Bags of icing sugar. Tubs of buttercream frosting. Cooling racks with fresh, golden brown vanilla cupcakes. Aprons, mixing bowls, measuring spoons, spatulas, and a mixer that rivals the Energizer Bunny! I was surrounded by all of these tools, goodies, and everything in between on my first day interning at Le Dolci today and I had such a fun, wonderful time with Lisa and the other ladies learning about the business and getting my mixing and baking on! For those who saw my happy announcement on my facebook page, you knew about my soon-to-be adventures in flour and frosting bliss, but for those of you who didn’t see the news, yours truly has joined the Le Dolci team as the newest Icing Sugar queen in their cupcake, baking, and design studio!
Hailing from the UK, Le Dolci is Lisa’s cupcake and baking empire which now resides in the heart of downtown Toronto. Located on Portland Street between King Street West and Wellington Ave., Le Dolci is a cupcake studio that specializes in teaching, catering, and creating a fun atmosphere to build relationships and baked goods! Le Dolci hosts and organizes cupcake decorating and baking classes and parties, catering for corporate and personal events, and fun Iron Cupcake challenges for businesses who want to treat their employees to a day of team-building and fun! Have you always dreamed about getting your girlfriends together for a day of cupcakes, frosting, and decorating with oodles of supplies and yummy goodies at your disposable? Le Dolci is at your service. Thinking about ordering cupcakes for a reception? Done. Yearning for a creative outlet to learn or perfect a baking or decoraing skill? Also done! The studio is so versatile because aside from cupcakes, Lisa and the girls host classes for baking cake pops, macarons, cookie decorating, and so much more.
My first day was so much fun. With some of my favourite music playing in the studio, I helped Lisa, Miya, and Lisa’s mum with the basics today, making tubs of vanilla buttercream frosting in pretty pastel colours (a tub of white, bubblegum pink, pale yellow, and mint green) and oodles of freshly baked vanilla cupcakes for orders and events!
Even though I do cupcake and cookie baking myself, this was such a different experience because for one thing, I was using a stand mixer (I use a hand held electric one at home because we just don’t have the counter space in our kitchen for one) and for another, we were making cupcakes and frostings in VERY large quantities. Thanks to my foodie reading material, I’m well aware that baking in large quantities calls for a different way of measuring out ingredients, using mass “weight” measurements as opposed to cup measurements. Even though I knew about this very important nugget of baking knowledge, today was the first time I actually had to utilize it and I know I probably sound like a nerd when I say this, but measuring out ingredients is so incredibly relaxing and therapeutic.
I have cake pop making in the near future and lots of experimenting, designing, and baking! I’ve learned so much on the first day already and I can’t wait to help out in bringing some ideas the others are bouncing around to life, as well as creating some of my own. It’s going to be a lot of fun posting more photos of everything we’re doing at the studio as we go along, so I’m definitely going to be adding to these posts!
It’s hard to put into words how much being here means to me right now. Scrapbooking, food, photographing food, cupcakes, baking, designing pretty things…they all make me so happy. I’ve never felt good without a creative outlet. To be soul-baringly honest, my life has felt so empty during times without art in it in some shape or form. I struggled for years against my parents’ idea of what constituted a lucrative career versus my own aspirations and true loves, and I’ve worked really hard for my happiness. Sometimes fate works out in peculiar ways and I am so grateful that things worked out and that I’m here, even if it may not forever. Everything about my time at Le Dolci screams “ME!!” and it’s exciting because it’s just the beginning.
Le Dolci is a private studio located at 75 Portland St., just east of Bathurst near King St. West. The studio hosts cupcake decorating classes and handles catering for both corporate and personal events. For more information on classes, schedules, rates, and more, visit their official website here and their Facebook page here.
Special thanks to my friend Sophie for the inspiration for the post title!