The Ultimate Dessert Guide


Central Massachusetts has some amazing bakeries and sugary hot spots where locals and visitors can enjoy the region's best cupcakes, donuts, ice cream, cookies, and other decadent sweets. Check out our list of must-try sweets in Central Mass.

Auburn

Coco’s Tropical Ice

Now open 7 days a week, Coco’s in Auburn offers over 45 soft serve, gelati, and tropical ice flavors, so it’s sure to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth! And if you can’t make it out, let Coco’s come to you. Coco’s party cart is available throughout the summer for special events, so there’s no excuse to miss out on all the deliciousness Coco’s has to offer.

Charlton

Francesco’s Italian Bakery

Francesco’s Italian Bakery has a sweet treat for every occasion; breads, pastries, Italian cookies, and most importantly, specialty cakes! This quaint family business began 17 years ago and has become a staple of the Charlton community, and it is most certainly not to be missed!

Holden

Baked 

Open until 10 p.m. five days a week, you can get your late night sweet fix at Baked, a new bakery conveniently located on Main Street in Holden. Baked is a dessert lover’s paradise, with cakes, cookies, cupcakes, cake pops, and much more for any occasion imaginable!

Leicester

Castle Restaurant

Travel back in time while enjoying crème brulee or chocolate ganache cake at the Castle Restaurant in Leicester. Enjoy live jazz on a warm Summer Sunday afternoon or host your next event in the King’s Court Room! The Castle Restaurant is truly a one-of-a-kind experience for the whole family.

Northborough

Cocobeni Confections

Cocobeni was established to positively impact those who enjoy their sweet treats by not only making delicious confections, but by joyfully impacting the local community as well. Their cake pops are so good, they were given out at the Emmy Awards, so you know you can’t go wrong! Celebrate your next occasion with Cocobeni and taste the passion in every bite.

Rutland

Still Four Corners

A beloved local Rutland landmark, Still Four Corners offers homemade ice cream, soft serve, yogurt, and sherbet. And for the ultimate indulgence, you shouldn’t dare miss out on the fudge brownie delight, with your choice of 2 or 3 scoops of ice cream and over 15 toppings to choose from! Or if you’d prefer, you can take home a pint or quart of their homemade goodness!

Shrewsbury

Bean Counter Café & Pastry Shop, Hebert’s Candy Mansion

Featured in The Knot Boston magazine, The Bean Counter, in addition to being named Couple’s Choice for wedding cakes for 3 consecutive years,has also been awarded the Best of The Knot Hall of Fame. Both delicious and accommodating, The Bean Counter offers numerous vegan and gluten-free options, which are conveniently available at all locations. Stop by their bakery on Route 9 in Shrewsbury to satisfy your morning, afternoon, or evening sweets craving!

Featuring their famous Genevas chocolates in a wide variety of flavors, Hebert’s Candy Mansion is sure to knock your socks off. Crafted right in Shrewsbury, every bite of Hebert’s candies is sure to be fresh and delicious. A place for the whole family, book your next event at Hebert’s or stop by for Cruzzin’ Dreams on Thursday nights!

Spencer

Fives Loaves Bakery

Get your fix of fresh coffee, cappuccino, or espresso, along with pastries, scones, croissants, cookies, and other desserts at Five Loaves Bakery in Spencer. A BYOB bakery, Five Loaves also offers a variety of constantly-changing menu options for the ultimate foodie! Don’t miss out on this traditional American bakery gem that is sure to please!

West Boylston

Gerardo’s Bakery

Don’t forget to ‘take the cannoli,’ or a dozen, from Gerardo’s Bakery in West Boylston. With an exceptional assortment of desserts, including chocolate dipped lobster tails, pistachio pignoli cookies, and cappuccino cannolis, Gerardo’s leaves no stone unturned, and no dessert neglected. Order a wedding cake or holiday pie and you’ll never look back!

Worcester

The Queen's Cups: The Queen’s Cups bakery is as delicious as it is thoughtful. With gluten-free and dairy-free options available, the Queen’s Cups is an award-winning bakery several years running, and for good reason! Stop in for one of their delightfully unique, made-from-scratch cupcakes today.

Wholly Cannoli: For top notch cannolis in Worcester, Wholly Cannoli is a must! This local bakery has over 40 cannoli flavors, including mocha almond chip, key lime, and Butterfinger. Wholly Cannoli hasn’t missed a detail – don’t forget to grab a pie on your way out!

Crown Bakery: Voted Worcester Magazine’s 2015 Best Bakery, Crown Bakery has an assortment of delicious Swedish Coffee Rings, sweet rolls, marzipan cakes, and butter and whipped cream tortas. Whether you’re in need of a specialty cake for your special day, or just looking for a sweet pick-me-up, the Crown Bakery and Café is sure to deliver!

On The Rise Baking: Using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients in all their treats, On The Rise bakery offers seasonal and constantly-changing dessert options. Stop by in the morning for a breakfast pastry and mocha latte, or on your way home from work for a homemade Oreo. On The Rise baking doesn’t miss a beat!

Corner Grille: Corner Grille in Worcester offers a wide variety of daily made-from-scratch desserts, including oatmeal molasses cream cookies, chocolate bread pudding, and rocky road brownies. Go for the pizza and stay for the dessert!

Via Italian Table: VIA Italian Table is well known throughout Worcester for its authentic and rich Italian food, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by their extensive dessert menu. For a cold treat, choose from several gelato flavors including peanut butter chocolate chip or salted caramel. If you’re feeling especially daring, indulge in Via’s “MichelanGelato” sampler, a combination of Italian gelati and sorbetti – your choice of 5 or 10 flavors!

Mezcal: Save room for a sweet treat from south-of-the-border! After enjoying their guacamole and salsa bar, be sure to leave room for Mezcal’s fried ice cream or tres leches cake. With its convenient location, Mezcal is a delicious local favorite.

TOWNS
Auburn
Charlton
Leicester
Millbury
Rutland
Shrewsbury
West Boylston
Worcester