My Favorite Bakery: White’s Pastry Shop

by Andie Mitchell on January 16, 2012


I thought



I don’t know,


a sturdy five minutes about

titling this post “Gratuitous Food Pornography” as my friend Andrew Scrivani might do [in a much classier, more respectable way].


But then I realized that,


although overtly flashy, lustful, and hotly dramatic characters exist in my mind for both pornography and pastry,whites_pastry_shop-07

Google may not feel so turned on. whites_pastry_shop-14-1

So I settled.





This place- White’s Pastry Shop in Hingham, Massachusetts- is

by and large


my favorite bakery in New England. The cakes, specifically their aptly called “white cake,” is velvet. So soft and light it’s almost ethereal in texture.



And that frosting. A heavily whipped wonder with so much fluff it almost bounces back when pressed. It’s one of *ten things I’d request at my last supper.

*Leonardo DiCaprio being the other nine


My family knows my affection for White’s. In fact,

when I signed both of my book deals this past August, my mother mailed me one of their double layer 10” cakes.

A cake so delicate, so sensitive, that my fork disturbs its entire crumb at the very hint of touch.

Boston to Seattle.

The United States Postal Service.

Boston to Seattle.


See this post for the deliciously true story.


And so,

naturally, when I came back to Massachusetts from Seattle this winter to visit my family,

we made one very celebratory, very special trip.


And I’ll have you know

my mother (the same woman who mailed me 37 Mallo Cup candy bars a few months back) and I (her sweets-loving baby)

waltzed out of White’s with:

*1 cake

*1 chocolate whoopie pie

*1 red velvet cupcake

*1 white snowflake cupcake

*1 vanilla snowman cupcake

*1 chocolate and vanilla frosted half moon


******Our dignity remains in tact.

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking January 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Drooling. I’m simply drooling over this pastry shop.

This place may be worth making the incredible journey across the country. Actually, it definitely is. But considering how the gas money would cost more than a hundred cakes, for now I’ll just gawk at these photos :)


Ari @ Ari's Menu January 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Can I make friends with your mom and have her mail me one of those delicious cakes? Ummmm, YUM! :)


Gina January 16, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Ummm, I’d like one of each, yum:)


Beth January 16, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Looks like I’ll be taking a drive this weekend. I’ll blame it on my pregnancy cravings. ;)


Arielle January 16, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Wowzah, that place is a dream.


The Leightons January 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Oh, my. I enjoyed every word. Every picture. (My daughter and I adore your blog!) I wish that beautiful cake (first picture) could be flown to Texas and delivered to my home. Tomorrow. (Never mind. I’d drive 80 miles–one way– to pick it up at DFW Airport. Yes. Yes, I would. ) I can almost smell and taste it. Wow.


Jillian January 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Yes, iIt’s my favorite, too! I was just thinking about White’s yesterday reminiscing about last year’s Golden Globes. My sister and I both got a cupcake with gorgeous flowers on top and sipped champagne as we watched!


Meaghan January 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I love that place! It was there before the rest of the derby market got built around it


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh January 16, 2012 at 7:40 pm

You owe me a new laptop. I just short circuited mine with drool! ;-)


Caitlin January 16, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I just discovered your blog on pinterest and have been reading all evening! I can already tell I’m going to be tuning in daily. And I love White’s ricotta pie- delish. (I’m from MA too) Can’t wait to keep reading, i really enjoy your writing. What an inspiration and what wonderful recipes.


Sara in Seattle, had family in Boston January 17, 2012 at 1:58 am

But what about the lobster tail at Mike’s Pastry? I once took a cab in Boston whose driver regularly makes runs between the airport and Mike’s for delivery. White’s beats Mike’s?


admin January 17, 2012 at 4:16 am

This may be blasphemy to the die hard Mike fan’s…I think White’s is better. :)


Melanie January 17, 2012 at 3:30 am

oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh……I’m such a sucker for treats like this!
I’m doing some serious muffin baking today for my guys birthday…and this is making me crave these cakes and cupcakes so much that I’ll probably have to eat the batter…..

I think I just drooled on my keyboard…..shi**



Mindy January 17, 2012 at 5:05 am

As a baker and bakery owner in my dreams (you know, without all the inventory and paperwork and payroll and red tape issues;) these pictures provide such worthy aspirations! Love the cute snowmen cupcakes:) A great bakery is truly one of a kind!


Christy D January 17, 2012 at 5:34 am

I think I gained 5 lbs just looking at all the deliciousness!!! I wish I owned a bakery that everyone truly loved!!


Jess January 17, 2012 at 5:46 am

*weeping* once again at the mere mention of White’s…I’ll take an elephant ear, a half moon, a cannoli and a cake…I don’t care which lol Oh and several cupcakes. Thanks. lol


Sarah@The Flying ONION January 17, 2012 at 6:00 am

This looks incredible! And your style of writing, as always, is so wonderfully delicious. :D

To think that this place is right here in New England. I’m going to have to check it out. :D


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts January 17, 2012 at 6:24 am

I am not sure how to choose – I want 1 of everything! The Healthbar Cheesecake looks amazing, and the snowman cupcakes are so cute. I would gain 20 pounds just deciding :)


Melly January 17, 2012 at 6:33 am

as a long time reader I am beyond pleased to see this post about White’s and to know that I am not the only one who thinks its the best. I just wish it wasnt smack dab in the middle of the Derby Street Shoppes.


Andrea January 17, 2012 at 6:47 am

Thanks for the gratuitous food porn! I’m moving to Boston on Saturday and just googled the address for this bakery…less than a half hour from my new house! I did not need to know that :D


LMF January 17, 2012 at 9:09 am

I’ll take one of the cookies in picture #2 please and a black and white cookie from picture #4 please. Um, actually make it 2 black and white cookies. Thank you. To go please. Thanks!


Camara January 17, 2012 at 9:43 am

Seriously, I may just jump on the pike, get on 128 and travel down rt 3 to White’s. I use to work across the street on Derby Street and literally went in there daily just to look at all of the cakes. The best part is everything tastes just as good as they look. YUMMY I could go for a piece of chocolate Mousse cake, hopefully my laziness will kick in before I decide to drive out there. lol


Megan (Braise The Roof) January 17, 2012 at 11:22 am

Is that it? I think you forgot the Heathbar cheesecake. You should probably go back. :)


Jen@FoodFamilyFitness January 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I think it’s a good thing a bakery this good does not exist anywhere near me! Because I would be ALL over that heathbar cheesecake!!!


Amy January 18, 2012 at 4:13 am

Oh Andie, I read this yesterday while I was in bed, before breakfast. Started the day out with a vicarious sugar high :)


joelle (on a pink typewriter) January 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

This place is now on my to-visit list.

Um, thank goodness you did not title this post that btw… i’m sure you would have gotten some…. interesting spam. ;)


caroline January 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm

ah i love whites bakery! we always buy their red velvet cakes for any birthday or special occasion :)


Wendy January 24, 2012 at 4:50 am

absolutely everything pictured here looks divine!


Lydia October 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm

I work at White’s Bakery in Hingham and a customer stopped by and said she HAD to come in and buy some treats cause she read this blog and your rave review about White’s! Love the blog so far and I’m glad you love White’s so much! It really is a great bakery.


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