“Which cupcake do you want?”. “Hmm…I really don’t think I should have one…”. “But these are your favourites!”. “It’s okay, you have one, I’m not going to get one”. “But that’s why we’re here!” Sigh. Figures my mum would bail on me. I look over at my dad and brother. “Do you guys want one?” Two head shakes respond back. “Oh, fine! I’ll have a cupcake all by myself!” How disappointing that my whole fam did not join in on my cupcake fun. My pouty huffy and puffiness did not last long though as my sweet teeth met with the thickest and gooeist of caramels and my eyes fell on the daintest of macarons in the sweetest of colours. Cupcakes AND macarons – now THAT makes for the perfect sweet treat afternoon snack in my world! And in a beautiful cake shop no less. While my parents and brother sat at a little table in The Wedding Cake Shoppe watching me take photos, reposition my cupcake, reposition my macaron box, open my macaron box, take a bite of my cupcake and basically “do my thing” as my mum would say amidst sparkly butterflies, frosty gold finishes, and pastel brights, I salivated at the thought of finally sinking my teeth into The Wedding Cake Shoppe’s macarons for the first time!
Along with an ooey, gooey Argentinian Dulce de Leche vanilla-caramel-y cupcake (oh my goodness, thickest caramel EVER!), I picked out a half dozen box of macarons ($1.85 a piece – can you believe it?!) for my family and I to share later on that day. It’s remarkable how much more affordable Wedding Cake Shoppe’s macarons are compared to other patisseries and shops in the city. I mean, I know we try to avoid making assumptions about people, places and things, but you have to admit, there’s no way anyone would have guessed that macarons coming from a wedding cake boutique would be less than $2 each! But they are and the girls are always coming up with new flavours so there’s constantly something different to try.
I grabbed a mint chocolate chip (eeee!), chocolate, strawberry, mango, and 2 green teas. While I can’t tell you which one was my favourite out of the 5 flavours because I didn’t try them all, I can tell you that they are so soft and delicate and they’re great for those who like the idea of macarons but shy away because they’re hesitant about the sweetness. Much like Wedding Cake Shoppe’s cupcakes and buttercream, their macarons definitely err on the “I’m-not-sickly-sweet” side and they’re a real testament to the shop’s style and approach. They don’t hide behind sugar; they simply allow flavours to shine on their own the best they can, with of course, a dash of sweet and sassy style!
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.