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I've never had a good cupcake in Toronto...

Please prove me wrong. To be perfectly honest, I've never been a big cupcake fan but then I had one at a little shop in Alexandria, Virginia and was instantly converted. My friend dragged me there insisting I try one. It was a cupcake beyond my wildest imagination. A revelation. It made me realize how awful and pedestrian every cupcake I've ever had previously was.

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  1. I'm not sure where you were eating cupcakes before but there's a lot of great ones in this city... we're actually quite lucky to have so many options.

    The Wedding Cake Shoppe on College is excellent, albeit a little expensive. Probably my favourite cupcake in the city.

    The Cupcakery on St. Clair is good... I haven't been there too many times as I don't live near by.

    All the Best in Summerhill makes a great cupcake... chocolate and vanilla is usually all they do unless it's seasonal.

    Babycakes at L'il Baci in Leslieville are amazing... again, very expensive but another excellent cupcake.

    Bake Sale around Bloor & Islington is pretty good too... not the best out there but it's a solid contender.

    Swirls in Mississauga and Dundas St. West is another good choice... a lot of people love this place. I've only been there once but it was good as far as I remember.

    A lot of other places that aren't bad either... Yummy Stuff, Bread & Roses, Altitude, Bunners, Sweet Bliss, Life is Sweet, Miss Cora's Kitchen, Dlish...

    Some are better than others, some may not be everyone's taste but there's probably 2 or 3 dozen places to get cupcakes in this city. I'm sure there's enough places to please everyone's taste.

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    1. re: YYZjeff

      I'm a Wedding Cake Shoppe fan. We stumbled on their cupcakes when we contracted them to do our wedding cake (they were just transitioning to an actual store at the time). I will even admit to having had dinner there... by sampling one of everything.

      There's a small community of excellent cupcake (and cake) makers in the city. They don't always get a lot of press, other than the Shoppe's Food Network Challenge appearance, but they're definitely out there.

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      The Wedding Cake Shoppe
      859 College St, Toronto, ON M6H, CA

      1. re: YYZjeff

        RE: Cupcakery - are their frostings the traditional buttercream (butter, icing sugar) or more of a swiss meringue buttercream?

        TIA!

        1. re: red dragon

          American-style (uncooked) "buttercream" is what was on them when I was there. Btw, Fabfind has a group coupon today. $12 for a dozen from Cupcakery:

          http://toronto.fabfind.com/Default.as...

      2. I had a cupcake revelation when I tried a pink velvet from dufflet a few weeks ago. Delish! The icing was wonderfully strawberry and moussey.
        Prairie Girl Bakery has been getting a lot of love lately: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/775913

        Erin
        http://www.cookiesandtomatoes.com

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

        1. Try Prairie Girl at King & Victoria.

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          1. re: ParsleySage

            http://www.dlishcupcakes.com/

            Amazing cupcakes, fresh, yumm. Make sure you have the salted caramel. The best of the bunch.

            1. re: MiniMom

              om nom nom! those look nice!

              I still think Flour has the best cupcakes I've had so far. Haven't tried Prairie Girl of Dlish, but methinks they're on next week's to-do list.

              1. re: atomeyes

                I think PG is good. I think I might like them more than Wedding Cake Shoppe - getting more today to see.

                Dlish... not so much.

              2. re: MiniMom

                i've very much enjoyed the ones from the wedding cake shop and while i haven't been on a hunt for them specifically... they're the only ones i really consider good from what i've had so far.

                on the other hand dlish, and we got the salted caramel specifically, was terrible. dry. dense. butter cream was grainy. awful. tiny and expensive.

                1. re: pinstripeprincess

                  Interesting. I've had cupcakes from the Wedding Cake Shop, and enjoyed them, but my salted caramel from Dlish actually really surprised me (in a good way). Absolutely not dry, although I can see how a stale version of what I had would be exactly what you described. Mine was really nice and buttery, the icing smooth...the only critique I had was that it tasted a touch like raw flour - possibly underbaked a bit. I guess I must have gotten a really fresh one? I totally agree on the "tiny and expensive" front, though. I can't see myself returning for that very reason.

                  1. re: Wahooty

                    they had a full case, had been open for about a month and a slew of people came in after we ordered. my companion and i found it uniformly horrendous that we didn't finish the tiny thing and threw it out in the trash right outside.

            2. Thanks for all the suggestions! Perhaps I've been too hasty in my judgments.

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              1. re: opifan64

                Well, not TOO hasty. There are, indeed, a wide range of really, really mediocre cupcakes out there. Uninspired cakes, gritty or greasy frostings. But I do love The Wedding Cake Shoppe cupcakes, and I'm looking forward to trying Prairie Girl. Whatever you do, avoid Lollicakes. Blech.

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                The Wedding Cake Shoppe
                859 College St, Toronto, ON M6H, CA

              2. I second the vote on Prairie Girl. It's right around the corner from my office so a few days after it opened up I went over with a co-worker. It could be considered pricey but for the product we both agreed it was definitely worth it. Toronto Life (could've been Toronto.com) did a piece on the owner and how Prairie Girl Bakery came to life. It's worth a read I definitely recommend them though!

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