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Sweet Bakery

Photo: Andrea Appleton, License: N/A, Created: 2011:04:14 01:56:46

Andrea Appleton


Sweet Bakery

239 W. Read St., (410) 728-2253, sweetbakerybaltimore.com

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This Mount Vernon bakery—formerly of Ellicott City—just opened around the corner from City Paper. And, martyrs that we are, we did some sampling. The mini pecan pie ($3) had a delicious, caramelized crust, with nuts that somehow seemed to melt in the mouth. A large coconut cookie ($1.75) was a nice balance of salty and sweet, with a soft, buttery center, worlds better than a one-note macaroon. A slice of red velvet cake ($2) was rich without causing a toothache; it was declared “very, very good” by a reviewer who doesn’t much care for sweets. A chocolate top cookie (75 cents)—a butter cookie with a swirl of chocolate icing—provided three wickedly decadent bites. And cupcakes of various flavors ($2 each simple, $2.50 each decorated)—ranging from spice to chocolate to vanilla—were received warmly, if not ecstatically. One reviewer found the buttercream frosting a bit overpowering but the cake “perfectly moist.” The petite cannoli ($2) got the worst review: Both the filling and crust were a bit too light, and the flavorless chocolate chips on the outside were deemed “an abomination.” Still, with that display case full of sugary gems, it’s pretty hard to go wrong.

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