Sweet, Lemony & Bursting with Blueberry Sass – A Photo Spotlight on the Blueberry Lemon Cupcake From Desmond & Beatrice!

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Have any of you ever felt that your to-do list, whatever it may pertain to whether it’s errands, chores, or a bucket list on life, is never-ending?  I’ve been writing this blog for nearly 4 years and I still feel so behind on everything I want to eat, photograph and write about.  I suppose that’s just the nature of blogging.  So much to do but so little time.  And money.  And, well, person.  If only I could clone myself so that I could be in multiple places at once!  That way, I could be at multiple markets at the same time, check out all the Summerlicious spots I want within that tiny 2-week window, and take advantage of festivals that happen on the same day.  How accomplished I would feel!

Case in point: when I started Ate by Ate I wanted to knock it out of the park by posting lots and lots of yummy coconut, lemon and blueberry things (coconut and lemon desserts and blueberry breakfasts for the most part) among other delights but when I look at my current catalogue of posts I think, “pft, SO not good enough.”  I was hoping to have at least 1 post on coconut cake (or pie or something), 5 on blueberry pancakes and a ballpark of around 10 on lemon cupcakes.  Cue disappointed shake of the head accompanied by tsking.  I’m getting closer to that benchmark on the lemon cupcakes front but I’m nowhere near where I want to be in the blueberry department.

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So I’m, shall we say, putting pedal to the metal on this one and ramping things up a bit.  Since we’re on the topic of awesome lemon and blueberry sweets (re: my recent post on the lemon blueberry scones from Cobs Bread), I’m continuing on with a photo spotlight on the fantabulous and yummylicious blueberry lemon cupcake from one of my favourite bakeries and cupcake shops, Desmond & Beatrice!  The blueberry lemon cupcake ($2.75) is a vanilla cake studded with juicy blueberries topped with a generous amount of lemon frosting and a cute little dried blueberry.  Perfect for lemon lovers and blueberry muffin lovers who want to jazz things up cupcake-style!  If you haven’t already, check out Ate by Ate’s Cupcake Chronicles feature page on Desmond & Beatrice or enjoy some picturesque scrolling fun through all the D&B posts HERE!

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Desmond & Beatrice Bake Shop and Cupcakery is located at 750 Queen Street East, just one block east of Broadview Ave. in the Riverside District.  They are open 7 days a week from 10am-7pm.  You can visit their official website at https://desmondandbeatrice.com/ and follow them on Twitter @dandbcupcakes

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Capturing my Cupcake Heart – The Chocolate Raspberry Rapture & Valentine’s at The Wedding Cake Shoppe

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Valentine’s is two days away and all I can think about is chocolate frosting on a cupcake.  Not fancy dinners or movies or flowers or presents.  Just chocolate frosting.  (And of course my sweetie and having a girls day out with my best friend over the weekend, but that kind of goes without saying).  I’m a beast.  There have been times when I’ve thought, “holy jeebus, there is way too much freakin’ chocolate on Valentine’s” but not this year.  No, this year I’m embracing the chocoholicness of the occasion and having myself a chocolate cupcake party on Friday.  (And by party I mean, like, two cupcakes.  You gotta have your limits.)  I don’t care if we’re expecting snow, I am getting my tooshie out there and celebrating because it’s fun, it’s pink, it’s sweet and heck, it’s the Friday before a long weekend and I am taking it.

Taking into account all the cupcake posts I’ve done over the years though, you’d think there would be more than a handful that coincide with the official day of hearts and flowers and all things pink and frilly and sweet.  Surprisingly, this is not the case.  After browsing through the posts in my “Be My Valentine” series, I realized I only had three that pertained to cupcakes: The Cupcake Shoppe, Short & Sweet Cupcakes and Le Dolci.  Aw.  I mean, I know it’s a silly thing to agonize over considering how difficult it is to get out on Valentine’s for a cupcake on a workday or a school day if you don’t have the day off, but I really thought I would have more to show for than that.  Hence the reason for my recent visit to The Wedding Cake Shoppe.  My last visit had been during the summer, I had never been to the shop during Valentine’s and by golly I just wanted a cupcake from there (and if you’re reading this, Cindy, it’s also because it’s fab seeing you too!)

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The girls do such a beautiful job decorating the shop with their themed cakes and window display.  For Valentine’s this year, there’s a giant tissue paper heart suspended in wire mesh from the ceiling in the middle of the display (or at least what appears to be a tissue paper heart.  I didn’t want to touch it!), flanked on both sides by round hat boxes and cake boxes, frosted tarts, cupcakes, sprinkles, napkins, and dishes in shades of peach, cream, ballet slipper pink interspersed with pops of punchy red and hot pink.  And of course, their jaw-dropping cakes including a 3-tiered cake decorated with fondant zigzags and hearts and a 4-tiered cake masterpiece covered entirely in pastel conversation hearts!

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Even though it was yet another cold, chill-down-to-your-bones winter day, it was sunny and relatively dry out so I thought it would nice to take the College streetcar straight across town from Yonge to Ossington.  I could sit back and relax, see the sights out the window without freezing my bum off, and enjoy a nice ride through a neighbourhood I hadn’t been in in awhile.  And when I got to The Wedding Cake Shoppe, it was so nice sitting down to a delicious cupcake before hopping back on the streetcar to run my next errand.  I love that I can sit here and enjoy a treat with a hot drink.

It’s those quiet moments in the middle of the morning or afternoon that I love because you get to slow down a bit before and after dealing with the hustle and bustle of rush hour, when you’re left alone to zone out with your own thoughts.  When I look back at all the great memories I’ve made on Valentine’s past, there are many of them and I guess it’s also for that reason that I wanted to do more this Valentine’s because I enjoy savouring the memories when everything so often seems to go by in a blur.

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This time around, I sat down to The Wedding Cake Shoppe’s Raspberry Rapture cupcake ($2.75), a chocolate cupcake with raspberry frosting.  I’m not kidding when I say that I’ve discovered a new favourite from their shop!  This cupcake was so yummy it skyrocketed straight to the top in my book, sitting right up there with Wedding Cake Shoppe’s Baked Raspberries & Cream Cheese.  Um, can you tell I love my raspberry?!  The Raspberry Rapture embodies the PERFECT chocolate raspberry flavour combination and I loved the soft, creamy, sweet and fruity buttercream frosting like nobody’s business.  It was so light and so delicate yet so flavourful at the same time.  And on top of the fudgy, brownie like chocolate cake?  CUPCAKE HEAVEN!

What made the cupcake even more fab were the chocolate-covered sunflower seeds on top.  YES, chocolate-covered sunflower seeds!  Bathed in minty green-robin’s egg blue, they were crunchy and sweet and gave the cupcake that extra bit of sass.  So different and so very cool!

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I’m really excited to start on a Cupcake Chronicles feature page for The Wedding Cake Shoppe so I’m hoping to have that ready sometime next week.  In the meantime, I hope every gets the chance to enjoy something sweet for Valentine’s over the next few days!

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The Wedding Cake Shoppe is located at 859 College Street, just west of Ossington Ave.  They are open 6 days a week (closed on Tuesdays) and their weekday hours are from 11am-7pm, weekend hours from 11am-5pm.  You can check out their official website here, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

The Cupcake Shoppe

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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.

Short & Sweet Cupcakes

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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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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!

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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.

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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 Holiday Cupcake Blitz Begins! Fudgy Candy Cane Lane & Sweet Vanilla Confetti from The Cupcake Shoppe!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.