I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy running across the street from The Cupcake Shoppe with a box of 2 cupcakes to take photos of them in all 3 years of blogging and Cupcake Shoppe cupcake eating. There I was by the cement seating block in front of the Canada Post building across the street from The Cupcake Shoppe clicking away with my camera with my bare hands in the cold, all the while making sure my cupcake box didn’t blow away from the wind and grinning from ear to ear. Was it cold? Yes. Was my mum waiting for me inside the David’s Tea across the street while I was snapping away? Yes. Am I a crazy nut? Just a little. But I don’t care. Because you’d feel the same way if you were in my shoes. This moment was 3 years in the making. 3 YEARS! The moment me and The Cupcake Shoppe’s seasonal holiday cupcake, Candy Cane Lane, exchanged pleasantries and shared cupcake hugs had finally arrived. I was so full of jubilance I almost starting squealing mid-snap.
It was a scrapbook moment.
I’ve been eating cupcakes from The Cupcake Shoppe for over 3 years now. And each and every single year I missed out on their beloved fudgy Candy Cane Lane during the holiday season. And every time I did I wanted to shake my fists over my ridiculously poor planning and timing. I just couldn’t get to it. I either wasn’t in the Yonge & Eglinton neighbourhood (before and after the holiday blitz, yes, during, no. I don’t know why!) or I was visiting another cupcake shop or bakery. Or I was just preoccupied with family, school or work. I know, it sounds like the dumbest thing in the world. If I want a cupcake, I should just go out and get it. All I can say is that every holiday season passes by in a dizzying whirlwind of activity and at times it feels over before it even begins and I’ve missed my window of opportunity on a number of things. That and my stomach could only hold so many different cupcakes and sweets and hot chocolate on any given day so something had to give. And that something was Candy Cane Lane for the last 3 years.
NOT ANYMORE, WEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!
The chocolate cake was as fudgy as chocolate fudge could be and the buttercream, adorned with a cute little candy cane piece, was white as snow with flecks of candy cane peppermint strewn throughout it. The buttercream was soft and whippy with both vanilla and candy cane peppermint flavours mixed together. The flavour is subtle as opposed to in-your-face (or in this case, in-your-mouth) so it’s great for those who enjoy a little pepperminty freshness without the abrasiveness of full on peppermint (i.e. mouthwash. Because that’s so not sexy). I kind of liken it to a peppermint hot chocolate in cupcake form! The peppermint doesn’t overpower the chocolate and I think they actually complement each other pretty well. And if I could make a cutesy suggestion, take the candy cane piece and roll it in the fudgy chocolate crumbs on the cupcake wrapper. It will taste SO yummy!
Seeing that I couldn’t possibly leave The Cupcake Shoppe with only one cupcake, I had to choose a 2nd to enjoy for the next day so I jumped on the super pretty, super fun and super cute-as-a-button Confetti! It’s one of their newer ones and it has quickly become a favourite of mine from The Cupcake Shoppe. It’s simple but truly delicious. It’s one of their sweeter ones and it’s everything you love about birthday cake in a cupcake. The vanilla cake and blue vanilla frosting are sweet and rich and deliciously yummy, the cake is studded with specks of rainbow sprinkles and the frosting is topped with a smattering of rainbow funfetti.
While it might not scream Christmas, it does scream celebration and fun and that’s what the holidays should be all about so I think it’s a fabulous one to have alongside the Candy Cane Lane. And if you’re looking for tea and cupcake pairings, try the Candy Cane Lane with David’s Tea White Chocolate Frost (one of their new Winter 2013 teas) or Read My Lips and definitely try the Confetti cupcake with David’s Tea Birthday Cake tea! You’ll be glad you did.
The Cupcake Shoppe is located in the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood at 2417 Yonge St., north of Eglinton on the east side of Yonge St. Their second location in Vaughan is located by Bathurst St. and Rutherford Road at 9340 Bathurst. Hurray for more cupcake options in York Region!
They have a rotating menu of cupcake flavours each day and each cupcake is priced at $2.85. For more Cupcake Shoppe goodness on Ate by Ate, click HERE! There are write-ups, scrapbook layouts, and tons of photos on The Cupcake Shoppe’s following flavours: Cookie Dough, Eh? (maple), Lemon Drop & Lov’n Lemon (the first one is one of the most amazing lemon cupcakes you will ever eat and the latter, not so much), Red Velvet, Naughty n’ Spice (fall seasonal), After Ate (mint chocolate), Pretty in Pink (raspberry cupcake with raspberry buttercream), Triple Chocolate Fudge (chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and chocolate chips), Sleepless in Toronto (coffee), and the delicious summer seasonal Lime n’ Licious.