I miss the café at Blue Banana in Kensington Market. A lot. When I found out that they packed up their adorable café with some of my favourite chocolate vegan cupcakes, I was crushed. They had big, soft, moist, and densely chocolatey vegan cupcakes that had thick, amazing frosting in fun colours and edible pearls and sugar crystals. Not only that, they had carrot cake cupcakes, brownies, giant cookies, and other goodies like Turkish Delight and chocolate covered pretzels. It was cute and fun and I looked up at the food gods and silently thought, “you are so mean.”
Thankfully, all of us who adored those cupcakes don’t need to fret because they’re not entirely gone. Gone from Blue Banana, yes, but not gone from the city. For those who weren’t aware, Blue Banana’s yummy vegan cupcakes were supplied by the cute and flashy OMG Baked Goodness Ltd. on Dundas Street West and they’re very much alive and kickin’ (and currently supplying to a number of cafés and retailers all over the Toronto) near the intersection of Dundas West and Dufferin St. I have been meaning to go to OMG for ages, ever since I learned that Blue Banana’s cupcakes came from here. A cupcake munchie like myself has to visit the mothership, right? 😀 I was so excited to continue my own little personal cupcake tour by coming here because really, the visit was long overdue!
OMG Baked Goodness is beautiful. If you love pink and colourful brights, it’s it a feast for your eyes. If you love fluffy cupcakes with frostings in every colour of the rainbow, it will make your cupcake-loving heart swoon. And if you’re gaga over photo ops, well…be prepared for a few finger spasms! They have a giant cupcake graffiti painting on their wall! It makes my heart happy. OMG isn’t just your resident vegan cupcakery though. Aside from cupcakes, they bake babycakes (which resemble very large muffins with big tops), brownies (cream cheese ones and walnut ones to name a few), cookies, and savoury eats such as mini quiche pies, spinach and feta turnovers, roasted vegetable turnovers, and stuffed focaccia among many others. Prices range from $3.25-$4.00 for savoury food items, around $2.15 for babycakes, and $2.75 for brownies.
OMG is totally on the ball with having their baked goods ready to go when they open for business, and even before they actually open! After getting off the Dundas West streetcar and walking over from College St. (construction in the city = route detours, not to fret), I saw the lights were on and the girls baking inside and got confused because I could have sworn I had arrived there earlier than 10am. And I did, but there it was with its “Open” sign beckoning me to come in and the nice girls ready to serve me. Sweet!
Now, I may not be able to describe or comment on any of their baked goods aside from the vegan cupcakes, but give me a month and I’m sure that can be changed 😀 What I love about their chocolate vegan cupcakes is how moist and FUDGY they are. Oh my goodness, THIS is what chocolate is supposed to taste like. The chocolate cupcakes taste like fudgy brownies only in cupcake form. I snatched up two regular-sized cupcakes ($2.75 each, which places them right in the middle price-wise compared to other cupcakeries in Toronto) and two minis with a smattering of rainbow sprinkles! The minis come in at $1.50 each and the frostings are so cute and colourful. There was no way in hell that I was going to give up mini cupcakes with rainbow SPRINKLES all over them. I love sprinkles the way peanut butter loves jelly.
The minis were awesome. You know what they tasted like? A cross between a moist chocolate cupcake and a sprinkled donut with frosted glaze! Obviously the frosting wasn’t just a glaze, but you get what I mean. I shoved them in my mouth and loved them dearly. I do wish though that the frosting on the regular-sized cupcakes was a bit thicker just because it wasn’t as thick as the frosting I remember eating from the ones at Blue Banana.
These are solid, good chocolate vegan cupcakes though and the prices are very reasonable in comparison to other cupcakeries. At the lower end price-wise, there are a handful of places that sell them for $2.50 (Sweet Escape Patisserie, For the Love of Cake) and $2.65 (The Cupcake Shoppe). At mid-range we have Short & Sweet Cupcakes coming in at $2.90, Prairie Girl Bakery at $2.95, and of course, OMG Baked Goodness at $2.75. Rounding out the higher end are Bunner’s Bake Shop ($3.25) and Lollicakes ($3.00). Granted, there are MANY cupcakeries in Toronto that I haven’t listed here, but you get the idea. I’m not vegan and I really enjoy their chocolate cupcakes. When I try out some of their other goodies (I saw a babycake that looked like it has marshmallow in it OMG), I’ll be sure to share some more! I hope you all like the photos and the scrap layout and if you’re wondering about those cupcakeries that I listed but didn’t link…well, let’s just say some more cupcake blog posts are in order in the near future 😉
OMG Baked Goodness is located at 1561 Dundas Street West, west of Dufferin St. at the corner of Sheridan and Dundas West. They are open from 10am-7pm Monday-Saturday and from 12pm-5pm on Sunday. You can view their products on their website here.
Scrapbooking materials used: eggplant purple, lilac, dark pink, buttercup yellow, and mint green cardstock (Recollections, Choco-Mod Patterns by DCWV); pink, green, and brown patterned alphabet stickers (Choco-Mod Patterns by DCWV); “Lollipop” alphabet stickers (Autumn Leaves, Creativity Inc.); baking stickers (Sticko, Jolee’s Boutique); cake and cupcake adhesive embellishments (Michaels); medium scallop circle paper punch (ek success).