Happy National Cupcake Week, Toronto! One of my lots in life is that I can’t say no to a cupcake. The delicious personal-sized morsels of disaster are always so prettily packaged and cute that I find it hard to resist. Also, their size makes them oh-so-easy to justify, especially the minis. Even though Toronto Star’s The Dish tried to ruin them for me a couple years back, I’m holding strong in my adoration for these twee sugary confections. There’s no better way to celebrate National Cupcake Week than to get out there and eat some, so here are my top 5 places to enjoy a cupcake in Toronto. Spoiler: 3 are within easy walking distance of my office. Danger!
1. Prairie Girl Bakery
Prairie Girl was my first introduction to Toronto’s cupcake scene and, dare I say, it was a pretty good one. The bakery has 15 flavours that are available until they sell out daily along with 2 weekly flavours. This week they’re featuring Raspberry on Chocolate and Pistachio on Vanilla – yum! Prairie Girl offers up minis and gluten-free options as well, perfect for if you have dietary restrictions or want to sample all the cupcakes at once (or are hoping for some portion control). The cupcakes are extremely moist and the frosting is generous and rich.
- Gluten-free, vegan and regular cupcakes available
- minis available
- $3.25 for a regular ($3.95 for vegan or GF) / $1.99 for a mini ($2.75 for vegan or GF)
Visit Prairie Girl Bakery at 3 locations: Unit 106, 18 King Street East / First Canadian Place: Marketplace, Concourse level – 100 King Street West / 150 Bloor Street West
2. Dlish Cupcakes
Dlish Cupcakes opening up down the street from our office was an extremely dangerous occasion. Although the shop has 22 delicious rotating flavours, they also come up with a cupcake of the month. After experiencing the limited edition s’mores cupcake (top), I’m not sure any other cupcake can compare. The apple caramel (below), dulce de leche, red velvet and chocolate coconut (among others) will just have to do to tide me over until their return next summer (I hope)…. The frosting is one of the best I’ve tried and is always perfectly matched to the cupcake in, dare I say, the perfect ratio.
- $3 single, $17 for a box of 6, $33 for a box of 12
Visit Dlish Cupcakes at 833 Queen St. West & 848-A Yonge St.
3. Sullivan & Bleeker
This summer, we had a bit of a challenge. Our intern Jenn (above) has a severe peanut allergy and none of our favourite bakeshops in the area (Dlish & Prairie Girl) had nut-free options. On a hunch, we made our way to Pusateri’s and found this adorable box of mini-cupcakes from Sullivan & Bleeker. We’d never seen a more adorable dozen – each of the 14 flavours is adorned with a unique and enticing topping. The cupcakes are potentially the most delicious pre-packaged minis we’ve ever had – so much so that when my birthday rolled around I was gifted with a Disney princess-themed dozen.
- 100% nut-free
- $3 for a single / $36 for a dozen / $48 for 2 dozen minis
Available at Sullivan & Bleeker Baking Co. 877 Alness Street by appointment only OR at retailers including Pusateri’s
4. Bobbette & Belle
Ever since visiting Bobbette & Belle for our engagement party confections, I’ve become more than a little obsessed with everything from the Leslieville bake shop. Their idea of a “cake tasting” is handing you a plate of these mouthwatering minis, so suffice to say I’ve had more than my fair share. The cakes are sweet without giving you a toothache and the frosting is airy. Even my Nonna scarfed down a few – an anomaly. Available in 17 flavours, you’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy.
- $2.95 for a regular, $2.25 for a mini
Visit Bobbette & Belle at 1121 Queen St. E
5. The Wedding Cake Shoppe
Photo c/o The Wedding Cake Shoppe on Instagram
I was at a loss for my fifth suggestion, but luckily fellow PR gal Claire McCorquodale had a great one for me. She was fortunate (or unfortunate, as she likes to describe it) enough to live just down the street from The Wedding Cake Shoppe and often fell prey to their perfectly frosted confections. While she was quick to claim EVERYTHING there is good, she has a bit of a soft spot for their banana cream pie cupcake. Available in 21 unique flavours like Canadian Maple & Ferrero Rocher, you might find yourself trying to sample each one.
- $2.65 for a regular cupcake
Visit The Wedding Cake Shoppe at 859 College St (College & Ossington)
For vegan deliciousness in cupcake form, my co-worker Jordan suggests Kindfood out in Burlington. He promises they’re worth the drive.
For a double cupcake delight, pair your cupcake with Red Velvet orAngel Food Wine from Cupcake Vineyards. They don’t exactly taste like cupcakes, but the wines are delicious and extremely visually appealing.
Did I miss one of your favourites? I’m always up for trying a new cupcake, so let me know where to go in the comments.
Where will you be headed this National Cupcake Week?