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Cocoa Locale cakes?

I've tried (and loved) the cupcakes at Cocoa Locale, but how are the cakes? One friend told me that she tried them at Esperanza (she was pretty sure that Cocoa Locale supplied them because the cookies and brownies were the same) and that they had too much icing.

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  1. Too much icing? Is there such a thing? Is this icing not the sole reason to eat cake?

    Seriously, having tried manyof the cakes, they are excellent. My favorites are: Blueberry lemon cake (fabulous), Red Velvet (if you see it, grab it, the best ever. She doesn't use much food colouring, she gets the red colour from beets, and so it is healthier than the regular red velvet cake which has tonnes of red food dye in it). and the chocolate orange cake (yummmmm).

    I tried the chocolate mint cake too. Normally I hate chocolate mint, but her version is very tasty, as it tastes like real mint (not like toothpaste). I was very pleasantly surprised, and would definitely get it again.

    Again, I ask, too much icing?????

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    1. re: moh

      Can you please tell me what exactly is a red velvet cake?

      1. re: FrenchPeach

        A southern US specialty. Basically, a fine-crumb layer cake flavoured with cocoa, coloured a bright red (usually with red food colouring but traditionally with beet juice) and iced with a gooey white frosting. Cocoa Locale's version tastes strongly of cocoa, is a darker and duller red than many (due to the high proportion of cocoa and the use of beet juice, I'd guess), is less sweet than many, is not particularly fine-crumbed and is iced with cream cheese frosting. It's a winner and has quickly become one of the boutique's most requested items.

        Last weekend, Reema had a key lime cake that was, of course, absolutely gorgeous.

        1. re: FrenchPeach

          Red velvet cake is a cake made with cocoa to give a chocolate flavour, but it is dyed red (usually with red food colouring) to give a funky colour. The icing is usually a cream-cheese based icing (like the stuff on carrot cake). The lady at cocoa locale uses beets to give the colour (but don't worry, there is no residual beet taste)

          I believe it is a southern U.S. specialty.

        2. re: moh

          moh, I second the notion that there can NEVER be too much icing.

          1. re: bakersdelight

            I totally agree. I would eat her icing out of a large mixing bowl with a spoon very happily. And then I would probably die of an icing overdose, but hey, it's a good way to go.

        3. Lol...seriously if the icing is good, is there such a thing as too much of a good thing?

          Again, I don't like cakes that are made of flour so much. I love mousse, cheesecakes etc. But Cocoa Locale has got me eating cake AND CUPCAKES.

          I haven't tried as many as moh but i love their ginger/lemon cake & the chocolate chai.

          Saying that, I haven't noticed that many of a variety of cakes as moh has written about...

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          1. re: kit

            I must admit, I am a bit of a regular. If you saw my belly, you'd understand.... The close proximity of Cocoa Locale to my home is a good, but bad thing...

            She rotates the type of cake depending on season. However, I bet she'd be nice enough to take requests. If you like red velvet, it is definitely worth requesting, or just asking when she is next making them. yummmmm

          2. I've since tried the spicy chocolate cake ... it's amazing. very rich, but absolutely delicious!

            1. about this time last year, reema sold me a chocolate zucchini bundt cake that was out of this world good. not too sweet and certainly not keel-over-and-die rich, it was perfect as a summer dessert.

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              1. re: jordan.n

                I got a chance to try her chocolate zucchini cake, in a mini bundt format. It was moist and chocolatey, but light at the same time. There were little dots of raisins in it that exploded in my mouth. The overall effect was decadent, but the cake never got sickly sweet. The lady does magic.

                Attached is a photo of the beauty

              2. Just had the Red Velvet cake for my bf birthday... yum yummy!!! Not too sweet, very tasty and the icing is heaven. Cocoa Locale is pure pleasure.

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                1. re: wilfred

                  Agreed 100%! I finally went there today for the first time and had the chocolate-chai cake - unbelievably dense, rich, complex and absolutely delicious. Not too sweet and utterly enjoyable. I don't know what took me so long, but I will definitely be back!

                  1. re: kpzoo

                    I had the red velvet cake for the first time today - utterly yummy...

                    1. re: cherylmtl

                      Everything that woman touches turns to deliciousness! I'm pretty sure there's nothing she can't make taste good. I highly, highly, HIGHLY suggest the vanilla lavender. It's so obscenely good that I can't even describe it. I'm actually going to have to go there tomorrow and get one. So help me, God, I need one of those tasty treats.

                      1. re: killedwithkarate

                        I just finished a second slice of the spicy chocolate cake (which today, is called Birthday cake for me). It's my fave from there. Hubby also picked up a vanilla cupcake and well, okay, I had to eat that too.

                        Hey, Cheryl and KP - did you have that cake in honour of my BD?? LOL

                        1. re: maisonbistro

                          Funny, huh? Hey, too bad we didn't bump into each other (and the other Chowhounders who went yesterday) - we could have had an impromptu cupcake taste-off!

                        2. re: killedwithkarate

                          Actually, I would have gotten the vanilla lavender but she didn't have any small ones today - so I had to console myself with the red velvet...
                          And happy birthday, maisonbistro!

                      2. re: kpzoo

                        I've only seen it once or twice, but if you ever happen across Reema's raspberry rose cake, seize the day. It's like something you wished your grandmother made.

                        1. re: carswell

                          That sounds awesome. I've definitely never seen it, but I'll be on particular lookout now.

                    2. Need some advice: I tried the key lime pie, the red velvet and the ginger cookie (all within 7 days I must confest)... and I was thinking of the Chocolate Chai for this sunday... is that good choice? Whats her best-seller of all time... which cake is gonna make me cry :)

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                      1. re: wilfred

                        Vanilla lavender is my favorite. If no avail, I think spicy chocolate is better than chocolate chai. Not that chocolate chai is bad :)

                        Too bad she runs out very early. With my work killing me, I rarely have the time go to her shop, except for sundays (where she usually runs out around 2). But perhaps this is good, because otherwise I might indulge myself almost every day.

                        1. re: emerilcantcook

                          What's wrong with indulging every day huh???? Just because I'm going to be fat like a pig - just joking. We nearly polished off our small spicy chocolate a deux, I devoured the vanilla lavendar cupcake myself - there are some things a woman just can't share with her husband!! and tomorrow I am picking up 3 more cakes for the family version of my birthday celebration. I reserved a strawberry shortcake, spicy chocolate, and ummmm, oh darn, can't remember the third. 2 small, 1 medium all for $33 - not only ridiculously delicious but also incredibly reasonable - cheap I would even say.

                          1. re: maisonbistro

                            Does the vanilla lavender come in a cupcake format now? I am excited!

                            1. re: emerilcantcook

                              Uh huh. And it's dangerous. Vewy vewy dangerous.

                              1. re: maisonbistro

                                I thought the vanilla cupcake was just plain vanilla.

                                1. re: eoj

                                  I'll ask her tomorrow when I go pick up the cakes, but I definitely detected more than just vanilla.

                                  Stay tuned...

                                  1. re: maisonbistro

                                    thanks guys, i will definitely pick up a vanilla lavendar and a chocolate chai and report back..

                                    1. re: wilfred

                                      Oh, guys, I've been wanting to go to Cocoa Locale for a while now. Now that you gave awesome recommendations, I'm determined to go! Do you guys know if it's reachable by metro?

                                      1. re: gremlin2

                                        The closest stations would be Laurier or Mont-Royal, from where it's about 20 minutes by foot.

                                        You can hop the 51 bus from Laurier (or heading eastward from Snowdon, UdeM or Édouard-Montpetit) or the 11 or 97 from Mont-Royal over to Parc, then walk a couple of blocks south or north respectively.

                                        From Place des Arts station, you can take the 80 bus to Parc and Villeneuve (1 minute from the store) or the 129 to Parc and Mont-Royal (5 minutes from the store). You can also catch the southbound 80 at Jean-Talon station and the southeastbound 129 at Côte Ste-Catherine station.

                                        Check out the Tous Azimuts feature at the STM's website. It'll calculate the shortest trajectory from where you are to where you want to go at whatever time of day you specify. www.stcum.qc.ca/English/a-somm.htm

                                        1. re: carswell

                                          The bus 55 from St Laurent station also goes close. There is a stop at to St Laurent and Villeneuve, which is a short walk to her store at Parc and Vileneuve.

                                          I finally tried her lemon-coconut cupcakes. For the last few months, they were always sold out when I was there, but this time they were the only available items in display around 2:30 on a Saturday. I am never a fan of coconut in desserts, but Reema again did her magic and made these light and not extremely coconuty. Fantastic combination.

                                          1. re: emerilcantcook

                                            Okay so here's a not so glowing review. Had the Strawberry shortcake, the orange cream (like a creamsicle) and the necessary spicy chocolate. The first two I was not that impressed at all with. They were basically vanilla cakes, with vanilla icing and a few strawberries for the first and some orange flavour for the second. Don't get me wrong, they weren't horrible or anything, there just weren't what I have come to expect from her cakes. That being said, the quality of the ingredients and the simple beautiful presentation are still notable. I just wasn't overly impressed with the tastes. The spicy chocolate was again fantastic.

                                            1. re: maisonbistro

                                              Haven't tried the strawberry shortcake. While I'm not blown away by the orangesicle, it's very popular, especially with children, which has to be one of the reasons why it's often on offer.

                                              A flavour I like and that no one has mentioned in this thread is lemon olive oil.

                                              1. re: carswell

                                                Never there when I go or call to reserve someting. Must keep trying. Must try them all. Must eat cake.

                                                1. re: maisonbistro

                                                  I have it on the best of authorities that the raspberry rose cake will be making a reappearance today (Sunday).

                                                  1. re: carswell

                                                    Ya think there will be a line up????

                                                    Last one there is a rotten egg!

                                                    1. re: maisonbistro

                                                      Aghh! I've already made my weekly trip (I have a rule, must only eat products once a week, otherwise I'd be there every day)

                                                      Please please please give report on the raspberry rose cake so we can all enjoy vicariously....

                                                      1. re: moh

                                                        Sunday's the first day of the week, you know. ;)

                                                        1. re: carswell

                                                          carswell, that is evil, pure unadulterated evil.

                                                          It's 11:51, and I am tempted to join the queue (i live too darn close)

                                                          But now my partner is threatening to not make his cranberry chocolate chip walnut cookies if I go... YOU SEE? YOU SEE WHY THE RULE IS IN PLACE????

                                                          1. re: moh

                                                            Yummmy - would there be a recipe for those cranberry chocolate chip walnut cookies???? I'll trade ya for one of mine (recipes that is).

                                                            Oh yeah, the cake.... GOT ONE

                                                            1. re: maisonbistro

                                                              maisonbistro, haven't forgotten about the recipe, but my hubbie has been playing with the recipe. He's been watching too much Alton Brown and Hester Blumenthal. But I must say his last batch from this Sunday (in place of the Cocoa Locale cake) was fabulous, so as soon as he finishes writing in the new details to his recipe, I can pass it along. BTW how was the cake????

                                                              1. re: moh

                                                                Umm, I need to check out a thesaurus - 'cause I think I've already used up all the positive adjectives I know describing her cakes.

                                                                Let's leave it at: you can't imagine what you missed!!!

                                                                Thanks for the recipe - whenever he gets around to it is fine.

                                                                1. re: moh

                                                                  "BTW how was the cake?"

                                                                  It lived up to my fond memory. Saying it's a vanilla cake studded with raspberries and subtly perfumed with rose doesn't begin to do justice to its balance of sweet and tart, bland and bright, fruit and flower, or to convey its uber-homey quality -- what I was trying to get at by describing it as "like something you wish your grandmother had made." Faced with such riches, who can choose between them? But it may be the cake that best captures Reema's special genius.

                                                                  1. re: carswell

                                                                    Mental note: next time Carswell gives me an excuse to go to Cocoa Locale twice in one week (Sunday's the first day of the week...) just do it. And of course, today is Tuesday, and she's closed, and so I'll have to wait at least 24 hours...

                                                                    1. re: moh

                                                                      OK, you guys, you are making me seriously doubt myself. I tried Cocoa Locale a few months ago and although I wanted to love it, I just didn't. I got 2 cupcakes, the vanilla and the chocolate chai, at the end of the day. Reema was indeed super nice. The vanilla cupcake had some background flavor (?lavender) that I didn't like and the icing seemed a bit old(?) and the chocolate chai seemed delicious at first but as I had more, it felt too dense yet crumbly at the same time, with a heavy aftertaste. I could not finish it. Did I just get a bad batch or had they sat out too long? Hearing all these raves I am tempted to go again and give it another shot. Maybe the cakes are the way to go? I prefer simple flavors, maybe plain vanilla or plain chocolate. Does Reema do that? Although raspberry rose sounds like a great combo. I've had great cupcakes in the US (San Fran and NYC) but I didn't feel Cocoa Locale was that...gasp... special. Please don't hate me and tell me what I should try there to join in all the love for Reema and her goods! :)

                                                                      1. re: hungryann

                                                                        Listen, no need for doubt, people can have different tastes, and that's ok. It may very well be that the chocolate chai is too dense for your liking, there is no question that it is a very dense rich cupcake. I also like light fluffy cupcakes, and so there is no need to feel you're missing the boat. There is more than one boat! If you like simple flavours, then it may be worth trying the red velvet cake. This is a great cake. Her chocolate orange cake is also very nice, it does not have the same flower-based flavours or strong spice flavours that some of the other cakes have. I find the orange flavour of this cake to be very subtle, so it might be less overpowering than the lavender flavours in the vanilla products, and the chai/chile flavours in the chocolate cakes. In the summer, her blueberry lemon cake is really very nice, one of my favorites. I also had her apple crumble cake, it was also excellent. But goodness, if they aren't to your taste, don't worry! Leaves more for the rest of us! And more power to you if you can resist them. I've put on 5 pounds since she opened up....

                                                                        1. re: moh

                                                                          A recipe for Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies has been split to the Home Cooking board - you can find it here:


                                                                    2. re: carswell

                                                                      Just got my paws on one of the raspberry-rose cakes! just as you described it! My partner found the icing a bit sweet, but I liked it just fine. I thought the tart raspberries balanced the sweetness well. And the vanilla is so perfect. Went very well with a nice vanilla-scented black tea. An ideal way to spend a cold grey afternoon.

                                                                      Oh, important information: Reema will be open on Christmas eve which is a Monday, closed X-mas day then open the regular days the week after. But then SHE IS CLOSED FOR ALL OF JANUARY. So prepare for one month off, just in time for all of us to go on our post-holiday diets. I don't know if this is good or bad. Between this and Bombay Choupati being closed until near the end of January, I don't know what I'll eat.

                                                                      (Just kidding, there is plenty to eat.)

                                                                      1. re: moh

                                                                        Say it ain't so Joe (okay, I know your name isn't Joe, but well, it's the song).

                                                                        Man, a month without cocoa locale????? a whole month??????

                                                                        Crap maybe I will end doing that diet thing after all. I mean, dessert just isn't worth eating if it isn't from Reema....

                          2. OK: RUN DON'T WALK! Just tried the eggnog cake! Vanilla cake base flavoured with eggnog and spices, and a cream cheese icing. OMG! She really manages to capture the luxurious eggnog experience in cake form. I might even like it better than the red velvet (blasphemy...) Don't forget she is closed all of January. I suspect we'll have to go back again before the weekend, thus breaking the once a week rule.

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                            1. re: moh

                              Oooh ...that sounds good! I may have to reconsider my stance on Cocoa locale! How big is the cake and until when are they open?

                              1. re: hungryann

                                As I recall, she's open this Saturday, Sunday and Monday till she sells out (which was about 2 p.m. on Monday, the 24th) and then is closing for January. You can always call and ask: 514 271-7162.

                                1. re: hungryann

                                  We got the small cake for $8 and it is enough to serve 4-6 people (But the way we eat it, 2 large servings for two). Then she has her bigger size cake, which can serve 8-10 people. I always err on the side of less people, the cakes are pretty popular...

                                  Chocolate Orange with Christmas spices? you've got to be kidding... I didn't see that! Now I'll have to cry until I get solace through the last half of the eggnog cake.

                                2. re: moh

                                  Haven't tried the eggnog cake but took a seasonal CL cake to dinner a few nights ago and everybody -- including grandparents, fussy kids and the I-never-eat-desserters -- swooned: chocolate orange with Christmas spices. I should have known we were in for a treat because Reema, modesty personified, let slip that she was really pleased with how it had turned out. What's crazy is that not only am I not normally a cake fan, I've never liked dessert spice mixtures (pumpkin pie, spice cake, gingerbread, eggnog and kin all get a big bleh from me), yet there I was wondering whether to fight for thirds.

                                  1. re: moh

                                    We got an eggnog cake and I cannot wait until next year's batch! Soooo yummy.

                                    1. re: mainsqueeze

                                      I snagged the last one today and we will have it on New Year's Day. I hope it won't disappoint. Reema said it would hold fine until then by storing it in the fridge and then letting it sit out 12-18 hours at room temp. She is closed tomorrow unfortunately otherwise I would have delayed getting it until then.

                                      1. re: hungryann

                                        we had the second half of the eggnog cake 2 days after purchase and it was still great, I think you'll be ok.

                                        So I tried to sell Reema on offering the eggnog cake regularly, but it turns out she uses a lot of eggnog in the batter (as the main liquid) and so this cake really is dependent on the availability of eggnog. When we suggested she consider making her own eggnog, she was justifiably reluctant!

                                        1. re: moh

                                          Which is too bad since making your own eggnog isn't actually that hard and then it wouldn't be coloured with tartrazine.

                                          1. re: eoj

                                            And then you could put a bunch of real rum in it...

                                          2. re: moh

                                            The verdict is in about the eggnog cake: very good although it was a tad dry. I can only imagine how much better it is when fresh and moist. I think I will stick with cakes from now on at CL.

                                    2. Can't believe I am saying this but, I had a bad Cocoa Locale moment today.

                                      Finally went there early enough to score the notorious red velvet, made a nice cup of coffee and sat down to writing, hoping that the cake will inspire me out of my writers block. Got a bite. Uh oh! Didn't feel it...Got another... Still not getting the love... The cake was almost tasteless, no cocoa taste at all and the icing was nothing special (and if you may, a little bit too sour even for a cream cheese frosting). I felt odd; I felt betrayed. So a few hours later I tried another slice to see if my mind was playing games with me. It was still exceptionally ordinary. Don't take me wrong, it still tasted "homemade" , but it didn't have any of the complexity of other cakes I tasted from this little boutique. So I waited for my better half to come home and try it as well. He said: the cake is pretty bad, but the icing is fine.

                                      Just fine...

                                      It is ironic, just last week I had a Jeffrey Steingarten moment with one of her vanilla cupcakes. I bit it into half, and looked at it closely, smelled it, and even thought about sending it into a lab in Switzerland (just like Jeff would do) for a full chemical analysis to crack the mystery behind that frosting; perhaps a ph test and humidity level analysis of her bakery, if not a narcotics report. So I am hoping that this is just an "off day". Or perhaps my disappointment was due to my expectations about the red velvet. We are not talking about her Valhrona cakes for sure, but I think even a old school homey cake like red velvet should still taste like cocoa. And a cake from Cocoa Locale should always taste heavenly. So... booo!

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                                      1. re: emerilcantcook


                                        I'd suggest that the next time you're there, explaining your predicament (or repeating your post, but in person). I am 100% positive that Reema will not only apologize, but explain, and then let you know that she had a 'feeling' about them as well.

                                        1. re: zekesgallery

                                          Bonne idee. But she is so cute, I don't want to break her heart. Though, it just occurred to me that she might be reading the board already.

                                          If then, I still love your cakes Reema!

                                          But perhaps next time, I will pass the red velvet and try that key lime cake.

                                          1. re: emerilcantcook

                                            Cute but tuff.

                                            The red velvet normally tastes of cocoa. FWIW, the last time I had it I found the frosting sourer than usual.

                                            Key lime cake. Mmm. I felt so embarrassed the one time I bought it. Took it (the biggest size) -- along with a homemade chickpea salad, I hasten to add -- to a potluck where other people had brought a whole array of nice homemade desserts. The cake was gone five minutes after I set it out. The other desserts sat pretty much untouched as people were asking "any more of that cake?"

                                            1. re: carswell

                                              I agree; cute but tuff...there's clearly some edge and business savvy under those colourful aprons (perhaps also caused by a busy baking schedule: no time to chitchat when there is deliciousness to create!)

                                              For what it's worth, I love the cakes, cupcakes and spicy chili brownie, but was underwhelmed by the red velvet (esp in light of how much it had been hyped on the board). Maybe we both bought from the same batch?

                                              Key lime cake, though = sublime, and every variation of chocolate (lavender and orange are our favourites) cannot be beat.

                                            2. re: emerilcantcook

                                              I've got to think you got a bad batch, i had a cake recently, very freshly made, and it was delicious! But maybe you are just not a fan of red velvet - nothing wrong with that! Still, the fact that you found the cake actually bad makes me wonder about the batch.

                                              The red velvet is certainly never been about over the top chocolate. For that, you need to stick to the actual chocolate cakes. I would agree her cream cheese icing tends a little more to the sour side, but that is why I like it. I find many cream cheese icings way too sweet.

                                              Anyone seen the blueberry lemon cake recently???

                                              1. re: moh

                                                Not in the last month or so - last time I asked, she said the quality of the blueberries she'd been finding wasn't good enough for her to bother with.
                                                Personally, I'm waiting for the raspberry rose...

                                                1. re: cherylmtl

                                                  Funny that I just wrote that yesterday, because today she had raspberry rose cakes! And, of course, I bought one. Now I can hardly wait for dessert.

                                              2. re: emerilcantcook

                                                I don't think she reads these boards. When I was there last Friday, I asked her if she was aware of the Chowhound "chatter" of her opening up shop in NDG. She said that she was not aware & "Uh ... no" to opening in NDG. I then tried her lemon coconut cupcakes & was just blown away. Moist & delicious ... huge lemon taste, subtle coconut taste & great icing. Also brought home a chocolate chili cake ... once it came to room temperature I cut a slice, tasted it & was immediatley transported to my happy place. I love Reema!

                                                1. re: RhondaB

                                                  I don't think she reads these food boards on any type of regular basis(she has no time), but I did ask her is she would ever consider opening a second location, just after the discussion here(I didn't mention Chowhound or that it would be in NDG).

                                          2. Reema now has a web site: http://www.cocoalocale.com/

                                            It is no more than an opening page for now, but wouldn't that be wonderful if she started posting "tomorrow's cake menu", just like Fuchsia does with the lunch specials? I am going to ask her next time if she is interested in doing this, but it might take a while because I just finished up a slice of my monthly allowance.

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                                            1. re: emerilcantcook

                                              I finally made it to Cocoalocale yesterday, I think she beats all the other cupcake places I've tried ; I had a simple lemon cupcake, and brought home a ginger cookie, still untouched, I'm saving it for today's tea break.
                                              There she was, putting butter in her big mixer, really a hands on operation.

                                              1. re: superbossmom

                                                fwiw, I had a hard time digesting both bakery items, eaten one day apart.
                                                Way too much butter, I think. Much tastier than other bakeries though.

                                              2. re: emerilcantcook

                                                Darnit, the site is no longer working. I wanted to find out if I could order cakes for a party this month (January) but from this thread it looks like she goes on vacation in January.

                                                How's a girl supposed to order a good cake for a January b-day!! pish

                                                1. re: TheSnowpea

                                                  The store will reopen on February 3.

                                                  Though they're quite different in style, good cakes can also be found at Les Saveurs du Plateau and Fous Desserts, both on Laurier East.

                                                  1. re: carswell

                                                    mmhyeah we may indeed travel to the Plateau: NDG pâtisseries have failed to impress in the past.

                                                    1. re: carswell

                                                      Keep in mind that Fous Desserts will be closed next week, I believe they re-open only on the 20th.

                                                2. If anyone is planning to get some cakes for the fatteningdays, Cocoa Locale will be open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Among the new offerings I saw gingerbread spices and a vanilla-clementine.

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                                                  1. re: emerilcantcook

                                                    Besides gingerbread, her seasonal offering includes eggnog and the fabulous chocolate orange with Christmas spices. She said she expects to be sold out by noon or early afternoon on Wednesday.

                                                    1. re: carswell

                                                      I went by at opening time and there was already a small line. I picked up a lemon olive oil cake, decorated with edible flowers. It's really fantastic. It has that perfect density of good Southern U.S. pound cake, but much more flavorful. The frosting is primo. Not too cloying with the perfect sweetness. A little more lemon wouldn't have hurt things, but that's really nitpicking. I can see why she's popular.

                                                  2. I don't want to start a panic, but...

                                                    In a drive-by cake eating session, as I come in and go out of the city, I was reminded that Cocoa Locale is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week (Dec. 29-31), and then she is closed for one whole month!!! So if you need your cake fix, get there in the next few days...

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                                                    1. re: moh

                                                      Any seasonal cakes from Reema only available for the holiday season?

                                                    2. Today there was a new flavour (at least to me): apple-cinnamon cake. Not very sweet vanilla layer cake studded with apple chunks (I'm guessing dried apples) and covered with a tangy, subtly cinnamony cream cheese icing. Simple but greater than the sum of its parts. Worth the detour.

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                                                      1. re: carswell

                                                        Another new flavor was the orange-date-vanilla. A vanilla cake with date chunks, and some orange-vanilla icing. A little sweeter than her usual cakes, but more complex than her regular orange ones. I wouldn't call this one a masterpiece, but if you eat her cakes once a week and get bored with the classics, it is a nice change of pace.

                                                        1. re: carswell

                                                          We must have just missed each other. ;-) I was there this afternoon and got a chocolate-orange for the first time. I remarked to Reema that if I had had two clones of myself, I would have also picked up that apple-cinnamon as well as a lemon-olive oil. Glad you got to enjoy one.

                                                        2. FYI :

                                                          Cocoa locale is closed for the week (up to nov. 26th) because of the "flu"...

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                                                          1. re: Maximilien

                                                            I saw that too! Poor Reema! Get your flu shots everyone!

                                                            1. re: Maximilien

                                                              So is Reema recovered? I'm planning on getting some cakes Sunday.

                                                              1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                this is a late reply, but in case anyone's wondering... i went this Saturday, she was just as cute and jolly as ever :)

                                                                1. re: nonpareils

                                                                  Yeah thanks, I was there at noon Sunday and got my Key lime pie!

                                                            2. Just in from a shopping trip that included a stop at Cocoa Locale, which didn't have the chocolate-orange cake with Christmas spices but did have a "gingerbread" cake that Reema promised would convert even a spice cake sceptic like me.

                                                              The business hours have been changed for the holidays. Exceptionally, the store will be open Monday and Tuesday of this week and next. Specifically, from today through the 24th, then closed the 25th and 26th, then open from Sunday, the 27th, through Thursday, the 31st, after which the shop will close and not reopen until February.

                                                              1. Does anyone know whether Reema takes special cupcake orders for larger quantities, such as making mini cupcakes or offering a discount on the regular cupcakes? I know that she's closed for the next month but I'm shopping around for prices for a a friend's birthday in March. Thank you.

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                                                                1. re: jellybelly25

                                                                  Last spring, friends tried to order a bunch (like 40 or 50) for a big birthday party. They contacted Cocoa Locale and were told the limit's two dozen. Would be surprised if anyone were offered a discount.

                                                                    1. re: jellybelly25

                                                                      Clever Cupcakes specialize in large quantities and they're really yummy - I bought some at a craft fair a few months ago.


                                                                      1. re: kpzoo

                                                                        I was considering their cupcakes as well as those from ShiShi, they look great, and Bake Sale Girl, who won for best taste at the cupcake camp. Anyone tried the other two?


                                                                        1. re: jellybelly25

                                                                          Other possibility... "Itsi-bitsi"
                                                                          we've ordered there for our kid b'day.
                                                                          (Honestly, I don't see the big fuss for cupcakes. Muffins with sugar on top)
                                                                          (514) 509-3926
                                                                          2621 Notre-Dame West, Montréal
                                                                          (one block East of Atwater
                                                                          )Lionel-Groulx metro station

                                                                          1. re: jellybelly25

                                                                            I had the dulce de leche cupcake from ShiShi at Cupcake Camp and it was *amazing*. (My hubby and his friend agreed. I bought extras of it, that's how good it was.) If their other flavours are as good as that one was, I think you'll be very pleased! You could probably arrange to try a few flavours before buying a mass quantity...

                                                                    2. re: jellybelly25

                                                                      I ordered around 80 this summer. No discount, though I didn't inquire.

                                                                      1. re: jellybelly25

                                                                        She made 50 for me for my wedding. We had half chocolate-chai and half vanilla. I think it cost about $130 and I only ordered them about a week or two in advance. They were fabulous tasting and beautiful.

                                                                      2. I just called the shop and it's closed until Feb 9th according to the voice message.