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July 21, 2015 by Olivia Kathleen Richards   

Now that I am thinking deeply about my other cupcake experiences, I remember my trips to Cambridge, Massachusetts to the Harvard University Invitational for my high school speech and debate team. My primary coaches, Sarah and Joe, whom I previously mentioned about my Kansas City experience, went on the hunt for me while I was competing in rounds. They found the cupcakery that I was looking for on a short walk from our hotel. It was a lot closer than we thought.

After long days competing in extemporaneous speaking, a cupcake was a great finish to my day. My first experience with SWEET on Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA was in ninth grade on President’s Day weekend of annual competition. It was between rounds of international economics and foreign policy. I was desperately in need of a “pick-me-up.” So, my best friend, Emmalie, and I walked to SWEET in the middle of the day on Friday of President’s Day weekend, four years ago, and it smelled wonderful. There was a large selection of cupcakes and I was pleased by the cute decorations and furniture. My friend has a severe dairy allergy, so she unfortunately just watched me eat their Red Velvet cupcake.

Surprisingly, the actual cake was moist, yet darker in color than normal which is slightly unappealing. The icing was good, even though it was slightly thick. Overall, the cupcake was good but not amazing to be sold for over three dollars per cupcake. For the price you pay, you would expect more intricate decorations, sprinkles, garnishes or themed toppers on the cupcakes. They serve their cupcakes on a plate with a fork and, personally, I love that approach to eating cupcakes. I enjoy eating and savoring the sweetness in nice, small bites. With this approach to eating cupcakes, you can avoid getting that little bit of usual icing on your nose when biting into a cupcake, loaded with icing.

With all of that being said, Sweet looks to be a safe and dependable resource when catering any special events. They sell both large and small size cupcakes. It can also be a great birthday treat to buy a full size cupcake for someone. All in all though, there isn’t too much to admire here.

The appearance of the store is adorable, though. The store front is completely glass and offers a nice view of the hustle and bustle Brattle Street in Cambridge. In February 2015, my speech and debate team was trapped in Boston due to an extreme blizzard over President’s day weekend. It was a great place to get out of the bitter cold for some warmth and a bite of sweetness. Its a nice place for a quick break if you’re walking around Harvard Square.  Over my many trips to Harvard Square, I have tried quite a few of their cupcakes and red velvet is definitely their best. So, if you decide to make the trek up to Boston, I have two pieces of advice if you go to sweet.

1) Buy the Red Velvet Cupcake.

2) Don’t go when there is a blizzard that will shut down the city and its transportation.


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