Year of Baking: Quebrada Baking Co

At any family event I am always the person to jump to make the dessert, and at B’s first birthday party I made his smash cake and all the cupcakes, but it was overwhelming and I don’t have the skills to always do what I want to do.

I had contacted one person initially, and it just didn’t end up panning out. I resigned to the fact that I would be making a cake. My trainer ended up telling me about a bakery that was close to our old apartment (so glad I didn’t know about this place when I lived there).

Enter Quebrada Baking Co, I am closest to the Arlington location, but the Wellesley location is where they do the design work for ordered cakes.

I talked to the baker in the Wellesley shop via phone and then I ordered the cake at the Arlington location. Our birthday party theme for B was Toy Story, and all I wanted was for the cake to say Happy Birthday and then have a hanging 2, just like the movie.

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I also ordered cupcakes so that our guests could have a little variety.

I went and picked up the cake Saturday afternoon

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I wasn’t super impressed – I felt like I could do a do a better job…and why is the I the only lower case letter? Plus the 2 just looks weird, no?

Luckily, that’s where the bad ends, the cake was absolutely fantastic. I ordered a chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting, and it was one of the BEST cakes I have ever had. I never usually order chocolate but B loves it.

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Chocolate Cupcakes

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The destroyed cupcakes are my error and not the bakery’s! The cupcakes were a huge hit as well.

Yellow Cake Cupcakes.

Each box had 2 cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, buttercream frosting, whipped frosting, mocha frosting, coconut topping, and chocolate frosting.

Other than the decorating error, I loved everything about Quebrada, and I would definitely order a custom cake from them again (I would probably go to the Wellesley location to avoid any errors in the future).

Cake with Buzz Lightyear Candle

Cake with Buzz Lightyear Candle

We even had pastries from the bakery the next morning (they make mini’s of many of their pastries), including multiple types of croissants, cinnamon buns, scones, and muffins. All were delicious, and I am so glad I have to make the trek to get to Quebrada otherwise I would be there ALL the time!

The family!

The family!

Have you ever had a cake problem?

Almost Wordless Wednesday: New Bakery

Today I decided to try a new bakery in Arlington, Cakes Bakery and Cafe. I picked out 2 cupcakes, Turtle for Nick, Red Velvet for me and a Lemon Bar for lunch time.I unfortunately did not get a picture of the lemon bar, but let me tell you, it was FANTASTIC. It is without a doubt the best lemon bar I have ever had. My biggest gripe is that most lemon bars are way to sweet. This bar had the balance of sweet and tart and the crust wasn’t too hard.

I will say in terms of the cupcakes, I put them in the fridge, I really like my cupcakes cold if I don’t eat them right at the bakery, and there was a sign in the bakery specifically stating that the cupcakes taste best at room temperature. Now on to the cupcakes!

Turtle:
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Chocolate Cupcake with a caramel drizzle inside and chocolate frosting and walnuts on top. I had a few bites, and the chocolate cake was super moist. I am not a huge fan of chocolate frosting, but this was pretty good, Nick said it was almost fudge-like, which I will definitely agree with, maybe that’s why I liked it. In Nick’s words “it was delicious”.

Red Velvet:
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If you know me at all you know my favorite flavor is red velvet, and I will always judge any bakery or dessert place by it’s red velvet. Like I said earlier, I refrigerated the cupcakes and I think that probably attributed to the red velvet cake being a little dry. The frosting on the other hand was out of this world, I would eat it by the spoonful. I also liked the sugar crystals, they added a nice texture to the cupcake. I would definitely try this again, at the room temperature suggestion.

Overall, I would recommend this bakery. They also have locations in Milton and Watertown, as well as a large sandwich and coffee menu.