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Feb 8, 2014 08:22 AM

Best shortcake in TO

I am on a hunt.

Individual pieces preferred.


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  1. Is there any shortcake in TO? What are you looking for exactly?

    7 Replies
    1. re: julesrules

      Im wondering if he meant shortbread cookies. If so, there's a pretty good place east of the river. Its called Coach House. My friend bought the pecan and the dark chocolate fleur de sel one to a party and they were tasty.

          1. re: Nevy

            Do you mean Mary McLeod's Shortbread which is on Queen Street East, just east of the Don? At any rate, doesn't help the OP as it is strictly shortbread.

            1. re: midtowngirl

              Coach House shortbread is the one I've tried and mentioned above. I've seen Mary McLeod's on but I never tried it or purchased it.

              1. re: Nevy

                i live next door to that. i bought a pack around christmas 2012. not a shortbread expert, but seemed okay.


                1. re: filtered

                  I got some shortbread this year at the OOAK show, I've sampled their stuff before but wanted to take the plunge, so to speak.

                  It's ok. We still have most of ours left, haven't really eaten it. Not big fans of shortbread. It's too bad they don't sell the little bite size pieces they were giving as samples. Those are better than the whole ones which I think are too big and rich.

    2. Actual shortcake...cake, strawberries, whipped cream.

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      1. re: dlw88

        The only time I've seen that on a menu is during the early summer season when strawberries are in season. That being said, I went to Brick works last year and had the best made to order strawberry shortcake. I can't remember the name of the 'bakery' but they were the only one selling it at the time. I remember having to pull the plate from my little one because she was starting to lick it to get all the strawberry sauce left.

        1. re: dlw88

          But your picture is of a biscuit, not cake. Which is how I like my SS, but you don't really see it on Toronto menus even in local strawberry season.
          If you want cake, a lot of bakeries do that year round. I haven't found anything amazing.

          1. re: julesrules

            That photo looks like the strawberry shortcake I grew up with, with a sponge-cakey, biscuit-shaped cakes.

          2. re: dlw88

            The only memorable strawberry shortcake I've had during strawberry season was at the Great Hall in Osgoode Hall, which used a sugar cookie as a base, rather than a biscuit-like cake.

            For a strawberry cream layer cake, I've bought a good version at Whole Foods, and Serano sells an ok version (which doesn't wow, but I think it's decent for a relatively cheap layer cake) but I'd wait until late May before buying any of them. LaRocca also makes a strawberry shortcake cake

          3. I just saw on the Food Network that M&M sells a very good looking "too tall strawberry shortcake". It's actually made by a place called The Original Cakery.