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late night cake?

i always want cake at around 9pm these days... where would you get a nice fluffy moist and tasty cake at this hour?

dessert trends seems to be open until about 10pm now but i've never been and i'm not sure if they still have cake available by this hour. most restos serve dense hearty desserts that i'm less interested in currently like chocolate tortes and baked fruit on pastry... i want fluffy cake!

let's restrict this to downtown for now.... convenient cake is even better!

help! thanks!

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  1. Gosh... I could have used this thread when I was preganant. I sent my husband out at 3:00 am to a 24 hour Metro to get me a cake once...

    Unfortunately I don't have any suggestions for you but I am looking forward to other responses!

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    1. re: swissmissy

      some days i swear i crave like a pregnant lady...

    2. Hi pinstripeprincess -- 7 West Cafe is open 24 hours. Their menu lists chocolate banana cake, Belgian chocolate cake, carrot cake and fudge cake...

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      1. re: Yum2MyTum

        i've never really liked 7west.... but when the craving calls perhaps this will be the best option. they do sound all a bit heavy. will try and report back i guess!

        1. re: pinstripeprincess

          I've never really liked it either but options are severely limited when you go 24/7... I'll definitely post if I think of anything else!

        2. re: Yum2MyTum

          Not fluffy, but the one time I was at 7 West Cafe, we shared a dolce de leche cheesecake that was truly delicious.

          1. re: Yum2MyTum

            I think their cakes are mostly Dufflets FWIW.

          2. Dessert Trends would have desserts available until 10 pm (some items are kept for more than 1 day)- but they tend to be tarts, flans and crumbles, IIRC. I don't remember anything that I would call fluffy in their repertoire:)

            There is a chocolate layer cake cube listed at Frank at the AGO http://www.ago.net/frank but I'm not sure if it's fluffy, and the last seating is a 9 pm for dinner. Might be possible to show up later for dessert, though.

            Maybe a place like Novecento on St. Clair W would have a good fluffy cake? Probably mostly cannoli & pastries, but maybe it's worth checking out?

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            1. re: phoenikia

              hrm... interesting about the frank menu, i've meant to go back anyway. good location for me as well.

              i'll give novecento a call. now i'm wondering about portuguese bakeries... i usually make beelines for the tarts but have noticed large custards/flans and cakes sitting in displays before though for the most part suspected they were of a whip cream and "mousse" variety. any idea if that cake is any good? they seem to keep reasonably late hours.

              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                Not sure- the only cakes I've tried in any Portuguese bakeries are the little paper-wrapped rice cakes. Those are quite tasty, a little bit like angelfood cake.

                1. re: phoenikia

                  hrm.. that could work... i'll have to check those out too then.

              2. re: phoenikia

                The chocolate layer cake cube is most definitely not fluffy. I ate dinner there just a couple of weeks ago, and while it was very chocolatey, I felt it was overly dense, hard to push my fork through. It had some sort of crispiness going on inside, which would have been great balanced texturally by something softer and smoother. Alas, it was not. Normally, I have no difficulty finishing dessert (or just about anything served to me that I enjoy, haha), but I brought about 1/2 of it home for Hubby, also a chocolate lover, and he, too, found it unmemorable.

              3. Not sure about the fluffy part, but Future Bakery on Bloor St W definitely serves cake past 9:00 pm. I LOVE their chocolate banana cake.

                1. I discovered Jack's Bakery and Pastry shop on Oakwood Ave. a couple of months ago. It's open 24 hours a day. 352 Oakwood Ave.

                  Here's a link to a past discussion: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/624069

                  And there's always Loblaws; I dont' know if they all do this, but the Forest Hill location discounts their individually portioned in-store-baked cakes and muffins by 50% at 9 PM, an hour before closing time.

                  1. I've noticed that too, there seems to be a lack of great, late night coffee and cake options in town. I find the most reliable to be Tango Palace Coffee Co. on Queen E. and Jones. I know they're open until 10 during the week and 11 on fridays and saturdays. Other than that, I suppose that the Richtree Market at Yonge and Front is open until the wee hours.

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                    1. re: currycue

                      i haven't been to tango in a while, it's a bit out of my nabe for late night cravings, but i also mostly found they served more dense coffee sweets rather than fluffy cake.

                      1. re: pinstripeprincess

                        And their sweets are sometimes a little past their prime; if anyone heads there, it's best to ask what's freshest.

                    2. not fluffy but I think the cheesecake place in Yorkville is open late. .

                      1. Just Desserts at Yonge and Wellesley (the last one remaining) is open late, but haven't been in ages so I don't know what the quality is like now.

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                        1. re: Teep

                          completely slipped my mind that a just desserts is there.. will have to take a look.

                        2. If you can make it there before 9pm, Green Earth Veggie Cuisine has an excellent vegan chocolate cake. You can't tell it's a different kind of cake. It's an old-fashioned moist fluffy cake with rich icing. It even comes with a cherry.

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                          1. re: merlot143

                            That reminds me that the vegan carrot cake at Fresh is delicious. I don't believe they are open late though.

                          2. pp, I had a similar issue in the spring but didn't get much help:
                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/616622

                            1. Try Longo's or Second Cup locations - they sell Dufflet's pastries in their bakery section. Or Tulip Diner on Queen and Coxwell - amazing old fashion chocolate layer cake, the steak is pretty darn good too. If you are desperate and need a fix try a Jos Louis for nostalgia.

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                              1. re: wano

                                Can't believe no one mentioned Demetres on the Danforth open late at most of their locations and over 40 different varieties of cakes and pasteries. It's the Cheese Cake Factory of Canada maybe even better

                                1. re: Mr.D

                                  I would be surprised if most posters here would share your enthusiasm for Demetres (at any location). Yes it's open late.....

                                  1. re: Mr.D

                                    Cafe Demetres cakes are garbage now.

                                    They used to use a cake distributor named Nanny D's up in Vaughn that used all real creme cheese...ect...

                                    ...then they stopped using Nanny D's and went to some card board tasting crap.

                                    Ever since Cafe Demetres stopped using Nanny D's for there cakes, I wouldn't advise anyone to eat them....at least not the Danforth store anyways.

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                                    Cafe Demetre
                                    660 Richmond St, London, ON N6A3G8, CA

                                  2. re: wano

                                    While Longo's is a regular stop for me, I rarely buy cake there, as almost everything has been frozen, and then defrosted when needed.
                                    Same goes for Pusateris as I discovered when I required a Birthday Cake on a Holiday weekend.

                                  3. You could give Marvellous Edibles on Laird Dr a try...they are open until at least 10 and 11 on Fri and Sat and they always have some very delicious baked goods.

                                    1. I can't vouch for fluffiness or high quality desserts, but Richtree (formerly Marché) is open fairly late. I don't know if they do this any more, but they used to drop their prices on their desserts after 11pm or something like that.

                                      http://www.richtree.ca/index.htm

                                      Brookfield Place Toronto
                                      42 Yonge St.
                                      Toronto, ON
                                      M5E 1T1
                                      Telephone: 416-366-8986

                                      Hours:
                                      Every day of the year
                                      Mon - Thurs - 7:30am to 12:00am
                                      Fri & Sat - 7:30am to 2:00am
                                      Sun - 7:30am to 12:00am