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Cupcake/cookie places on Queen East--have I missed any?

Ediblethoughts Feb 10, 2010 05:04 PM

I'm planning on being in that neighbourhood on either Sunday or Monday mid-morning so I was hoping to try out one of these cupcake places (or possibly another very good desserty place). I've made notes from the cupcake posts but just want to be sure I've hit the good ones. (It also looks like very few of these places are open when I'll be there if I go Sunday and none open on Monday so hopefully I've missed a great place that will be open then!)

Sweet Bliss (1304 Queen St E--open Sunday 10 to 4 (I think?); not open Mondays

Icing on the Cake in Leslieville. 1238 Queen E
noon-to 5 on Sundays (not open Mondays?)

Quintessence of Shortbread-639 Queen Street East

  1. Otonabee Feb 10, 2010 05:08 PM

    Life is Sweet at Victoria Park and Queen. Really amazing cupcakes!

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      Ediblethoughts Feb 10, 2010 05:18 PM

      I'm not sure if that's a bit too far out. But I've noted it in case there's time to get there. Thanks.

      1. re: Ediblethoughts
        Manybears Feb 11, 2010 04:35 AM

        In case you're curious I think they have the more American-style buttercream (like Yummy Stuff) rather than the other "smoother" kind (like the Wedding Shoppe). It's right at the end of the streetcar line if you're considering transit. I think it's worth a trip personally (they've got neat flavours like Earl Grey and orange), but it is kind of far.

        1. re: Manybears
          Full tummy Feb 11, 2010 09:03 AM

          I think all the Queen East places have American buttercream, though I must admit I haven't tried cupcakes from Icing on the Cake. I prefer the "cooked" buttercream, so I would be interested to hear if Icing on the Cake offers that.

          1. re: Full tummy
            Ediblethoughts Feb 11, 2010 05:19 PM

            I would be too but they open at noon and that's too late for me. Sadly.

          2. re: Manybears
            scarberian Mar 27, 2010 07:21 PM

            Actually I think Life Is Sweet uses a cream cheese icing like the type used on carrot cakes. It is delish =9. Thinking back the icing on some I believe are flavoured i.e. orange, mint, etc., but it's been awhile so I'm not 100% sure on this.

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            Life Is Sweet
            2328 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E, CA

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            AverageJo Feb 11, 2010 06:28 AM

            If you do decide to make the trek to Life Is Sweet, please note that it's closed on Mondays. Wouldn't want you to go all the way to the end of the loop for nothing!

            You haven't mentioned Altitude Baking; it's just a block east of Sweet Bliss. I don't know what its cupcakes are like, but Altitude makes some great cookies! It's NOT open Sunday, but is open on Monday.

            1. re: AverageJo
              Ediblethoughts Feb 11, 2010 05:20 PM

              I wonder if it's open on this Monday. Quite a few places are closed. Pity though because I'd have liked to try AB...

            2. re: Ediblethoughts
              red dragon Jun 11, 2010 06:23 PM

              Really far for us, we tried it a few months ago (what a drive), cupcakes are very moist, but the frosting is the regular buttercream (super sweet).

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            currycue Feb 11, 2010 12:15 PM

            Bonjour Brioche (Queen & Degrassi) & Patisserie Zane (Queen & Woodbine area)

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              millygirl Mar 27, 2010 12:04 PM

              I just picked up some cupcakes at Sweet Bliss for this evening. They really don't look all that special but I'm hoping I'm wrong. What really struck me was how unfriendly the girl behind the counter was. Downright miserable actually.

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              Sweet Bliss
              1304 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

              1. re: millygirl
                Full tummy Mar 27, 2010 10:19 PM

                I have stopped shopping there exactly because of this. The baked goods aren't that good that I'm willing to be made to feel like I'm an irritation.

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                  millygirl Mar 28, 2010 10:06 AM

                  Hi Full tummy, I am actually glad to know in a selfish kind of way that you have had a similar experience. As in good to know it's not just me.

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                    Full tummy Mar 28, 2010 11:39 AM

                    It's happened too, too many times. First time, I thought "they're just having a bad day", even if the poor treatment bothered me. Easily forgiven. However, it's been repeated, and I just think the place has attitude.

                    1. re: Full tummy
                      Ediblethoughts Mar 28, 2010 06:15 PM

                      Whenever I've gone (note, only twice since it's so far away), I've always been served by a man and he's always been really nice. I somehow had the idea he was an owner but I'm not sure of that. I personally love, love Sweet Bliss. For the type of buttercream icing that I like (uncooked), they are the best (and they even have a chocolate buttercream on the chocolate cupcakes---unlike any other I've tried).

                      What time of day were you guys there? I've only been there before noon.

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                      Sweet Bliss
                      1304 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

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                        millygirl Mar 28, 2010 06:42 PM

                        It was around 12:30. The guy was there but for some reason he stepped back and let this youngish girl serve us. He did seem very nice.

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                          Ediblethoughts Mar 29, 2010 06:03 PM

                          A friend went there on Saturday and also got the guy. (She got me yummy marshmellow icing chocolate cupcakes which I'd never had before!) My friend said the girl was there mixing icing but she didn't interact with him. It's a pity they don't offer a full selection of servers as well as cupcakes!

                          1. re: Ediblethoughts
                            hadra Jun 10, 2010 03:03 PM

                            I had a bad experience at Sweet Bliss as well with the service. The girl made me feel like a complete bother. The stuff was over-priced and not at all special. Quite the disappointment.

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                            Sweet Bliss
                            1304 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

                            1. re: hadra
                              Ediblethoughts Jun 10, 2010 07:12 PM

                              I've been there a couple times since then and I've had a female serve me who has been very nice. Maybe there's more than one female?

                              As for special, I think it's all what you like.

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              Atahualpa Mar 27, 2010 07:25 PM

              Sweet Bliss is closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Sometimes they are closed Thursdays as well.

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              Sweet Bliss
              1304 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

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                marical Mar 28, 2010 03:52 PM

                You gotta check out Babycake (Queen and Logan -- housed at Lil' Baci). I ate the velvet chocolate cupcake there last week and then ordered three in advance for pick up today.
                They are honestly the best cupcakes I have ever had -- they have a wide array of flavours and are not pretentious -- just moist, tasty and original. Their Blue By You cupcake was devoured in seconds - it tastes like Baskin Robbins' chocolate mint ice cream. Two thumbs up.

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                Lil' Baci
                892 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1J3, CA

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