The Cupcake Shoppe

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cupcake shoppe collage 3The Cupcake Shoppe

Address & Hours of Operation: 2417 Yonge Street (north of Eglinton Ave.) in Toronto; open Monday to Sunday from 10am-7pm Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday, 11am-6pm Sunday || 9340 Bathurst Street (at Rutherford Ave.) in Vaughan; open Monday to Sunday from 11am to 7pm Monday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm Sunday

Prices: $2.85 per cupcake

Ate by Ate’s Top 5: Lemon Drop, Cookie Dough, Lime n’ Licious, Confetti, Eh? (maple)

  • The James Brown Cupcake & Red Velvet Cupcake || “Everyone, Meet James Brown & Little Miss Red Velvet From The Cupcake Shoppe!” posted December 2, 2010 || Features the James Brown cupcake, a chocolate cupcake with chocolate buttercream and the Red Velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting.
  • The After Ate Cupcake || “After Ate on Ate by Ate – The Cupcake Shoppe’s Minty Chocolate Cupcake” posted December 16, 2010 || Features a 2-page scrapbook layout and the After Ate cupcake, a chocolate cupcake with mint buttercream and chocolate sprinkles.  Also features David’s Tea Creme Caramel rooibos tea.
  • The Naughty n’ Spice Cupcake || “Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice…Or Naughty!  Spice Cupcakes and Baked Apple Tea from David’s Tea” posted January 30, 2011 || Features a 2-page scrapbook layout and the Naughty n’ Spice cupcake, a spice cake with cinnamon vanilla buttercream.  Also features David’s Tea Baked Apple tea from the winter 2010/11 collection.
  • Valentine’s Day Cupcakes || “Valentine’s Day Sweetness – A Rendition of “All I Want Are Cupcakes & Sugar Cookies!” posted February 15, 2011 || Features the vanilla on vanilla Yonge n’ Eligible cupcake and James Brown cupcake decked out in Valentine’s decorations.
  • The Cookie Dough Cupcake || “My Version of Milk and Cookies: Cookie Dough Cupcake and Warm Spicy Chocolate Rooibos with Milk” posted March 9, 2011 || Features a 4-page scrapbook layout and the Cookie Dough cupcake, a chocolate chip vanilla cupcake with cookie dough buttercream and chocolate chips.  Also features David’s Tea Spicy Chocolate rooibos tea.

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  • The Lemon Drop Cupcake & Lov’n Lemon Cupcake || “A Tale of Two Lemon Cupcakes From The Cupcake Shoppe: Lov’n Lemon and Lemon Drop” posted June 3, 2011 || Features a 2-page scrapbook layout and The Cupcake Shoppe’s two lemon cupcakes: the Lemon Drop, a vanilla cake with lemon frosting (FAVOURITE!) and the Lov’n Lemon, a vanilla or chocolate cupcake with lemon buttercream (not so great, hence the title A Tale of  Two Lemon Cupcakes).
  • A Colourful “Gnomey” Summer Cupcake Window Display || “Who’s Your Gnomey?  Frost Me Cupcakes and Garden Gnomes on Display at The Cupcake Shoppe” posted July 7, 2011 || Features a photo spotlight on a summer window display at The Cupcake Shoppe with summer garden gnomes and their Frost Me cupcake, a vanilla or chocolate cupcake with bright coloured frosting and gumball on top, changed regularly.
  • The Eh? Cupcake || “The Fall Harvest Series – Like a Stack of Fluffy, Golden Pancakes & Syrup!  The Eh? Cupcake from The Cupcake Shoppe” posted October 21, 2011 || Features a 2-page scrapbook layout and the Eh? cupcake, a vanilla cupcake with maple frosting and little sprinkles and red coloured sugar sprinkles.
  • The Pretty in Pink Cupcake || “For All the Pink Monsters Out There – The “Pretty in Pink” Raspberry Cupcake from The Cupcake Shoppe” posted June 13, 2012 || Features a photo spotlight on the Pretty in Pink cupcake, a raspberry cupcake (beautiful pink-red!) with raspberry buttercream and Nerd candy sprinkles.
  • The Lime n’ Licious Cupcake & Summer Picnic Window Display || “Summer of Cupcakes – A Photo Spotlight on Cupcake Picnic Displays & the Lime n’ Licious from The Cupcake Shoppe” posted July 17, 2012 || Features a photo spotlight on the summer seasonal cupcake, Lime n’ Licious, a vanilla cupcake with lime and lemon swirled frosting and a summer picnic cupcake window display.

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  • The Sleepless in Toronto Cupcake || “Sweet Dreams & Cupcake Slumbers – The Cupcake Shoppe’s Coffee Buttercream Frosted “Sleepless in Toronto” Cupcake!” posted October 12, 2012 || Features the Sleepless in Toronto cupcake, a vanilla or chocolate cupcake with coffee buttercream.
  • The Triple Chocolate Fudge Cupcake || “Blowing Kisses to my Fudgy Sweet Tooth – Toasted Walnut David’s Tea & the Triple Chocolate Fudge from The Cupcake Shoppe!” posted March 3, 2013 || Features the Triple Chocolate Fudge cupcake, a chocolate cupcake with chocolate fudge frosting and chocolate chips.  Also features David’s Tea Toasted Walnut green tea.
  • The Candy Lane Cupcake & Confetti Cupcake || “The Holiday Cupcake Blitz Begins!  Fudgy Candy Cane Lane & Sweet Vanilla Confetti from The Cupcake Shoppe!” posted December 7, 2013 || Features the holiday seasonal Candy Cane Lane cupcake, a chocolate cupcake with candy cane peppermint buttercream and candy cane piece, and the Confetti cupcake, a vanilla cupcake with sweet vanilla frosting in bright periwinkle and rainbow confetti sprinkles.
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Short & Sweet Cupcakes

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short & sweet cupcakes collageShort & Sweet Cupcakes

Address & Hours of Operation: 1945 Avenue Road (south of Wilson Ave.) in Toronto; open Monday to Saturday from 11am-6pm, closed on Sundays || 1480 Major Mackenzie Drive West (at the corner of Dufferin St.) in Maple, Vaughan; open Monday to Saturday from 12pm-7pm, closed on Sundays

Prices: $2.90 per cupcake

Ate by Ate’s Top 5: Mint Everest, Lady in Red, Megan’s Mocha Madness, Ooh La La, One Hundred and One

  • The Mint Everest Cupcake – March Flavour of the Month || “Mint Everest – Your St. Patty’s Day Cupcake from Short & Sweet Cupcakes!” posted March 16, 2011 ||Features the Mint Everest, a cookies and cream studded vanilla cupcake with mint and cookies and cream frosting.
  • The Introduction to Short & Sweet Cupcakes || “Creamy Rich Clouds of Cupcake Heaven – Short & Sweet Cupcakes!” posted March 18, 2011 || Features 4-page scrapbook layout of original Avenue Road location and half a dozen cupcakes including Diamonds & Pearls, Rich in Recession, Short & Sweet, Pierce Brosnan (2nd March Flavour of the Month), Ice Ice Baby, and Penguin Suit.
  • The One Hundred and One Cupcake || “April Showers Bring May Flowers…and Cupcakes!  ‘One Hundred and One’ Ways to Love Short & Sweet Cupcakes” posted April 26, 2011 || Features 2-page scrapbook layout, Easter display, and the One Hundred and One Cupcake, a cookies and cream studded vanilla cupcake with cookies and cream frosting and Smarties candy.
  • Prince William & Kate Cupcakes || “In Honour of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate…Royalty Love Cupcakes Too, Right?” posted April 28, 2011 || Features Short & Sweet’s Royal Wedding window display.

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  • The Orange Chocolate Chip Cupcake – April Flavour of the Month, Part I || “Zesty, Fruity, Creamy, Chocolately – The Orange Chocolate Chip Cupcake & Its Friends from Short & Sweet, Part I” posted May 29, 2011 || Features photo spotlight on the April Flavour of the Month and half a dozen cupcakes including So Fresh, BBM, Black & White Affair, Diamonds & Pearls, and Blueberry Yum Yum.
  • The Orange Chocolate Chip Cupcake – April Flavour of the Month, Part II || “Zesty, Fruity, Creamy, Chocolately – The Orange Chocolate Chip Cupcake & Its Friends from Short & Sweet, Part II” posted May 30, 2011 || Features 4-page scrapbook layout and the April Flavour of the Month, an orange-vanilla chocolate chip cupcake with orange-vanilla frosting and chocolate topping.
  • Short & Sweet Cupcakes’ Move to Current Avenue Road Location || “Short & Sweet Cupcakes Has Found a New Home on Avenue Road!” posted July 29, 2011 || News update on their move to their now current location, 1945 Avenue Road (original location on Old Orchard Glove several blocks south).
  • The Sprinkler Cupcake || “Even Better Than a Donut – The Rainbow Bright Sprinkler Cupcake from Short & Sweet Cupcakes!” posted September 7, 2011 || Features 2-page scrapbook layout and The Sprinkler Cupcake, a vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting covered in rainbow pareils sprinkles.
  • Short & Sweet Cupcakes’ Relocation Grand Opening Party || “Pink & Black Balloons, Mini Cupcakes and Lots of Sprinkles – It’s a Cupcake Party in Short & Sweet’s New Digs!” posted September 16, 2011 || Features photos from their grand opening party of their now current location at 1945 Avenue Road.

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  • Hallowe’en Cupcakes & The Pumpkin Spice Cupcake – October Flavour of the Month || “Hallowe’en Headquarters: A Frosted Sprinkled Party of Orange, White, Purple & Black at Short & Sweet Cupcakes!” posted November 2, 2011 || Features Short & Sweet’s Hallowe’en displays, cupcakes and the October Flavour of the Month, Pumpkin Spice cupcake, a pumpkin cupcake with cream cheese frosting.
  • Valentine’s Day Cupcakes and The Lady in Red Cupcake – February Flavour of the Month || “Mountains of Pink Frosting and Red Roses – Slow-Dancing with ‘Lady in Red’ and Valentine’s at Short & Sweet!” posted February 13, 2012 || Features Short & Sweet’s Valentine’s displays, cupcakes and the February Flavour of the Month, Lady in Red cupcake, a strawberry-vanilla cupcake with strawberry-vanilla frosting and heart candy topper.
  • The Ooh La La Cupcake || “Ooh La La!  The Ravishing Raspberry Red Velvet at Short & Sweet Cupcakes” posted May 3, 2013 || Features the Ooh La La cupcake, a red velvet cupcake with raspberry filling and cream cheese frosting.

Prairie Girl Bakery

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prairie girl collagePrairie Girl Bakery

Address & Hours of Operation: 18 King Street East (at Victoria St., facing Victoria St.) in Toronto; open Monday to Saturday from 10am-6pm; closed Sundays || 100 King Street West (in the underground PATH in the Marketplace food court in First Canadian Place) in Toronto; open Monday to Friday from 8am-6pm; closed Saturdays and Sundays || 150 Bloor Street West (at Avenue Rd.) in Toronto; open Monday to Saturday from 10am-6pm; closed Sundays except for July and August from 12pm-5pm.

Prices: $3.25 per regular cupcake; $1.99 per mini cupcake; $3.95 per gluten-free or vegan cupcake; $2.75 per mini gluten-free or vegan cupcake

Ate by Ate’s Top 5: Chocolate on Golden Buttermilk, Strawberry on Golden Buttermilk, Lemon, S’mores (Treat of the Week), Pina Colada (Treat of the Week)

  • Introduction to Prairie Girl Bakery & the Lemon Cupcake || “Live Life One Cupcake at a Time – Oodles of Frosting, Buttermilk Cake & Lemon Cupcakes at Prairie Girl Bakery” posted July 2011 || Features 4-page scrapbook layout, intro to Prairie Girl Bakery and the Lemon Cupcake, a vanilla cupcake with juicy lemon frosting
  • S’mores Cupcake – Treat of the Week || “What We’d All Love to Sit by the Fire With – The Sweet Creaminess of the S’more Cupcake at Prairie Girl Bakery!” posted September 25, 2011 || Features 2-page scrapbook layout and the S’mores Cupcake, a cocoa cupcake with sweet graham cracker frosting, mini marshmallows and chocolate bar biscuit wedge (part of their rotating Treats of the Week line-up)
  • Pina Colada Cupcake – Treat of the Week || “If You Like Pina Coladas, and Getting Caught in the Rain…The Creamy Pineapple Cupcake at Prairie Girl Bakery!” posted January 28, 2012 || Features the Pina Colada Cupcake, a golden buttermilk cupcake with pineapple frosting, toasted coconut and a tiki umbrella (part of their rotating Treats of the Week line-up)
  • Pina Colada Cupcake scrapbook layout || “Underneath the Tiki Umbrella – Scrapbooking the Prairie Girl Bakery Pina Colada Cupcake” posted February 8, 2012 || Features a photo spotlight on a 2-page scrapbook layout of the Pina Colada cupcake (Treat of the Week)

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  • Cherry Cheesecake Cupcake – Treat of the Week || “A Photo Spotlight on a Prairie Girl Bakery ‘Treat of the Week’ – Cherry Cheesecake on Golden Buttermilk” posted February 25, 2012 || Features a photo spotlight on the Cherry Cheesecake Cupcake, a golden buttermilk cupcake with cherry and vanilla cream cheese frosting and jelly beans (part of their rotating Treats of the Week line-up)
  • Holiday Minis – Photo Spotlight || “Cupcakes for the Holidays – A Photo Spotlight on Mini Cupcake Mania at Prairie Girl Bakery, Par I!” posted December 4, 2012 || Features a photo spotlight on 3 mini cupcakes: Chocolate on Golden Buttermilk, Peppermint on Cocoa, and Cinnamon on Golden Buttermilk (part of their rotating Treats of the Week line-up)
  • Holiday Minis – Part II || “Deck the Halls with Boughs of Mini Cupcakes!  Chocolate, Peppermint Frosting & More at Prairie Girl Bakery, Part II!” posted December 5, 2012 || Features holiday decorations in the shop and winter/holiday mini cupcakes:  Chocolate on Golden Buttermilk, Peppermint on Cocoa, and Cinnamon on Golden Buttermilk (part of their rotating Treats of the Week line-up)
  • New Treats of the Week Flavours || “The Cupcake Connection, Vol. 008 – Scrumptious New Flavours, Giving Back to the Community & More!  Part I” posted April 17, 2013 || Features the 8th installment of The Cupcake Connection with news of new Treats of the Week flavours and their partnership with Second Harvest

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  • News of the new Yorkville Location || “The Cupcake Connection, Vol. 009 – New Places, Spaces & Faces Featuring Prairie Girl Bakery, Cupcakes Leaside & Le Dolci!” posted April 18, 2013 || Features the 9th installment of the The Cupcake Connection with news of Prairie Girl Bakery’s 3rd location in Yorkville and cupcake photos
  • Spring Mini Cupcakes || “Strike a Cupcake Pose – Spring Has Sprung!  A Photo Spotlight on Prairie Girl Bakery Minis” posted May 6, 2013 || Features a photo spotlight on 3 cupcake minis: Chocolate on Golden Buttermilk, Toffee on Cocoa and Blueberries & Cream on Golden Buttermilk (both are part of their rotating Treats of the Week line-up)

Sweetly Frosted – Unveiling the Cupcake Chronicles Feature Pages!

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cupcake chronicles collageWelcome to the shiny and new Cupcake Chronicles feature page!  This is a comprehensive look at all the cupcakes, cupcakes stories and news Ate by Ate has profiled since Ate by Ate’s humble beginnings in November 2010.  I wanted to give you all a different kind of experience searching for posts on the blog so instead of having to sift through posts if you don’t have the time, these feature pages are your holy grails (I’ll be hard at work on Foodie Districts, Breakfast & Weekend Brunch and Tea in TO feature pages as well!).  You will find separate feature pages for Prairie Girl Bakery, Short & Sweet Cupcakes and The Cupcake Shoppe (just hover over the Cupcake Chronicles tab on the main toolbar up at the top and the dropdown menu will pop up) and both Desmond & Beatrice and Flour Studio on this main page.  Keep checking back as this is a work in progress; the Wedding Cake Shoppe and Yummy Stuff will be added really soon.  Enjoy!

desmond & beatrice collageDesmond & Beatrice

Address & Hours of Operation: 750 Queen Street East (one block east of Broadview Ave. in the Riverside District in Toronto); open Monday to Sunday from 10am-7pm || Prices: $2.75 per cupcake

Ate by Ate’s Top Picks: Very Vanilla, Double Chocolate, Mint Patty, Earl Grey (with honey lemon frosting)

  • The Introduction to the Desmond & Beatrice Bake Shop & Cupcakery, Part I || “Sugar & Sprinkles – Cupcakes, Baked Treats, and the Sweet Things in Life at Desmond & Beatrice, Part I” posted May 2, 2012 || Features an introduction to Desmond & Beatrice and a Part I photo spotlight featuring photos of their red velvet, chocolate chip on chocolate, vanilla and mint chocolate cupcakes.
  • An Introduction to the Desmond & Beatrice Bake Shop & Cupcakery, Part II – The Very Vanilla Cupcake || “Polka Dot Rainbow Sprinkles & Fantastical, Fresh, Creamy Vanilla Cupcakes at Desmond & Beatrice, Part II” posted May 3, 2012 || Features the 2nd part to the Desmond & Beatrice intro and their really awesome Very Vanilla cupcake, a vanilla cupcake with thick and creamy vanilla frosting and rainbow sprinkles.
  • The Double Chocolate Cupcake || “Sundays Just Got a Whole Lot Sweeter – The $2 Cupcake, Tart, Square & Cookie Bonanza at Desmond & Beatrice!” posted August 23, 2012 || Features their special Sunday promo at the time of the post (will have to ask and see if this promo still runs!) and the Double Chocolate cupcake, a fudgy chocolate chocolate with rich chocolate frosting – a brownie in the body of a cupcake.
  • The Earl Grey Honey Lemon Cupcake || “The Cupcake Connection, Vol. 007 – My Cup of Cupcake Tea!  The Lemon Earl Grey at Desmond & Beatrice and Tea Cupcakes in the City” posted November 9, 2012 || Features the 7th installment of The Cupcake Connection with a list of tea flavoured and inspired cupcakes around the city, including Desmond & Beatrice’s Earl Grey cupcake, an Earl Grey tea-infused cupcake with honey lemon frosting and sugared sprinkles.

flour studio collageFlour Studio

Address & Hours of Operation: 883 Eglinton Ave. West (west of Bathurst St.) in Toronto; open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am-6pm Wednesday to Saturday, 10am-3pm Sunday; closed on Mondays and Tuesdays || Prices: $2.50 (originals) or $3.00 (special flavours) per cupcake

Ate by Ate’s Top Picks: Strawberry Vanilla, Oreo Marble

  • Introduction to Flour Studio, Part I ||“Purple and Pink and All Things Sweet & Pretty – The Beautifully Frosted Cupcakes From Flour Studio, Part I” posted August 18, 2011 || Features a photo spotlight introduction to Flour Studio with photos of the bake shop and their cupcake displays.
  • Lemon Raspberry Cupcake & Strawberry Vanilla Cupcake – Flour Studio Introduction, Part II || “One Lemon Raspberry and One Ballerina Tutu Strawberry!  Cupcakes at the Sweet & Pretty Lilac Flour Studio, Part II” posted August 19, 2011 || Features 4-page scrapbook layout and lemon raspberry cupcake, a vanilla raspberry cupcake with lemon frosting and fresh raspberry, and strawberry vanilla cupcake, a vanilla cupcake with thick, strawberry frosting and coloured sugar sprinkles.
  • Springtime Cupcake Photo Spotlight at Flour Studio || “A Burst of Spring Colour & Sugar – Cupakes & Adorable Accessories at Flour Studio, Part I” posted March 30, 2012 || Features a photo spotlight on Flour Studio’s spring cupcakes and displays including their red velvet, mint chocolate, chocolate ganache and decorated sugar cookies.
  • Oreo Marble Cupcake || “The Oreo Anniversary Series!  Crushed Oreo Cookie Frosting & Marble Cake Cupcakes at Flour Studio, Part II” posted April 1, 2012 || Features the Oreo Cupcake (as part of Ate by Ate’s Oreo Anniversary Series), a vanilla-chocolate marble cupcake with vanilla frosting covered in crushed Oreo cookies.
  • Pumpkin Spice Cupcake || “The Cupcake Connection, Vol. 006 – The Fall Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice Edition!” posted October 17, 2012 || Features the 6th installment of The Cupcake Connection listing pumpkin cupcakes around the city includig Flour Studio’s pumpin spice cupcake, a pumpkin cupcake with cream cheese frosting and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

The Cupcake Connection, Vol. 003 – New Flavours Everywhere! Fruity Citrus & Berries, Fudge, S’Mores, & More!

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Chocolate, vanilla, and 3 *NEW!* flavours at Le Dolci!

Welcome to the 3rd edition of The Cupcake Connection where the flavours are sweet and the news is hot!  I can’t believe it’s already been a month since the last Cupcake Connection – I feel like a little hamster on a wheel with the never-ending updates and news to keep up with and catch up on!  But I have to say, writing The Cupcake Connection is one of the funnest series to write on the blog because it forces me to find out the latest and greatest and in the process, you get to know the cupcake bakeries so much better as you get more familiar with their flavours, their products, and their business.  And besides, who doesn’t want to know everything there is to know about cupcakes in their city?  This particular Cupcake Connection is solely devoted to FLAVOURS!  It’s quite possible the summer heat has spurred some insane creativity and drive among cupcake bakers because it’s almost as if the flavours available now have doubled!  No complaints from me!

First up: Le Dolci!  Since moving to their new studio on Dundas West across the street from Trinity Bellwoods Park, Lisa, Miya, and fellow icing sugar queens have doled out a slew of new cupcake flavours (and other desserts, pastries, and tea!) to serve in their adjoining retail and cafe.  In the studio’s sweet beginnings, we baked batch after batch of decadent vanilla and chocolate cupcakes (pictured above) but now, cupcake lovers have 5 flavours to choose fromIn addition to vanilla and chocolate, you can sink your teeth into lemon, coffee, and salted caramel!  Salted caramel I can take or leave (don’t throw things at me!), but lemon and coffee?!  I am ALL OVER THOSE like peanut butter and jelly.  I can’t wait to make a return visit to the studio to check these out.  Prices are $2.95 for each cupcake, $16 for half a dozen, and $32 for 1 dozen.

New flavours have joined these original cupcake family members at The Cupcake Shoppe!

Le Dolci isn’t the only cupcake emporium that’s been dishing out the new flavours though – The Cupcake Shoppe has unleashed a truckload of new, mouthwatering, foodgasm inducing flavours in celebration of a new era for the popular cupcake destination.  Not only are they celebrating the opening of their NEW shop in Vaughan by Bathurst St. and Rutherford Rd. (the shop opened on July 12th – barely 3 weeks old!), but I feel like they’re celebrating more than just an expansion; they’re celebrating growth in general and when I checked their website to do a little research and news digging for the this edition, I literally gasped and almost fell out of my chair when I saw all their new flavours! 

I’ve been making regular visits to The Cupcake Shoppe for several years now and while I love their special seasonal additions each season, I often wondered if they would make changes or additions to their menu, not because I was bored (not by a long shot!) but because I was simply curious and excited to see what they would come up with.  And my cupcake prayers have been answered!  A total of 5 new flavours have made their way onto the menu, with one of them being an EXCLUSIVE flavour to the new shop in Vaughan.  The new flavours include:

  • Triple Chocolate Fudge (chocolate frosting adorned with chocolate chips on chocolate cake)
  • S’more S’mores (chocolate frosting swirled on a marshmallow-filled, graham cracker cupcake with mini marshmallows and graham cracker wedge on top)
  • Pink Lemonade (raspberry buttercream on lemon cake)
  • Margarita, Senorita? (lime frosting on lime cake)
  • Berry White *VAUGHAN SHOP EXCLUSIVE!* (white chocolate buttercream on white chocolate-vanilla and blueberry cupcake)

The amazing Lemon Drop is now on the permanent menu!

I AM IN CONNIPTIONS OVER THIS!  I am beyond ecstatic.  I am SO excited to try these new cupcakes and after making a very quick visit to the Yonge-Eglinton location to take a peek at some of their news on deck, I can say for a fact that they look amazing and are most likely some of their best ones yet.  You all know I’ll be reporting back with oodles of photos and deliciously descriptive words for the ones I love (eh, who am I kidding, I will most likely love them all). 

In addition to these new flavours, there are some other menu changes that are worth noting.  Prices for cupcakes are now $2.85, my beloved Lemon Drop cupcake has been happily promoted to regular menu status as opposed to just seasonal, their carrot cake cupcake is now a regular (while it wasn’t on the original menu in the beginning or one of the 5 newest, it started making much more consistent appearances over the last year), and the Crummie cupcake has been given a fresh makeover.  Instead of gummy bears, a cookie wedge now takes center stage on each and every single Crummie with cookies and cream buttercream on chocolate cake.  With these changes nd exciting additions (and not to mention a new shop which I still need to pay a visi to!) The Cupcake Shoppe has effectively found a way to keep me occupied for YEARS to come!

Short & Sweet’s upcoming August Flavour of the Month!

Chugging right along, in less than a week Short & Sweet Cupcakes will be enticing everyone with their August Flavour of the Month, Banana Split (banana cake with vanilla frosting, hot chocolate fudge drizzle, and rainbow sprinkles), annnd they’ve introduced a brand new flavour to the cupcake family: Bostom Cream!  A vanilla cupcake dipped in fudgy chocolate ganache with a sweet, creamy custard filling oozing out!  You can check out their “reveal” photos on Facebook HERE.  And come Fall 2012, they will also be opening new doors in York Region with a brand spankin’ new location at Dufferin St. and Major Mackenzie Dr. West at Eagles Landing!  Cupcakes, cupcakes, everywhere! 

Finally, Old Firehall Confectionery on Main Street Unioville in Markham (in my neck of the woods) has some fabulous summer flavours to enjoy including a GRAPEFRUIT CUPCAKE!  OH.MY.GOD!  Grapefruit?!  NOBODY in the city, to my knowledge, does a grapefruit cupcake and what makes it even MORE special is its unique and Firehall signature square cupcake shape!  They have their cupcake available in two sizes with the small one being the normal size ($2.89) and the large one being the large one for $3.99.  I was shocked out of my pants when I discovered this (but sadly could not have one as I was rather full from dinner) and I am determined to get my hands on one this summer!

Phew!  That is a LOT of cupcake news!  Given how much more there is to enjoy, I foresee many happy sugar rushes and buzzes in the near future and beyond.  Enjoy, everyone, and have a happy weekend!