The Toronto and GTA cupcake shop exploration continues on into the new year! 2011 was a fantastic cupcake year from top to bottom. Not only did I get the chance to visit bakeries I never even knew existed prior to the start of the year, but I also engaged in some full-blown cupcake baking marathons at Le Dolci where we icing sugar queens baked over 400 minis on some days! It’s been a joy photographing them, scrapbooking my adventures, and of course, eating them! It was so much fun following monthly and weekly flavour specials, trying out combinations I never thought I would enjoy (my aversion to all things mint chocolate did a 180 as soon as my sweet teeth got cozy with the Mint Everest cupcake from Short & Sweet!), getting a handle on vegan cupcakes, and becoming friends with the masters and bakers behind these sweet local businesses.
My favourites in 2011 include the fluffy sweet Strawberry cupcake from Flour Studio, the Lemon Drop cupcake from The Cupcake Shoppe, the Black Velvet from Sweet Escape Patisserie, the Cookies n’ Cream vegan cupcake from Bunner’s Bake Shop (blog post and photos forthcoming), the lemon sugar cupcake from Bake Sale on the Kingsway (thorough blog post also forthcoming!), and the Mint Everest cupcake I mentioned up top from Short & Sweet Cupcakes. My goal was to visit as many cupcake shops as possible and I think I did a smashing job showing off some of the prettiest and tastiest in the city so far.
I have a very long way to go before I check every cupcakery off of the “cupcake directory”, but I don’t mind because it means there’s a whole world of tiny cakes with frosting waiting for me. I’m determined to visit every shop on Queen Street East (what I dub as Toronto’s cupcake roadway), to show you all what’s available in Markham (aside from Old Firehall Confectionery), and to start a new series of flavour groupings here and there. It’s going to be another fabulous cupcake year in 2012, so to kick things off, a Part I picture post of The Cupcakery on St. Clair West!
The Cupcakery is located at 1034 St. Clair West Ave., right at the corner of St. Clair and Glenholme Ave. between Oakwood Ave. and Dufferin St. The Cupcakery is open from Wednesday-Sunday at 11am-5pm Wednesday-Friday, 10am-5pm on Saturday, and 10am-4pm on Sunday. They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. You can check out their official website here, ‘Like’ their Facebook page here, and follow them on Twitter @tcupcakery.