Walk into Yummy Stuff on Queen Street West in Parkdale and instantly your mood will go from gray to hurray! Yummy Stuff’s bakery is a wonderland of custom designed cakes, fresh cupcakes, and cute-as-a-button decorated sugar cookies for every occasion. I know most of Toronto’s cupcakeries are cute and colourful and whimsical, but never have I been inside one that was so happy and full of vibrant colour! I felt like I was in one big giant Easter basket, frollicking through sprinkles and frostings with flowers and cute animals by the wayside. I knew the second I stepped inside that this would be a bakery that I would want to come back to again and again, not just for the cupcakes and treats, but to admire the storefront displays and the beautiful pastry work that would undoubtedly change for every season and special holiday.
Whether or not you would ever have a reason to go out and buy a custom-designed cake is irrelevant; gaining inspiration and learning about trends and new ideas is really beneficial to me because of the scrapbooking I do. Believe it or not, I actually jot down random notes and take photos of what others would call, “nothing” just so I have something to jog my memory when it comes time to go back to it, like a beautiful colour combination or a mix of prints and patterns that I never considered. I normally don’t have any issues formulating scrapbook layouts and colour schemes in my head after picking out the right photos, but I have to say, I was already mentally piecing together cardstock for a soon-to-be Yummy Stuff layout because the bakery makes it that easy to be inspired and excited about colour and sweets.
Case in point: just look at the cakes in the photo up top! I couldn’t stop looking at them because they were so pretty and unique! I never even considered attaching decorated sugar cookies onto a frosted or fondant cake but it’s genius because you have a dessert on top of a dessert that just keeps on giving! Everyone can have a sugar cookie and a slice of cake and have the best of both worlds. The idea of jazzing up a cake with extras without taking away from it and making the cake and extras work together as one fluid concept is something I’ve definitely noticed in many cake shops over the last year or two. I’ve seen a number of cakes accessorized with macarons (how luxurious!), but this was the first time I had ever since a cake decorated with themed sugar cookies and I absolutely loved the concept.
Thanks to my friend and fellow cupcake diehard, Alex, I found out about Yummy Stuff through her blog and tucked away the sweet little nugget of information until I was ready to go (really though, when am I not ready for cupcakes?) and planned my visit around a special lunch date with some friends in the west end. After this first visit, I was completely and utterly in love. In love with the happy atmosphere, in love with the artistry, and of course, in love with the cupcakes! And sugar cookies! I have cupcake specifics and many more photos to share with you all, so bask in the sweet glow of gorgeous, mouthwatering desserts while I reminisce over my lemon cupcake and Boston Cream pie cupcake (OH YES) and we’ll hop to it with Part II tomorrow!
Yummy Stuff is located at 1660 Queen Street West in the west end Parkdale neighbourhood, east of Roncesvalles Ave. They are open Tuesday-Sunday, from 10am-7pm from Tuesday-Friday, 9am-6pm on Saturdays, and 12pm noon-5pm on Sundays. They are closed on Mondays. Visit their official website here.