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robynoinaz Sep 4, 2012 09:27 PM

For the 3rd year in a row, I'm tagging along with my hubby while he's on a business trip in Toronto. This year, we're heading up a few days early and will be there on his birthday. I'd like to find a place within the downtown area to pick him up a surprise dessert. And he's a cupcake fanatic. Any ideas???

  1. Full tummy Sep 4, 2012 11:23 PM

    Does he have flavour preferences? What kind of frosting? American or European buttercream preference? Whereabouts will you be staying/spending your time?

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    1. re: Full tummy
      robynoinaz Sep 5, 2012 09:54 AM

      We'll be staying downtown at the Intercontinental so prefer something in the downtown area. He's a European buttercream fan. Chocolate is a must!!! :)

      1. re: robynoinaz
        Full tummy Sep 5, 2012 01:52 PM

        Given that, the Wedding Cake Shoppe or Bobbette and Belle are your best options. Bobbette and Belle is a cafe, too! http://www.bobbetteandbelle.com/

        Unfortunately, neither is central... Let us know if you try one or both!

        1. re: Full tummy
          kwass Sep 5, 2012 05:37 PM

          If though you're making your choice based solely on your desire for cupcakes, and it's between the Wedding Cake Shoppe and Bobbette and Belle, I think WCS has superior cupcakes. However, I know others might take umbrage with that statement.

          1. re: kwass
            Full tummy Sep 5, 2012 09:33 PM

            I've never had the two in a blind taste test. Had plans for that, but on the scheduled day WCS was mysteriously closed... B & B is in my neck of the woods, and I am ever so grateful. I do love both, however, and feel confident neither would disappoint.

            1. re: Full tummy
              kwass Sep 6, 2012 04:09 AM

              I pretty much did do a taste test. I bought the same flavoured cupcakes from both places, 1 week apart. And WCS won hands down.

              1. re: kwass
                Full tummy Sep 6, 2012 07:52 AM

                A friend and I planned to do that, only on the same day. Not sure what our preferences will be, but maybe we could start collecting data, hahaha.

                1. re: Full tummy
                  kwass Sep 6, 2012 09:32 AM

                  You definitely should. It'll be interesting to hear which you prefer.

    2. TorontoJo Sep 5, 2012 04:53 AM

      The Wedding Cake Shoppe has my favourite cupcakes in the city. Really head and shoulders above most, if not all, the others. High quality cake and excellent European-style buttercreams (the super creamy, not super sugary kind).

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      1. re: TorontoJo
        kwass Sep 5, 2012 04:55 AM

        I'm with TorontoJo. Nothing compares to the cupcakes @ the Wedding Cake Shoppe.

        1. re: kwass
          Truffles Sep 5, 2012 08:44 AM

          I'll third the Wedding Cake Shoppe - fantastic cupcakes!

          1. re: Truffles
            robynoinaz Sep 5, 2012 09:54 AM

            Looked at their website...amazing!!!!! And an easy hop from where we're staying. Perfect!!!!!

        2. re: TorontoJo
          jlunar Sep 5, 2012 08:44 AM

          Another +1 for WCS!

          If you like the grittier/sugar kind of frosting, I like Prairie Gilrl Bakery on the East End. Their mini's have the best ratio of frosting to cake. Their full-sized ones are too icing heavy.

          1. re: jlunar
            ingloriouseater Sep 6, 2012 03:59 AM

            Doesn't prairie girl now have a downtown location on victoria street north of king?

            1. re: ingloriouseater
              Cat123 Sep 6, 2012 07:38 AM

              Yes, as well as in the food court at First Canadian Place.

              1. re: ingloriouseater
                jlunar Sep 6, 2012 11:44 AM

                The victoria location should be their original one!

                1. re: ingloriouseater
                  Truffles Sep 6, 2012 12:31 PM

                  Personally, Prairie Girl doesn't compare to WCS. I find Prairie Girl cake is bland with too much icing that's also too sweet...YMMV

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              barneyvernon Sep 5, 2012 06:31 PM

              Add my vote for the Wedding Cake Shoppe. I purchased a dozen a few months ago (and ate most of them myself) and they were all exceptional.

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              1. re: barneyvernon
                robynoinaz Sep 6, 2012 02:39 PM

                So after reading all of these...the Wedding Cake Shoppe it is! I'll sneak the car one morning...it really sounds like it's worth the extra drive. Any flavor suggestions?

                1. re: robynoinaz
                  TorontoJo Sep 6, 2012 02:47 PM

                  Passionfruit, vanilla vanilla and peanut butter and chocolate are my 3 favorites. All of the cupcakes are either basic vanilla cake or chocolate cake (with the occasional exception) with different frostings. Chocolate truffle is good for the chocolate lover -- chocolate cake with a chocolate ganache frosting. But all of her flavours are good!

                  1. re: TorontoJo
                    kwass Sep 6, 2012 02:58 PM

                    I agree that the vanilla is really yummy! Unfortunately I haven't had the pleasure of trying the peanut butter and chocolate, because that sounds divine! But one that you didn't mention, which in my opinion is incomparable, is the oreo.

                  2. re: robynoinaz
                    Full tummy Sep 6, 2012 02:59 PM

                    They are all delicious. Hope you and your husband enjoy them!

                    1. re: Full tummy
                      kwass Sep 6, 2012 03:17 PM

                      I agree! You can't go wrong with any of them!

                    2. re: robynoinaz
                      Truffles Sep 7, 2012 06:28 AM

                      My favourites are the vanilla and the chai (w/vanilla cake). Can't say I haven't enjoyed all the flavours I've sampled though (and I think I've tried just about every flavour w/vanilla cake)

                  3. Full tummy Oct 24, 2012 11:06 PM

                    Just wondering if you ever picked up some cupcakes, from where, and how they were.

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                    1. re: Full tummy
                      robynoinaz Oct 25, 2012 08:12 PM

                      I'm still kicking myself that I didn't make it out to the Wedding Cake Shoppe. It just turned out to be too far given the schedule we had. I settled for Prairie Girl given how close they were to where we were staying. They were decent but nothing special. The person who helped me was super nice though...just like everyone else in Toronto. :)

                      1. re: robynoinaz
                        Full tummy Oct 25, 2012 09:01 PM

                        Oh, that's too bad. It's a drive for me, too, and so I never get out there. Next time...

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