An Evening Trip at Oakleaf Cakes Bake Shop

After three years of admiring the windows of Oakleaf Cakes Bake Shop, I finally went in and tried it out for myself.
Oakleaf is a small, welcoming bakery located at 12 Westland Ave in Boston’s Back Bay. It’s got coffee and all kinds of baked goods, but most people probably know it as the place with the amazing cakes. The windows are filled with everything from guitars to giant hamburgers, all covered in fondant and all examples of the elaborate custom works the shop can produce. Owner Amanda Oakleaf has even competed on Food Network’s “Duff Till Dawn.”
But if you’re not getting married or hosting a ground beef-themed party, there’s still a reason to go in.
Like me, it was Shreya Muchimilli’s first time coming in.
“It’s like a really cute, boutiquish kind of store,” she said. “The cupcakes are really moist. They’re kind of better than Georgetown [Cupcakes], in my opinion.”
Shreya Muchimilli grabs coffee and sweets with a friend.
On the other hand, Katherine Yom comes about once a week.
“I feel like this is a good atmosphere to do homework in,” said Yom, who attends Northeastern University nearby.
She had a cupcake in front of her and also complimented the coffee, but her favorite Oakleaf treat is their homemade marshmallows.
At 5 p.m. on a Wednesday, the cupcakes were picked over. For my first try, I passed over the mini apple pie cheesecakes and the last few honey lavender cupcakes in favor of a cherry pie poptart, which cost $3.05. It was soft, with a great texture and a filling that wasn’t overpowering. Considering how cheap it was, I see myself going back a lot. (Update: I went back two days later.)
 Oakleaf Cakes Bake Shop is open Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. They have vegan options but are not a gluten or nut-free bakery. The shop is handicapped-accessible and is a short walk from the Symphony stop on the (Green) E-line.