HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >
Brewing beer, curing meat, or making cheese? Share your food adventure

Short and Sweet Cupcakes

domesticgodess Jan 29, 2010 06:02 AM

I finally found this cupcake store after going up and down avenue road looking for it.
Its on a side street - across from the esso station, on the east side of avenue road.
(hope this info helps!!)
399 Old Orchard Grove to be exact.
The owner was just lovely and working hard as I talked to her about her cupcakes.
I had one and it was indeed delcious. The icing is made with butter cream and I'm sure
I will be back to buy more. They are hard to resist!!

  1. TorontoJo Jan 29, 2010 07:25 AM

    Yeah, it's hard to find -- I had the same issue, as I was expecting it to be visible from Avenue Rd.

    I'm glad your experience was better than mine. I found 2 of the flavours I tried to be a bit dry and uninteresting. I also don't like the frosting. I did rather like the oreo cupcake, though.

    Here's the other thread on this place: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/676862

    I finally made it to the Wedding Cake Shoppe to try their cupcakes. And they definitely had the best cupcakes I've eaten in Toronto so far.

    1 Reply
    1. re: TorontoJo
      sweet tooth 01 Mar 23, 2010 07:44 PM

      My experience was not good either. Not flavourful and very dry and expensive for the portion. Although I suspect a lot has to do w/the fancy packaging. I think I will continue to buy my cupcakes at the Cupcake Shoppe at Yonge/Eglinton. Oh so good!

      Cupcake Shoppe
      2417 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P, CA

    2. AzulH Mar 26, 2010 02:04 PM

      The shop opposite Global Cheese in Kensington market makes remarkably good cupcakes on the premises

      6 Replies
      1. re: AzulH
        bonnebouche Apr 6, 2010 07:55 AM

        Thanks for posting about Short & Sweet. I was trying to find information about them.

        Sweet Tooth - I still don't understand how the Cupcake Shoppe is able to have such a following when I find their cupcakes absolutely tasteless (especially the cake) and their "buttercream" leaves an oily film on the tongue suggesting that it isn't a true buttercream. Maybe I am just pickier than most!

        1. re: bonnebouche
          TorontoJo Apr 6, 2010 09:37 AM

          I tried Short & Sweet again recently, and unfortunately, the quality hasn't improved. The cake is still too dense and firm, with a coarse crumb. And the frosting is very stiff and not terribly creamy.

          I'll reiterate that the best I've found in the city so far are from the Wedding Cake Shoppe.

          1. re: TorontoJo
            Ediblethoughts Apr 6, 2010 07:20 PM

            I assume this is raw icing--similar to Yummy Stuff? The cake description sounds unappealing but if it's the icing I love, I might risk a try...

            Yummy Stuff
            1660 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6R, CA

            1. re: Ediblethoughts
              TorontoJo Apr 7, 2010 04:11 AM

              I don't know whether it's cooked or raw. But the owner said they use butter, so I assume it's a buttercream of some sort. Cupcakes are always worth a try! But I don't think you'll be happy, so fair warning. :)

              1. re: TorontoJo
                Ediblethoughts Apr 7, 2010 05:59 PM

                Warning taken! I might just buy one to try it if I get around there.

          2. re: bonnebouche
            froglegs Apr 8, 2010 01:18 PM

            Bonnebouche, you are right! They look prettier than they taste!! I was given a box of cupcakes from Swirls and they were pretty good. Very light, creamy . Mmmm! I've heard Eat my Words is amazing ( i think that is the name....something odd like that). Cupcake Shoppe... uh uh!

            Cupcake Shoppe
            2417 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P, CA

        2. d
          derz Apr 6, 2010 01:48 PM

          Does anyone know if this is the same shortandsweet that made those delicious shortbread cookies?

          3 Replies
          1. re: derz
            TorontoJo Apr 6, 2010 02:31 PM

            Um...what delicious shortbread cookies? Can you be more specific? And as far as I know, this Short and Sweet only makes cupcakes.

            1. re: TorontoJo
              derz Apr 6, 2010 02:49 PM

              Short and Sweet was the name of the company that made the delicious shortbread. It was sold in beautiful packages at Indigo. I miss them, they melted in your mouth.

              1. re: derz
                TorontoJo Apr 6, 2010 03:38 PM

                Nope, sorry. Different company.

          2. d
            ddelicious Apr 8, 2010 10:35 AM

            I tried this place yesterday. I needed a dozen cupcakes so got a selection. Of the ones that I tried, they were fanstastic! And all of my guests were raving about them. The staff were lovely too and I will certainly be back. And yes, I've had other cupcakes and these were fresh and delicious. Icing is buttercream I believe.
            Definitely give this place a try, it is wonderful!

            2 Replies
            1. re: ddelicious
              Full tummy Apr 8, 2010 01:03 PM

              What kind of buttercream? Is it an American-style (uncooked) buttercream or a European-style (cooked) buttercream? The former tends to be somewhat grainy and sweet; the latter usually is smoother and has a very buttery flavour and texture.

              1. re: Full tummy
                ddelicious Apr 8, 2010 02:02 PM

                I don't know.... It wasn't overly sweet, and it did seem quite buttery. Really yummy.

            2. s
              staceya02 Apr 8, 2010 11:38 AM

              I used to only buy cupcakes at the Cupcake Shoppe @ yonge and Eg and then Flour Bakery opened up on Eglinton just west of Bathurst, and their cupcakes are above and beyond the best I've tried. The cake is dense and flavourful and the icing is rich but not sickeningly sweet! I've had a pretty hard time staying away! I die for the red velvet cake! mmm mm!

              Cupcake Shoppe
              2417 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P, CA

              1 Reply
              1. re: staceya02
                ddelicious Apr 8, 2010 02:03 PM

                My friend had the red velvet from our selection from short and sweet, she was raving about it. The man in the shop said they make the batter from whole rasberries.

              2. p
                pbandj Apr 25, 2010 07:02 PM

                RED VELVET CUPCAKES WITH CREAM CHEESE ICING- AMAZING. I found these much better than the one's with buttercream.

                1. m
                  magic Jan 8, 2011 06:54 PM

                  Tried these today for the first time.

                  First of all, the place smells like heaven. I've been to many cupcake shops but this one seemed to be the first to actually smell like cupcakes.

                  The Ooh La La (Red Velvet) was pretty outstanding. Raspberry filled, not at all dry. Just delish.

                  The Short & Sweet (Vanilla with gorgeous pink frosting and sprinkles) looked exactly like how I want a cupcake to look like and was pretty damn tasty as well.

                  Will for sure be heading back to try more of their many different offerings (they had a limited run salted caramel cupcake that looked interesting).

                  9 Replies
                  1. re: magic
                    callitasicit Jan 8, 2011 07:39 PM

                    The Red Velvet Cupcakes were the best ones I tried from the dozen I ordered for Christmas. Really small store but I like their display, all the cupcakes look delicious.

                    1. re: callitasicit
                      magic Jan 8, 2011 07:45 PM

                      Yeah people really seem to like the red velvet it seems.

                      And it's a nut-free place, which is cool. I personally don't care, but I know lots of people care about that.

                      1. re: magic
                        callitasicit Jan 8, 2011 08:29 PM

                        That is really good for business, considering the increasing number of children with peanut allergies.

                        1. re: callitasicit
                          magic Jan 8, 2011 08:38 PM

                          This is true.

                          1. re: magic
                            ace123 Jan 9, 2011 11:46 AM

                            I like the cupcakes from Short and Sweet. My favorites are: Oh La La (red velvet), One Hundred & One (oreo cupcake), Key Lime Kick and Gingerbread (seasonal). I tried Cupcake Shoppe and found them ok. I prefer S and S.

                            1. re: ace123
                              magic Jan 9, 2011 01:40 PM

                              Yeah, definitely not a fan of Cupcake Shoppe. Never was.

                              Will try your suggestions next time I visit Short and Sweet.

                    2. re: magic
                      magic Feb 14, 2014 08:51 PM

                      I finally tried a Prairie Girl cupcake today for the first time (Red Velvet w. vanilla icing).

                      It truly does not compare to Short & Sweet, which remain my favourite in this city.

                      PG has far FAR too much icing, the icing is too sweet (for my taste at least), and the cake itself while certainly not bad lacks the moistness and flavour of S&S.

                      That is all :)

                      1. re: magic
                        Ediblethoughts Feb 15, 2014 10:40 AM

                        Agreed. Even though PG's tiny cupcakes are pretty good--not so overwhelming. And I like S & S a lot too. I don't post much about cupcakes anymore---I think I got cupcaked out awhile back...

                        1. re: Ediblethoughts
                          magic Feb 15, 2014 12:31 PM

                          The minis do look more manageable. The icing to cake ratio seemed more in line with my preference. Agreed.

                    Show Hidden Posts