After finishing my special edition holiday gingerbread creme Oreos last week (I know, it takes me awhile. But in my defense, I’m the only one in the house who eats Oreos so I need to pace myself before I turn into a blimp!), I cracked open a fresh pack of Oreos, also special edition, to slowly enjoy for the rest of the summer and most likely fall: Birthday Cake! I must say, these ones are much tastier than the original batch of anniversary Oreos that came out back in 2012. YUM and YAY for confetti and a new pack of Oreo cookies for the season!
Happy first day of April and official month of spring, everyone! I know I had this post planned for yesterday, but it had to wait until today because I spent many an hour compiling events and writing up the April Food Calendar and all of its brothers and sisters last night! That, and enjoying a fun spring day out with my mum in the city where we frollicked around eating delicious food. Yesterday marked the last day of free YRT/VIVA bus service in my area and there was no way I was going to let the day come and go without taking advantage of the last day I would most likely ever experience free bus service during the course of my life. The two months of free bus riding in York Region (to make up for the 3-month transit strike) was wonderful and I am so sad that it’s over. I can’t even begin to tell you how much the free service in my area has helped me, both financially and socially. And by socially, I mean with the blog. So I am not only bidding farewell to the month of March, but also to the days of not having to sticking bus tickets into machines and buses. Sigh.
Part II of Friday’s Flour Studio cupcake post is here though and it’s time to look forward, toss the confetti, and introduce the first official Oreo post in the brand spankin’ new Oreo Anniversary Series! Since my celebratory post marking Oreo’s 100th birthday during the first week of March, I’ve been busily researching Oreo desserts in the city, compiling ideas for this new series, and coming up with some fun Oreo related recipes. I have a delicious new cookie recipe to share with all of you later on this week and plenty of Oreo delights I plan on dishing out throughout the rest of the year including different styles of Oreo cupcakes, Oreo sundaes, cheesecakes, crepes, and so much more. It’s going to be so much fun seeing how different bakeries and dessert shops use Oreos in some of their products and how they interpret the iconic Oreo in their usage.
First up: the Oreo cupcake from Flour Studio! I know it may seem like an Oreo is just an Oreo when it comes to cupcakes, but it’s fascinating to see how and where the Oreo is used. Is it used in the cake? In the frosting? In both? How about crushing, crumbling, or using the cookie as a whole? There are so many ways to go about it and Flour Studio’s Oreo cupcake is especially fabulous and delicious. And lucky for us, it’s a permanent everyday menu item! The Oreo cupcake falls under the “Signature” flavour price point at $3 (cupcakes such as the vanilla and chocolate squared are priced at $2.50 in the “Originals” category) and I’m telling you, if it didn’t live up to its $3 price point, I wouldn’t be posting it here. But it does because I am.
This Oreo cupcake is delicious in so many ways. For one, the entire tops of the cupcakes are frosted in a layer of vanilla Oreo cream frosting and then dunked into a pool of crushed Oreo cookies. Not chunky pieces, not crumbs – we’re talking about a mosaic of crushed Oreo goodness on a frosted cupcake top! It is heavenly delightful. So delightful that when I offered my boyfriend a bite, he ran back into Flour Studio to purchase one himself. We probably looked like cupcake idiots running back and forth, toting our cupcake baggies, crouching down to take photos (just me, not him) with people and cars passing by, inhaling our cupcakes, and devouring the remaining crumbs from our fingers in the middle of the sidewalk. But I don’t care. Because yummy cupcakes make the world go round.
In addition to the wonderful Oreo cupcake top, the cake itself is top-notch: it’s marble cake! The cake is a soft, incredibly moist marble of vanilla and chocolate and it is one of the lightest, airiest cupcake bases you will ever sink your sweet teeth in. The vanilla, fudgy cocoa cake melts in your mouth and it is light as air. The cake complements the Oreo top so well because it doesn’t overshadow or overwhelm the Oreo. The Oreo top is allowed to shine and the textures and flavours balance each other out. Oreo cookies already come with their own sweetness so to make the cake extra sweet would be overkill. They don’t compete with one another and that’s a good thing because you get to enjoy the Oreo aspect for what it is. You get the whole cupcake package: a sweet thin layer of creamy frosting that tastes exactly like the middle of an Oreo, the crumbly, crunchy cookie bits, and softness of the cake.
I also really appreciated how Flour Studio carefully thought about the Oreo flavours and aesthetic of it. Vanilla and chocolate are what Oreos are all about it so to make the cupcake a marble one makes so much sense, not to mention how pretty it makes the cupcake! There aren’t a lot of marble cupcakes in the cupcake shops in the city so this was a really nice treat.
I haven’t made my official post and launch yet, but I’m planning on holding an “Oreo birthday party” of sorts on the blog throughout the year to celebrate Oreo’s milestone 100th birthday and this involves all of YOU! In case you didn’t catch it in my Oreo’s birthday post, I’ll be having guest contributors and posts by fellow foodies and bloggers send in their Oreo dessert recipes and photos to be posted on Ate by Ate in honour of the occasion! If you’re interested in contributing, just send me an e-mail at perky_peach [AT] hotmail [DOT] com. I’ll have a special banner/button for everyone to post on their blog and it’ll be such a fun way for us to get to know one another and to meet fellow food bloggers! Happy Oreo-ing!
Flour Studio is located at 883 Eglinton Ave. West, about a block west of Bathurst St. They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (appointments are exceptional), and are open from 10am-6pm Wednesday-Saturday and from 1oam-3pm on Sundays. In addition to cupcakes, the shop sells baking accessories, cupcake themed items, stationery, and giftware.
With the way the weather is panning out, the rain better bring May flowers! I am making faces at the icky weather outside and missing Short & Sweet Cupcakes because they’ve been closed for the past week for their holiday and they won’t reopen until Wednesday. I have the worst timing! It figures I have the biggest hankering for one (or two) of their cupcakes when they’re not open. And I found this out the hard way when I went last week and saw the sign on their front window saying they were on holiday for Passover from the 19th-26th. How embarrassing. Especially considering they have a blog on blogspot with their vacay update. Face palm moment, sigh. So meanwhile, I have had to make do with looking at pictures and making a set of colourful spring scrapbook pages to console myself. I am counting the days and hours till I can sink my teeth into some damn awesome cake and frosting 😀
Single cupcakes are $2.80 each with half a dozen ringing in at $14 and a dozen for $26. On my quest to try each and every single cupcake of theirs (and to photograph and scrapbook it all), my choice this time around was the ‘One Hundred and One’. My best guess is that the name is a play on “101 Dalmations” given the black and whiteness of both the puppies and Oreos/cookies and cream! If you looooove cookies and cream and Oreos like me, you will LOVE this!
Now, the ‘One Hundred and One’ is an Oreo cupcake that resembles and tastes more like the famous creamy Oreo filling than the actual combination of cookie crumble which I think is awesome. I love anything cookies and cream and Oreo related, but a lot of the time the emphasis is on the cookie and although that’s obviously fantastic, it’s great to see a different kind of interpretation. The focus here becomes the filling that everyone has come to know and love since childhood. The cake itself is a mixture of ground Oreo cookie and vanilla cake (hence the speckling), but don’t expect the crumbling cookie texture. For those who do love crunch, you’re probably better off getting their ‘Chunky Monkey’ cupcake with the chocolate chips in it 🙂 The cake is more uniform in consistency and texture, so you get the flavour of cookie but just not the crumblyness which is perfect for those who don’t like a lot of crunch and prefer a moist flavourful cake.
And the frosting? Oh gosh, it tastes like a creamy, delicious mound of Oreo filling. If you’re the type of person who loves licking the cream filling off the Oreo cookie, you will mop this baby up! The frosting is buttery smooth (but without actually tasting like butter, ha!) and let me tell you, they are so generous with their frosting. The ‘One Hundred and One’ is also adorned with a Smartie chocolate on top. I got the pink one ^_^
This visit to Short & Sweet Cupcakes was so fab because I arrived at the shop right when they opened in the morning and I got to smell the amazing smell of freshed baked cupcakes with their toasty golden brown tops. I got to watch the cupcakes get frosted, sprinkled, and put out on display and it made me happy just watching the work get done. After having worked in a flower shop for three years, I knew and understood the pride and joy in creating and crafting and I totally soaked in the busyness and creative energy in the shop that morning. And I cannot wait to go back again.
Short & Sweet Cupcakes is located at 399 Old Orchard Grove, right off of Avenue Rd. south of Wilson Ave. and north of Lawrence Ave. West. It’s actually a little closer to Wilson than it is to Lawrence, and if you’re taking public transit (like me) the easiest way to get here is to get off at Wilson subway station and take the 96 bus to Avenue Rd. and walk south. Old Orchard Grove is on the east side of Avenue Rd. You can also get here by getting off at York Mills subway station and walking west to Avenue Rd. from Yonge.
Scrapbooking materials used: mint green and white cardstock (Recollections); dusty pink cardstock (Choco Mod Patterns stack by DCWV); rainbow colours of cardstock (Recollections); patterned paper (Choco Mod Patterns stack by DCWV); butterfly stickers (Sticko); pink alphabet stickers (Recollections); circle paper punch; brown rope twine for title banner.