It’s the last long weekend of summer, it’s scorching out, and I’m happily spending my weekend indoors scrapbooking, reading my apple cookbook, organizing photos and my lip gloss collection, and planning my fall activities. If the weather didn’t threaten to melt me I’d probably be out and about, but I’m hiding and having indoor fun instead 😀 It’s been fun writing up these dessert posts the past few days and I hope you’ve all liked them. Today marks the 3rd and last post in the 3-part series showcasing all the sweet goodies at the popular Main Street Unionville hangout, Old Firehall Confectionery.
Ahh, Old Firehall, home of macarons, truffles, bricks of fudge, different flavours of soft-serve ice cream, and their signature square cupcakes. Wait…what? SQUARE cupcakes?! Yes, cute square cupcakes with beautiful, thick creamy frosting, fillings, and toppings! These cupcakes are beautiful with their domes of perfectly swirled frosting ribbons and because of their shape, quite unique! I don’t know if there are other cupcakeries around the city that make square cupcakes, but it’s the first time I’ve seen square ones and I’m very delighted.
The cupcakes here come in two sizes: small ($2.89) and large ($3.99). If you plan on having this as a dessert after a meal or an afternoon snack, stick with the small ones because the small sizes are actually the size of a regular at other cupcakeries. A large is not for the faint of heart. When I looked at the large ones, I thought, “good lord, that thing eats like a meal! But it would be good for sharing…hmm”. There are, however, differences between the small and large and it has to do with the special surprise inside the cupcake. The large cupcakes have creamy ganache fillings inside whereas the small ones don’t. I’m uncertain about seasonal flavours, but Old Firehall has 8 flavours of cupcakes on their everyday menu. These include Choko Chocolate, Lemonicious, Heavenly Vanilla, Peanut Butter, Red Velvet, Cookies & Cream, Sweet Strawberry, and Pina Colada. Broken down, this is what you can expect from each cupcake:
- The Choko Chocolate is a chocolate cupcake with chocolate buttercream and a white and dark chocolate striped topper with chocolate filling in the large.
- The Heavenly Vanilla is a vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream, a chocolate topper, and rainbow sprinkles with vanilla cream filling in the large
- The Peanut Butter one is a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter cream and peanut butter chips with peanut butter filling in the large
- The Red Velvet cupcake has red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, a red heart chocolate topper, red velvet cake crumbles, and a cream cheese filling in the large
- The Cookies & Cream cupcake is a chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream, crushed Oreo cookie pieces, and a vanilla filling in the large
- The Sweet Strawberry one is a vanilla cupcake with strawberry buttercream, a white chocolate topper, and a strawberry filling in the large
- The Pina Colada cupcake has vanilla cake with pineapple buttercream, toasted coconut flakes, and a coconut cream filling in the large
Now, did you notice a flavour missing in that list? Lemonicious! The lovely sweet citrus dessert is a vanilla cupcake with lemon buttercream and a sweet and sour lemon gummy candy topper. I chose a small one to go along with the peanut butter and jelly macaron I picked out and you can bet I had a hard time choosing which one I wanted. I am looking forward to all future visits to Old Firehall, but I am telling you, my indecisive mind is going to be stymied and absolutely fried after all those dessert runs. It was hard enough deciding on a macaron and a cupcake. I then had to go through the excruciating task of choosing which macaron and cupcake I wanted. The sprinkles from the vanilla cupcake was giving me looks and the pina colada was right beside it, silently calling out. Maybe next time I’ll get them both and call it a day. Woe is me.
My lemon cupcake was wonderful. Was it the best of the best of every lemon cupcake I’ve ever eaten? Well, no, but I enjoyed it very much nevertheless. The vanilla cake is very standard; soft enough that it isn’t crumbly, but not so soft that it could hold a contest with some of the other pillow soft ones I’ve tried elsewhere. In a nutshell, tasty with a great vanilla flavour, but not something to write home about because it tastes like what it should taste like and nothing more.
However, the buttercream on the cupcakes here is really different and for me, this is what makes this cupcake. It’s incredible how many different styles of frosting and buttercream I’ve come across, and the lemon cupcake I nom nomed on had a buttercream that was noticeably different from the first bite. It’s light, whippy, creamy, and soft and if custard and pudding had a love child, this would be it. I have never had a buttercream or frosting that tasted like this. The texture is just different and it’s like amazing lemon pudding but creamier and thicker. The lemon flavour is bang on and it has that juicy, zesty lemon flavour that’s indicative of citrusy summer goodness. Oh, and the lemon candy. PERFECT touch. The buttercream and gummy candy complement one another and the candy goes so far as even enhancing the juicy lemon flavour in the buttercream. Lemon yum-yumness 😀
When my best friend told me that I would love Old Firehall, she wasn’t lying. I still feel a bit put off that I didn’t know about this shop earlier, but my feelings have been soothed since. You know, by the sweet treats. Really though, I can’t believe what a powerhouse they are when it comes to offering desserts in almost every form you can think of. It’s just perfect for so many different occasions. Candies for goody bags, truffles and chocolates for a bit of luxury and indulgence (and also for fancy gifts!), and ice cream for dates, romantic or otherwise. There’s truly something for everyone here, and in my case, multiple somethings.
Old Firehall Confectionery is located at 170 Main Street in the historic Main Street Unionville neighbourhood between Carlton Rd. and Hwy 7. The dessert haven is located between Carlton Rd. and Fred Varley Drive. Main Street is located just east of Kennedy Rd.