Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hidden Gems of the Grey Lady - part 3

So I'm back for another installment of my mini series of post revealing some of the fabulous foodie finds I encountered during my week on Nantucket.  This time around, I want to share what may be the best commercial  bakery I've found yet.  That's right, in the battle royale for the best cupcake, Petticoat Row Bakery is a strong contender.  This pristine bakeshop on Centre Street in the heart of downtown is a treasure trove of delicious baked goods.  

First and foremost, I need to give a shout out to the cupcakes.  They were pretty fantastic and not overpoweringly sweet.  The only complaint we were able to come up with was that the cake was super-moist and there was an abundance of frosting that the cake really couldn't stand up to.  I'm not complaining about moist cake or an excess of frosting mind you... just maybe a little more balance. 

I opted to try the Key Lime cupcake and the Peanut Butter Cup cupcake.  The key lime was a tart zip blended into a traditional vanilla cake and topped with a very tasty and sour icing.  My vote for cupcake of the week however goes to the peanut butter cup... a super moist devil's food cake topped with an abundance of icing that was very much akin to peanut butter fudge and then topped with crumbled Resee's cups. 

An honorable mention however does have to go to the macaroons.  I'm a huge fan of macaroons and these were simply wonderful.  They were llightly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside with sweet cream and fruit jelly sandwiched in the middle.  The day I visited the bakery, their flavors were apricot and mixed berry, both of which were delicious. 

The only downside of finding such a great bakery, it's on an island.  As far as my waistline is concerned, maybe that's a good thing.

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