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Buttercream Icing Cakes - Bakery

coffeejess Mar 3, 2012 05:26 PM

I am looking for a bakery which sells American-style cakes, with very sweet buttercream icing, in the GTA. There are a lot of delicious European-style bakeries in the area which are amazing, but I am looking for that authentic buttercream taste. I am hoping someone can point me in the right direction! Thanks!

  1. Full tummy Mar 3, 2012 09:12 PM

    "That authentic buttercream taste?"

    I never thought of American-style "buttercream" as being the "authentic buttercream"... In my experience it's much easier to find cake with an American-style buttercream than a European-style buttercream.

    In what area of the city are you hoping to buy the cake?

    1. w
      wano Mar 4, 2012 08:55 AM

      Dufflets for sure

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      1. re: wano
        Full tummy Mar 4, 2012 07:09 PM

        Dufflet has a lot of European-style buttercream. Do you have a particular cake in mind, as I can't say I've ever had one of theirs that was frosted with the American-style buttercream.

      2. j
        julesrules Mar 4, 2012 02:33 PM

        Not cakes but cupcakes, at Prairie Girl bakery. If you are looking for a homemade-tasting icing of butter, icing sugar and flavours, hers are exactly that. I prefer the chocolate to the vanilla cake which is bland to me.

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        1. re: julesrules
          julesrules Mar 4, 2012 02:56 PM

          Oh and fwiw it's rare I buy a cake or cupcake and think, that icing tastes exactly like mine. PG's does down to the grittiness on the tongue. It's not fancy or difficult but the cheap places don't use pure butter or real vanilla and more expensive places aren't generally making this style. If that is what you are looking for! It also is of course very simple to make yourself...

        2. f
          fitzlicious Mar 5, 2012 07:43 PM

          Coffeejess, I don't have any suggestions, but I would *love* to know where you end up ordering from - I'm looking for the same thing myself!

          I would not recommend the Cupcake Shoppe - their cake is decent but their buttercream is a major letdown - not sweet enough at all.

          1. Manybears Mar 6, 2012 05:54 AM

            My favourite sweet american-style iced cake in Toronto is still at Yummy Stuff on Queen W. I am more familiar with their chocolate buttercream (which I love) but they sell cupcakes as well if you wanted to take a test drive.

            I also love PG but as mentioned they don't do full cakes.

            1. mariecollins Mar 6, 2012 06:31 AM

              Not sure that I know the difference between American and European, but I just had a lovely vanilla cake with Buttercream icing from Celena's at Woodbine and Danforth. Give them a call and tell them what you're looking for.

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              1. re: mariecollins
                Full tummy Mar 6, 2012 11:44 AM

                Yes, that is an American-style buttercream. I had one of their vanilla cupcakes a couple of weeks ago and found the icing to be quite good for that kind (though I much prefer the European-style buttercream). However, the cake was dry and crumbly, and not very flavourful. Maybe it was just an off-day, or perhaps the other flavours are better.

                1. re: mariecollins
                  justsayn Mar 6, 2012 02:34 PM

                  great info here - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/319735

                  1. re: justsayn
                    justsayn Mar 6, 2012 06:59 PM

                    FYI - buttercream portion begins here - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3197...

                    1. re: justsayn
                      Full tummy Mar 6, 2012 08:18 PM

                      I might also suggest the Wikipedia page:


                      And the King Arthur Flour page that says that culinary school graduates wouldn't really consider American-style to be "buttercream." I guess that could start a debate...


                      1. re: Full tummy
                        julesrules Mar 7, 2012 05:32 AM

                        I have seen that debate on here already :)
                        I also didn't think of this icing as "buttercream", but the Joy of Cooking calls it American-style buttercream. So I can see why there is confusion for the home baker. Pros are entitled to have their own terminology.

                  2. c
                    CocoTO Mar 6, 2012 04:40 PM

                    Bake Sale (2 locations) has the kind of butter cream I think you're referring to http://www.bakesaletoronto.com/html/e...

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                      coffeejess Mar 6, 2012 06:40 PM

                      Thank you so much for your thoughtful responses! To clarify some questions, I am looking for bakeries which do cakes, not just cupcakes. Ideally I'd like to find somewhere outside of the downtown core (Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, etc.), but I will travel some distances for the right cake!

                      There are a few you all mentioned that I had never heard of before, and I think I will spend some time over the next couple of days calling them to discuss what their buttercreams are like. Thank you so much to everyone!

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                      1. re: coffeejess
                        mariecollins Mar 7, 2012 10:47 AM

                        It was a made-to-order birthday cake that I had from Celena's.

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