Prairie Girl Bakery

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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)
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The Cupcake Connection, Vol.009 – New Places, Spaces & Faces Featuring Prairie Girl Bakery, Cupcakes Leaside & Le Dolci!

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Prairie Girl Bakery in Toronto on King Street East.

Welcome to Part II of this spring’s first Cupcake Connection where we’re talking new places, spaces, and faces!  *NEWS FLASH*: Prairie Girl Bakery is expanding – again!  That’s right folks, the cupcake queen of Toronto’s downtown core with its two existing locations, is opening its 3rd location further up north in YORKVILLE!  Set to open at the end of the month, Prairie Girl will be opening its doors and wafting out the sweet scents of golden buttermilk and dark cocoa cupcakes while rubbing elbows with Louis Vuitton, COACH, Burberry,  and others at BLOOR STREET WEST & AVENUE ROAD!  Can you tell I’m ecstatic?!  Prairie Girl Bakery.  With a 3rd location.  In Yorkville.  You guys know what this means.

I can stuff my face with cupcakes while shopping my heart out at MAC and Sephora and Williams Sonoma and Whole Foods and…and…*catches breath*

BREATHE, DEB.

Prairie Girl Bakery cupcakes, Black Forest and Cherry Cheesecake cupcakes and Treats of the Week

Black Forest on Dark Cocoa and Cherry Cheesecake on Golden Buttermilk. Both on Prairie Girl Bakery’s Treats of the Week menu!

Prairie Girl Bakery mini cupcakes in Chocolate Peppermint and Cookies and Cream

Prairie Girl Bakery mini cupcake heaven – Chocolate Peppermint and Cookies and Cream.

This is so exciting!!  I got the news from Amy at Prairie Girl (thank you, Amy!) and almost started doing the Elaine dance from Seinfeld.  It’s just so perfect.  It’s within the heart of Yorkville, one of the best places to window shop and stroll in the summer, it’s walking distance from Queen’s Park (hello, perfect cupcake picnic area!), and close to so many of my favourite shopping, strolling, and eating destinations (I’m looking at you Annex, Kensington Market, Fresh, and Mela!).  I can’t wait to visit their new location and of course, I’ll report back with photos of the shop and of whichever delightful frosted confection I decide to sink my sweet teeth into on that particular day.  Keep your eyes on the cupcake for more details to come!

While Prairie Girl is set to open their new, 3rd location in the city, one cupcake shop has set up shop for the very first time in Toronto, this time on the east end in Leaside at 85 Laird Drive.  If you haven’t already, give a warm welcome to Cupcakes by Heather & Lori!  Known as The Cupcake Girls on their W network television show, Heather and Lori hail from Vancouver with 6 cupcake shops under their belt in BC alone!  I haven’t paid a visit to the shop yet but I’ve definitely given their site (www.cupcakesonline.com) more than one look-see and there are so many flavours I want to try: Lava Flow (raspberry chocolate with cream cheese frosting and raspberry dollop); Blue Hawaii (blue vanilla frosting and coconut); Raspberry Beret (raspberry filled lemon cake with lemon frosting and raspberry dollop); and Pecan Brownie (pecan brownie cake with caramel and chocolate chips inside and dolloped with cream cheese frosting).

Cupcakes Online. Leaside. website

Cupcakes Leaside and their adorable website!

I’m really looking forward to paying them my first visit not just because it’s a cupcake shop that looks adorable and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside but because Leaside is an area that I haven’t really explored yet.  With the exception of going to Rahier and Patisserie La Cigogne on Macaron Day, the area is practically unchartered territory for me so there will be so much to see and do when I do end up going.

And since we’re on the topic of brand spankin’ new, our dear Le Dolci has introduced a slew of new classes to their already fab selection!  New to their cupcake class line-up: Cupcake Bouquets!  This class is meant to unleash every ounce of creativity in you as you create edible works of art.  Completely floral-themed, the cupcake bouquet class with have you creating cupcake bouquets for centrepieces, sweet tables, gifts and more as you learn how to pipe floral patterns with buttercream.  If you were to take this class and Le Dolci’s Advanced Piping Techniques class where you practice piping roses, pansies, and daffodils, you’d be a whiz at piping flowers and basically creating cupcake floral arrangements!  The first Cupcake Bouquet Making and Arrangement class is set for May 12 from 12pm-2pm and is priced at $80 +HST/person. 

Flowers and cupcakes at Le Dolci on Dundas Street West in Toronto.

:Le Dolci cupcake studio storefront on Dundas Street West in downtown Toronto.

And so concludes the first Cupcake Connection of the spring and summer seasons.  I can’t wait to see what the next several months bring!