Light and sweet and pretty – just as a cupcake should be! Bakes & Goods has fluttered into the thick of summer with their soft and creamy cupcakes decked out in sweet flowers, ballerina pinks, and fruity summer flavours that taste even better than fruit juice. With so many new cupcake shops cropping up, so many I need to make return visits to, and so many I still haven’t been, cupcake duty has turned into quite the triple threat! Each season brings new and exciting flavours to try and decorations to admire; heck, some cupcake bakeries even dish out the shiny and new once every month so it’s dizzying and fun keeping up with everything that comes out.
I made a return visit to Bakes & Goods in Yonge-Eglinton and my eyes lit up the second I walked into the little shop. Fluffy pink flower lanterns! Pink butterflies! Pink flowers! And…is that a lovely new white bench I can sit on to eat my cupcake over there?! I want to take this moment to say that I love their newly added bench. I buy single cupcakes all the time and more often than not, I just want to eat my cupcake right then and there. It’s much easier to take photos, there’s waaay less room for handling catastrophes (did I tell you all about the time I knocked my cupcake box over in a shoe store at the mall and nearly burst into tears? Well, now you know!), and it feels nice sitting in a happy place like a cupcake shop as opposed to a concrete slab by the side of the road. And it’s also fun seeing people coming in and out of the shops, seeing what flavours they choose and demonstrating just how enjoyable the cupcakes are when people glance over and see me stuff my face. With the combination of pretty decor and a seating arrangement, I felt jubilance coming out of my ears and everything inside was so pretty it made me momentarily forget how hot it was outside and that much more giddy over my afternoon cupcake break.
In addition to the regulars such as cookie crumble, chocolate ganache, and lemon meringue, Bakes & Goods had a slew of new flavours on hand that day that screamed summer fun in the sun including a chocolate mango (come to mama!) and my pick for the day, a delightful fruity tutti lime on vanilla! I don’t know what it is about sour citrus fruits that make me so happy, but I can’t get enough of lemon and lime desserts. Any time I can get my hands on a lemon or lime cupcake, I’m on it like a bad rash, especially lime since lemon flavours and combinations are a little more common at cupcake shops than its green sister. If my memory serves me right, aside from the Lime n’ Licious from The Cupcake Shoppe down the road, I think this is the only other time I’ve had a lime cupcake and I was beside myself when I saw that they had this one. The cupcake ($2.75) was vanilla and lime in cake and lime buttercream in frosting adorned with Bakes & Goods signature flower candy on top, this time in sunny yellow.
The cupcake looked very cool since the cake was tinged with green from the lime and the buttercream was so bright and cheerful. I know the texture of soft, whippy buttercream isn’t for everyone (my boyfriend doesn’t care for it but my mum loves it) and at times, it’s a hit or miss even for me, but luckily, this time was a hit and I really enjoyed it and thought it was delicious. The lime flavour was fruity without being overpowering or too sour (or artificial for that matter) and it was SO soft and fluffy. The part that really struck a chord with me was the combination of the lime buttercream and the very top of the cupcake. I could have sworn I imagined it, but it was there and unmistakeable: a golden vanilla graham cracker texture and taste. My tastebuds nearly did a double take. The cake itself was light as air but when I bit into the top of the cupcake right where the buttercream met the cupcake, I was met with this warm, sweet slightly graham crumb texture and made the cupcake taste like a key lime pie! I couldn’t believe it. I don’t know if this was a lucky result or intentional, but either way, it made for one very fab cupcake that I happily scarfed down!
I hope all my fellow Canadians who have the Civic Holiday long weekend are enjoying their time off immensely and having a lot of fun! I’m actually laying low and enjoying some much needed sleep, quiet scrapbook time, Olympics watching all day long (I’m so proud of Team Canada!), and working on a ton of blog housekeeping. Happy weekend, everyone!
Bakes & Goods is located at 2523 Yonge Street in the Yonge & Eglinton neighbourhood. The bake shop is situated on the east side of Yonge Street between Sherwood and Keewatin Ave., several blocks north of Eglinton Ave. They have recently moved into this new home from their original Bathurst and Ranee location (around the Lawrence West area) and are open 6 days a week (Monday-Saturday) at 11am.