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Feb 29, 2008 03:23 PM

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.

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            1. 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.

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