Chocolate Layer Cake (downtown)
I didn't think this would be so problematic, but I am having a hard time finding a downtown baker to make a simple chocolate layer cake. No frills, just chocolate cake and chocolate icing. The places I've called keep trying to sell me on mousses, ganaches and almond flour. I know I can find one at a grocery store, but I am trying to find a cake crafted with a knowing hand. Any suggestions?
I think the chocolate layer cakes at Open Window Bakery are awesome. The most downtown location of an Open Window I can think of is St. Clair/Bathurst. Which is really more midtown. Unless I'm forgetting some downtown location.
Harbord Bakery (Harbord, west of Spadina) also makes nice chocolate cakes, but I must say I like Open Window's even better. Harbord Bakery is one of the city's best bakeries, without question.
I can't speak too knowingly on the subject but wonder if the Queen St East bakeries a) qualify as downtown and b) fit the bill. There is Sweet Bliss Baking Company or Altitude Bakery. There is also Sweettooth on the Danforth.
1304 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA
1346 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA
508 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K, CA