Cupcakes in Scarborough! Cupcakes, Cakes, Seasonal Treats and More at Sugarbuds Bakery & Café

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My personal obsession: nutcrackers!

My cupcake prayers in Scarborough have been answered!  Over the past two years, I’ve been hitting up as many cupcakeries and bake shops with cupcakes as possible (and going back numerous times to some because I love them so dearly!) and I’m still far from knocking ’em all off my list – and those are the ones I’m aware of!  There are plenty of other cupcake fairy lands that I probably don’t even know about and that’s where Sugarbuds Bakery & Café comes in. 

After visiting and finding out about cupcake shops downtown, uptown, in the west end, in North York, and in Markham, I wondered to myself, “are there any cupcake shops in Scarborough?”  Some people might write off the suburbs and not give downtown’s surrounding areas a second thought (or any thought at all), but there is some darn good food in these neighbourhoods.  After living in the suburbs all my life with the exception of my first year and half, I know particular areas so well I could easily walk around blindfolded and find my way out and about without a problem.  There are always hidden pockets though, or in my case, unchartered territorities.  When I’m referring to Scarborough here, I’m talking about “outskirts-almost-bordering-Port Union” Scarborough.  And yes, there are cupcakes.

Christmas cookies!

Introducing Sugarbuds Bakery & Café on Old Kingston Road!  I have Groupon to thank for this one.  Even though I didn’t end up purchasing this particular deal, I was so taken aback and delighted by it that I saved it in my inbox.  It was too good of a finding to pass up!  Finally, I found out about a cupcake place and bake shop in Scarborough!  I couldn’t wait to go.  I was so excited I actually called them to make sure they would have cupcakes available in the shop.  I didn’t want to take any chances.  For all I knew, cupcakes might have been sold on a “by order only” basis.  I was in luck though: cupcakes were available every day in different flavours and ready to be devoured by me.

After jotting down directions from a map, I made my way over with my beloved boyfriend and prepared myself for some holiday sweet sights and treats.  Were we ever treated to a show!  This bakery and café is fabulous!  Not only is it accessible by bus (always a plus in my book), but there are tables and chairs for you to sit down and enjoy your treats, and there are tons of dessert options and savoury options!  You could realistically sit down for some lunch and dessert here as they serve meat pies, soups, savoury pastries, coffee drinks, and more.

The bakery is split up into two parts and you’ll find the seating, savoury food, and giant class display cases with many of their desserts in the larger portion of the shop in the back, while the front end takes care of some of the retail goodies that the shop sells, such as gift baskets, as well as another assortment of baked goods including decorated cookies.

Sugarbuds specializes in customized cakes for special occasions (think wedding cakes, giant birthday cakes, cakes for showers, themed parties, and more) and has the celebrity seal of approval on their website from hosting and catering special events!  In addition, they make beautiful gingerbread houses, and sell everything from eclairs to pumpkin pie squares to cupcakes to sugar cookies to RAINBOW CAKE!  Yes, that’s right, you can get rainbow cake here!  Remember the famous rainbow cake from Wanda’s Pie in the Sky?  Sugarbuds has an amazing version that you just have to get your hands and sweet teeth on!  I need to get my sweet teeth in it.  This fabulousity that I speak of comes straight from my boyfriend who told me he regretted not getting FIVE slices because the one he ate was all sorts of awesome.  I know, FIVE!  I think he threw that number out there just to make a point, but I’ll take his word for it because I really don’t want to see him eat five slices!  As much as we hate to, we need to set limits.

Their seasonal selection of goodies was absolutely adorable.  They had beautifully iced and decorated gingerbread house cookies, Christmas and winter sugar cookies, Scottish shortbread, and mini PLUM PUDDINGS!  I was in conniptions over them!  They were so dainty and cute and come on, plum puddings!  I don’t know any other bakery that sells them!  You can imagine what a difficult time I had trying to decide what I wanted to try.  

A cupcake ($2.99) was a no brainer (they had 4 available: vanilla bean cream cheese, chocolate fudge, red velvet, and bananas foster, along with some Christmas cupcakes), but I wanted to take away something else.  I hemmed and hawwed so long I let another lady go in front of me to order first.  I finally settled on a bananas foster cupcake, a pumpkin pie square with the dollop of whipped cream, and a pink, red, white, and green iced and decorated gingerbread house cookie.

The desserts here are fantastic.  My boyfriend, who is one of the pickiest eaters I know, loved his desserts to death (his rainbow cake slice and his gingerbread house cookie) and I gorged on my bananas foster cupcake like there was no tomorrow.  It was the strangest thing because the cake itself wasn’t dense (the way you’d envision fruit cake to be), but the flavour was deliciously dense.  I loved the texture and flavour of the cake.  It was like a power punch of banana with an almost fudgy sort of texture.  The cake wasn’t crumby or pillowy.  If I had to compare it to something, I’d say the cake was like a banana brownie!  It was delicous and different and OH SO GOOD.  The frosting was pure, straight up vanilla (and quite like vanilla ice cream in flavour, much like an actual bananas foster dessert) and the cupcake was adorned with caramel butterscotch curls.

I’m so happy I found out about Sugarbuds.  Now that I know they exist, I can make future visits and enjoy other seasonal delectables (Valentine’s, anyone?) in the future.  I know not everyone sees the value in web enterprises such as Groupon or even agrees with the premise of it, but for me, it really has helped me find out about businesses I never would have known about and for that I’m grateful.  Here’s to cupcakes in Scarborough!

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Sugarbuds Bakery & Café is located at 360 Old Kingston Road, right at the corner of Old Kingston and Morrish Rd. by the eastern boundary of Scarborough in Highland Creek.  The 38 TTC bus will take you right there as it travels east from Scarborough Town Centre to Rouge Hill GO station.  If you’re driving, the easiest way to get there, in my opinion, is to drive south on Morningside, swing east when you get to Ellesmere, and go south on Morrish Rd. until you get to Old Kingston Rd.

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One of the Prettiest Cakes You’ll Ever Lay Eyes On – Food & The Famous Rainbow Cake at Wanda’s Pie in the Sky, Part II

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I am so happy that I went to Wanda’s Pie in the Sky for the first time when I did because I was met with one of the prettiest, happiest things I’ve ever seen in my life!  And a very delicious and flavourful thing at that.  Let me back up and start from the very beginning though before I unleash the prettiness in all its glory.  In all the years I’ve been walking around Kensington Market, I always noticed and admired Wanda’s Pie in the Sky from the outside, but never got around to going inside or eating there. 

Like I mentioned yesterday, I was partly misguided by my assumption that it was mainly a dessert cafe.  I know, I know.  Even with my misguided assumption, I should have just went in, right?  Even if I did think Wanda’s was purely a dessert cafe, that certainly shouldn’t have stopped me from paying them a visit.  Deb loves sweet things the same way Homer loves donuts!  I should have been to Wanda’s a million times by now.  I really don’t have a good reason why I haven’t gone until this summer other than I’m weird!

Thus, when I saw a WagJag deal for Wanda’s several months ago, I pounced on it without so much as a second thought.  With my WagJag voucher in hand, I finally gave myself a swift kick in the bum and went to enjoy some delicious goodies.  And I was in one heck a foodie delight!  Wanda’s Pie in the Sky is so cute.  There are whimsical paintings of cartoon drawn characters on the walls, lanterns hanging from the ceiling, and the whole place is painted head to toe in pastel colours: pale blue, mint green, periwinkle, pale yellow, bubblegum pink, and lavender purple.  And the food!  I was in awe as I walked around scoping out all my options in a happy daze, stupidly thinking to myself, “oh my goodness, I can eat lunch here!”  Yes, Debra, yes you can.  There were huge platters of fresh salads being put out, vegetarian sandwiches, quiche, pizza flatbreads, and enough dessert to create a real-life version of Candy Land.

Wanda’s has a number of combo options on their menu (located up on the wall on a chalkboard behind the glass case of food) for lunch.  You can mix and match things like quiche and salad, salad and sandwich, soup and sandwich, and a number of others.  You can definitely order all for their food separately or on their own, but the combos may it easier to pair up items for a bigger lunch at a less expensive price.  Prices for combos range from $6-$12, and individual servings range from $4-$7.  For example, the sandwich and salad combo I ordered was a $9 one. 

Although I’m saving my sandwich report for The Vegetarian Sandwich series on the blog, I will say that I ordered their avocado sandwich and the seeded sour dough bread it was made with is absolutely delicious.  Sure, the sandwich filling is pretty standard in terms of vegetables, but it’s good and the bread was so good that it compelled me to ask one of the girls behind the counter what bread they used.  Oh!  And although the salad was for my boyfriend, it was a sundried tomato and feta penne pasta salad with LOTS of sundried tomato, large chunks of feta, yellow and red bell peppers, shredded cucumber, green scallions, and very good dressing.

And of course, a meal isn’t complete without dessert, especially in a place like Wanda’s Pie in the Sky!  I saw everything from macarons to vegan cupcakes to pie (of course!) to frosted sugar cookies.  And then I saw IT.  Are you prepared for the awesomeness and gorgeousness that’s about to come?  Yes, no, sort of?  Okay, well, I hope you’re sitting down for this one.  I have been waiting what feels like forever to show you all these pictures!  Behold, the rainbow cake at Wanda’s Pie in the Sky!  This rainbow cake is a sight for sore eyes and is the epitome and embodiment of sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows in the sky!

Even though I know anyone would be skeptical of a cake like this because something that looks beautiful doesn’t necessarily mean it tastes amazing.  I promise you though, this cake isn’t just for looks.  Each layer of the rainbow cake is a diffferent flavour!  Starting from the purple and working our way up, the flavours of the layers are as follows: lavender, mint, green tea, lemon, orange, cherry, and dark cherry.  It is SO DAMN PRETTY and yes, delicious and sweet and creamy and scrumptious.  The cake in its entirety was very yummy, but my favourite layers of the cake had to be the lavender, mint (I know, surprising given how I’m not much of a mint fan), lemon, and orange.  

One of the best things about this cake was that it wasn’t too sweet.  I know cake tastes great when it’s sweet, but I’m talking sickly sweet where the frosting just tastes like gritty sugar.  When a cake is like that, it ends up tasting artifical and becomes very unsavoury to eat.  This cake isn’t like that at all.  The frosting is so soft and creamy and airy whipped in texture with just the right amount of sweetness.  It’s a great complement to the cake because it doesn’t overwhelm or take away the fun flavours but it also lends itself to that perfect cake to cream ratio. 

A slice is $6 and even though it might cost more than a meal you might put together yourself or eat at another place, in my opinion, it is well worth it.  Just think about it.  This is a 7-layer cake where each layer is a different flavour.  Let’s not even talk about the cream frosting.  Imagine trying to make this yourself and spending the money on 7 different flavourings and extracts, baking 7 different layers of cake, frosting each layer, and then neatly putting it altogether to make it as beautiful as this.  I don’t know about you, but the labour that went into making this cake is enough for me.  And by golly is half a slice even filling and satisfying!  This is cake that makes everything more colourful and happy, and having a meal at Wanda’s makes me feel just as lighthearted 😀

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Wanda’s Pie in the Sky is located at 287 Augusta Ave. in Kensington Market.  Wanda’s Pie in the Sky is located in between Nassau and College St.  They are open every day from 8am-9pm.  For more info on placing orders, attending classes, and dessert items they serve, check out their website here.

Scrapbook materials used: Pale blue and mint green cardstock (Recollections); dessert themed patterned cardstock (The Sweet Stack by DCWV); dessert stickers (Sticko); glitter alphabet stickers; gold alphabet stickers (Sticko); white felt with silver glitter.