Sometimes you have to see the good in things that seem like a pain in the ass. For example, sleepless nights at far away hotels and time spent racing through or waiting in airports means a magical treat: Frequent Flyer Miles! YESS!!!! All the work trips are worth it when you finally cash in your miles for a free vacation flight somewhere and this time it was Dublin! So among all the sites: Christ Church, Glasnevin Cemetery, and the Guiness Factory, I managed to suss out the really important details of the local landscape and culture like the best bakery in town.
I researched where to go in advance but was unsuccessful in finding some of the places that Google told me about. I managed to ask the locals who directed me to a shop cleverly named "The Bakery". I usually just look for a cupcake shop but this place seemed too good to pass up. Other reviews claim that it's good for a quick sandwich or soup or snack. But I'm on a mission for cupcakes.
The Bakery is in Temple Bar - a touristy area also frequented by locals for its many shops, restaurants and trendy bars. I found it on one attempt on a Sunday but it was closed - I couldn't find the hours posted on the door so we tried again on Monday. Finally at about 4:10 we popped in and they had quite a few cupcakes left so I got a vanilla. They had some standard flavors, nothing exciting or original so I went with something simple. It was AWESOME! The cake was moist but had a small cell structure. The frosting was good but a kindof unoriginal buttercream although they added some white (and pink) chocolate shavings in the middle which brightened up the frosting texture but didn't add much in the way of flavor. I would have liked a fluffier frosting but that's how buttercream rolls - sometimes it's just too think. Still yummy and I actually ate the whole thing. I'd give The Bakery 3.5 stars out of 5 on my arbitrary scale. It was a solid cupcake with good flavor but they lacked imagination in cupcake types - maybe because they aren't cupcake exclusive? And the buttercream could have been lighter - again -maybe because they make so many other things.
Either way - The Bakery is worth a stop if you're in Dublin! They had all sorts of treats that might hit the spot for you when you're there!
Here's my cupcake experience: