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Prairie Girl Bakery

Just walked by this place on Victoria St @ King--it looks brand spanking new. Cupcakes are $2.95 each. Flavors are pretty much standard...choc, vanilla, red velvet etc. I am curious if anyone has tried them yet.

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  1. I confess, I stopped by and paid the $2.95 for a full-size cupcake. I bought the carrot cake w/cream cheese frosting. It was a very good carrot cake -- flavourful, fresh, moist, with raisins and coconut, which I like. A generous amount of cream cheese frosting, which was a bit sweet for my liking and could've had more of a cream cheese tang, but still very tasty, and I appreciated that they weren't stingy with the frosting like some bakeries in Toronto.

    I suspect this place is hoping to garner business from the nearby offices -- special orders from banks, etc. They'll do a fine walk-in trade too, if the crowd today is any indication. I would stop by once in a while for a treat, but it's a bit pricey for every day. They are exclusively a cupcake shop -- no other sweets whatsoever.

    One quibble: They put my cupcake in a single-serving box, well suited to protect the cupcake in transit, but rather large for just one. The box was twice as high as the cupcake!

    1. I went today as well! Right by my office which will be dangerous. I bought 6 of their mini-cupcakes for $9 and change. I tried the chocolate chocolate (chocolate cake with chocolate frosting), and the toasted coconut (white cake with coconut frosting).

      Both were very moist and I really enjoyed their frosting, rich but not too heavy imo, usually I tend to scrape off most of the frosting, but these were just right. And I really liked that they had minis, perfect for a little pick-me-up when you need them. Definitely check it out, they had the standard flavours and they do a rotating weekly special. The woman told me their website should be launching soon.

      1. Does Prairie Girl sell any Prairie staples, like puffed wheat squares, matrimonial bars, the peanut butter marshmallow slice, sex in a pan, butterhorns or Fermipan buns? Cupcakes are so not Prairie-baking.

        Be a real Prairie Girl, and bring on the butterhorns.

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        1. re: prima

          Walked past this PG around 2:30 pm on Saturday. They were closed since they had sold out of cupcakes. PG sells cupcakes and nothing else, as far as I could tell from their signage.

          Wish someone would sell real Prairie baking. Toronto doesn't need any more cupcakes. What Toronto needs is saskatoon pie, puffed wheat squares, applejacks and diplomats/imperials.

          1. re: prima

            I concur, spice cake with crumb topping, boiled raisin cookies. Some good old prarie staples.

            1. re: MiniMom

              Exactly! ;-)
              these kinds of baked goods:
              http://www.mumscountrybakery.ca/index... !

              and for a modern take on Prairie baking, the new Orange Boot in Regina looks promising!
              http://orangeboot.ca/

        2. I couldn't help but go inside after I walked past it, so I bought one of each of the minis to try. They were all really amazingly moist, and the icing was just perfect. You can tell they bake fresh, as the quality was superb. I really recommend trying the vanilla cupcake with strawberry buttercream. It tastes like creamy frozen yogurt on top of moist fluffy cake. Reasonably priced too.

          1. UNBELIEVABLY delicious. So moist. Clearly superior, fresh baking ingredients. I passed around the office 24 of the mini cupcakes and six of the standard size (which are huge, and worth the price!!). WITHOUT EXCEPTION everyone who was lucky enough to get one RAVED about how wonderful they are. They are fabulous.

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            1. re: VespaGrrl

              What other cupcakes have your tried? What were your fav's before? How would you describe the texture of the buttercream?

              1. re: JennaBean

                I thought the strawberry was pretty awesome....and the lemon on the vanilla cupcake.
                Truly, I thought they were all delicious...andn the fact that there are "mini" cupcakes is dangerous, because you figure you can eat several of them and still have eaten less than the "big"one....but the problem is, i expect you'll want more than 2 or 3....

              2. re: VespaGrrl

                Wow, you must have been popular at the office!! Do you know if the frosting is a swiss meringue or regular buttercream?

              3. My cupcakes were very moist and fresh (I tried chocolate with peanut butter icing and vanilla with chocolate cream cheese icing). The icing was an extremely generous swirl (in fact, it made the cupcake top-heavy and I could hardly hold it upright). The icing was very sweet and gave me a huge sugar rush, but isn't that what cupcakes are supposed to do? I think the chocolate cream cheese could have had more cream cheese flavour (like AverageJo mentioned), but overall I was very impressed. I will be back! So happy this place has opened in my 'hood.

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                1. re: Rpo

                  Whoa, that's alot of buttercream...there is a new GoodLife fitness opening up nearby though so you can work on that press ; )
                  Otherwise, nice to have a heads up on the place, my go to is Yummy Stuff but since i work around the corner i'll have to try it out

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

                2. Do they happen to have any vegan cupcakes like BABYCAKES in NYC or Sprinkles in LA??? Now those two places have the most outstanding cupcakes we have ever eaten! I hope this place has the vegan ones also - I will have to check them out.

                  1. I just dropped in on my way back from the gym (it's all about balance!) and picked up 3 minis to test out. The two I've eaten so far were quite good. They use a cooked buttercream if I'm not mistaken (and I completely could be). Both the peanut butter and the coconut were very light and had no grit at all. The chocolate with peanut better frosting had a nice balance of flavour - the cake wasn't overpowered by the frosting. There was no hint of anything artificial or greasy about both the chocolate and vanilla cakes. I'm saving my Red Velvet for later.

                    1. Stopped in on Saturday afternoon after reading about them online. Nice clean, bright store with 2 friendly women working. I decided to start with 2 simple choices to see how they were before trying some of the other flavours. Settled on Chocolate with Vanilla Butter Icing, & Golden Buttermilk with Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing. Really enjoyed them both.

                      Cake: Both were extremely moist with good texture. Not too sweet.

                      Icing: Fabulous! I often find cupcake icing too sweet / too gritty / downright awful (& usually scrape at least half off), but theirs was delicious. Best icing I've tasted in a long time.

                      I would certainly eat both cupcakes again, but my personal fave of the two was the chocolate with Vanilla Bean icing. Great combination.

                      Didn't see any sign of vegan cupcakes, but they do carry at least one Gluten Free flavour per day. They also said they'd be happy to make any flavour gluten free if you contact them ahead of time.

                      Nice addition to the neighbourhood.

                      1. Tried vanilla/lemon.

                        What at first seemed to be too much icing went down surprisingly delicious.

                        Recommended.

                        1. I stopped by today and picked up two minis, both vanilla, one with lemon icing and one with coconut icing. Both were pretty delicious! The cake is very moist and a good balance between being dense and too light. It's not a crumbly cupcake. The lemon icing was a tad too sweet while the coconut was perfect.

                          I'm not a huge cupcake fan but would pop in again if I wanted a sweet treat and didn't feel like hitting up Petit Thuet.

                          WON
                          http://whatsonmyplate.net

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                          Thuet
                          609 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA

                          1. Hahahah! Did we all go today?! I have 6 mini's waiting for me to try...

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                            1. re: jlunar

                              Banana cake with peanutbutter frosting.
                              - banana cake had a mid-sized crumb, moist,
                              - decent banana taste, but not strong
                              - frosting was peanutbuttery, also light
                              - frosting taste kinda got lost when eating with cake

                              Coconut on vanilla
                              - vanilla was a mid-to-thick-sized crumb. Appreciate the it's not too-dense, yet not too-fluffy attempt, but found the texture kind of coarse.
                              - coconut frosting had a nice lemon flavour
                              - overall thought this quite good.

                              Carrot Cake w/Creamcheese Frosting
                              - cake was pretty good. not too overly carroty, which I don't always like.
                              - frosting was also tasty, but I generally like creamcheese frosting.
                              - good combo with the two.

                              Red Velvet w/Creamcheese Frosting
                              - finer crumb. cake was decent, though not quite chocolatey. Which is what red velvet is, I know.
                              - same creamcheese frosting as the carrot cake
                              - I kinda like this one. Wasn't sad I had two.

                              Strawberry on vanilla
                              - Same vanilla cake-base
                              - This frosting is awesome. Would get this again.

                              Somehow, I didn't get a chocolate cake-base but ended up with two red velvets.

                              Icings were all mildly gritty, so I assume it's the American buttercream style. I could do with less sweet, but maybe that was because I ate the equivalent of three mini cupcakes for breakfast.

                              Photos eventually.

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                              1. re: jlunar

                                better than Dufflet?
                                I recently enjoyed a de-lish pink velvet cupcake from there. Super moist with OMG-Strawberry icing. I couldn't resist from cramming the whole thing in...as an icing hater, I was very pleasantly surprised!
                                The Nutella scone was boring though.

                                http://www.cookiesandtomatoes.com

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                                Dufflet
                                787 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

                                1. re: ekim256

                                  I have not tried Dufflet's cupcakes! Will have to see... ! If it's better than what I had, I'm all for it. XD

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                                  Dufflet
                                  787 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

                                  1. re: ekim256

                                    I am spoiled for cake at work, and over dufflet-ed.. so take my opinion with a grain of icing.

                                    I thought this cupcake was more delicious than a dufflet cupcake.

                                  2. re: jlunar

                                    Weird - my icing wasn't gritty at all so I guessed it was cooked. I have to admit that I'm not exactly 100% positive I know how to tell the difference. I mean, I can certainly tell when the icing is practically crunching with sugar crystals but if it's more subtle than that, my tongue can't pick it up.

                                    1. re: maritimah

                                      To be frank, I'm not exactly 100% positive I know how to tell the difference either. But I did detect a crunchy grit to my icing...!

                                      1. re: jlunar

                                        Went today and was so impressed. My cupcake was indeed moist and the icing was divine. Seems like this bakery is a success already.

                                        1. re: jlunar

                                          I'm an avid cupcake baker, not a pro, but I would guess that's the regular buttercream (powdered sugar, butter, milk or cream). It sounds like they might sell cupcakes with both regular buttercream and a swiss meringue buttercream (which is fluffy, very very smooth and buttery, sometimes can be greasy in taste, but they are not gritty at all). I personally only use italian meringue buttercream.

                                          I'll be interested to try their cupcakes!

                                          1. re: red dragon

                                            I'm pretty sure it is regular butter cream as it still had a bit of that gritty mouth-feel.

                                  3. These cry out for a glass of milk! A little too much icing for me and my tasters (and I did detect chalkiness) but definitely a quality, FRESH product. They were still baking at 1pm today.

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                                    1. re: julesrules

                                      I completely agree. I got two minis - vanilla/vanilla, chocolate/mint. The vanilla cake base was amazing, I could just eat the cake! I love icing, but there is way too much icing on the minis, and I didn't enjoy the icing as much as I'd hoped. This was most noticeable in the chocolate mint mini where all I could taste was icing, and it was overwhelming.

                                      The regular size look huge. I think I would feel very ill after eating one of those.

                                      1. re: ms. cornbread

                                        Ours were regular size, and the icing does overwhelm the cake, which is too bad when it's really good cake. I think about half the icing would be perfect.

                                      2. re: julesrules

                                        that's awesome to hear. Means the cupcakes I got were super-fresh. XD

                                      3. Picked up my order today. Apparently, they made 3000 cupcakes today and sold out by 5p! Crazy. The "normal" sized cupcakes are HUGE. Good value, less pretty. Will let you all know about taste-test two this weekend.

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                                        1. re: jlunar

                                          You have room for cupcakes on Easter weekend? My Easter weekend will be filled with Lake Huron whitefish, ON lamb, ON ham, possibly duck, spanakopita, dolmades, fresh baked Easter bread, and maybe an Easter egg or some Easter chocolate. If I have room for dessert, it will be saved for flourless chocolate cake or lavender creme caramel, not cupcakes ! ;-)

                                          Wondering how many people in the GTA will be eating $3 day-old (or 2 day-old, or maybe even 3 day-old) cupcakes this weekend!

                                          Bon appetit! ;-)

                                          1. re: prima

                                            Honestly, these a day old will be fresher than many a Toronto baked good.

                                            1. re: prima

                                              "Wondering how many people in the GTA will be eating $3 day-old (or 2 day-old, or maybe even 3 day-old) cupcakes this weekend! "

                                              I purchased a dozen mini's on Thursday and popped them in the freezer as I want to eat them over the weekend. They suggest you do this if your not going to eat the cupcakes right away...

                                              1. re: ParsleySage

                                                Good to know ;-) Thanks for mentioning it's possible to freeze those puppies.

                                                I guess I've been treated to too many day-old cupcakes over the years- I don't think anyone I know has been in the habit of freezing them if they won't be served for a day or 2.

                                                Next time someone offers to bring cupcakes to an event on a long weekend or a Sunday, I'll tell them to throw them into the freezer. ;-)

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                                                18 King St E #106, Toronto, ON M5H 1A1, CA

                                          2. Devil's advocate here-- I had a peek at their website. The cupcakes don't seem particularly out of the ordinary. In fact, they seem like half cupcake, half-icing (i.e. mostly sugar). Do they taste better than homemade?

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                                            1. re: merlot143

                                              I guess it depends on how good a baker you are. :) They're definitely better than most bakery/storebought cupcakes -- and prettier than anything I make at home.

                                              1. re: merlot143

                                                It is a fairly basic product, done well. The flavours don't excite me much. The icing is similar to what I make at home (to my taste, it's made with icing sugar, good butter, and whatever quality, fresh flavouring). The cake, however, is better than mine. I'd be curious to see her recipe and I don't often feel that way about purchased baked goods. I'm a good, not amazing baker and I haven't really "developed" my cake recipes much but I do what I can with standard recipes and decent ingredients.

                                              2. These cupcakes are amazing. Maybe I'm in a minority here but I love frosting and their frosting is a fantastic butter cream. The cake itself is great but the frosting man, the frosting.... Dangerously close to my office too.

                                                1. Tried these today and the virtual CH consensus (which I have to say is a little shocking since I don't think I've ever seen such agreement on a cupcake thread here) was a good indicator of really tasty cupcakes. Lovely icing and moist cupcakes---and such a generous amount of both. I tried chocolate cupcake with vanilla and a small with strawberry icing---niiiiice. I think I have a new fave...

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                                                  1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                    Their icing is really tasty. Lemon's quite nice too. Can see/taste the rind they dump into it. The cream cheese frosting is also good.

                                                  2. I hate to be the lone dissenter on this thread, but I was so looking forward to trying Prairie Girl's cupcakes, and I was really disappointed. I tried 6 flavours of the minis:

                                                    - vanilla/vanilla
                                                    - vanilla/coconut
                                                    - vanilla/lemon
                                                    - chocolate/chocolate
                                                    - banana/peanut butter
                                                    - red velvet

                                                    As a whole, the frostings were quite nice. Creamy and a bit too sweet, but tasting nicely of the key flavor (lemon was particularly nice).

                                                    The cakes themselves were a huge letdown for me, and the cake is primarily how I judge cupcakes. The vanilla was moist and had a nice crumb, but had almost no flavour. The chocolate had the taste and texture of a box of Duncan Hines chocolate cake. The red velvet texture was just...strange. Gritty? The banana had so much cinnamon that it totally overwhelmed any banana flavour and totally clashed with the peanut butter frosting (which I liked on its own).

                                                    Of the 6 minis I tried, I wasn't tempted to finish a single one. :(

                                                    I can see why people like them -- they are moist, the frostings have nice flavours (if you don't mind the sugar bomb) and there isn't really another source for cupcakes in the financial district. So I wish them well and I'm sure they will continue to be packed. But I'll stick to cupcakes from the Wedding Cake Shoppe in the future.

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                                                    859 College St, Toronto, ON M6H, CA

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                                                    1. re: TorontoJo

                                                      Somebody had to not like them! If I was cake first, I might not be as over-the-top for them. But as you said, cake moist. And for me, icing comes first!

                                                      1. re: TorontoJo

                                                        You're not the lone dissenter - I tried a strawberry mini and did not like the crumb of the cupcake, although the icing was (just) ok - it didn't make we want to eat the lemon full size that I also bought, so I gave it away. My husband thought the Red Velvet was awful...

                                                        1. re: Truffles

                                                          The red velvet was awful? That's disappointing to hear.. I went during lunch time to pick up some cupcakes and the person in front of me purchased the last red velvet (it was only noon!). So, I went with the "treat of the week" - a banana cupcake with a caramel frosting. This one was really good!

                                                          I also got a carrot cupcake, with the regular cream cheese frosting. This one was just okay. Just an average carrot cupcake if you ask me.

                                                      2. Does anyone have experience with their online ordering and delivery service? I was thinking of ordering some of these puppies for an upcoming event and with all the other stuff I have to coordinate that day, the idea of fresh cupcakes being delivered to my door is very appealing.

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                                                        1. re: peppermint pate

                                                          Online ordering, yes. Delivery no. Thought the online ordering was great (they did do some recent upgrades to it so ymmv). Delivery times may be fixed (pick up times were, though I called in and asked for a different time and that was fine).

                                                          1. re: peppermint pate

                                                            Same as below: Ordered online but no delivery. Good thing I did too because they were sold out when my friend arrived to pick up them up. I might try the delivery this weekend.

                                                            1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                              Thank you both for your responses - I tried the online ordering and delivery with them and it was PERFECT. I ordered online, then called to ask them if I could narrow the delivery window - they were super nice and asked me what time I wanted it as they send them by cab (I think) - they gave me a one hour window and the cupcakes arrived exactly on time. The cupcakes themselves were a huge hit with kids and grown-ups alike - we had an assortment of vanilla with strawberry icing, chocolate with chocolate and chocolate with vanilla, minis and regular sized. To my taste, I prefer the ones at the Wedding Cake Shop but these were very good. I love the fact that they make mini versions - especially great for kids and parties - and the ordering/delivery combo was an absolute life saver that day (okay, maybe not an actual life saver but a huge help to be sure!). Highly recommended.

                                                          2. Just for the record, I asked what the icing was, and it is NOT buttercream, it's a butter based icing. I really enjoyed the cupcakes. The chocolate strawberry especially.

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                                                            1. re: locket

                                                              Buttercream is butter-based icing, honey bun.

                                                              1. re: prima

                                                                Yes, but buttercream is different than butter-based icing. Traditional buttercream is always made with eggs. Butter-based icing does not have/have to have eggs, honey bun. The icing at Prairie Girl Bakery is not made with eggs. You really cannot compare the taste.texture of a true buttercream icing to a butter-based icing.

                                                                1. re: locket

                                                                  Um, not really. American (or "uncooked") buttercreams do not use eggs. Here's a typical version:

                                                                  http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                                                                  1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                    Exactly.

                                                                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buttercream

                                                                    Does anyone know where I can find cupcakes iced with Italian meringue buttercream in TO?

                                                                    1. re: prima

                                                                      My thoughts as well. You can't put a an egg in an uncooked buttercream. Ewwww,

                                                                      1. re: prima

                                                                        I don't know if it's Italian meringue, but the ones at Wedding Cake Shoppe are definitely a cooked buttercream. Smoother and more buttery than American-style. Have you tried their cupcakes?

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                                                                        859 College St, Toronto, ON M6H, CA

                                                                        1. re: Full tummy

                                                                          Yes, the Wedding Cake Shoppe definitely has the swiss meringue buttercream. I only use italian meringue buttercream when I bake. The WCS's cupcakes are good. I personally wouldn't say outstanding, but we enjoyed them.

                                                                        2. re: prima

                                                                          Check Bobette and Belle's website - I think they mention either Italian or Swiss meringue icing.

                                                                          1. re: julesrules

                                                                            yes, I just picked up a dozen from them and they are definitely that very-smooth icing style.

                                                                            1. re: jlunar

                                                                              How were they, what flavours did you like? I think we both bought the same Dealicious voucher...

                                                                              1. re: julesrules

                                                                                All the frostings were fairly light-tasting. The kind where you're like "I can see that" after someone tells you what it was. I preferred the chocolate bases over the vanilla. Chocolates were fluffier cakes, whereas the vanillas were pound/butter cake style. Oreo and red velvet were liked over the rest. I ordered passionfruit/mango, hazelnut, lemon, and salted caramel.

                                                                                Overall, I like PG's better.

                                                                                1. re: jlunar

                                                                                  Thanks for the detailed review. It will help me make my selections - when I figure out a reason why need a dozen cupcakes!

                                                                                  1. re: jlunar

                                                                                    I have had a few and didnt love them... they looked prettier than they tasted, but I personally think I like american buttercream better usually...

                                                                    2. re: locket

                                                                      Ummm what is it then? That's weird. It is not fondant (obviously) it is not royal icing (obviously) and if it isn't either cooked or raw buttercream (which is a butter based icing) what the heck it is it?

                                                                      1. re: JennaBean

                                                                        Maybe they use lard in their icing. One of their icing's uses cream cheese.

                                                                    3. Has anyone else found Prairie Girl kinda inconsistent? I live fairly close-by, and the three times I've tried it, one time it was sublime, one time the cake was really rubbery, and once the icing was waaay too overwhelming. Maybe they're still trying to find their footing?

                                                                      1. I tried these again this weekend and I was trying to figure out what was odd about the icing. I should ask about ingredients because the vanilla and strawberry icing... it's like there's a litlte of that sour flavour you get from cream cheese being added in. I don't like it. And I'm puzzled by it; I've never noticed that taste in a vanilla buttercream...

                                                                        I went nuts over these first 4 or 5 times I had them but I think I'm over it.

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                                                                        1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                          I tried a mini tonight for the first time I thought they were pretty darned good.

                                                                          Red velvet it was. Maybe a tad too much icing for my taste but I can live with that. Oh, and I confess, the copious amounts of wine beforehand may have clouded my judgment. Nonetheless, it was yummy.

                                                                        2. I have to put it in writing so hopefully I don't forget again. Contrary to previous opinion the white cupcake is totally bland and at least in the small size, which always look browner than the big ones, a little chewy in texture... just not very good.
                                                                          I still like the chocolate cupcakes a lot and it doesn't personally remind me of mix versions, which I am pretty familiar with. My picks are chocolate with strawberry icing for fruity cravings, peanut butter icing if you want that salty/sweet thing.