Good evening ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Ate by Ate’s first tribute to what I call, “The Introduction to Cupcake Central in Toronto”, also known as Queen Street East. Oh yes, there is a cupcake district in Toronto. There are 7, count ’em, SEVEN spots to stuff our faces with cupcakes on Queen Street East: Desmond & Beatrice, Bobbette & Belle, It’s the Icing on the Cake!, Sweet Bliss Baking Company, Altitude Baking, Yoshi’s Sweets, and Life is Sweet. And I am going to sweep my way through them if it’s the last thing I do! Even though I’ve known about the magical land of cupcakes that is Queen Street East for what feels like forever, it has taken me months (well, actually, who am I kidding – it’s taken me over a year) to get my sweet teeth to the concentrated district of frosting and sprinkles and while I wished my fairy wings had landed here sooner, this first cupcake experience at Desmond & Beatrice was well worth the wait.
I have been on Queen Street East – in the Beaches, in Leslieville, in Riverside – numerous times, but cupcakes have always evaded me for one reason or another. I ate a cupcake somewhere else earlier in the day. I was too full from brunch or lunch. I opted for a shortbread cookie and macaron from Bobbette & Belle during my first Christmas visit to the classy sweets boutique. Blah blah blah. Two weeks ago, I made it my mission to get myself a cupcake from Queen Street East, specifically from Desmond & Beatrice, and to enjoy every sweet cake crumb morsel and lick of frosting. NO MORE EXCUSES. And so begins our sweet and delicious journey on Queen Street East. This is the photo spotlight Part I post of II – enjoy the photos!
Desmond & Beatrice Bake Shop and Cupcakery is located at 750 Queen Street East, just one block east of Broadview Ave. in the Riverside District. They are open from Tuesday-Sunday (closed Mondays), from 12pm-6pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11am-7pm on Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-5pm on Saturdays, and 11am-5pm on Sundays.