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Mar 8, 2009 09:02 PM

Bliss & Co. Cupcakes Calgary

What started out as a hunt for coconut cocktail buns last week turned into the discovery of a new cupcake shop in Chinatown. Bliss & Co. Cupcakes and Desserts is downstairs at 108 - 3rd Ave. SW, just a bit west off of Center St. on the North side of 3rd Avenue.

We were looking for dessert for a potluck, and picked up a couple dozen in various flavors and they were definitely a hit. There were the usual chocolate and vanilla ones, with a variety of buttercream or creamcheese icings, but the other flavours really stood out. The coconut ones had coconut in the cake and the lemon one had a lemon cake. There was also a carrot cake cupcake, and a chocolate with orange icing that tasted like a creamsicle. They were all very moist as well.

Their price list also includes pies, cakes, and creampuffs made to order with 48 hours notice. The owners were both very friendly, and took the time to explain their various options. I think we'll try a chocolate cake with a caramel mousse filling for a staff birthday at the end of the month.

Just after we got Crave cupcakes in the deep south, I think we're back to going downtown again for Bliss.

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  1. Thanks for the tip!

    Of note on the cupcake tip- Buttercream Bake Shop is taking over the fomer Eifel Tower space fronting 17th (as many of you know, they used to have the side spot where Decadent Deserts was).

    1. A co-worker just brought back a warm apple danish from Bliss & Co for me--it is wonderful! Abundant apples in the not-too-sweet filling and a flaky, light pastry. I'll be visiting again to try the cupcakes. It's nice to have a another cupcake shop in Calgary (I'm not a big fan of Crave or Buttercream).

      The website is according to the business card, but the website doesn't seem to be up yet. In the meantime, here is a scan of the cake and pie menu.

      1. So, it's in the heart of Chinatown? Not a Chinese bakery I gather either?

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        1. re: MeXx

          Yep - in the heart of Chinatown. Just to the west of U & Me down some steps - the sign looks very contemporary as compared to every other sign.

          The pies are amazing, especially the apple/caramel and cherry, which were still warm from the oven. I like to say I sampled the cupcakes, but they all got inhaled by my kids and some moms from my wife's mom group before I got a nibble... sigh...

          The owners are really nice, and are youngish Asian ladies, but that's about the only Chinese thing about the bakery. They are actually from Edmonton (don't hold that against them). When I was there, they were steeping some mint for a special St. Paddies day cupcake...

          This is dangerous - it might be a frequent stop for me..

        2. Do you know what their hours of operation are like? (open evenings/weekends?)
          Also, do they bake fresh throughout the day?

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          1. re: Samin

            aktivistin has the brochure in his post (hopefully your eyes are good), but I think they are open 10-4 everyday except Sunday (might be 6 PM on weekdays).

            They bake fresh throughout the day - nothing like a warm pie...

            1. re: ybnormal

              The small print on the bottom left of the brochure reads 10:00am - 4:00pm Mon - Sat. To place your order or for inquiries: phone: 281-8821 48hrs notice for cakes, cream puffs and pies, 24 hours notice for more than 24 cupcakes.

              Oh, and I don't have great eyesight...I'd be blind without my lenses... I just saved and enlarged the image in my digital camera's browser :)

            2. re: Samin

              I went by today to score a dozen mini-cupcakes. Served by/talked to Justina (Marketing) and she said they trying to see what (retail) hours worked best. They have been getting busy as noon approached rather than at their 10AM opening.

              So their new retail hours are
              Mon-Fri 11:00AM-4:30PM
              Sat 12PM-4PM
              Office hours Mon-Sat 8:30AM-5PM

            3. Tried the (mini-)cupcakes. They are fluffy and moist (but not too moist like a mix cake) and full of flavour. The icing is more butter-y than sugary, which is how I like it. Not as sweet as Crave and, to me, that's a good thing. I haven't tried a full cupcake, so one big one might be too much, but the mini-cupcakes are ace in my book.