Every once in a while, a girl (or guy) needs a cupcake. These aren't easy to come by in the Eternal City, a town more known for devil-fighting than devil's food. Luckily, there's Sweety Rome.
A bakery and café located in the heart of Monti, Sweety Rome boasts pastries, muffins — and cupcakes. When I saw a red velvet cupcake (shown above), next to a chocolate cupcake, next to a vanilla-with-lemon icing cupcake, at a bakery in Rome, I almost couldn't contain myself. (I thank Baked & Wired, the frustratingly-tempting and way-better-than-Georgetown-Cupcake place next to my old office building in Washington, D.C., for my not-quite-forgotten cupcake addition).
But displaying a cupcake is one thing. Actually baking one that's up to a Baked & Wired-lover's snuff is something else.
Two trips, three muffins and three cupcakes later (gross, I know), this self-appointed expert's verdict: pretty darn good. No, the cupcakes aren't the size-of-a-plate monstrosities with two inches of icing that you see back home, and they're slightly on the dry side. Nor are the muffins as sweet as what I'm
used to spoiled by in the U.S. But when you're craving something sweet and American, either one will do the trick.
Sweety Rome also does pies and cakes that you're not used to seeing in Italy, like pecan pie, cheesecake, and key lime pie; if you want one for a special occasion, you have to order in advance. Some of the cute designs they can do are in the window — even a cake shaped like a Chanel bag.
And, excitingly, I hear that they do brunch. When I swung by at 9:30am on a recent Saturday, this brunch did not appear to be on quite yet. In fact, they weren't even open. But I'm game to go back, so stay tuned for an American brunch update.
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