The Ooey Gooey Goodness of Marshmallows & Rocky Road – Cupcakes in Scarborough at So Into Cupcakes!

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Here’s a quickie, multiple choice quiz for all of you (not to worry; it’s fun and it’s not hard!).  Take a wild guess and answer the following question: how did I find out about one of Scarborough’s newest, hottest cupcake bakeries, So Into Cupcakes by Markham Rd. and Ellesmere?  A) through a friend, B) from a bus, C) from a magazine, or D) from a local cupcake fairy.  I’ll tell you right now that I wish it could have been D.  How awesome it would be to have cupcake fairies telling me where all the newest and yummiest cake and frosting creations are!  But alas, no cute fairies.  Nope, I discovered So Into Cupcakes from the window of a bus!

I don’t even know where to start with this one!  Cupcakes!  IN SCARBOROUGH!  OH MY LORDY!  I know I wrote about Sugarbuds Bakery & Cafe on Kingston Rd. last Christmas and was over the moon about having a place in Scarborough to get cupcakes.  But this is different.  So different.  We’re not talking about cupcakes within the parameters of an all-rounder bakery.  We’re talking cupcakes and ONLY cupcakes!  Cupcakes under a glass display case.  Sitting pretty like precious artifacts in a museum.  Housed in a cupcake exclusive shop.  Foodies and cupcake lovers – WE HAVE AN HONEST-TO-GOODNESS CUPCAKERY IN SCARBOROUGH!!!  This makes me so happy!  And I don’t even live in Scarborough anymore!  It’s happening everyone – cupcakes are slowly but surely making their way into suburbia and I, for one, am bouncing off the walls with jubilance over it.

I found out about So Into Cupcakes, located at 2060 Ellesmere Rd. at the corner of Dolly Varden Blvd. just west of Markham Rd., by a sheer stroke of luck.  Long story short, I was riding the bus on Ellesmere one afternoon when I dazedily looked out the window, saw the giant shop signage and cupcake imagery from its regal position in the plaza, and almost ran off the bus while it was still moving.  My mind started sputtering and my heart start thudding, “So…Into…Cupcakes…oh my…what the…cupcakes!  New cupcake shop!  When?!  CUPCAAAAKES!”  You get the picture.  When I reached my destination, I walked off the bus in daze, with this as my only thought: “I need to get home and look this place up!”  And I did.  And found out that So Into Cupcakes, as a shop, had only been around for about half a year.  Before setting up shop in Scarborough in a growing plaza with plenty of foodie treasures, So Into Cupcakes was actually an independent home business.  All I can say is that I’m so happy the business grew enough to occupy a lovely little cupcake boutique shop and I know for a fact I’m not the only one!

Backstory: my boyfriend and one of his coworkers were having a fun discussion about the things they’d want to see in Scarborough – services, retail, anything and everything.  My boyfriend cried, “cupcake shops!” to which his coworker replied, “I don’t think there’s a market in Scarborough for cupcakes”.  My response?  “Wanna bet?”  As crazy as it sounds, apparently I was not the only one who found out about So Into Cupcakes from a bus.  While I was stuffing my face with two cupcakes in the shop (one regular-sized, one mini) and taking photos, customers trickled in and one of them mentioned how they had seen the signage from the bus and decided to drop in.  Public transportation sight-seeing works!

And on top of that, So Into Cupcakes sold 30 cupcakes during the brief time I was there.  I know I take my time taking photos and savouring my food (according to my mother, I chew 21 times before I swallow. Go figure.), but still!  30 cupcakes purchased by multiple customers without even the slightest bit of coaxing during the lull period in the afternoon is mighty impressive!  No market by tooshie!  I could go on and discuss the broader context of the socioeconomic status of residents and its relation to luxury goods, but I’ll save that for another day.

Right now we’re going to delve into the world of cupcake flavours, prices, and online connections.  Let me just say that if any of you are interested in checking them out, ditch the main website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter, if you have either account.  Their website is lovely with beautiful photos, but I’m telling you, if you want to get the full monty, you have to keep up with their Facebook page because you get such a better feel for what they have to offer.  Their cupcakes ($2.50 for regular-sized, $1.50 for minis) come in 12 different regular flavours that rotate on a daily basis: vanilla, chocolate, salted caramel, strawberry, lemon, cookies n’ cream, coconut, s’mores, rocky road, red velvet, mocha, and peanut butter.  What makes their selection extra exciting is their constant introduction of monthly flavours which they announce on their Facebook page and Twitter.  We’re talking Boston Cream, maple, spicy chocolate, chocolate cheesecake, pink lemonade, key lime, root beer, blueberry, mint chocolate, and SO MUCH MORE.

For my first foray into the So Into Cupcakes’ goodies, I picked out a strawberry mini and a rocky road regular.  So cute, so yummy, so creamy, so fun!  Remember how I said the strawberry cupcake from Flour Studio tasted just like strawberry Pocky?  I didn’t think I could find one that tasted more like it, but I did!  The strawberry cupcake is strawberry Pocky in cupcake form, bang on!  It’s so creamy and candy sweet.  The strawberry frosting sits on a vanilla cupcake with little sugar sprinkles on top.

And the rocky road?  Oh my gosh.  One of the cutest, funnest cupcakes EVER!  And FINALLY a cupcake that does marshmallow justice!  Their rocky road cupcake is literally ooey, gooey, soft marshmallow “frosting” on top of a chocolate cupcake with chocolate chunks and nuts bits sprinkled on top.  REAL MARSHMALLOW!  I’ve had cupcakes that were supposed to taste like marshmallow but sadly enough, just tasted like vanilla cream, like the kind of filling you’d find in a Hostess cupcake.  Which is fun!  For a Hostess cupcake.  NOT for a cupcake claiming to be marshmallow!  This cupcake is truly one of the funnest things I’ve ever eaten.  The chocolate chunks and nut bits complement the marshmallow topping so well, and while the chocolate cupcake is what you’d expect of any decent chocolate cupcake, I still think it’s mega special simply because it’s moist and fudgy and most importantly, not dry!

I’m so happy this new cupcake bakery is here in Scarborough and I think all the flavours that they’ve been coming out with are so fun and exciting!  And while the bus isn’t the most glamourous or ideal mode of transportation sometimes, it earns brownie points in my book just for allowing me to make this sweet discovery.

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So Into Cupcakes is located at 2060 Ellesmere Rd. in Scarborough, at the corner of Ellesmere Rd. and Dolly Varden Blvd. (by Ellesmere and Markham Rd.).  You can follow them on Facebook HERE and on Twitter @sointocupcakes HERE.

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Cupcakes in Scarborough! Cupcakes, Cakes, Seasonal Treats and More at Sugarbuds Bakery & Café

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My personal obsession: nutcrackers!

My cupcake prayers in Scarborough have been answered!  Over the past two years, I’ve been hitting up as many cupcakeries and bake shops with cupcakes as possible (and going back numerous times to some because I love them so dearly!) and I’m still far from knocking ’em all off my list – and those are the ones I’m aware of!  There are plenty of other cupcake fairy lands that I probably don’t even know about and that’s where Sugarbuds Bakery & Café comes in. 

After visiting and finding out about cupcake shops downtown, uptown, in the west end, in North York, and in Markham, I wondered to myself, “are there any cupcake shops in Scarborough?”  Some people might write off the suburbs and not give downtown’s surrounding areas a second thought (or any thought at all), but there is some darn good food in these neighbourhoods.  After living in the suburbs all my life with the exception of my first year and half, I know particular areas so well I could easily walk around blindfolded and find my way out and about without a problem.  There are always hidden pockets though, or in my case, unchartered territorities.  When I’m referring to Scarborough here, I’m talking about “outskirts-almost-bordering-Port Union” Scarborough.  And yes, there are cupcakes.

Christmas cookies!

Introducing Sugarbuds Bakery & Café on Old Kingston Road!  I have Groupon to thank for this one.  Even though I didn’t end up purchasing this particular deal, I was so taken aback and delighted by it that I saved it in my inbox.  It was too good of a finding to pass up!  Finally, I found out about a cupcake place and bake shop in Scarborough!  I couldn’t wait to go.  I was so excited I actually called them to make sure they would have cupcakes available in the shop.  I didn’t want to take any chances.  For all I knew, cupcakes might have been sold on a “by order only” basis.  I was in luck though: cupcakes were available every day in different flavours and ready to be devoured by me.

After jotting down directions from a map, I made my way over with my beloved boyfriend and prepared myself for some holiday sweet sights and treats.  Were we ever treated to a show!  This bakery and café is fabulous!  Not only is it accessible by bus (always a plus in my book), but there are tables and chairs for you to sit down and enjoy your treats, and there are tons of dessert options and savoury options!  You could realistically sit down for some lunch and dessert here as they serve meat pies, soups, savoury pastries, coffee drinks, and more.

The bakery is split up into two parts and you’ll find the seating, savoury food, and giant class display cases with many of their desserts in the larger portion of the shop in the back, while the front end takes care of some of the retail goodies that the shop sells, such as gift baskets, as well as another assortment of baked goods including decorated cookies.

Sugarbuds specializes in customized cakes for special occasions (think wedding cakes, giant birthday cakes, cakes for showers, themed parties, and more) and has the celebrity seal of approval on their website from hosting and catering special events!  In addition, they make beautiful gingerbread houses, and sell everything from eclairs to pumpkin pie squares to cupcakes to sugar cookies to RAINBOW CAKE!  Yes, that’s right, you can get rainbow cake here!  Remember the famous rainbow cake from Wanda’s Pie in the Sky?  Sugarbuds has an amazing version that you just have to get your hands and sweet teeth on!  I need to get my sweet teeth in it.  This fabulousity that I speak of comes straight from my boyfriend who told me he regretted not getting FIVE slices because the one he ate was all sorts of awesome.  I know, FIVE!  I think he threw that number out there just to make a point, but I’ll take his word for it because I really don’t want to see him eat five slices!  As much as we hate to, we need to set limits.

Their seasonal selection of goodies was absolutely adorable.  They had beautifully iced and decorated gingerbread house cookies, Christmas and winter sugar cookies, Scottish shortbread, and mini PLUM PUDDINGS!  I was in conniptions over them!  They were so dainty and cute and come on, plum puddings!  I don’t know any other bakery that sells them!  You can imagine what a difficult time I had trying to decide what I wanted to try.  

A cupcake ($2.99) was a no brainer (they had 4 available: vanilla bean cream cheese, chocolate fudge, red velvet, and bananas foster, along with some Christmas cupcakes), but I wanted to take away something else.  I hemmed and hawwed so long I let another lady go in front of me to order first.  I finally settled on a bananas foster cupcake, a pumpkin pie square with the dollop of whipped cream, and a pink, red, white, and green iced and decorated gingerbread house cookie.

The desserts here are fantastic.  My boyfriend, who is one of the pickiest eaters I know, loved his desserts to death (his rainbow cake slice and his gingerbread house cookie) and I gorged on my bananas foster cupcake like there was no tomorrow.  It was the strangest thing because the cake itself wasn’t dense (the way you’d envision fruit cake to be), but the flavour was deliciously dense.  I loved the texture and flavour of the cake.  It was like a power punch of banana with an almost fudgy sort of texture.  The cake wasn’t crumby or pillowy.  If I had to compare it to something, I’d say the cake was like a banana brownie!  It was delicous and different and OH SO GOOD.  The frosting was pure, straight up vanilla (and quite like vanilla ice cream in flavour, much like an actual bananas foster dessert) and the cupcake was adorned with caramel butterscotch curls.

I’m so happy I found out about Sugarbuds.  Now that I know they exist, I can make future visits and enjoy other seasonal delectables (Valentine’s, anyone?) in the future.  I know not everyone sees the value in web enterprises such as Groupon or even agrees with the premise of it, but for me, it really has helped me find out about businesses I never would have known about and for that I’m grateful.  Here’s to cupcakes in Scarborough!

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Sugarbuds Bakery & Café is located at 360 Old Kingston Road, right at the corner of Old Kingston and Morrish Rd. by the eastern boundary of Scarborough in Highland Creek.  The 38 TTC bus will take you right there as it travels east from Scarborough Town Centre to Rouge Hill GO station.  If you’re driving, the easiest way to get there, in my opinion, is to drive south on Morningside, swing east when you get to Ellesmere, and go south on Morrish Rd. until you get to Old Kingston Rd.