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German Bakeries? Markham and Lawrence? Elsewhere?

Janine Aug 23, 2009 07:38 AM

hi all,

I was told by a friend there was a good german bakery around markham and lawrence, if so, would anyone know the name? Or if not, anyone know of one in the GTA? I am looking for strudel and black forest cake.


  1. sumashi May 10, 2013 11:32 AM

    I really like the apple strudel that they serve at Old Country Inn in Main Street Unionville.

    For black forest cake, I thought La Rocca's version was pretty good. They use whole cherries in their cake.

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      Panthajim May 9, 2013 06:52 PM

      Try Sproll's German Bakery in Kitchener they make awesome German European stuff.

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        carissima Aug 28, 2009 11:49 AM

        Dimpflmeier Bakery Ltd
        32 Advance Road, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 2T4

        1. Dr Butcher Aug 26, 2009 01:53 AM

          I am pretty sure the Whitby location of Fabian's closed down a while back. The last time I drove by it looked like the location had a 'for lease' sign in the window. Michael Blvd is a little off the beaten track for drive by business, it's no wonder.... It might be better to call ahead.

          1. jayt90 Aug 23, 2009 05:31 PM

            The two Fabian's locations use the name so they should adhere to it even when he is not there.
            The first glowing review of Fabian was in 1975 in the Star, and the place was swamped, but they delivered! http://fabianscafe.com/index.php?sect...

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            1. re: jayt90
              Full tummy Aug 23, 2009 05:55 PM

              I must admit the website advertises all manner of what I consider yummy things. But, I haven't seen a glowing review of Fabian since I've been reading reviews (more than a decade after the piece you refer to). I hope someone with recent experience will chime in.

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              toveggiegirl Aug 23, 2009 12:29 PM

              You must try Stubbe. It's a German bakery / chocolatier with to-die-for chocolate cakes at very reasonable prices considering the high quality. They also sell apple strudel which I have yet to try.

              Check out this thread for a discussion on Black Forest Cakes in Toronto:

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              1. re: toveggiegirl
                Full tummy Aug 23, 2009 12:53 PM

                Just reread that thread, and wanted to note that Konditor is no longer. Same with Chocolate Heaven Café. Disappointing to note that, according to someone's post, Fabian's doesn't actually use real whipped cream in their "whipped cream cakes". Is this true? Or perhaps they're using some whipped cream, so they can advertise it thus, but using mostly vegetable oil product?

                1. re: Full tummy
                  CeeQueue Aug 23, 2009 03:30 PM

                  While you're mentioning bakeries that are no more, I thought I'd mention that Bavarian Bakery Cafe (not sure if that's the exact name) on Eglinton east of Markham, is also closed. Little Bavaria, the restaurant, is still there.

                  I know it's not German, but thought I'd mention it. They used to have the best whipped cream cakes I'd ever had, but change ownership and went downhill.

                  1. re: Full tummy
                    embee Aug 23, 2009 04:31 PM

                    Then it couldn't be the same owner. Horst Fabian would never have used fake whipped cream. It is common, though, for German style bakers to use stabilizers in whipped cream. Oetker WhipIt and Cobasan are both German products.

                  2. re: toveggiegirl
                    scarberian Aug 23, 2009 01:29 PM

                    That's quite a trek for cake coming from the east end that is. Gerhard's makes a pretty good cake. I'm not sure of Black Forest, but their strudel was also quite delicious when I tried it a couple of years ago. I forgot which cake I tried, but I remember it was real cream that they used for the filling. You can always try Dufflet's at Queen St. E and Woodbine. They might not have the Black Forest, but their other chocolate cakes are very good.

                    1. re: scarberian
                      estufarian Aug 23, 2009 01:33 PM

                      Dufflet is a very different style (and excellent in its own way) - but it's French-style, not German-style (which is the subject of the original post).
                      Incidentally I'm a sort-of fan of Fabian's Black Forest Cake - I always found it moist - but I'm not really a chocolate fan, - Iprefer fruit based and Fabian's fruit flans are (or were) my favourites.

                      1. re: estufarian
                        embee Aug 23, 2009 04:26 PM

                        Actually, I think Dufflet's style is more North American/Jewish than French.

                        1. re: embee
                          scarberian Aug 25, 2009 07:12 PM

                          You're right there embee. Dufflet's is not really French-style. They may carry some French style of cake/pastry, but that's about it. I mentioned Dufflet's because they make a damn good German chocolate cake with real butter cream frosting. The only problem is they're usually sold out by the time I get there after work.

                          1. re: scarberian
                            scarberian Aug 27, 2009 08:48 PM

                            Well I was mistaken on 2 counts. First of all Dufflet's doesn't carry German chocolate, but Belgian Milk Chocolate Vanilla cake. Secondly I found out that German chocolate cake got it's name from the man who created the chocolate that went into it, Sam German. Anyway, I would still get the Belgian Milk chocolate over the black forest. It's just damn good.

                            Your best bet would be Gerhard's. They do make a black forest torte made with Kirsch. Their desserts are pricey.

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                    Crepes Suzette Aug 23, 2009 09:25 AM

                    Gerhard's Bakery and Café, 1085 Bellamy Road North, Scarborough.


                    1. CeeQueue Aug 23, 2009 09:05 AM

                      There's also Fabian's on Markham Rd at Painted Post (west side, a couple blocks north of Lawrence). They have excellent strudel; don't know about their black forest cake as I've never had it.

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                      1. re: CeeQueue
                        embee Aug 23, 2009 09:41 AM

                        Is Fabian's still open? I was looking for it a couple of years ago and couldn't find it. Do you know whether Horst Fabian still owns it?

                        1. re: embee
                          Full tummy Aug 23, 2009 09:51 AM

                          They have a website, but it doesn't indicate who owns it. Apparently, there's also a location in Whitby.


                          1. re: embee
                            CeeQueue Aug 23, 2009 10:13 AM

                            I was there just a couple of weeks ago so. I don't know who owns it though.

                            1. re: CeeQueue
                              embee Aug 23, 2009 10:21 AM

                              There wasn't a website when I looked back then. I was driving by where I thought it was (which seems to be where it is), and it didn't seem to be there.

                              Horst Fabian was pastry chef at the Inn On the Park back in its heyday, and his baking was exceptional. He also made the best mint candies I ever tasted. I hope this is still his place,

                              1. re: embee
                                Full tummy Aug 23, 2009 10:49 AM

                                Was he always there? I remember an Austrian or other eastern European bakery open for a short time on Lawrence west of warden, where Arz now is (though they had much less of that space, I think). But that was back in the late 80s, early 90s. Don't remember the name, alas.

                                1. re: Full tummy
                                  estufarian Aug 23, 2009 11:37 AM

                                  No he was somewhere else before the current location - but it was fairly close by - I don't think as far west as Warden, but maybe on Lawrence.

                                2. re: embee
                                  CeeQueue Aug 23, 2009 11:05 AM

                                  I think it would be easy to miss Fabian's if you didn't know exactly where it was. There's a long strip of storefronts at that part of Markham (around Painted Post on the west side). Fabian's is right near the north end of the strip, in a part that almost looks like it's not part of the rest of the plaza.

                            2. re: CeeQueue
                              estufarian Aug 23, 2009 10:22 AM

                              Fabian's was also my first thought.
                              My wedding cakes came from him.
                              But I don't know if he's stil there either.

                            3. Full tummy Aug 23, 2009 08:59 AM

                              I think you probably mean Piegus European Bakery at 3478 Lawrence Avenue, just west of Markham. Not sure about the Black Forest Cake, but I think they have strudel. I don't remember this as being a bakery that specializes in cake. Really yummy doughnuts and breads, though. You might want to call and check if they have what you're looking for.


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                              1. re: Full tummy
                                Full tummy Aug 23, 2009 09:07 AM

                                Here's a link to their write-up in Toronto Life's Food Guide.


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                                chillihigh Aug 23, 2009 08:48 AM


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