate for sure! Everything’s better with bacon!

  13. Josie says: look at all those options!!! this post was seriously amazing, but now im RIDICULOUSLY hungry…! oh the dilemma. also, all the best cupcake shops are so far away from me 😦 i really hope they end up super successful and build more stores. i so want to try the Vegan Coconut and Cannoli. honestly, i would try them all and wouldn’t be upset at buying each flavor at that low price. yummm 🙂

  14. Olga says:

    Sweet corn and bacon muffin…immediately followed by a Peanut Butter Banana cupcake 🙂

  15. Lara says:

    The canolli cupcake!

  16. Pam says:

    That cheddar peach flatbread looks unbelievable.

  17. cara says:

    One of each please!

  18. Dana says:

    I am DYING for a red velvet cupcake! the peanut butter banana also looks amazing…i’m a little cupcake obsessed…ok, a lot obsessed.

  19. Victoria says:

    Ummmmm. I want a cannoli cupcake and a Irish car bomb one too. So nicely crafted cakes. They all look delicious.

  20. Kate says:

    Whoa! Irish Car Bomb looks like…the bomb!!

  21. cyndi says:

    the Cherry Bomb, of course. It’s the shop’s signature!!

  22. Katie O'Neil says:

    bacon chocolate would be hard to beat in my book!

  23. Molly Galler says:

    Thank you for reviewing Cherry Bomb! Its up the street from my apartment and I haven’t had the chance to go yet. Pick me to win the free treats! Irish car bomb cupcakes PRETTY PLEASE!

  24. I. Should totally win this because a., my nickname is cupcakes, and b., I would absolutely love it! ❤

  25. Oh ps., I want to try the bacon one soooo bad! Omnomnom

  26. Cari says:

    Call me old fashioned, but the red velvet looks pretty amazing. Great profile of what looks to be a great shop — I’m so impressed by the variety, and your photos do these tiny treats justice.

  27. Sarah says:

    I tried the chocolate cupcake with chocolate covered BACON at CupcakeCamp 2010. It was delicious. Don’t say you can’t mix savory and sweet. For those adventurous eaters, go for it! You won’t be sorry!

  28. k0rianne says:

    The Double Chocolate w/ Chocolate Covered Bacon and & Cookies ‘n Cream just made me drool on my desk…

  29. thomasodonnell says:

    I live right down the street from Cherry Bomb Bakery but have not stopped in yet! But, from these pictures I would love to try the Cookies n’ Cream cupcake!

  30. Tony says:

    chocolate almond scone

  31. michelle lee says:

    I need that peanut butter banana cupcake now!

  32. Maddie says:

    Mmm, the chocolate chip cookie and the cookies n cream cupcake both look delicious! Nothing sounds better right now than six free cupcakes! 🙂

  33. Miriam says:

    Red velvet cupcake. Classic, delicious and beautiful.

  34. @Leslie_Kerr says:

    You had me at Orange Caramel Chocolate cupcake! Yum!

  35. Michelle L. says:

    Whoa. A cannoli cupcake? I gotta try that. The vegan coconut looks amazing too though…but I’ve never seen a cannoli cupcake before, so I would have to try that first.

  36. Rebecca says:

    Vegan Coconut cupcake looks like a dream come true!

  37. Ryder says:


  38. Colleen says:

    Nice! A cupcake with a chocolate covered pretzel in it…that’s what I’m talking about. Oh and it’s made with Guinness-even better 🙂

  39. Rebecca C. says:

    I want the Irish car bomb cupcake!

  40. Ella says:

    I have to say… the cherry bomb – there is no way I think of a more mischievously cute name for such a delicious creation!

  41. Emily says:

    CHOCOLATE ALMOND SCONES!!! I know it’s a cupcake shop, but I melt on the spot for scones.

  42. huntfortheverybest says:

    i’m sorry i missed this place on my trip to boston last month. the cherry bomb looks great…the cannoli is so cute! next time!

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