I know it seems kind of silly to post about cakes from a bakery and cafe that clearly specializes in their famous pies, but it makes sense given what a huge fan I am of cake! There’s no contest for me. If I had to choose between cake and pie, cake would win, hands down. I do love lemon meringue and a number of cream pies such as banana cream, coconut cream, and chocolate cream among a few others, but pie doesn’t float my boat the same way cake does. Lucky for me, Wanda’s Pie in the Sky does cake in a BIG way, rotating between over 20 different kinds! And I don’t even think that number includes seasonal selections. Since my first official visit back in the summer (remember the fabulous, jaw-dropping rainbow cake?), I always walk in feeling so excited to see whatever cake they’ve baked for the day ($4-$6 a slice), sitting tall and pretty on their giant cake stand.
One of my favourite things about Wanda’s is their ever-changing daily menu. They feature different salads, different cupcakes, and different types of cake every day so every visit is a happy surprise. This type of arrangement of not knowing what to expect would probably drive some people absolutely nuts, but it’s actually kind of refreshing. I love looking at menus and circling everything I want to try, regardless of whether or not I would realistically have it ($35 pasta? Probably not, but in a fantasyland, sure!), but with Wanda’s I look forward to all the delicious food they have on hand that day. Even though they have a cake menu on their website, I don’t even bother writing out a list of all the cakes I want to try. My approach to eating at Wanda’s Pie in the Sky is quite simple: walk in, see what’s there, eat it.
Say hello to the moist and flavourful cream cheese frosted carrot cake! I’m a big fan of carrot cake. Carrot muffins not so much, but yes yes yes to carrot cake. I wasn’t able to get a photo of the entire cake on the stand, but it was so adorable with the little frosted carrots on top and it reminded me of garden fit for a bunny. It was especially cute watching one of the girls cut my cake slice for me because the cake was so huge! The carrot cake is a two-layer cake frosted with a thick, creamy layer of cream cheese frosting, covered in shaved coconut on the backside, and adorned with a frosted carrot on top. The nice thing about the frosting was that it wasn’t cloying sweet and it wasn’t so creamy that it slopped all over the place. Even though a lot people enjoy carrot cake because of the frosting (and rightfully so, the frosting is delicious!), this frosting was thick, creamy, and sweet enough to be really yummy, but also subtle enough to let the cake shine.
The inside of the cake was bursting with pineapple, raisins, chunks of walnut, and shredded carrots and coconut. I absolutely adored the texture of the cake. It was moist and dense, just the way a carrot cake should be and to me, the shredded coconut, raisins, and pineapple just kicked the whole thing up a notch. The coconut made the cake sweet and crunchy and flaky, and the pineapple and raisins gave the cake a sweet chewiness that I loved. I had to split my cake into two because I couldn’t finish all of it in one sitting, but that wasn’t a problem because I had a trusty tupperware container on me. Cake leftovers are never a bad thing.
Wanda’s Pie in the Sky is located at 287 Augusta Ave. in Kensington Market. Wanda’s Pie in the Sky is located in between Nassau and College St. They are open every day from 8am-9pm. For more info on placing orders, attending classes, and dessert items they serve, check out their website here