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.alias May 14, 2011 06:45 PM

Taking into consideration both tastes and aesthetic appeal...

Cupcake Shoppe looks very nice, but I'm not sure about taste

Where can i get some good cupcakes!

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

  1. Moimoi Apr 13, 2012 08:09 PM

    The cupcake post has been done many times; however, I'm responding to this one because I just had a cupcake from Pusateri's last week that was divine. I'm not an expert on "cakes", but this was a pound cake cupcake covered in a sophisticated butter cream (I think) icing... it was light, creamy and just sweet enough with just a little bit of something extra... Not sure what it was, but the experience made me long for pound cake and an icing bag full of that icing. Wish I knew who made it...

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      Ediblethoughts Apr 15, 2012 07:03 AM

      I've had a few very good chocolate cake with vanilla icing cupcakes at Pusateri's (though it was a couple years ago). It was very prettily decorated vanilla icing and they had the name of the bakery on a card in the cooler case; I tried to track them down (maybe they were called "Baker Street"??) but gave up (I think because they didn't have a place to go buy them---just distributed to places like Pusateri's).

      Pusateri's should have a sign to indicate who baked them (or you could ask next time when you see them).

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        justsayn Apr 15, 2012 07:16 AM

        Baker Street makes some delicious items I have bought at the Healthy Butcher.

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          Ediblethoughts Apr 15, 2012 02:46 PM

          Which Healthy Butcher?

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            justsayn Apr 15, 2012 04:03 PM

            Queen West near Portland

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              Ediblethoughts Apr 15, 2012 06:13 PM

              Thanks; if I'm nearby, I'll call to see if they have some...

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      thalori Apr 13, 2012 07:34 PM

      Have you tried Desmond and Beatrice on Queen East? I had some really good cupcakes there- their earl grey was pretty tasty- but I also had 2 bad experiences there, so I probably won't go back. Not sure if it was just fluke that I got a super super stale peanut butter cookie once- it was rock hard and the texture was like biting into chalk and had no taste. Maybe it was a mistake that it was put out? But it was certainly not baked that day- and they claim to bake fresh daily. My bad cupcake experience was really strange. I bit into it, and it was warm on the outside, but cold on the inside..almost frozen. So...what does this mean- warm on the outside and cold on the inside? Microwave is my guess. I'm not sure if that is possible...who would ever do that? But I know I've microwaved my homemade muffins before that I've frozen, and they get warm on the outside first..but can still be frozen on the inside. Anyhow- clearly this cupcake was frozen at sometime...and they put it out to thaw..but it wasn't ready. Baked fresh my ass.
      I love Belle and Bobette!!!!!

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        MELCH Oct 26, 2011 01:10 PM

        Bobette & Belle has delicious chocolate cupcakes (cookies & cream my fave). I'm not crazy about their vanilla based cupcakes though, and find their salted caramel icing lacking flavour. Sweet Bliss has delicicous cupcakes, no fancy flavours, just a few to pick from, but yummy. And new addition to the hood, Desmond & Beatrice is great. Vanilla a tad too sweet for me, but love the carrot flavour, and mint chocolate chip

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

        1. danionavenue Jul 2, 2011 03:47 PM

          I may get flack for this but Fortino's has some great cupcakes. 6 for $4.99 and the taste better than Pusateri's which are 6 for $11.99.

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          Pusateri's
          1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

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            TOFoodie1 Jul 1, 2011 06:59 AM

            The cupcakes at "Short and Sweet" are amazing. They look good and are delicious. They are moving soon to Avenue Rd. N. of Lawrence.

            http://www.shortandsweetcupcake.blogs...

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              Ediblethoughts Jul 2, 2011 01:39 PM

              Haven't they been around there for over a year now?

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                ddelicious Jul 6, 2011 08:44 AM

                Yes and they are moving a bit more north on avenue road. Their cupcakes are terrific.

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                  Fleming Jul 11, 2011 04:51 PM

                  I was in the area today and totally craving one of their cakes, but both locations were closed - looks like they are in between moves now.

                  Had their tropical flavour cake last month (flavour of the month) and OMG it was delish. I need another fix...

            2. richlikecream Jun 30, 2011 05:26 PM

              I have to disagree w all those in favor of the wedding cake shoppe. i found the cupcake i had (salty caramel) to be dry, flavorless and completely disappointing. maybe they were having an off day. life is sweet isn't bad, but there really aren't many great choices in terms of cupcakes in toronto, IMO. coming from someone who lived in nyc for nearly a decade, magnolia is NOT the benchmark for cupcakes either. butter lane is.

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                Underdog Rally Jun 30, 2011 06:10 PM

                That sounds more like an off day than the standard, but I don't go often enough to really confirm that. The reason I like Wedding Cake Shoppe is actually the cake. I'm eating one as I write this response, and it's wonderfully light and moist.

                I find that their cupcakes generally tend to be very light and subtle, in stark contrast to more common dense/intense cupcakes. I think that's why I prefer them. When my wife and I share two cupcakes, we don't have to think about what order to eat them in because none of them are overpowering to the point of "numbing" your palette.

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                  hungryabbey Jul 15, 2011 05:12 PM

                  I found the same thing with the wedding cake shoppes cupcakes... a bit dry, and nothing special

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                  craisin Jun 30, 2011 05:15 PM

                  In terms of vanilla cupcakes, which bakery comes closest to Magnolia Bakery cupcakes from NYC? I can't help it - those, for me, are the yummiest. I've tried Yummy Stuff, Bake Sale, Mabel's, Prairie Girl and Dufflets. Yummy Stuff is my favourite so far, but it's no Magnolia...

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

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

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                    sugarbaby Jul 6, 2011 10:48 AM

                    I think Magnolia Bakery is very overrated. Crumbs is better by leaps and bounds. As for T.O. cupcakes, I think DLish is very good, although expensive and a direct rip-off of Sprinkles in the States. Flour on eglinton is also good. Still haven't found THE go to place for cupcakes though in Toronto.

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                    jmeggs Jun 18, 2011 10:04 PM

                    I had been a fan of Wedding Cake Shoppe's red velvet, but I got a chance to try an assortment of their others tonight and they were horrible. Tasted like store-bought cupcakes that someone froze and then thawed.

                    1. janel Jun 16, 2011 07:05 AM

                      I had a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting from Bobbette & Belle recently, and it was amazing! Totally beats the sub-par cupcakes I've had from other Queen St. East bakeries.

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                        munchieTO Jun 14, 2011 08:34 AM

                        I just discovered Prairie Girl Bakery on Victoria St. Their chocolate with strawberry icing was awesome! Cake was moist and delicious, and the icing tasted like it had real strawberries in it. It might have been a cream-cheese icing, not sure. It was a little tangy. Very tasty! http://www.prairiegirlbakery.com

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

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                          Little T Oct 26, 2011 08:31 AM

                          Second Prairie Girl - not dry, both cake and icing taste good. However i've only tried Desmond & Beatrice, Cupcake Kisses in Burlington, and Life is Sweet - PG comes out on top!

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                            puffychild Apr 20, 2012 10:14 AM

                            Third Prairie Girl. So sooo good. The chocolate cupcake with strawberry icing is fantastic. The icing tastes like real strawberry deliciousness! It's sooo good. None of this artifical tasting junk.

                        2. Ediblethoughts May 16, 2011 07:35 PM

                          I think you have to figure out which Camp of Frosting you fall into: Cooked or raw. That seems to be a big dividing point!

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                            .alias May 16, 2011 04:29 PM

                            Hear good things about Wedding Cake Shoppe, anyone wiilling to vouch ?

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

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                              Full tummy May 16, 2011 05:30 PM

                              Many!

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                                TorontoJo May 16, 2011 05:40 PM

                                Yep. My favourite cupcakes in the city!

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                                  jlunar May 16, 2011 05:46 PM

                                  Aye!

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                                    ginkonut May 17, 2011 01:00 PM

                                    Second that! We had our wedding cake tasting there a couple of months ago.. they had us try every flavour in a cupcake... Moist and fluffy, light frosting on top. Too bad they don't deliver, I could go for a couple right now....

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                                      breezey Jun 15, 2011 08:21 AM

                                      Yes!! we went to a wedding last month and they had a cupcake tree. Had to wait for the newlyweds to come home as we were dying to find out where these yummy, moist and tasty cupcake came from. The Wedding Cake Shoppe!

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

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                                        sylvrgirl Jan 21, 2012 08:46 AM

                                        Haven't posted in a while, but have been on a big-time cupcake tasting recently and tried a few from The WCS and they really fell short. Honestly, it felt like a ton of bricks in my stomach afterwards. Icing is little too rich and buttery for my liking. Right now, my TOP cupcake in the city is from Prairie Girl Bakery.

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                                        mynameisr May 15, 2011 09:31 AM

                                        Flour at Eglinton/Bathurst has excellent cupcakes - fleur de sel chocolate (with caramel in the middle) is excellent. I've also tasted Dlish newly opened on Queen West (near trinity bellwoods) and they're good.

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                                          torontofoodiegirl May 15, 2011 01:23 PM

                                          I third Flour.

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                                            tygrr_lily May 16, 2011 05:49 PM

                                            Agreed w/ the Flour recommendation - their cupcakes are very moist and flavourful, and they're very pretty as well

                                            The baker often does special holiday cupcakes that are pretty cute - these are some i got for xmas and vday

                                             
                                             
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                                              torontofoodiegirl Jun 13, 2011 06:49 PM

                                              Addendum:

                                              Just tried cupcakes from Desmond and Beatrice on the weekend, and they were delicious. Very moist and flavourful. A somewhat more dense/less light and fluffy cake than some cupcakes out there, which some people might not be as keen on but I really liked. Tried (and loved) the vanilla, double chocoate, and lemon.

                                              RIght now they're by special order only, but I gather they're opening a shop really soon at Queen and Broadview:

                                              http://desmondandbeatrice.com/

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                                                Ediblethoughts Jul 2, 2011 01:40 PM

                                                I tried out one today and it was very good. (I wasn't keen on the cookies--too sweet and they go hard very fast.)

                                                I got some bars too so I'll be interested to see how they are....

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                                            ctl98 May 14, 2011 08:41 PM

                                            I've tried a few places and so far my favourite is Life is Sweet in the beach.

                                            1. Full tummy May 14, 2011 07:48 PM

                                              You might want to check out this thread:

                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/319735

                                              There are a number of threads on this topic that can be found using the search tool.

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                                                kasey j miller May 14, 2011 07:14 PM

                                                I really dislike the taste of the cupcakes at The Cupcake Shoppe. The cake is dry and I prefer a traditional icing to their whipped buttercream, which I find tasteless. I recently discovered Short and Sweet, on Old Orchard (just east off Avenue Rd, north of Lawrence). I had the red velvet and chocolate/chocolate cupcakes and they were delicious. I also really like Flour, on Eglinton just west of Bathurst.

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

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                                                  girlstar May 15, 2011 11:37 AM

                                                  I am not fond of the Cupcake Shoppe either as I found the flavouring of the cupcakes don't taste like what they're supposed to taste like (i.e. chocolate raspberry didn't taste very raspberry-y). The Short and Sweet cupcakes I also find to be better and are very tasty with unique flavours. I love their red velvet and Bugs Bunny (carrot). The chocolate mint one is good too.

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

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