After three years at Yale, I’ve had my fair share of Claire’s birthday cakes. While I’ll never say no to a slice of Lithuanian coffee cake (especially the free kind at extracurricular events), the routine gets old after a while. Fortunately, there’s a new shop in town that’s serving up cupcakes, pies, cakes, and other baked goods that give New Haven bake shops a run for their money.
I first heard about Sweet Mary’s a few months ago when I had a slice of my friend’s birthday cake. It was one of the best I’ve ever had, beautifully decorated and crafted to perfection- moist, crumbly chocolate layer cake with smooth chocolate buttercream.
Scrolling through this photo album you can see hundreds of other unique creations whipped up at Sweet Mary’s. To order, call a few days ahead of your special day- they’ll even deliver to campus
As for the store’s daily offerings, there’s an entire display full of fresh cupcakes baked-on-premises with flavors that change daily (their Facebook page announces the day’s flavors so you know exactly what’s in store). We took a stroll across the green to Court Street for a marathon Sweet Mary’s session the other day to get a good taste of some of their most popular treats. Six cupcakes, three cookies, an apple turnover, and seven-layer-bar later, we managed to roll ourselves out of the store on a sugar-high that carried us over until bedtime. It was a trip to remember (and repeat as soon as possible).
It’s rumored (and confirmed by the owner) that JE is a big spender at Sweet Mary’s for special college events- including something this Friday… there’s your tipoff. I urge you to get your Master and Dean to do the same.
A big thank you to our dear friend Carly Lovejoy for the beautiful photos!
Cupcakes sell for $3.75 and come neatly wrapped in a box or little cupcake enclosure that’s pretty enough to gift on its own.
We got some of them wrapped in a pink box (seasonal, for Valentine’s day) and took the others by hand (it was cold, and we were hungry).
Vanilla Caramel cupcake: a soft vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream and a dulce de leche center. My personal favorite.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake: another crowd-pleaser, the peanut butter cupcake come as a chocolate cake base with chocolate buttercream frosting and a rich peanut butter spread inside.
Carrot cupcake: carrot cake topped with cream cheese frosting, and Carly’s favorite
Death by Chocolate: this cupcake wears the crown as their most popular flavor. Inspired by a molten lava cake, it comes with a chocolate fudge cake with fudge filling on the bottom and topped with chocolate mousse. Yes, chocolate mousse… chilled fluffy chocolate mousse dotted with mini chocolate chips. Death indeed, but not one worth mourning.
In addition to what’s on that plate below, we got two XL cookies (a peanut butter and a s’mores) that were gone by the time our cupcakes were wrapped. You’ll have to take our word for it and check those out. Chewy, fresh, and just enough crunch on the outside, these cookies were packed with flavor.
The apple turnover was a nice change of pace after a pure sugar overload, a light flaky pastry with a soft fruit filling. The madeleine was another favorite of mine and would be best enjoyed with a nice warm drink. A seven-layer bar finished off our meal with all the flavors I could’ve craved in a single bar- coconut, chocolate, nuts, and graham cracker.