It’s the blog’s monumental 200th post! 😀 I know it might have made more sense to celebrate the 100th, but I kind of made an oopsie and didn’t realize it until it was too late. I’m so excited though that this is the 200th post! When I started the blog, I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up, that I would fall off the wagon and stop blogging altogether if I let complacency and laziness set in. I knew I wanted to make my food scrapbooking a focal point and I knew I wanted to post about a variety of things so that there would be a little something for everyone to take away. It’s not that I was necessarily doubting my ability to write food posts (I can talk anyone’s ear off about food), it was more so an anxiousness about keeping the inspiration fresh and genuinely being excited and loving what I talked about. The last thing I wanted was to feel “bored” or to come to the conclusion that there was nothing else out there to inspire me. You all know there’s never too much love for cupcakes though! To celebrate this milestone, I present to you delicious cupcakes from Dessert Lady in Yorkville!
Dessert Lady is a bakery and chocolatier located on Cumberland St. in Yorkville that also serves ice cream and sorbet. They deliver, take phone and in-store orders, and they also do catering. They bake extravagent cakes (think special occasion), birthday cakes, pies, tarts, cookies and shortbread, chocolate truffles, biscotti, and of course, cupcakes! What’s really great about Dessert Lady is their prices. If you’ve kept up with the cupcake posts, you know that many of the cupcakeries in Toronto price their cupcakes around $2.50-$2.65 on the lower end. While Dessert Lady has 3 tiers of cupcake pricing (which I will explain later on in the post), their cupcakes start at $2.00. I KNOW. How awesome is that? Even if the $2.00 ones are basic flavours, it’s still worth mentioning and duh, eating. Because we all know that if we can get a delicious cupcake for $0.50 less, we will.
My two picks: roasted pineapple coconut with vanilla buttercream frosting (because you all know how much I love coconut!) and a chocolate cupcake with raspberry frosting, both priced at $2.50 each. And if you’re wondering, the adorable tiny nautical dish is mine. Yes, that’s right, I have dishware with me when I take photos. Well, I kind of bought it that day and thought it would be adorable to use it, so technically I’m not a crazy girl who carries around dishes with her. Technically. And the reason why I have the cupcakes photographed the way that I do is because photography is prohibited in the store. Sigh.
The cupcakes are beautifully frosted and decorated. The piping is very clean and the attention to detail is adorable. The pineapple coconut cupcake is frosted with vanilla buttercream with toasted coconut flakes on top, dried sweet pineapple studded throughout the cake and -get this- there’s a little flute of white chocolate on top! 😀 The chocolate cupcake with the raspberry buttercream is a simple one, but really, top notch stuff.
Although I loved them both, I have to say that the raspberry chocolate knocked it out of the park. This even surprised ME. You’d think that I would like the pineapple coconut more because, well, it’s me, but the raspberry chocolate was all sorts of awesome. Their raspberry frosting was SO fruity and the tartness of the raspberries wasn’t tamed down with an overabundance of sugar. You can literally SEE the texture and composition of the raspberries in the buttercream. Their cupcakes are soft and their buttercream frosting is light and whippy, but not “buttery” in that filmy, greasy way. It has enough thickness and body to it that it actually tastes like creamy frosting in your mouth as opposed to something melty and thin in consistency.
Dessert Lady prices their cupcakes using 3 different tiers/categories: Premium ($3.00), Contemporary ($2.50), and Classic ($2.00). Taken from their menu, premium cupcakes include the following flavours:
- carrot cupcake with walnuts and cream cheese frosting
- coffee cupcake with walnuts and pecan crumble frosting
- red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting
- rich fudgy chocolate cupcake with mocha buttercream frosting
- spicy mango cupcake with tangy lime buttercream frosting
Contemporary cupcake flavours (priced at $2.50 each), are the following:
- chocolate cupcake with chocolate buttercream frosting
- chocolate cupcake with raspberry buttercream frosting
- pumpkin cupcake with cinnamon buttercream frosting
- roasted pineapple coconut cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting
- tangy lemon cupcake with raspberry buttercream frosting
And finally, the classic cupcake flavours (priced at $2.00 each):
- banana cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting
- classic chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting
- classic vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting
I love the prices are so reasonable and in line with so many other cupcakeries around the city. The fact that they offer several flavours at $2.00 is a bonus. I know quite a few people who aren’t into fussy, complicated, flashy flavours (unlike me of course, ha) and prefer simple vanilla and chocolate. If that’s the case, this is a steal for you and it’s very worth it because they are yummy.
In my opinion, I’d wouldn’t pay too much attention to red velvet, just because other places sell that flavour at a less expensive price. Even if it’s amazing, I know I can also get an equally amazing red velvet cupcake for less somewhere else. The only blip in the 3-tier pricing arrangement I can see is when you purchase half a dozen or a dozen and you want to mix and match BETWEEN tiers. There’s a set price if you purchase half a dozen classic cupcakes, for example, but you run into trouble if you don’t want all 6 to be from that one category. In a case like that, I can only assume that you’d have to pay for each cupcake at its individual price, unless of course they’re willing to cut you a deal.
Thank you to everyone who follows the blog and enjoys the posts. I hope everyone’s enjoyed the scrapbooking aspect of it and the stuff I’ve chosen to write about thus far. It’s been so much fun in so many ways and I’ve met some wonderful people and made some really sweet friendships because of it. Here’s to another 200 posts 😀
Dessert Lady is located at 12 Cumberland St. in Yorkville on the north side of the street, west of Yonge St. and north of Bloor St. They are open 6 days a week from Monday-Saturday (they are closed on Sundays and are only available for consultations by appointment) and are open for business at 10:30am on all 6 days. If you are interested in seeing other cupcakes from Dessert Lady (and other cupcakeries in Toronto in general!), check out Alexandra’s blog, Vivid Memories where she documents her cupcake tour of Toronto!