A Year in Review – New Classes & Studio, New Sweets, & Memories of Being an Icing Sugar Queen at Le Dolci!

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I don’t think any of us ever need a reason or a celebration to have cupcakes or cake; they are morsels of happiness in and of themselves!  But there is a special sort of anniversary I’m commemorating with these two sweet and decadent posts!  It all began with a cupcake studio, baking pans upon pans of vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, tinting mounds of yummy vanilla frosting in sweet pastels, and working with fondant for the very first time.  The trek to the old studio on King West and Portland, the smell of warm sugar, and the sounds of the oven timer chiming and the Kitchenaid mixer whirring at full speed.  I remember it like it was yesterday: my very first day as an icing sugar queen at Le Dolci! 

It has already been a year since that fateful first day of cupcake baking and frosting making with Lisa and Miya and so much has changed within that time including the introduction of new classes to the lineup and a brand spankin’ new studio across the street from Trinity Bellwoods Park!  I have so many fond memories and I took away so much from my time at the studio with Lisa and the other girls.  I learned how to make cake pops, I learned how to work with fondant, I watched Lisa grow her business from the ground up, and I celebrated Le Dolci’s first Christmas and Valentine’s Day among many other special milestones.  Can you believe that it’s already been a year?  It’s crazy!  Even though it’s been months since my days as Le Dolci icing sugar queen, it holds a special part of my sweet tooth and heart and I love being in the loop and staying up-to-date on all the yummy news.

Along with the retail cupcake space selling accessories and freshly baked cupcakes with a selection of new flavours (lemon, salted caramel, and coffee in addition to the classic Sicilian vanilla and chocoalte cocoa), Lisa and the Le Dolci team have launched a whole rotating menu of sweets available every day including Augie’s gourmet ice pops, and in-house crafted butter tarts, biscotti, eclairs, macarons, cannoli, and more!  And if that’s not enough squee, Lisa has also added a slew of new foodie classes and events to Le Dolci’s offerings!   

Le Dolci has joined forces with Rosewood Estates for wine and cupcakes, and wine, honey, and cheese tastingsLisa Kates (aka. A Food Gypsy) for drop-in soup evenings for soup, fresh bread, and sweets; traditional afternoon tea with sweets, savoury nibbles, and plenty of tea and adorable accessories; Chef Ramza for Lebanese cooking (tabbouleh, fattoush, makloubit chicken and rice and more!); Heather from Knead Bakery for bread and croissant making classes; and pie-making with the Parkdale Pie Princess!  Oh, and did I mention that Le Dolci is hosting their 2nd foodie trip in 2013, this time in San Francisco and Napa Valley, California?!  Sigh.  If only I could attend everything.

Here is Le Dolci’s October line-up of classes and yummies to look forward to!

Mummy/Daddy & Me Cupcake Decorating, October 6.  10am-11am.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $40 +HST per mummy/daddy & child pair.  Frollick in the joy of cupcakes and a crisp fall day with your little one!  Join other mums and dads at this kid-friendly cupcake decorating class meant for parents who want to do something fun and creative (and very tasty!) with their little ones.  Use tools and cupcake decorations like fondant, frosting, candies, and other confections to create one dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home!  Decorate your cupcakes to look like animals, flowers, food, and anything else your heart desires!  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Introduction to Cupcake Decorating, October 6.  2pm-4pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Get the creative juices and sweet teeth going as you decorate a dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home among like-minded icing sugar queens and kings!  Use fondant, buttercream frosting, and special cutters and professional tools to create flowers, animals, swirls, and whatever your heart desires!  It’s October, so go for a fall theme with fall colours, pumpkins, apples, and leaves if you like!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Traditional Afternoon Tea Session, October 7.  12pm-2pm.  1006 Dundas Street West. $35 +HST/person.  It’s pinkies up at this special afternoon tea and sweets session at Le Dolci!  If you love all things dessert and tea, this is for you.  This afternoon tea will include tea sandwiches, scones, tea, and a boundless array of sweets and nibbles!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Introduction to Cupcake Decorating, October 7.  4pm-6pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Get the creative juices and sweet teeth going as you decorate a dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home among like-minded icing sugar queens and kings!  Use fondant, buttercream frosting, and special cutters and professional tools to create flowers, animals, swirls, and whatever your heart desires!  It’s October, so go for a fall theme with fall colours, pumpkins, apples, and leaves if you like!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Kids Dance Class & Cupcake Decorating Fun, October 13.  10am-12pm noon.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $55 +HST/person.  Nothing works up an appetite like a dance workout party!  Join other kids in this special class where you can dance around like no one’s watching, listen to some fab tunes, and decorate cupcakes afterward to mellow out!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Introduction to Cupcake Decorating, October 13.  2pm-4pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Get the creative juices and sweet teeth going as you decorate a dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home among like-minded icing sugar queens and kings!  Use fondant, buttercream frosting, and special cutters and professional tools to create flowers, animals, swirls, and whatever your heart desires!  It’s October, so go for a fall theme with fall colours, pumpkins, apples, and leaves if you like!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Introduction to Cake Decorating: Working With Fondant,  October 14.  1pm-4pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $129 +HST/person.  Have you ever admired the professional artistry of cakes in shop windows or dreamed of being a professional cake decorator like Duff Goldman of Ace of Cakes?  Learn the tricks of the trade at Le Dolci’s introductory class as you decorate your very own 6” vanilla cake with professional cake decorating tools, fondant, sugar paste, colouring, gels, and more!  Class participants will learn how to properly level, layer, and frost their cake while working with rolled fondant and sugar paste to create intricate designs and flowers.  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/  

Learn to Make Parisian Macarons, October 16.  7pm-9pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Join Le Dolci’s team and other sweet tooths in this introductory class to macaron making heaven.  Learn about macaron ingredients, how to properly mix macaron batter, piping techniques, and bake your very own delicate macaron shells along with mouthwatering fillings!  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Drop-In Soup Evening with Lisa Kates, October 17.  6pm-8pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $12 +HST/person.  Join Food Gypsy and Toronto Soup Queen Lisa Kates for this special soup drop-in at Le Dolci’s studio.  Chat over a warm, delicious bowl of homemade soup made with fresh, seasonal, local ingredients with a homemade bread roll (by Le Dolci staff!) and a sweet treat surprise.  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/ 

Mummy/Daddy & Me Cupcake Decorating, October 19.  1pm-2pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $40 +HST per mummy/daddy & child pair.  Frollick in the joy of cupcakes and a crisp fall day with your little one!  Join other mums and dads at this kid-friendly cupcake decorating class meant for parents who want to do something fun and creative (and very tasty!) with their little ones.  Use tools and cupcake decorations like fondant, frosting, candies, and other confections to create one dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home!  Decorate your cupcakes to look like animals, flowers, food, and anything else your heart desires!  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Introduction to Cupcake Decorating, October 20.  2pm-4pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Get the creative juices and sweet teeth going as you decorate a dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home among like-minded icing sugar queens and kings!  Use fondant, buttercream frosting, and special cutters and professional tools to create flowers, animals, swirls, and whatever your heart desires!  It’s October, so go for a fall theme with fall colours, pumpkins, apples, and leaves if you like!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Learn to Make Cake Pops: Halloween Edition, October 21.  2pm-4 pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Celebrate fall with cake pops!  Use moist, delicious balls of cake and frosting to make fun, colourful cake pops using melted candy melts, sprinkles, icing, and more!  Dunk and sprinkle your cake pops to your heart’s content and take home a dozen beautiful cake pops to devour after class!  This Halloween class with feature Halloween sprinkles, ghoulish colours of candy melts, and devilishly tasty Halloween decorations!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Toronto Fashion Week: Designer Cupcake Decorating, October 23.  10am-12pm noon.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Walk the runway in true fashionable cupcake style!  In this introduction to cupcake decorating class, learn how to make stylish Louis Vuitton and Chanel handbags, Tiffany jewelry, and more with professional cupcake decorating tools, fondant, and frosting.  Be the sweetest, most stylish fashionista when you walk out of the student with 12 beautifully decorated vanilla cupcakes!  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Introduction to Bread Making, October 24.  6pm-9pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $129 +HST/person.  Can’t tell the difference between yeast breads and quick breads, and different types of flour?  Join Heather from Knead Bakery for this brand new class at Le Dolci where you’ll learn the ins and out of bread making from scratch!  Learn about ingredients, the process of rising, and how to properly mix dough, knead dough, and bake dough to create beautiful loaves and pieces of bread.  http://www.ledolci.com/news-bread-and-croissant-class-dates-added/

Wine Tasting with Rosewood Winery – Bees, Mead, and Cheese at Le Dolci, October 25.  7pm-9pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $50 +HST/person.  Le Dolci hosts more than just sweet treat decorating classes!  Come for this honey, wine, and cheese tasting hosted by Le Dolci and Rosewood Estates.  Learn about cheese and wine pairings with honey in the mix and enjoy samples, tastings, and an exclusive cocktail demo!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/  

Introduction to Cupcake Decorating: Halloween Edition, October 26.  1pm-3pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Get the creative juices and sweet teeth going as you decorate a dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home among like-minded icing sugar queens and kings!  Use fondant, buttercream frosting, and special cutters and professional tools to create flowers, animals, swirls, and whatever your heart desires!  Halloween is just around the corner so think pumpkins, witch hats, black cats, Halloween candy, and even costumes if you like!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Introduction to Cupcake Decorating: Halloween Edition, October 27.  10am-12pm noon.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Get the creative juices and sweet teeth going as you decorate a dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home among like-minded icing sugar queens and kings!  Use fondant, buttercream frosting, and special cutters and professional tools to create flowers, animals, swirls, and whatever your heart desires!   Halloween is just around the corner so think pumpkins, witch hats, black cats, Halloween candy, and even costumes if you like!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Toronto Fashion Week: Designer Cupcake Decorating, October 27.  2pm-4pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Walk the runway in true fashionable cupcake style!  In this introduction to cupcake decorating class, learn how to make stylish Louis Vuitton and Chanel handbags, Tiffany jewelry, and more with professional cupcake decorating tools, fondant, and frosting.  Be the sweetest, most stylish fashionista when you walk out of the student with 12 beautifully decorated vanilla cupcakes!  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Traditional Afternoon Tea Session, October 28.  12pm-2pm.  1006 Dundas Street West. $35 +HST/person.  It’s pinkies up at this special afternoon tea and sweets session at Le Dolci!  If you love all things dessert and tea, this is for you.  This afternoon tea will include tea sandwiches, scones, tea, and a boundless array of sweets and nibbles!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Introduction to Bread Making: Croissants, October 28.  3pm-5pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Join Heather from Knead Bakery for this brand new class at Le Dolci where you’ll learn the ins and out of bread making from scratch!  Learn about ingredients, the process of rising, and how to properly mix dough, knead dough, and bake dough to create beautiful loaves and pieces of bread.  At this class, learn the art of making buttery, flaky, beautifu croissants even the French would love!  http://www.ledolci.com/news-bread-and-croissant-class-dates-added/

Learn to Make Parisian Macarons, October 30.  7pm-9pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Join Le Dolci’s team and other sweet tooths in this introductory class to macaron making heaven.  Learn about macaron ingredients, how to properly mix macaron batter, piping techniques, and bake your very own delicate macaron shells along with mouthwatering fillings!  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

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