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Gourmet Cupcakes?

Anyone know of gourmet cupcake purveyors (other than The Cupcake Shoppe)? I heard that there are a couple of great websites that do online orders.

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  1. Again, I'm goin to recomend 'Sweet Tooth' on the Danforth at Logan. They even just LOOK too good and cute to eat.

    1. http://www.eini.ca/

      I got this on my sweetspot newsletter today.

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      1. re: LissyDee

        We ordered a sample batch a couple of weeks ago as we're looking for cupcakes for our wedding. Theirs were terrible, the icing tasted like shortening with a little bit of sugar added and left such a greasy feel in your mouth when you were done. They were gross,

      2. Sweet tooth is not that great - we had their cupcakes and the cake was dry and dense with little flavour and the icing was very high in vegetable shortening and not butter. I truly want to love the place as it's so cute and their products look great but I've been disappointed several times.

        Has anyone tried the babycakes from Kubo Radio? Are they any good?

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        1. re: shana

          I have tried Kubo's cupcakes a number of times and, alas, the icing is tooth-tinglingly grainy with undissolved sugar. Also, they refrigerate the cupcakes after they're made, making the icing and the cake hard. Too bad; I really wanted to like them.

          1. re: Full tummy

            damn, how disapointing, I wanted to try it too. and really really wanted to like it.

            1. re: Full tummy

              I was eating there one day and some cupcakes came out fresh, so I grabbed a couple chocolate peanut butter ones before they were sentenced to the fridge. So so good!

              1. re: NovoCuisine

                what did you eat there? was the food good?

                1. re: hungryabbey

                  I've been to Kubo Radio many times, and when it was just Kubo on Bay Street before then. Never had bad food or bad service at either.

              2. re: Full tummy

                Good to know, thanks! Sounds worse than a Loblaws cupcake.

              3. re: shana

                I have enjoyed a number of Sweet Tooth's items, including their cupcakes, which, in my opinion, are pretty good. I must say I am surprised at your report of vegetable shortening in the icing. I have one of their vanilla 'n vanilla "pan cakes", which is, I think, the same base and icing as the vanilla cupcakes. The ingredients read: cream cheese, sugar, butter, soy oil, unbleached flour, icing sugar, eggs, vanilla, baking powder, cream of tartar, confetti sugar candy, and tender loving care.

                That, to me, is about as good an ingredient list as you can ask for.

                Did you ask if there was vegetable shortening in the icing? How do you know this?

                1. re: Full tummy

                  Just in follow up to the discussion and my own post. I dropped in at Sweet Tooth Bakery on the Danforth, and things look very different than they did last summer. There were maybe three cakes in the refrigerated display, which was, instead, full of packages of almond bark seemingly to fill space. The refrigerator at the rear which used to be packed with cakes and squares in foil pans for take-out was pretty much bare, and their cupcakes are from a different supplier; they are no longer frosted with a cooked buttercream, and they were not so good. I asked one of the staff if the place had changed hands, and she said yes, about eight months ago. Maybe I haven't been since before that? Anyway, things don't look or taste as good as they used to when they first opened.

                2. re: shana

                  went to kubo and really liked the crowd and atmosphere. very nice place and the service was pretty good.
                  the table order 3 babycakes and they werne't very good. one was strawberry and it was yuck. dry and sacchrine. the icing was disgusting. we wiped it off with a knife.

                  they all came out of the refrigerator - i think it's stupid to put them there in the first place but whatever. the best one they had there was red velvet. nothing outstanding but the best out of the vanilla, and strawberry ones that i had.

                3. http://www.eatmywords.org/

                  They are not cheap, and I can't vouch for how they taste, but they are the most beautiful cupcakes I have ever seen...

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                  1. re: fortheloveoffood

                    Oh YES! My friend received a delivery of these at work last year - they were absolutely gorgeous, you are right - and delicious!

                    1. re: fortheloveoffood

                      And proceeds go to Out of the Cold. The gift that gives twice.

                      1. re: fortheloveoffood

                        We recived these at christmas at work...oh my god. excelletn cupcakes and the presentation was gorgeous hand made sugar flowers & teddy bears. they were FABULOUS

                      2. They sell them at kubo radio at Queen and Logan... www.kubo.com

                        1. I don't know how gourmet these cupcakes are - but dessert lady in Yorkville makes the most moist, crumby vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting I have ever had. I usually order a dozen and then over-indulge. They are quite lovely to look at and the their tiny size means you can have a few and not despise the person in the mirror the next day.

                          1. I third EatMyWords. Beautiful presentation and very yummy. Nice packaging in the hat box too!

                            1. I would also agree with the Eat My Words. They always sell them at Valentines Day in Scotia Plaza.... mmm I could really go for one of those right about now.

                              Two other good spots are the cupcakes at All the Best in Rosedale and also Sweet Bliss on Queen Street in Leslieville. The chocolate ones at Sweet Bliss are almost brownie like in texture...

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                              1. re: Otonabee

                                Where is Sweet bliss located on queen st?
                                What else is good from there?
                                Do they make their sweets on site?

                                1. re: minto

                                  Sweet Bliss is East of Leslie on Queen. Their telephone number is 416-916-7895. They do make their stuff on site and even bring their own flour from a small supplier. The other things I have had there that are really good are their cinnamon buns (really really excellent!), Blondies, Cakes. OK Pretty much everything... They don't have a huge selection so I think that helps.

                                  1. re: Otonabee

                                    thanks. i will def try this place out

                                    1. re: Otonabee

                                      i went to sweet bliss bakery in leslieville today.. their cupcakes werent as good as i expected.. i ordered 3 different cupcakes.. a chocolate buttercream on chocolate, strawbery buttercream on vanilla, and a strawberry chocolate cupcake... all 3 of them had a very desne cake texture.. and the icing was very hard.. hard to the point of cracking.. i was quite disappointed..

                                      1. re: bobotheoboe

                                        That's too bad. Had they been in the refrigerator?

                                        1. re: Full tummy

                                          definetly were.. they had like 5 dozen of each variety in the refridgerator...

                                          1. re: bobotheoboe

                                            Bad move. That'll cause that crispy frosting crust every time, especially with an uncooked "buttercream". Which is one of the things I love about a cooked buttercream; it just holds up better, in my opinion.

                                            1. re: Full tummy

                                              The difference is between an American-Style Buttercream, which has a majority of icing sugar, and Swiss or Italian-Style buttercream which is mainly butter. That's why the swiss/italian style leaves a greasy feeling on the roof of your mouth. Also, if you use an american-style buttercream, all you have to do is let it come to room temperature if it was refrigerated and it will be fine.

                                              1. re: CIRCLES_SQ

                                                I have never had that greasy feeling on the roof of my mouth, thank goodness. I grew up on this style of frosting (thanks to my German mother) and find it much more palatable than the tinny, gritty "American-Style" version, which is a lot cheaper and less labour-intensive to make.

                                                You are right about letting the cupcakes come to room temperature; sometimes it's hard to wait, tho...

                                                1. re: Full tummy

                                                  It should never be gritty, I know the buttercream we use is never gritty, but I suppose it could be, I think it depends on the ratio of butter:liquid:icing sugar. I think some places cheap out on the butter and delude the ratio to be far too much icing sugar and liquid (ie. milk, etc.). Sometimes when someone doesn't know exactly how to make an icing they just keep adding icing sugar or milk until they get the consistency they want, and in the process make delude the butter content which gives it its smoothness.

                                                  1. re: CIRCLES_SQ

                                                    I don't think it should ever be gritty. When I make icing, I tend to like it more on the sweet than the buttery side---and so I add more icing sugar and it turns out more like vanilla fudge. Definitely not gritty.

                                2. I heard Babycakes cupcakes from Kubo Radio is suppose to be pretty good. I wonder if they're as good as the cupcakes from the Babycakes cupcakestore in NY.

                                  Toronto Babycakes Link:

                                  New York Babycakes Link:

                                  I know this is a bit off topic but I just want to share this site that is devoted to cupcakes and only cupcakes. They have some of the most colourful and creative cupcake designs I have ever seen, but you have to go into their archives to see the better designs.



                                  1. Dessert Lady is good.

                                    If at all possible, do not go o My Cupcake Shoppe @ yonge and eglinton. Very expensive, $3.50 each?. The cupcakes are very bland, and the icing taste of melting oil. Each flavour I have ever tried there taste exactly the same, but with different food colouring.

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                                    1. re: qtxniki

                                      Totally agree re The Cupcake Shoppe at Yonge & Eglinton -- really gross. The Bake Sale on the Kingsway (3076 Bloor St. W. 416-232-2253) is awesome and everything is from scratch. They only have vanilla and chocolate cupcakes but they are yummy.

                                      1. re: Nux2

                                        Swirls' cupcakes are far better than Bake Sale's, both in terms of flavour and icing. However, Bake Sale's chocolate cupcake is decent. Wasn't impressed with their vanilla version. Bake Sale's icing is stiff, sugary and thickly applied, whereas Swirls' icing tastes fresh and light.

                                      2. re: qtxniki

                                        Totally agree - that's why I specifically left them out of the equation. I HATE oily icing. Nasty.

                                      3. If you are in Mississauga, go to Streetsville to Swirls Bakeshop on Queen Street. Affordable and high quality.

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                                        1. re: Food Tourist

                                          I always pass by and mean to go in for one. I wonder if they'll do a few dozen custom ones for a party.

                                          1. re: Food Tourist

                                            I went to Swirls on this recommendation the other day -- yummy cupcakes!

                                            1. re: Food Tourist

                                              Although yesterday's Callebaut marble cupcake was a bit disappointing. Not moreish.

                                              1. re: Grumpy

                                                Yeah, I think they were just having an off day a couple of Fridays ago!

                                              2. re: Food Tourist

                                                Swirls is nothing special. The cakes was dense and not very fluffy and I hated how little they are... the icing was the best part... but I've been too spoiled by quality cupcakes outside of Toronto

                                                1. re: Food Tourist

                                                  I agree, Swirls does taste good, but not sure about quality.

                                                  The girls working at the shop admitted to me that they use pre-packaged icing and baking mix. I had to ask because my son is allergic to peanuts.

                                                  1. re: RedSonia

                                                    We tried them and they were horrible. Greasy and frosting tastes of shortening. The cake was greasy too.

                                                    Not a fan and really surprised to hear they use mixes. Nothing special at all.

                                                      1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                        I guess they have gone downhill in the past 4 years or so...sad. I was looking forward to trying their Toronto location near Dundas and Royal York.

                                                2. I agree that Eat My Words has beautiful cakes/cupcakes. Though they are pricey, part of the money you spend goes to a great cause. According to their website: "All prices include your generous donation of a 3-course hot meal to the homeless, through Out of the Cold."


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                                                  1. re: Jayna

                                                    I used to volunteer for Out of the Cold and definitely think it's a great cause; however, I'm always a little suspicious of companies that inflate the cost of an item so that they can say they are giving to charity. I wonder how much profit they actually keep vs. how much they donate. That being said, I've always wanted to buy cupcakes from Eat My Words and probably will in the future now that I know they are truly yummy.

                                                    1. re: Jayna

                                                      I don't get that at all, if I want to make a donation to an organization, I do it. Why build it into the price? I don't know why people don't understand that it's totally built into the final price. To be honest, they don't donate anything to charity at all, if it's built into the price and it's used as a selling feature, than its the public that is spending the bit extra and not them. If they sold a cake for $30 and then donated 5-10% to charity, than I think thats slightly different, but this hiding behind a charity name to excuse high pricing I think isn't right.

                                                      1. re: CIRCLES_SQ

                                                        I agree, but that's not what Eat My Words is doing really. They are based out of a church and a 10% donation is part of the belief system I believe. Tithing.

                                                        1. re: farmers

                                                          That doesn't really address what my post was. If they are based from a Church and want to tithe, that's fine with me, I go to Church, I understand the entire 10% tithing idea. My point is that I believe that they are justifying a very high selling point by stating that they give part of the price to charity. The point is who is donating/tithing money? Eat My Words or the person who says "I know its sort of expensive, but some of it goes to charity"?

                                                          I'd argue that it's not Eat My Words that is doing the good thing, but the person who agrees to pay above market value for an item for the reason of charity. I still don't agree with it, what if Bell Canada raised it's prices $2 and then gave that to charity, should we thank Bell for being charitable when it's really us that is paying the amount?

                                                          1. re: CIRCLES_SQ

                                                            I have looked at eatmywords website a few times but just cannot bring myself to order their cupcakes at that price. FIrst off, I have never had a mail order edible product taste as good as fresh (perhaps in this case I am wrong) and I have no issues donating to charity and do so automatically on my credit card every month to two different ones and yearly contribute to some others. I guess the whole premise of eatmywords irks me somehow. I feel like it's a gimmick somehow and don't know what percentage goes to charity and for their prices and the lack of decorations, flavors, creativity or overhead (mom and daughter online business only right?), I would expect it to be a lot more than it actually is.

                                                    2. There are some very good cupcakes at Pusateri's (I go to the Avenue and Bloor location). They sell mini-cupcakes and two types of standard-sized ones. Skip the strawberry, chocolate and red velvet; they're bland and too sweet. The peanut butter and the chocolate mint (the brand with green icing with chocolate chips, not white icing) - they are GOOD. Although occasionally slightly stale :-/

                                                      1. are there any of these places in scarborough or markham?

                                                        1. Dessert Lady in Yorkville can make 6+ cupcakes to order if they are out of stock. Calling ahead is helpful. However, their amaretto cupcakes ($1.25 each) taste like heavy nutty muffins with a dollop of creamy icing on top. Tasty, but not cupcakes. I'll have to try their other flavours (one of the employees said the vanilla cupcakes are better than amaretto).

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                                                          1. re: Food Tourist

                                                            So, on the recommendations of the hounds, I tried one of each type of cupcake from Dessert Lady on Saturday: vanilla, chocolate, amaretto, and a new flavour: lemon vanilla, and was, sadly, extremely disappointed. They were overly dense and cakey and the buttercream icing was clearly disproportionately favouring the butter; hence the shiny, oily slick left on the roof of my mouth. I was hoping for a light cake with a light, sugary icing - along the lines of the heaven that is the product of the Magnolia Bakery recipe. Perhaps there is a serious hole in the Toronto market for a lovely cupcake...

                                                            However, on a side note, Dessert Lady's lemon cranberry biscotti and peanut butter cookies were delightful, so we will definitely return, just not for those cupcakes.

                                                            1. re: AmandaEd

                                                              I totally LOVE Dessert Lady. My buddy swear by their chocolate cupcake. I like them too. (Is it dense, yes, but I like it that way). But you are also correct with their biscotti and cookies. If you are there again, I recommend their rice pudding (if you like that), and their tirmisi cup. They are both very good. And their lemon moose is very nice too. (If you like strong tart lemon)

                                                              1. re: cwong5

                                                                i definetly recommend Dessert Lady's cupcakes... their icing was sweet and light. their chocolate cake was not too dense and crumby... mmm very good.. definetly BETTER than sweet bliss, cupcake shoppe, and babycakes :)

                                                          2. One of my favorite pick for Cupcake is definitely Dessert Lady. www.dessertlady.ca

                                                            1. while i was impressed by the service (and the apple rosemary sorbet - unusual, but quite good) at dessert lady, i've to agree with a previous post about their frosting. i felt like i ate a mouthful of grease. sweet, pink, pretty grease, yes, but still grease.

                                                              the best cupcakes i've had so far are the ones by flourgirls ( http://www.flourgirls.com ), which i found at pusateri's. sadly, i don't think they have an actual store, and pusateri's didn't have any the last time i went. i've only been able to try their mini halloween chocolate ones - really moist dark choco cake with an out of this world chocolate icing, so scrumptious that i'm optimistic about their other varieties.

                                                              but be careful when buying cupcakes at pusateri's as they sell cupcakes from other places. i made the mistake of trying these red velvet ones them and found them horrible.

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                                                              1. re: hautecocoa

                                                                I've made a few trips to Milton recently for work and stop in at Flour Girls to pick up cupcakes. I think they are fantastic, and some of the better cupcakes I've had. Good crumb to the cake; nice and moist. Cooked buttercream, and a fantastic texture. They don't have a store in Toronto, but they do have a storefront in Milton. The are closed on Mondays, unfortunately, so I didn't get to eat cupcakes there this week. Very friendly people there, as I had the chance to chat with the owner for a little while. I ate a couple cupcakes while chatting and took a six-pack to go.

                                                              2. I second (third?) the Swirls recommendation. I went there based on the posts here, and they were delish! I got the Raspberry, Mango, and Vanilla kinds, all on a vanilla cake base. The raspberry and mango icings were great -- tasted of the fruit, and not too sweet or heavy. I didn't try the vanilla, but apparently it was very tasty. The cake itself was moist and dense... yum. We didn't eat the the cupcakes until a day after I'd purchased them and they were still fresh as anything (granted, they were freshly baked not long before purchase). $18 (no tax) for a dozen, and they also have mini versions and full-sized cakes that I'm sure I'll be trying before long. Thanks for the rec, FoodTourist!

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                                                                1. re: CuriousCat

                                                                  Been to swirls and brough home a cupcakes for a few people and each person said that the cake was too dense and not very fresh. I did get them on a Sunday at noon time...

                                                                2. Lollicakes - mt pleasant s. of eglinton. They are great - give them a try

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                                                                  1. re: jaxson18

                                                                    It is important to note that Lollicakes' cupcakes are also dairy free. So, the icing does not need to be refrigerated. It is also made of vegetable shortening, which just doesn't do it for me, but some may like it...

                                                                    1. re: Full tummy

                                                                      Didn't do it for me at all.
                                                                      They also only have 2 flavours (different coloured icing) atleast that's what the owner told me.

                                                                      1. re: Suresh

                                                                        And the price! Don't recall what it was, but it seemed hefty at the time, especially for a vegetable shortening-based cupcake.

                                                                        1. re: Full tummy

                                                                          Ah, here's the thread on Lollicakes. So yes, they are 2.10 for a mini and 3 something for a full (which is pretty small) cupcake. With any sort of decoration or edible image or non edible topper, the price goes up. The minis are then $3 and up and the full size $4-6 dollars each. Absolutely ridiculous and taste nasty. Oddly, the price at Cora's in Kensington for the minis is the same and they are gross too in my opinion. They went in the garbage after a bite and their red velvet is NOT red velvet and the carrot is a muffin called a cupcake.
                                                                          Anyways, full tummy, have you tried the dessertlady? The website icing looks like swiss meringue or just a well done American icing? Thoughts?

                                                                          1. re: westcoastgal

                                                                            Lollicakes are disgusting.

                                                                            I've been following your cupcake quest and I feel your pain. One thing I'm not clear on is your opinion of Wedding Cake Shoppe (though you've mentioned them). Their cupcakes are by far my favourite in the city. I'm not sure what style their frosting is, but it is always ultra creamy, not overly sweet and never gritty. You should try the passion fruit frosting -- it's amazing with just a bit of tang.

                                                                            1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                              Wedding Cake Shoppe taste fabulous! Of course they do. My only issue was that they were my first choice and I was willing to pay their prices (which are actually better than Bobbette and Belle) and contacted them via email a month ago. I never heard back until yesterday or the day before. It was 2 months before my daughter's birthday party date that I first contacted them and now the party is 3 weeks away. Anyways, Cindy said she could do my cupcakes but not the small 5" topper cake that I need for the top of the cupcake stand and for my daughter to actually blow out the candles on and "cut".
                                                                              I still considered getting the cupcakes and going elsewhere for the cake (which I told them I would top myself as I have the toppers but just wanted a red velvet cake with their icing) but my husband I realized that's ridiculous. First off, I live in Summerhill and Wedding Cake Shoppe is no where near us. Secondly, the party venue is in Forest Hill. It's just easier to go to one other place and get it all. That being said, Cindy was apologetic and quite helpful in suggestions to keep costs down. I would use Wedding Cake Shoppe for another occasion but go in person to book them instead of relying on emails. I have heard from others that their customer service isn't always the best and I guess it maybe that they are really busy and popular or overwhelmed? I don't know. I do know their product is good and I should have been more diligent and gone in myself.
                                                                              In my defense, my family has been staying with me for over two weeks so I was tied up with them. My sister did join me on part of my cupcake crawl but I couldn't force them to eat cupcakes everyday and obsess like I do. Lol!
                                                                              Oh and to answer your question, they are a cooked Swiss meringue buttercream. The others in the city I have found are Half Baked Ideas, Bobbette and Belle and some online businesses that cater or are carried at Pusateri's or McEwans.
                                                                              I did find in Summerhill Market cupcakes by a shop called Sullivan and Bleeker and emailed her months ago too and never heard back. I guess I should just phone and follow up. Today I came across Sweet Definition and the Dessert Lady.
                                                                              I must say Phipps Desserts in North York (not the cafe) looks good but they aren't open Sundays and my party is Sunday so they want me to get the cake Friday or Saturday morning. I guess I could but then question freshness. The other place that has a good cupcake is Bake Desserts. I bought their Red Velvet at Pusateri's and it was really good with a little red candy star on top. Looking at their website, this seems to be their signature star.
                                                                              Cakes by Robert has a fabulous cake. I bought a small $5 one on my way to my aunt's one day. She lives in Thornhill where the bakery is. I froze it for a few weeks and defrosted it for an early Mother's Day before my family left yesterday. They had even written on it and put some small flowers on it for free. The marble cake was so moist and delicious. One of the BEST I have ever tasted. The cupcakes are too. They are also nut free and if I want to keep my budget low or anyone else ever does, just go to Pusateri's or their bakery in Thornhill and pick up a few six packs. They are only $8-9 for a six pack of basic cupcakes and their cake prices are super reasonable too.They even do pull apart cupcake cakes for $50. My only complaint, is that they use an American style uncooked icing and refuse to alter it. I didn't even ask them to cook it but just put less icing sugar in it and they refused. However, I know some people love this frosting and it is one of the better done out there. Even I could stomach it without scraping it off. Wish they had more flavors...

                                                                              1. re: westcoastgal

                                                                                Talk to Madeleine at Flaky Tart (Mt. Pleasant, south of Eg). She doesn't specialize in cupcakes, but all of her baked goods and cakes are wonderful. Gorgeous creamy buttercreams on her cakes, though I'm not sure what style. She makes a vanilla cake with lemon vodka mousse filling that is just soooo lovely. She is always open and flexible, so that might be worth one more stop on your quest.

                                                                                1. re: westcoastgal

                                                                                  Hahaha, one day we should do a blind taste test of B&B, WCS and any others with proper buttercream.

                                                                                  1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                    I am in. In fact, I will even drive you around or pick them up and meet at a central location. Rarely have I found someone who shares my passion for buttercream. lol!
                                                                                    I do agree they can vary as I went to Sweet Escape in Distillery yesterday and they have a cooked buttercream that was quite more "solid" in appearance and texture than WCS or Band B. It was almost like a stick of butter. I thought it may be refrigeration but when I tried it hours later at home, it was still like that. It was tasty but odd structure. KWIM?
                                                                                    The buttercream at Sweet Bliss (I think, I get all the "Sweet" bakeries mixed up) has a cooked buttercream but in the photos looks more stiff and like a frosting.
                                                                                    I did contact Sweet Escape and asked if she could make her buttercream thinner and a bit "fluffier" and I would order from her. I did apologize for being so picky or offending her in anyway by my critique of her buttercream. I haven't heard back from her. lol! her chocolate cupcake was divine and I would have ordered. Maybe I shouldn't have been honest when asked.

                                                                                2. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                  TorontoJo, the WCS uses a proper European style buttercream, and they are fabulous. Have you tried Bobbette and Belle? Same kind of frosting, and much closer to my east end location. I also like that they are a cafe with seating, so we can eat in.

                                                                                  1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                    No, I haven't made it to B&B, probably because I already eat WAY too many WCS cupcakes... really, really way too many!

                                                                                    1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                      So I happened to be in the area of WCS yesterday (we were at Playful Grounds a cafe with playarea for kids) and so I went in to try their cupcakes again. I had only h had them once before, loved them and wanted to see if they were as good as I recalled. Well, OMG they are delicious!!!
                                                                                      I had a red velvet there with a cup of tea and took home a chocolate with strawberry buttercream and a cookies and cream. I didn't finish the red velvet to be honest as I have eaten a lot of cupcakes lately and feel quite gluttonous. However, it honestly is one of the best I have ever tasted. It may even be better than Bobbette and Belle, simply because WCS has the not too sweet buttercream frosting but it tastes more cream cheesy than B and B but isn't overpowering or thick grainy cream cheese icing.
                                                                                      The chocolate with strawberry buttercream? Well what can I say expect that my husband, who is Chinese Vietnamese and usually despises any American style cakes or desserts, actually ate it and declared it tasty. He said that once you "eat a cupcake like this one, you can't go back and eat one from a grocery store or a bad cupcake shop. It's better to save up and buy a cupcake from here if you are cheap." LOL! If you knew him, you would know that is a huge endorsement. He also likes the ones at Bobbette and said that these 2 are the best ones I have had him taste in Toronto.
                                                                                      I am sad that they can't do my daughter's birthday party as they are too booked up. Oh well, my birthday I guess.
                                                                                      Oh, while I was there, 2 women came in for a 6 pack and sat and literally devoured all of them between them. I can totally relate and do not judge them at all. The cupcakes are that good.

                                                                                      1. re: westcoastgal

                                                                                        Now that's an endorsement. I am planning on buying cupcakes on Monday and I'm debating between Bobette & Belle and WCS

                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                          For that style of frosting B&B and WCS are both excellent. It would probably come down to individual preference. I am a vanilla cupcake person, and both versions would make me happy. But B&B is far more covenuent for an eastender like me. You may want to check their website and see which one has flavour combos that appeal to you.

                                                                                          1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                            I'm a vanilla person as well. And I think WCS has more chocolate options than vanilla. But, I will go back to both websites to check the flavours again. Thanks Full tummy!!

                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                              WCS vanilla + passion fruit frosting...amazing. They actually have lots of vanilla options: the aforementioned passion fruit, coconut, dulce de leche, vanilla, strawberry, white chocolate... the flavours change every day, but she usually tweets what's available each day so you can plan accordingly.

                                                                                            2. re: Full tummy

                                                                                              You are right that WCS generally has more choc options on hand and I am a vanilla person too. However, I have found WCS more willing to make up some cupcakes with your preferance if you call in advance. B and B will not vary their icings and cake combos to suit your preferences.
                                                                                              As it is Mothers Day, I suggest calling to order or reserve your cupcakes in advance and ask your questions. Maybe its just me but WCS has better prices and service. Both are yummy except half cooked pumpkin cupcake I gpt once at B and B.

                                                                                                1. re: westcoastgal

                                                                                                  Heehee. I am a vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting kind of person, which is not to say I don't enjoy other combinations, but if I have only one, that is what I will choose. Goodness knows I am not beyond a pack of six multiple flavours, but at least one (and maybe two) will be vanilla/vanilla.

                                                                                                  Because I am generally just buying one cupcake at a time, a trip all the way out to WCS doesn't make sense when I live in the east end. You are more centrally located, so it is less inconvenient for you... That said, you don't have anything good very close by, at least not that I know of, so I should consider myself lucky to at least have one of them...

                                                                                                  And, yes, we should do the taste test!!

                                                                                                  1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                    Let me know when you are up for it and lets do it! If I lived near Bobbette, Id be enormous! Its interesting that there is a vast number of cupcake shops in the east end. At least 5 or 6.

                                                                                                    1. re: westcoastgal

                                                                                                      I am definitely curious to determine if Sweet Bliss has a European style buttercream. Chowhound doesn't permit organizing activities on the board, but my profile has an email address.

                                                                                                      1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                        I like their icing so I'm going with "no". It's more sweet and not as smooth-buttery.

                                                                                                        1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                          Well, that was my experience a few years ago. Cupcakes and cakes I had from Sweet Bliss were all American-style "buttercream."

                                                                                                          1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                            Pretty sure they don't do things differently now.

                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                Well, I finally made it to the Wedding Cake Shoppe, and OMG...their cupcakes are by far the BEST cupcakes I've tried in the city so far!! I haven't been to Bobbette and Belle yet...that's next week. But I am just floored at how good these cupcakes were. I got 4. 2 of the cookies and cream and 2 of the vanilla. I'm not a big fan of chocolate cake, but this was the best chocolate cake I've ever had. Not overpowering...just right. The cake on both were unbelievably fresh. The Icing was creamy, but not too sweet. The flavour was beyond compare. Just delicious!! I can't say enough how much I enjoyed these cupcakes!!

                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                  WCS is too far for me, but I wonder where I would go kore often if B&B and WCS were equally close. Let us know what you think of B&B!

                                                                                                  1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                    I will!! I'm going to try and get there next Monday, so I will definitely report back!

                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                      I think that the Wedding Cake Shoppe is fabulous. I love Bobbette and Belle too and it's really a toss up. My partner prefers Wedding Cakes Shoppe.
                                                                                                      I had a friend come over today with cupcakes from the Dessert Lady and they were ok.
                                                                                                      Full tummy, I emailed the email address on your profile quite some time ago. If you like, you can email me back and I can give you my Facebook.
                                                                                                      I just found out a woman in the building next to me makes cupcakes, cakes and such. She won a Redpath sugar baking contest. She does baking on the side (yes another at home baker) and her site is http://sweetsbysweets.weebly.com/inde...
                                                                                                      I haven't tried them but she is a very nice lady and the work looks lovely. She doesn't use anything unedible in her creations, creates them all herself, and obviously, being that she works from home, her prices are amazing. i asked about the bees, ladybugs and butterfly cupcakes on her website and she said a dozen boxed up would be $25 flat. I may just have to try some but am afraid I will like them too much and be there all the time, begging for cupcakes. lol! Right now, my favorite places are far enough away that since my crawl, I haven't had cupcakes lately.
                                                                                                      I would love to hear you report back kwass on B&B. The only true test is to have similar flavors. They do vanilla well at both places so it is a hard choice.

                                                                                                      1. re: westcoastgal

                                                                                                        Do you get them by having her deliver or do you pick up?

                                                                                                      2. re: kwass

                                                                                                        Well, I finally made it to Bobbette and Belle, and I must say that I was underwhelmed. i bought the vanilla and the cookies and cream. The cookies and cream were really good...very fresh and great flavour. The vanilla, on the other hand, were really average. The cake wasn't particulary fresh, and I found the icing to be somewhat bland. IMHO, the Wedding Cake Shoppe wins hands down in a competition. Even though the cookies and cream cupcake was quite good, in comparison to the WCS, it comes in 2nd. The chocolate cake for the WCS's cookies and cream was a little more subtle than B&B, and it had pieces of oreo cookie crumbs in each bite, which added a really nice and unexpected crunch. So, while I'm glad that I finally tried B&B, I wouldn't rush back. The WCS on the other hand, has a loyal customer in me.

                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                          I guess I shouldn't rub it in that you missed an awesome web deal for WCS last summer -- a dozen cupcakes for $13.50 or something like that. I bought 3 coupons. Probably should have bought more! :)

                                                                                                          1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                            What a great deal!! You definitely should have bought more...lol!! Makes me sad that i missed it :(

                                                                              2. I'm also looking for a gourmet cupcake place where I can pick out cupcakes from the display counter. I plan on stopping in and grabbing a dozen or so as a gift when I'm in town. I want them to look amazing but to also taste amazing (which I've heard the Cupcake Shoppe does not). Any ideas for places that I can get them from without ordering?

                                                                                1. Has anyone tried Dufflet's cupcakes? I heard good things about their cupcakes but thought I should ask here before doing an important order while I'm in town.

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                                                                                  1. re: freelancer

                                                                                    For a recent work function, we ordered Dufflet's cupcakes and they were really good. Cake is not my preferred sweet and I'm not fond of icing. We got vanilla cupcakes and I was particularly impressed with the icing. Nice texture and not too sweet.

                                                                                    787 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

                                                                                  2. I do like the cupcakes at The Wedding Cake Shoppe. My preferred icing is passionfruit, though she doesn't always have them. I believe she naturally flavours all her icings, but I'm not 100% positive.

                                                                                    Plus, I find her custom cakes not terribly expensive!

                                                                                    1. I recently tried Lolicakes on Mt Pleasant - delicious! There is also a great cupcake shop on St Clair, west of Bathurst but I forget the name.

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                                                                                      1. re: kasey j miller

                                                                                        its called the cupcakery! best cupcakes in the city (IMHO)

                                                                                          1. re: millygirl

                                                                                            It's very good. Though it ties for my fave cupcake place.

                                                                                            1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                              stopped by mcewan's at the don mills centre today - they were providing free cupcakes made by Sweet Definition: the baker was there herself explaining the different flavours and answering questions - they were beautiful and very yummy - she said that she does custom orders including vegan, gluten-free and diabetic ordeers - althou mcewan's will carry her cupcakes orders can be placed directly with her - www.sweetdefinition.com (looks like a work in progress, too bad cuz the cupcakes were really beautiful with handmade roses)

                                                                                              1. re: berbere

                                                                                                What kind of frosting was on the cupcakes?

                                                                                      2. YUMMY STUFF is the best, hands down. they let me order single large cupcakes in five diff flavours (lemon curd, so good, carrot cake,m with best cream cheese icing, red velvet, phemonemal, choc-vanilla and choc-raspedberry) and then five minis of each when i threw a thank-you mani-pedi party for my bridemaids. they are worth the trek to queen west.

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                                                                                        1. re: LemonLauren

                                                                                          I also LOVE Yummy Stuff cupcakes. The red velvet cupcake is delicious and chocolatey with a good quality cream cheese icing that is on the sweet side. My sister loves the lemon cupcake. My only complaint is that the cupcakes are smaller than I expect -- BUT that is quite common for cupcake stores in Toronto.

                                                                                          Babycakes cupcakes (sold at Baci on Queen East?) are really tasty, but way too small for the price.

                                                                                          In Calgary, there is a business run by a couple of sisters called CRAVE. They are the best cupcakes I've had in the country. The are also large (1.3-1.5 times the size of most Toronto cupcakes, not as big as Dufflets though). And the icing is great and in the most beautiful variety of colours (though I think Magnolia Bakery in NYC has the prettiest pastel colours). Flavours come through in icing (mint, orange, coconut, cream cheese, vanilla etc...). Every time I visit the city, I buy a big package. They also freeze well.

                                                                                          1. re: penelope116

                                                                                            Your taste in cupcakes is very similar to mine based on what you like. Have you tried Sweet Bliss? It's my latest cupcake love place!

                                                                                        2. Have you tried the Viva Puff Cupcake at The School Bakery and Cafe? I have loved all their baked items so far, but am not sure of the selection. You could call and ask. They had other varieties beside the Viva on display the day I went.


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                                                                                          1. re: BokChoi

                                                                                            Has anyone heard of the "Chocolate Brunette" I think that was her name, I remember seeing her on Breakfast television months ago. Anyone know where they sell her products? I am really interested in her nutella cupcakes!

                                                                                            1. re: yum1982

                                                                                              No mention of the nutella variety but here's the link for more information... http://www.chocolatebrunette.com/

                                                                                              1. re: Manybears

                                                                                                Has anyone herd of or tried the Cupcakery ? http://www.thecupcakeryto.com/cupcake...

                                                                                                They look well priced but are they any good?

                                                                                                1. re: JenBear422

                                                                                                  JenBear422, I have special ordered the magnolia cupcakes for a few showers. They were so beautiful and quite yummy. The last time I was in the store, the staff weren't all that friendly but to answer your question, yes they are very good. They don't have a lot of flavours from what I recall but they certainly do a beautiful job decorating them.

                                                                                                  1. re: millygirl

                                                                                                    Thank you millygirl,for you quick reply :)

                                                                                                    1. re: millygirl

                                                                                                      I agree-they're good. Though I do think they have a reasonably large number of flavours just a limited number in the store at any one point. I find their vividly coloured icing a bit disconcerting--sometimes the vanilla icing is brilliant purple for no particular reason--but the cupcakes are good.

                                                                                                    2. re: JenBear422

                                                                                                      The Cupcakery uses a commercial cake mix, so the cake won't be much different than a grocery store bakery. They're decorated nicer than Grocery store cupcakes, and the icing is slightly better quality, but the cake is basically Duncan Hines.

                                                                                                      1. re: jnine

                                                                                                        Whatever they use - I like 'em. And look amazing! The staff aren't all that friendly though I gotta say. In fact for a place selling such pretty cupcakes, they seem miserable.

                                                                                                      2. re: JenBear422

                                                                                                        Re: Cupcakery on St Clair, we've ordered from there a number of times. Their frostings are hit or miss - some are meh gritty, others are yummmm silky, but the basic cupcake is very good. We're fans. The cupcakery is miles better than any cupcake from Leah's (though I haven't seen many cupcakes in Leah's in the past while.)

                                                                                                        1. re: jeff316

                                                                                                          Could you give a little more detail on which frostings are gritty and which ones are silky?

                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                            Well I would think they all would be since they aren't a cooked Swiss or Italian style buttercream but a basic icing made of icing sugar, milk, butter/shortening and vanilla. How do I know? I asked an employee because I thought they were gross and prefer the cooked variety of buttercream. Perhaps others have found some of the icings here "silky" but since they are all e same recipe, I'm not sure how. Just my opinion. I am editing this because to be fair to Jeff, I didn't try all of the cupcakes he did. The staff member was rude and she told me that they made "real American style buttercream" and when I asked the ingredients, she gave them. The only differing one was the cream cheese so I agree, it would taste different. Also, how is American buttercream real buttercream. I kind of Edie like that she was honest and admitted it was just your "average birthday cake icing" and didn't try to talk it up.

                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                              I have no knowledge of frosting creation so westcoatgal is likely correct - but there is definitely a difference in the consistency of different frostings.

                                                                                                              In my experience, the cream cheese and buttercream frostings were excellent and smooth. Mint, vanilla, lemon and "pink" were gritty. The differences were very discernable.

                                                                                                              I also agree that the staff are not a delight to deal with. Which bugs me, but I can also understand how starting a cupcake place may sound like a great idea and then a few years and many thousands of dollars of investment later, scooping-and-baking-and-frosting and scooping-and-baking-and-frosting over and over could tarnish the lustre of running your own cupcake joint.

                                                                                                  2. Tried Sweet Bliss today and ordered 4 cupcakes, a strawberry scone and cherry buttertart square. So far I've tried the latter two and the scone was quite nice and the cherry bts was wonderful! I've never had a cherry bt before and it's such a great idea (not into raisins in dessert things so never able to completely love a normal butter tart). The cherries were tart and crust was almost buttery graham crack-tasting with the filling all squishy, sweet goodness. Looking forward to trying the cupcakes--but I'd go back for the cbts in a flash------distance being the only problem for me.

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                                                                                                    1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                      Having now tried a part of a chocolate/chocolate cupcake and one chocolate with vanilla icing cc, I'll say I really love this place! It's now tied for my fave cc place. Of course, one is in the far east and the other the far west. Sigh.

                                                                                                    2. I tried For the Love of Cake (in Liberty Village) and really not impressed. I bought six different cupcakes and while the filling is a nice novelty, I don't find the overall product very tasty. The icing is OK---not sure if it's cooked or raw but it's not very... luscious. And the cupcake has little... nubbly things in them that I just don't like (and I really don't understand---I mean, I've tried 5 of the 6 kinds I bought and they all have these weird little bumpy things in the texture.

                                                                                                      Give me Sweet Bliss and Yummy Stuff!!

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                                                                                                      1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                        Finally made it over to both For The Love Of Cake and Yummy Stuff. FTLOC was ok, the coconut one in particular was excellent. The regular chocolate one and the chocolate hazelnut one were just ok, but I wasn't that much impressed with the vanilla cupcake. They had no "Mancakes" available the day we were there so I didn't get to try any of the more exotic flavours they make.
                                                                                                        All the hype about Yummy Stuff was completely lost on me. We had a raspberry, lemon, chocolate and a maple bacon. First of all, every single one of them (both the full size and the minis) were dry. Like, REALLY dry. Yeah, we got there near the end of the day so they'd obviously been sitting in the case for awhile, but I've had cupcakes from other places sitting around in my house for multiple days and they never became that dry. The raspberry one was the best out of all of them flavour-wise and was the least dry of all of them because it had raspberry puree on the inside.. The frosting on all of them (American frosting, not cooked buttercream) was a bit overly-sweet and it was dry enough that the outside of the frosting had developed a pretty hard skin. Now, for the maple bacon cupcake...it is probably the worst cupcake I have ever eaten from a "gourmet" cupcake shop. The frosting was very badly flavoured, tasting like neither bacon nor maple to me, it simply tasted like salt that had gone a bit off. The cupcake itself was actually pretty good, it was some type of oatmeal/cinnamon/chocolate thing that, on it's own, I actually enjoyed (I peeled the frosting off and chucked it). But the cupcake and frosting together was just overwhelmingly salty and really unpleasant, plus there were so many contrasting flavours going on it was a real collision instead of what was likely intended to be a fusion.

                                                                                                        Out of the two, I'd say For The Love Of Cake was the better of them.

                                                                                                        1. re: Boodah

                                                                                                          Huh. I guess I've never been to YS near the end of the day. But when I go, I always buy cupcakes to last for at least a couple days and I've never found them dry. I've only tried the chocolate cupcakes and the red velvet and they've always been very nice and moist. It helps that I prefer greatly t he uncooked buttercream. I'm perplexed with your dry experience....

                                                                                                          1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                            It can't be a coincidence, we got two normal sized ones and two minis and they were all dry. If that isn't your normal experience there then someone was not on the ball (messed up the recipe, baked them too long, etc...) since I'm assuming they were baked at least yesterday and 30 hours old cupcakes should still not be that dry [assuming they're stored properly].

                                                                                                            1. re: Boodah

                                                                                                              It sounds like something like that. I should qualify that I haven't been there since around July so it's always possible things have changed....

                                                                                                            2. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                              I agree, something must have gone wrong in the shop that day. I often pick up cupcakes at the end of the day there and have them around for a day or two past that and have never had them get too dry to enjoy.

                                                                                                            3. re: Boodah

                                                                                                              Your experience with Yummy Stuff mirrors mine; they sold me stale, dry, cupcakes coupled with indifferent service. I did, however, quite like the flavour of the lemon curd ones.

                                                                                                          2. Has anyone tried So Into Cupcakes? Curious website gives no store locations.


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                                                                                                            1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                              It's pretty clearly yet another bake from home or rented space business. No store front.

                                                                                                              1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                When you say "yet another bake from home", do you actually know of any that do so?

                                                                                                                1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                  I know of a few businesses that run only via web and phone. One is a chocolate business and she definitely makes her chocolates from her home kitchen. I don't think that there is anything illegal about that, btw. It's just an observation that when you see a web site that doesn't list a store front, it's often a home based business. Some do use rented commercial space for production, though -- it's still cheaper than renting out and maintaining a public store front.

                                                                                                                  1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                    Actually, I believe it isn't legal. Which is why I questioned your assertion. Those who publicly promote or advertise their goods (by website, for example) put themselves at risk, in a variety of ways, if they're using their home kitchen.


                                                                                                                    1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                      Nice link. When I recommend companies to clients in the future I can check if they have gone through the correct process. Although everyone has to start somewhere, I'm not a fan of people who don't go through the due diligence to start their company. Totally unfair to people who have jumped through the numerous hoops this city has in place.

                                                                                                            2. We bought cupcakes at Leah's bakery at St. Clair and Wychwood and they were excellent. Tried a vanilla with raspberry icing and a chocolate -- both were the best I have had in the city.

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                                                                                                              1. re: Arcadiaseeker

                                                                                                                I've always enjoyed Life Is Sweet cupcakes - it's a small place located at the tail end of the Beaches, towards Vic Park.


                                                                                                                Life Is Sweet
                                                                                                                2328 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E, CA

                                                                                                                1. re: dachopstix

                                                                                                                  One of my favorite places too when I visit. The lemon drop is amazing. Mango tea with key lime frosting, earl grey with orange frosting. Mmm. And i like the texture of the cupcakes - dense and heavier, but with a fine crumble.

                                                                                                                  1. re: freelancer

                                                                                                                    I live in the Beach so Life Is Sweet is a regular haunt of mine. The cupcakes are as tasty as ever, but recently I noticed that the quantity of icing had diminished. It was positively stingy on some of the cupcakes; I could see a whole lot of bare cake where there should be frosting.

                                                                                                                    I hope this is not a new permanent cost-cutting feature, but rather maybe just some new employee didn't know how to frost a cupcake...for the amount a cupcake costs, I expect a nice generous swirl of icing on top.

                                                                                                                    Life Is Sweet
                                                                                                                    2328 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E, CA

                                                                                                              2. Since we're here again... has anyone else tried Dlish, recently opened at Queen/Claremont? They are focusing on using natural, high-quality ingredients for their cupcakes. American-style buttercream for those of you with a preference. I thought they were pretty good-- they'd be in my top 3 in the city-- with salty caramel and red velvet being my favourites so far (less a fan of the dulce de leche and cookies and cream, which were just a touch too sweet for me).

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                                                                                                                1. re: Manybears

                                                                                                                  Been wondering about this place. I was surprised to see a cupcake place open up.
                                                                                                                  I haven't tried any yet, but those were the four flavours I was wanting to try, so thanks for the recs. I'm also wondering about the Marshmallow flavour and what the plain vanilla is like.

                                                                                                                  On their Facebook page there is a photo that lists what flavours they offer everyday, in case your interested in certain flavours.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Manybears

                                                                                                                    Passed by today. Bought four kinds.

                                                                                                                    RED VELVET
                                                                                                                    Though I liked the frosting - tangy, but not too cheesy - I didn't taste any chocolate in the cake base. Very red cake used for the base.

                                                                                                                    CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOW
                                                                                                                    Chocolate Marshmallow was interesting, but I wanted more marshmallow filling. Reminded me vaguely of a Hostess cake (just the look - I've never eaten a hostess cake). I think I liked this one best out of the lot.

                                                                                                                    SALTED CARAMEL
                                                                                                                    The frosting was too sweet and didn't have enough of a caramel taste. Cake base was vanilla, dense, and not my thing. Sadface.

                                                                                                                    Mocha had a good icing flavour and I liked the sprinkles (good texture). Sat on a chocolate base.

                                                                                                                    Having tried umpteen cupcakes across 11 places recently, I feel like I have a good idea on what Toronto has to offer. Dlish uses a fairly dense cake-base and American buttercream - I don't prefer either of these traits in my cupcakes. But despite my texture preferences, I found flavours to be a little too subtle for me.

                                                                                                                    I appreciated that they used a proper cupcake insert/holder in their boxes for easier transport and allowing for not-smashed take-home treats.

                                                                                                                    1. re: jlunar

                                                                                                                      update: Just tried them again, and it was only the salted caramel that was really dense. The rest were not light-'n'-fluffy, but weren't as solid as I had thought they were. Lightest was the red velvet.

                                                                                                                    2. re: Manybears

                                                                                                                      I was there on Monday, and have to say that the cupcakes were simply average!!

                                                                                                                    3. Sweet Tooth does not make their own stuff and the cakes are dry most times I have tried (I have had them 3 times already)

                                                                                                                      1. I really like the ones at The Bake Sale - one on Bloor Street West and one in Six Points Plaza - both in the West End.

                                                                                                                        1. I finally made it out to The Wedding Cake Shop, thanks to the recs on this board. For me, they are the best cupcakes I've found in the city to date (though I haven't done as exhaustive a search as other 'hounds). They had a dozen flavours to choose from - between us, we tried the Maple, Hazelnut, Passion Fruit and Raspberry. The cake was moist and light, the icing was a bit on the buttery side but the flavours were good as was the proportion of icing to cake. Each of the cupcakes had a distinctive flavour. They were really very yummy. Some of the other flavours I remember were Red Velvet, Dulce de Leche and Cookies and Cream.

                                                                                                                          1. When I originally replied in 2006, my knowledge of cupcakes was limited. Now it's expanded. Probably like the rest of me in my quest for cupcake knowledge :)

                                                                                                                            Bakerbots is where it's at for me these days. The chocolate truffle has a dark rich ganache, not too sweet, on top of a lovely fluffy cake base. The red velvet is quite sweet, but I adore the cream cheese icing here.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: Nux2

                                                                                                                              I don't know if this discussion is still active but my daughter's upcoming birthday prompted me to try some cupcakes in TO as I moved here from Vancouver and have no idea what is good. Well the adage that a cupcake is a cupcake is not true. I have tried so many and one thing I figured out, is I know what I like and dislike. It has become a bit of an addiction now and I got my sister who's been visiting for two weeks to join me. She loves macarons so we added those to the tour. I have gained 6 lb by the way.
                                                                                                                              I have tried
                                                                                                                              The Cupcake Shoppe -over rated, ok, nothing special, nice packaging,nut free

                                                                                                                              Half Baked Ideas - really good, not enough variety is only negative, cooked swiss meringue buttercream which I prefer, nut free, does cupcake pullapart cakes

                                                                                                                              Lollicakes- most disgusting cupcakes and most overpriced yet, they are totally parve, dairy free, nut free and deal with allergies,look pretty but taste nasty with an aftertaste and coat roof of your mouth, are definitely for a certain segment of population looking for this kind of cake

                                                                                                                              Bobette and Belle- best red velvet yet, others are pretty good but pumpkin was only one not cooked enough and seemed a little raw, however, think it's one off as usually awesome, have cooked swiss meringue buttercream, very light and fluffy if you like this type

                                                                                                                              All the Best - is not all the best, mediocre,not sure what hype is

                                                                                                                              Yummy Stuff- tried Red Velvet and it was weird, the cake tasted ok, was really really bright red but the frosting was hard and cracked and just too sweet and thick with an odd aftertaste almost raspberryish

                                                                                                                              Cora's Kitchen - awful, carrot has raisins and is a muffin not cupcake, red velvet is not a red velvet and I just don't know what to say about the dry crumbly mealy cupcakes that were overpriced and pissed me off cause I was so excited.

                                                                                                                              Dufflet's- hugest cupcakes ever but ended up throwing most out, too dense and heavy for me

                                                                                                                              Pauline's - ok, smaller in size, very dry, frosting to sweet

                                                                                                                              Baked Goods Co - We liked this one but only found it at Pusateri's and can't figure out how to get it fresh

                                                                                                                              Cakes by Robert - moist cake, frosting is a little too sweet and thick, great service, nut free

                                                                                                                              Bo and Bon - nasty cupcakes, kosher, dairy free, made with soy and have soy after taste, not for me

                                                                                                                              Short and Sweet - great customer service, lots of flavors and good selection, nut free, good cupcakes but icing once again the too sweet thick kind

                                                                                                                              Sullivan and Bleeker - got a 6 pack and liked most of them but the cookies and cream was not my cup of tea, would be awesome with a less sweet frosting, not a swiss meringue either

                                                                                                                              Sweet Tooth - great tartsbut I am not a fan of their cupcakes

                                                                                                                              Sobey's - cheap and if you get them fresh,a decent cupcake

                                                                                                                              I can't remember the rest that I have tried but there are more and I feel disgusted just looking at my list.

                                                                                                                              Can anyone suggest a great bakery that isn't an arm and a leg that has a cooked buttercream like Bobbette and Belle and the Wedding Shoppe? I really like whipped cream frosting too.

                                                                                                                              1. re: westcoastgal

                                                                                                                                What about Pairie Girl Bakery downtown? Definitely worth a try!!

                                                                                                                                1. re: millygirl

                                                                                                                                  They have the icing sugar heavy type of uncooked buttercream. I am looking for the cooked Swiss or Italian buttercream.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: kmbar

                                                                                                                                      kmbar, I have contacted Lindsey bakes and she seems very nice. Have you used her before and tasted her cakes/cupcakes?I plan on ordering a small cake and 4 dozen cupcakes.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: westcoastgal

                                                                                                                                        I used her for our wedding cakes back in October. The cakes were fantastic, she was wonderful to work with, and the price was extremely reasonable. We had two round cakes (60 servings each) - a chocolate with vanilla buttercream and vanilla with lemon buttercream. Lindsey also dropped off samples (four different cupcakes) so that we could try the flavours - free of charge. We were extrememly happy with her service and wouldn't hesitate to order from her again. The cakes aren't fancy or complicated - but perfectly moist & flavoured, with a light buttercream. She also did a kransekake for us (a Scandinavian wedding cake) that was the best my Danish relatives said they'd ever had.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: kmbar

                                                                                                                                          I am supposed to meet her Saturday but my daughter has swim lessons atthe same time so it may not work out. However, so far she has been very easy to communicate with although she initially didnt respond for a couple of weeks.
                                                                                                                                          I found an amazing store that just opened called Party City and my stress is already lessened. They have cake toppers and everything I need in spades. I plan on providing my own toppers either edible or keepsakes like tiaras or rings that kids can keep. The prices are amazing and my only problem now is not buying everything "adorable" and remembering there are many more birthdays to come.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: westcoastgal

                                                                                                                                            Wow, I'm impressed - there are worse ways to spend your time than a cupcake odyssey but still, you've shown some major dedication to the cause.Good luck finding the perfect cupcake - I'll be curious to know if this new place works out as i have a feeling I share your cupcake taste. I don't know Party City but having recently thrown some pretty fun parties for my kidlets, I can also tell you that Bulk Barn and a well-stocked Dollar store are your friends. Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                2. re: westcoastgal

                                                                                                                                  I humbly submit D'lish cupcakes. Don't recall where I found out about them but had them on my 'to do' list for awhile. The cakes themselves were moist, sweet but not cloyingly so. Flavours were 7.5/10 in intensity (chocolate was chocolaty but not intensely chocolaty). Density was on the lighter side, not overly crumbly. The cream topping was butter cream (baker told me never to refridgerate as it destroys the butter cream). The topping was light, smooth and sweeter. No palatal residue with the cream, nor any greasy feeling. Didn't think I'd like butter cream but I did. My only other recalled cupcake experiences though would be with Dufflet (much more dense cake and cream with post-prandial heaviness) and the Cupcake shoppe at Yonge/Egg (inconsistent, at times dry and crumbly, at times moist and yummy). Hope you have a chance to try, reply and compare to your list (will help me target other cupcake places)

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Yimahaji

                                                                                                                                    I tried D'lish about a year ago, and thought they looked better than they tasted. I was rather disappointed by them.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                      Was it the freshness, sweetness, depth of flavour, texture or topping (or all of the above). I must admit, I ate mine at 11:15, shortly after their opening. Looking forward to trying B&B as well at Bakes and Goods as well. :)

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Yimahaji

                                                                                                                                        If I remember correctly, they were stale. But in addition to that, they didn't have that "wow" factor, not like WCS or Bobbette and Belle. Also, I think they may have been a little sweet (and small, for the price). I also remember not being impressed with the icing.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: Yimahaji

                                                                                                                                      Tried the Bobbette and Belle cupcakes the other day at opening. Beautiful storefront and decor. Also tops for service with a smile. The cupcake cake was moist, rich, medium density with a sweetness I would peg at 7ish out of 10. Held together nicely.
                                                                                                                                      Icing was light, smooth, fluffy with a bit more sweetness that I would peg at 8.

                                                                                                                                      Other items looked very enticing but limited stomach space and sugar overload prevented a sampling.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Yimahaji

                                                                                                                                        So glad you tried it! And I agree with you about the storefront. It's absolutely charming!

                                                                                                                                3. Here is a hidden GEM in Toronto that nobody knows about for cupcakes.

                                                                                                                                  1136 Eglinton Avenue West (Eglinton and Bathurst)


                                                                                                                                  They are pretty pricey at around $5 each, but each cupcake is like a work of art! The cake itself is very light and not as dense as other cupcakes such as Yummy Stuff or Wedding Cake Shoppe. The Red Velvet (if they aren't sold out) and Hazelnut are my fav.

                                                                                                                                  Got my wedding cupcakes from there, best cupcakes in Toronto bar none.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: cevol

                                                                                                                                      What kind of frosting is on top? And why so pricey? Are they extra large?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: cevol

                                                                                                                                        I do know about cake opera, but they're hours suck so I can never get over there to try them.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: cevol

                                                                                                                                          I took a look at your link, and the cupcakes do look very elegant, and while I appreciate that some might want cupcakes for a situation in which elegance is appropriate, I am usually scarfing the cupcake down as I walk out the door, so it does seem a little bit spendy for me. That said, it seems like it's a European style buttercream, and I will definitely try to check them out if I'm in the area at the right time of day.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                                            Have had cakeopera cupcakes twice. Don't know about "hidden gem" but they are very pricey and not that extraordinary. They did Nicole Richie's wedding cake and that's their claim to fame. The cupcakes are a European buttercream. They look lovely with gold leaf or real candied fruit on top. They are very small and light. I can easily eat 2 and not feel it.
                                                                                                                                            If you are curious, like I was, go get some. If you already have a great cupcake place, I wouldn't go out of my way. At least that's my take. Yummy, yes. Worth $5? No.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: westcoastgal

                                                                                                                                              Thank you for your always-appreciated opinion. You are my go-to girl when it comes to cupcakes!

                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                kwass, did you ever make it to Bobbette & Belle?

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                                                  I did, and I absolutely loved their cupcakes! I've actually been back several times since my first visit.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: westcoastgal

                                                                                                                                                Well, I should just stick with Bobbette & Belle, then!! Definitely more my speed at, what, $2.50 or so?

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                                                  According to westcoastgal, we also have to try Bakes and Goods on Yonge Street.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                    Not so convenient for me, but, yes, if I am in the area. I live at Woodbine & Danforth, so B & B is perhaps too convenient, hahaha. Let us know if you go, though...

                                                                                                                                          2. Has anyone tried Cupid's Cupcakes in Oakville or Burlington? I am really loving their cupcakes but want to know how they compare to WCS or B&B.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: RedSonia

                                                                                                                                              I love Cupid's cupcakes. Best I'd had in a long time in the GTA! I live in the city but someone I know from Oakville often brings me a few and I have never been disappointed. I haven't had B&B but I have had WCS and enjoyed their cupcakes I'd say Cupid's is a different style from what I can remember. WCS's icing is lighter, airier; Cupid's is denser. Thought both were very good, although I am partial to Cupid's.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: ms. cornbread

                                                                                                                                                Good to know! I've been really wanting to try WCS or B&B's, but just have to make the effort to venture into the city. Thank you!