Spring colours and pastels are out in full force in Toronto’s cupcake bakeries! I haven’t been able to snag myself anything Easter related yet (I’m currently daydreaming about a chocolate cupcake with robin’s egg blue frosting and chocolate shavings), but I blame that on my “how many macarons can I eat in a day/week” fest a week and a half ago and sadly, I’m still thinking of when I can stage a redo so I can do it all over again. Hopping around town for macarons was more fun than I expected and for the first time ever, cupcakes were completely off the radar for the week. Macarons will definitely be making themselves more noticably present on the blog as the weeks and months go on, but they won’t ever eclipse cupcakes – cupcakes will be always be my greatest love!
I’m slowly chipping away at Toronto’s cupcake scene but I have to say, even though it’s so much fun, it’s insanely difficult! For every one new cupcake shop that I visit (new to me, not necessarily to the city), another one opens up! Either that, or I find out about an already-existing shop I never even knew existed! A new patisserie, Bo Bon, just opened up on Bathurst in North York and there are plenty of other shops on Queen East and in the west end that need my attention. At least I can say with certainty that TO’s cupcake scene is far from boring!
This month I spent a little more time in the Eglinton West neighbourhood and I came away from my walks with some exciting new food prospects and discoveries! Some patisseries, a jaw-dropping brunch menu from Hotel Gelato, a potentially fab sushi spot, a nice tea place, and so much more. Being in the neighbourhood obviously, for me, meant a stop at Flour Studio as well! Flour Studio is one of my favourite spots not only for their soft and delicious cakes, but also for their giftware.
I paid them a visit earlier this month to get some spring and Easter photos (and yes, a cupcake) and I was ecstastic to see brand new accessories and cupcake merchandise on their shelves. They had a rainbow of ceramic cake and cupcake stands in pastel shades, adorable decorative cupcake boxes (perfect for that single cupcake!), beautifully decorated cupcake shaped sugar cookies (which you can see at the very top of the first photo), and to my utter delight, gorgeous little yellow bird cages! How cute would it be to house a little cupcake in it like a carrier?! Or even just as a decorative piece on the table for tea time or beside a vase of spring flowers.
I hope you all enjoy the photos because there’s plenty more waiting in the wings. Tomorrow’s part II post will be celebrating one cupcake from Flour Studio in particular, one that contains a special cookie that just happens to be blowing out 100 candles this year!
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.