Saturday, August 17, 2019

Food Dudes: A Little Something Bakery in West Hartford

Aesha Shah ’14 and Brittany Viola ’14
Contributing Writers 

We woke up on Saturday morning with the intention of getting a head start on our work for the weekend.  As caffeine addicts, we decided to go off campus, hoping to find a place that had great coffee to wake us up.  The usual stop at Dunkin Donuts wasn’t going to satisfy our cravings this time. We ended up at A Little Something Bakery on Park Road in West Hartford.  After about a ten-minute drive, we parked across the street, and immediately headed straight towards the bakery.

When we arrived inside, we were instantly enveloped in the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and sweet, homemade goodies.   We walked around the quaint bakery with pink walls towards the glass cases, noticing how hard our decision was going to be since there were so many choices.  Our first goal was to pick out a coffee, as that was the reason why we were at the bakery. We both went for a large “Rain Forest” coffee, mostly because the name sounded cool. The coffee was rich, bold, and nutty. However, we wished they offered iced coffee in addition to hot.  We walked back towards the glass cases and Aesha, who probably loves cupcakes more than any other sweet in the world, immediately decided on a luscious red velvet cupcake. Brittany, who was a little more indecisive, went back and forth between a 7-layer bar, blondie, caramel-oats breakfast bar, and a pecan pie bar, before finally deciding on the pecan pie bar.  The other selections of enticing baked goods included all sorts of cookies, donuts, pies, scones, brownies, quiches, and an interesting treat called a “dirt bomb.” It is essentially a cinnamon-sugar donut baked in a muffin shape.  There were also several kinds of breakfast sandwiches, both vegetarian and meat.  Customers can pre-order cupcakes, pies, and cakes for special occasions.  The prices are very reasonable, as two large coffees, a pecan pie bar, and one cupcake came to roughly $9. The staff is very pleasant and greeted us and the other customers with warm smiles.  

Before leaving the cute bakery, we walked around to see everything else the place had to offer.  Aside from selling tasty treats, the bakery doubles as a mini store, selling a variety of items. There is large selection of greeting cards, coffee mugs, cake decorations, and “A Little Something Bakery” t-shirts.  Pictures of decadent cakes from weddings and other special events line the windows, along with fresh flowers and plants at the entrance.  Old wooden pieces of furniture complement the brightly lit café, providing a wonderfully inviting atmosphere. Our favorite was the old, white stove they used to serve the coffee.

After our tour, we took our goodies to one of the two tables outside.  The red velvet cupcake was heavenly, while the dreamy cocoa cake is perfectly moist and the cream cheese frosting is sweet, creamy and tangy. The cupcakes are a great size to indulge your sweet tooth, not too large like other cupcake places. The bakery serves them in small containers that make it easy to carry without ruining the cupcake. The pecan bar is a divine combination of shortbread crust and a luscious pecan filling with candied pecans on top. It’s rich but not in an overwhelmingly sweet way as with some pecan pies that have too much filling. The delightful desserts paired perfectly with our coffees.  We almost headed back into the bakery to pick something else out, but instead decided that we would just have to come back again sometime soon.

We would definitely recommend “A Little Something Bakery” to those with an urge for something sweet or even to just try the delicious coffee.  Its location is incredibly convenient, the prices are reasonable, the selections are endless, and the staff is friendly.   The bakery is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2p.m.  So whenever you are in the need of “a little something,” make your way over to A Little Something Bakery!


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