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Woman's Bakery

My Granny used to buy our birthday cakes at Woman's Bakery (I think it was a Yonge and Lawrence). I find myself craving that sweet yellow cake and butter cream icing, laced with sugar roses... Where can I find a great 1950's style birthday cake made from "real" ingredients?

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  1. I used to get birthday cakes from Hunt's/Woman's Bakery when I was very small. I dream of those great pink sugar roses! But that style of cake is not easy to find. Your best bet is to try one of the simpler buttercream-iced cakes from Dufflet. At least the ingredients are pure enough. We need a Magnolia Bakery in Toronto.

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    1. re: rat under paper

      You have it exactly! I will try Dufflet and see if I can get that same experience back. I miss my Grandmother!

      1. re: xssnrg

        The place is called "The Pie Crust" I guess I've contravened the rules again by posting their website address. You'll just have to google it.

        1. re: fruglescot

          Boy! After a little sleuthing I found the place you're talking about. It's called the Pie PLATE! Perhaps that's the difficulty right there.

          There are no rules against posting a website. Just copy the url and paste it into your post. Don't do anything fancy

          1. re: Googs

            Thanks for staying on this Googs!

            1. re: Googs

              l'll second that bit of Sherlockian effort

        2. re: rat under paper

          When I was young; and that was a number of years ago, I feasted on Hunt's Bakery Chocolate donuts. Exquisite dough!! Icing that was closer to dark chocolate... My parents regularly bought me the box of six-Bless them. I am 50 now and I have yet to taste a donut like that. If there is anyone out there who can help me find that donut again, I will do my best to lobby for your sainthood. I long for them like like a lost love

          1. re: MichaelMiranda

            I know exactly the donuts you mean! I had a weakness for them back then, and still do, now. Surprisingly, the chocolate-iced donuts from IGA are pretty close. Whodathunk? They come 6 to a pack in those clear cello boxes, but you have to be careful to get them on the day they're made. Check the date.

        3. Try 'The Hot Oven" Bakery in Cloverdale Mall in Etobicoke. BTW, In the 50's Hunts Bakery and Womens Bakery were both chains throughout Toronto that merged (in the late 60's?). My Mom used to preach to my sister and me that it was essential that we get an education or we would end up being the lady who handed out the numbers (for service in order) at the door of the bakery. As a kid, I remember thinking that was a sweet deal, with all the free sugar cookies you could eat!

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          1. re: LJS

            Perfect! Your mom and mine probably went to the same etiquette class in the 40's! I think you have exactly what I have been looking for. I'll check it out and let you know...


            1. re: LJS

              I went today and found they are not open on Sunday (*&^%, Heard they have huge line-ups as a rule. Will be back!

              1. re: LJS

                Sorry for the delay - I thought I had provided an update and find that I did not.

                This bakery is a throw-back dream. 'Real' ingredients for a my 1950's birthday cake craving. I enjoyed the perfect yellow cake with icing and so did my SO. There is a line-up and everything appears to be created/baked on the premises. Highly recommend.

                1. re: xssnrg

                  xssnrg: I am so very pleased for you...since we last "talked" I have moved away from TO to Nova Scotia though business will take me back there every month. Apart from the fact that means I don't have to change hairdressers (major trauma!) this also means I can visit the Hot Oven near the salon I go to...I have orders from my family to bring back the Divinity bars and the oatmeal shortbread cookies. Their pot pies are also very good if you like the old-fashioned savoury treats, too.

              2. Found! I recently located Mitchel's Cakes in Whitby, run by Pam & Brent Mitchel. The cake we ordered was a small wedding cake - enough to serve 40 and I selected 2 flavours - carrot for the top layer and lemon for the bottom. The icing was butter cream and quite elaborate with all sorts of lovely romantic words in white icing on the large layer with a moss green ribbon and the top layer had the same ribbon, white icing swag infilled with baby pink. Top of the cake were sugar roses with moss green leaves and a pink sugar butterfly.

                The cake was fresh, moist, delicious and the icing was traditional butter cream. Cutting the cake was easy - no falling apart, knife moved through easily and the slices stayed intact to the plates. Everyone asked for seconds (!) and enjoyed the 'real' cake experience.

                Mitchel's service a dream. Cost reasonable ($100) and they worked on a custom approach with attention to detail and a very nice interaction. Great experience! Highly recommend them! Online at www.mitchels.ca and available via phone at 416 737 3303.


                1. Does the woman's bakery still make cake donuts. My sister and I used to buy them at hunts bakery in the 1970's in London Ontario, they were the very best. Do you have a store in London, or the recipe for the best donuts in the world.
                  Thank you
                  Maureen Bax

                  1. I would love the recipe for the sugar cookies from Hunt's Bakery. We lived in Oakville until 1975 and I still dream about those sugar cookies. Any idea where to get the recipe?