The Ultimate Dessert Guide

Posted: February 22, 2021

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

Mrs. Moriconi's Ice Cream / Erb/Dufault Photography


Biscotto Cafe

Craving a taste of Italy? Biscotto Cafe brings both Italian and Latin American flavors to life through their hand-crafted baked goods! Although currently closed for indoor dining, their online pre-order menus go live every Wednesday at 9am, to be picked up by Saturday or Sunday. Sweet Tip: Their lemon cinnabons are out of this world. 

Coco’s Tropical Ice

Now open seven 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! Looking to take the backyard hang out up a notch? 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.


Francesco’s Italian Bakery

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


Quite Fetching Barkery

How about a special treat for your furry friends? Quite Fetching Barkery is a full-service dog bakery and pet boutique specializing in custom pup cakes! They’re currently offering ice cream cakes, private holiday shopping/play dates, charcuterie boards and more! (Dogs are encouraged to bring their humans when they visit)


Cakeshop Cafe

Just a mile from The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley sits Cakeshop cake, a little haven for cake lovers. Need some pep in your step? This local favorite has some of the best coffee and espresso in town! Cakeshop Cafe is a unique cake and coffee shop offering buttercream cakes, sheet cakes, “mother cuppers” (gourmet filled jumbo cakes), cupcakes, cake pops and more.

Rocco's Doughnut Company

Highly beloved among Central MA dessert mavens and sweet tooths alike, Rocco’s Doughnut Company offers a large variety of doughnuts, generous in size, in creative new flavors every month! They’re in high demand and are known to run out quickly, so make sure to get there first thing in the morning!


Basic Batch Donuts

If you’re looking for that made-with-extra-love feel, Basic Batch Donuts is your place. Pastry chef Christina Larson carefully rolls, cuts, shapes, fries, dips and glazes her doughnuts by hand, daily. They offer yeast raised and cake donuts, speciality doughnuts, freshly made cinnamon rolls and a few seasonally baked items! The menu changes monthly to compliment the change in seasons, but the classics are always in stock! Basic Batch Donuts has cultivated a warm and inviting space in their shop, and believes that eating their doughnuts should be an experience. They’re open every morning from Wednesday through Sunday, closing once they’re sold out. Make sure to grab yours quick!


Peppers Artful Events

If you dream it, Peppers Artful Events can make it. Specializing in custom menus and gorgeous designs, Peppers’ custom cakes are renowned and beloved, winning several awards, including The Knot Hall of Fame. From sophisticated to whimsical, Peppers can craft unforgettable cakes to compliment your special events.

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Brookfield Orchards

Visit Brookfield Orchards for some of their famous apple dumplings, pies, cider doughnuts, jellies, penny candy, and more! Sweet Tip: Their cider doughnuts are delicious and a great way to keep a taste of the fall season with you all year long.



Baked is a dessert lover’s paradise, with cakes, cookies, cupcakes, cake pops, and much more. This local favorite is sure to please any sweet tooth, with gluten, soy, and dairy free options, specialty packaging, and convenient pickup options. These custom designed delights are sure to wow on any special occasion. From wedding cakes and homemade pastries to doggie birthday cakes, Baked has something for the whole family!

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, be sure to try 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!


Bean Counter Café & Pastry Shop

The Bean Counter, featured in The Knot, Boston Magazine, and Wedding Wire, has recently been named Couple’s Choice for 2021. Both delicious and diverse, 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 or their newest location at 270 Grove St in Worcester to satisfy your morning, afternoon, or evening sweets craving!

Hebert's Candy Mansion

Featuring their famous Genevas chocolates in a wide variety of flavors, Hebert’s Candy Mansion is a confectionary mainstay in Central Massachusetts. Crafted right in Shrewsbury, every bite of Hebert’s candies is sure to be fresh and delicious. The perfect place for a family trip, book your next event at Hebert’s. What kid doesn’t want to visit a mansion full of candy?

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!


Crust Artisan Bakeshop

Crust Bakeshop sweets are always made with love, and it’s no surprise because their current owners, Alexis and Nate Rossi, met while employees at Crust Bakeshop, and it was love at first waffle. Together, they’re committed to making and sharing delicious food. Treat yourself to their creations through a breakfast sandwich, croissant, banana muffins, oatmeal raisin cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and much more.

Glazy Susan

As Worcester’s #1 specialty doughnut company (est. 2018), Glazy Susan is always ready to spoil us with scratch-made, local ingredients. Stop by for a drink at Reign Cafe and pair it with a signature glazed doughnut from Glazy Susan, or any of the doughnuts from their themed monthly menu drops (they offer delicious vegan treats, too!).


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.

Mrs. Moriconi's Ice Cream

Made from locally sourced dairy, Mrs. Moriconi's is a complete "farm to spoon" operation. You can find this coveted frozen treat at their brick & mortar shop, standing proud at 1116 Pleasant St. in Worcester, as well as at pop-up events at local businesses and other special dates announced on social media. It's important to note that Mrs. Moriconi's is not a scoop shop, in their devotion to total employee & consumer food safety. With ice cream sold in half pints & full, it's the perfect excuse to enjoy more!

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!

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, or twelve!, of their delightfully unique, made-from-scratch cupcakes today.

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 five or 10 flavors)!

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!

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