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Aug 23, 2009 07:38 AM

German Bakeries? Markham and Lawrence? Elsewhere?

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.


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    1. 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. 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

          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

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


            1. re: embee

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

              1. re: CeeQueue

                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

                  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

                    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

                    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

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


                1. 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

                    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

                      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

                        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

                        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

                          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

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

                            1. re: embee

                              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

                                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.