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best cupcakes in toronto? // how are kubo 'babycakes'?

charxchar Dec 7, 2005 01:11 PM

i am looking for a nice basic cupcake - vanilla cake and buttercream icing. i just noticed that kubo radio has "babycakes" cupcakes at their location. has anyone had them?

any other good places to get a tasty cupcake would be appreciated.


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    M Waterfield Dec 7, 2005 01:41 PM

    There is a new place in Mississauga, in Streetsville to be exact, who specialise in Cupcakes - simple and yummy, reasonably priced too. You can find this place on Queen Street (Mississauga Road is called Queen as it passed through Streetsville), on the East side (opposite the new Starbucks at Queen and Thomas). I wish I could remember the name!

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      tuqueboy Dec 7, 2005 03:12 PM

      there's a place on yonge north of eglinton that only sells cupcakes. never had em, but i've got neighbours who swear by the place. think it's just called the cupcake store or cupcake shop. looks like tasty stuff.

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      1. re: tuqueboy
        Jo Dec 7, 2005 03:17 PM

        It's "The Cupcake Shoppe" and there was a thread about it on this board recently. I love their cupcakes because they definitely remind of the cupcakes that moms would bring in to class for their kids' birthdays, but they are pretty much only good the day you buy them. They get a bit dry by the second day.

        Here's their web site:

        Link: http://www.thecupcakeshoppe.ca/

        1. re: Jo
          Lazar Dec 8, 2005 07:04 AM

          I don't know, but I found that for the amount of money that you spend at the cupcake shoppe, I would rather grab a box of Duncan Hines and a muffin tray, because they taste about the same to me. But you are definitely right that they are only good for a day.

          Actually, Dufflet does a good cupcake. I like their double vanilla especially.

          1. re: Lazar
            Jo Dec 8, 2005 08:40 AM

            It's funny you say that, because that is probably why I like them. Like I said, they remind of classroom cupcakes from grade school... which probably were Duncan Hines! :)

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              Lazar Dec 8, 2005 10:25 AM

              Ahhh...Duncan Hines....eases the pain.

              Incidentally, someone told me that the cupcake shoppe also sells their wares through supermarkets and other stores, much in the same vein as Dufflet. If this is true, anybody know where?

              1. re: Lazar
                Marvic Dec 11, 2005 12:22 PM

                I work at the shoppe and I can tell you that we don't sell through other stores or supermarkets. C-Food does have our cupcakes on the menu in the summer though.

                It's interesting to see all the comments about the taste of our cupcakes. I haven't really compared them to others but I think this calls for a blind taste test! Yummy...

                1. re: Marvic
                  bottomless pit Dec 12, 2005 09:59 PM

                  I love the cupcakes from The Cupcake Shoppe! They're so fluffy and light and they have a variety of flavours....especially why you wouldn't want to leave them past a day!

                  A blind taste test would be a good idea for a chowhound meetup...I digress but the only way to find out if you like the "shoppe's" cupcakes is if you try them yourself!

            2. re: Lazar
              Gummybear Dec 8, 2005 09:42 PM

              Actually, using Duncan Hines would make a better cupcake than the cupcake shoppe!

              I find the "buttercream" icing tastes like Crisco and the cake part is dry and crumby. Not worth even half of what they charge.

              1. re: Gummybear
                Ediblethoughts Mar 17, 2008 05:54 PM

                I concur on the icing--though I find it tastes like straight butter. Which is fine on bread but not a cupcake.

          2. re: tuqueboy
            Mamma Mia Dec 8, 2005 11:03 AM

            The cupcake shoppe cupcakes taste like paste with too much butter (IMO). Try www.eatmywords.org FANTASTIC, beautiful cupcakes, delivered to your door -- and the proceeds go to charity. They will customize orders, mini cupcakes etc. Can't be beat!

            Link: http://www.eatmywords.org

            1. re: tuqueboy
              Lamaranthe Dec 8, 2005 12:29 PM

              Right! Their cupcakes are among the best I ever tried. Warning: they have to be eaten the very same day, if not right on the spot. They are on the expensive side, but they are a real treat.

              1. re: tuqueboy
                k-dogs Dec 13, 2005 03:20 PM

                Its called the Cupcake Shoppe, and although they look divine, they dont taste very good. I keep trying in hopes they will improve, but they are just ok. They use mostly buttercream frosting, which is not the sweet stuff we are used to. The cakes are usually dry and flavourless. On eone occasation I was pleasantly surprised, but usually, I am dissapointed.

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                maureen Dec 8, 2005 10:52 AM

                There's a lovley bakery on Cumberland, next to The Pilot that sells great cupcakes.

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                1. re: maureen
                  Negaduck Dec 10, 2005 02:03 AM

                  Don't forget to stop by Pilot for a burger.

                  1. re: maureen
                    river000 Dec 11, 2005 02:23 PM

                    The place on Cumberland is called Dessert Lady, and after reading this I tried their cupcakes yesterday and they were very good! Not expensive either - a dollar for the normal size cupcakes and 50 cents for the baby cupcakes. The amaretto flavour was a little more expensive. They let us sample the baby cupcakes for free.

                    Link: http://www.dessertlady.ca/

                    1. re: maureen
                      Mimimimimi May 7, 2007 09:40 AM

                      Here's my rant. I've done my research in TO on cupcakes. While I haven't tried them all, the cupcake shop you're referring to on Cumberland is called Dessert Lady. If I hear another person rave about Cupcake Shoppe on Yonge I'm going to hurl. Cupcake Shoppe cupcakes are waxy, and artificial. Yes their cupcakes and store are adorable, but their product sucks. Dessert Lady not only makes magnificent organic vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with buttercream icing daily (all natural ingredients), they're also ridiculously cheap (.99¢ each). So good, I've had to cut back in preparation for bikini season. Unlike other places, they sell out every day - no leftovers here. When you walk in there, you can see the commitment and integrity to their business and product. The place is immaculate, cute, well-run. I have a ton of respect for them. Their rice pudding is divine, and to add to the novelty, the grammar on some of their chocolate hearts is incorrect, only making their products even cuter. They just added dee-lish homemade ice-cream and gelato - had a taste sample. Yum! I don't work in the food business, but I know it's a grind. I will support Dessert Lady as long as they continue to produce the quality they are generating. This is the type of business we should be supporting.

                      1. re: Mimimimimi
                        Attknee Mar 17, 2008 06:09 PM

                        Have never tried the Dessert Lady although she will definitely be on my list. However I totally agree with your assessment of the Cupcake Shoppe cupcakes. Awful, disappointing, artifical tasting icing and a total letdown after I had been dying to try them. If I am going to ingest the calories it is not going to be there unless and until they get their act together and live up to their name.

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                      Mila Dec 8, 2005 12:53 PM

                      Just came across this website.
                      Look interesting, haven't tried

                      Link: http://www.flourgirls.com/index.htm

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                      1. re: Mila
                        more.cowbell Apr 24, 2008 08:09 AM

                        I bought one of these cupcakes last week. Chocolate with a raspberry icing. The icing was flavourless, not sweet, and didn't taste like raspberry, and the cupcake was just ok, but left a bad aftertaste in my mouth. I wouldn't recommend the flourgirls to anyone.

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                          Full tummy Apr 24, 2008 08:30 AM

                          I have eaten a variety of flourgirls cupcakes, admittedly not the chocolate raspberry, and I must say I enjoyed them all. Perhaps it was something about the raspberry frosting you didn't like. I really enjoy the texture of the buttercream icing, and I found the cake to be delicious. This would be my "go to" cupcake, if they were anywhere near where I live and work.

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                        Corrie Dec 9, 2005 09:54 PM

                        Just came back from Kubo Radio and I had the cupcakes for the first time. Have to say they were... okay. Definitely nothing that anyone couldn't make in their own kitchen. The peanut butter icing on the chocolate cupcake was a nice combo though!

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                          MC Jan 19, 2006 09:16 AM

                          Have you seen Salt & Pepper catering's cupcakes? She sells them at Spotted Zebra Gift Services, 1061 Yonge St., Rosedale, ON (416) 944 0251. Her buttercream is to die for!!!

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                          1. re: MC
                            Ediblethoughts Apr 22, 2008 03:49 PM

                            I finally found out where the cupcakes I ate this weekend at Caffe Doria originated: The first cupcake was the cutest short cupcake--half chocolate cake; half chocolate icing---and SO good came from Salt & Pepper catering (I was told Circles and Squares by a guy who works there but the owner confirmed it was S & P). And the other really tasty red velvet cupcake (though I liked the icing more than the cake) I had was from Yummy Stuff.

                            Definitely going to try more of these cupcakes from both places--though I may have to get them from Caffe Doria since these shops don't seem to have stores.

                            I also tried some of the Cirlces and Squares cupcakes recently and they were quite good too---though not enough icing for my taste. Still, very good quality cake. Makes me rethink my disdain of what cake cupcakes.

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                            NovoCuisine Apr 6, 2006 09:06 PM

                            I was at Kubo Radio last week and reeeeally wanted to try a cupcake for dessert, but they were out....


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                              Yum2MyTum May 7, 2007 12:51 PM

                              At St. Lawrence Market on Saturdays, there is a bearded gentleman selling a variety of baked delights - his cupckes (and butter tarts and carrot cake) are to die for. He is at the South end of the North Market, right near the entrance, on the right aisle.

                              Cupcake Shoppe's wares I found to be overrated and over-priced.

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                                lizacarol Mar 17, 2008 09:58 PM

                                They are fantastic! We tried many different ones in the city - but these were the best we found. We actually had them instead of a wedding cake. There are many different flavours though, so some you will probably like more than others. The red velvet are my favourite.

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                                1. re: lizacarol
                                  bjinyyz Apr 25, 2008 01:11 PM

                                  Cupcakes like back in school...Health Bread at Eglinton and Bathurst!

                                2. sugarcube May 7, 2008 09:15 AM

                                  I've tried the cupcakes at Sweet Bliss Bakery on Queen East and the Cupcake Shoppe on Yonge.
                                  For Sweet Bliss I choose a chocolate cupcake with Chocolate buttercream. The cake itself was moist, could detect chocolate flavour, but nothing spectacular. The buttercream completely overwhelmed the cake because it was much too sweet.

                                  For the Shoppe, I decided to choose something different to their buttercreams and frostings and opted for their caramel dipped cupcake with a jujube on top. The buttercake was tender and moist and complimented the caramel well. The caramel itself was nice and sweet/sticky but not overpowering.

                                  However at $2.50 a cupcake, I'd rather eat a croissant or pain au chocolat at Celestin if we're talking about baked treats (just my two cents)

                                  1. Moimoi May 7, 2008 12:14 PM

                                    I was reading a rant of mine on this posting from 2005, and was chuckling, because I still feel the same way. Has it been that long? Would like to add, that I believe Dessert Lady's cupcakes are made with "organic" ingredients, but you'd have to confirm. They're still inexpensive, and still great and I still hate the Cupcake Shoppe. Yes, it's cute as a button, but similar in taste to something you'd find in the aisles at Dominion in a plastic package and an expiry date of 2010. Oh, also try the chocolate cupcakes from United Bakers at Lawrence/Bathurst plaza. I don't know if they're from Open Window bakery or not, but they're very old-fashioned, maybe $1.25 each (?) and with a glass of ice, cold milk, you can't ask for much more in life.

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                                      SunnyB May 7, 2008 06:17 PM

                                      This will be hard to believe but Aurora has a new Wal Mart and the cupcakes there are very very good and at 3.50 for 6 they are a steal

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                                      1. re: SunnyB
                                        Full tummy May 8, 2008 07:12 AM

                                        Did you read the ingredients? I am always amazed at how some of these places can take the most disgusting ingredients and make them taste good...Perhaps I'm wrong here, but maybe you could let us know.

                                        1. re: Full tummy
                                          Ediblethoughts May 8, 2008 03:10 PM

                                          I know what you mean---I won't do cupcakes with hydrogenated fats/shortening.

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