Strawberry Season is Under Way! A Photo Spotlight on the Strawberries n’ Cream from The Cupcake Shoppe

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It’s the first week of June and I think I have full-blown red fever: strawberry season is here!  Call me crazy but for the past few months I’ve been daydreaming about strawberry desserts, strawberry socials, strawberry picking and strawberry themed everything.  Much like apples, lemons, and blueberries, you just can’t go wrong with planning a menu around them.  Strawberry shortcake, strawberry trifle, strawberry mousse, chocolate dipped strawberries – is there anything the awesome strawberry can’t do?!  Generally speaking, our local strawberry season lasts for two months from June through July so I’m excited to see what kinds of strawberry-related goodies I can post about over the next little while.  To kick things off, I’m featuring a photo spotlight on – what else – a strawberry cupcake!  I’m actually surprised that I’ve done 5 posts on strawberry cupcakes from different shops around the city already.  It’s hard to capture the full breadth of what the city has to offer when it comes to a single flavour because some of them are seasonal and/or limited time offerings and some of them exist on rotating menus so it can take a long time to photograph and eat them all!

The Strawberries n’ Cream cupcake ($2.85) from The Cupcake Shoppe is a vanilla cupcake filled with strawberry jam in the centre, topped with vanilla and strawberry swirled buttercream and a dainty and adorable strawberry candy.  It seriously looks like it was plucked straight out of the Strawberry Shortcake cartoon – it’s cute and pink and fluffy!  And the jam-filled centre is a sweet and fruity bonus.

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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, check out The Cupcake Chronicles feature page 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), 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), Confetti (vanilla cake studded with confetti with gorgeous blue-purple (or in my words, periwinkle) frosting and sprinkles, the holiday seasonal Candy Cane Lane (chocolate cake with candy cane buttercream and candy cane topping), and the delicious summer seasonal Lime n’ Licious.

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.

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.

Blowing Kisses to my Fudgy Sweet Tooth – Toasted Walnut David’s Tea & the Triple Chocolate Fudge from The Cupcake Shoppe!

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For the last month I’ve been having the strangest craving.  Not the stereotypical I’m-pregnant-and-all-I-want-are-pickles (or in my mum’s case when she was pregnant, bananas) type of craving, but the type of craving that feels so strange because it’s so common to everyone else BUT you.

I’ve been craving chocolate.  *cue crickets chirping*

It’s true!  Let it be known that I have always been a vanilla kind of girl.  Vanilla ice cream, vanilla frosting, those yummy rectangular vanilla Peek Freans cookies with the cream in the middle, vanilla whatever!  I’ve always enjoyed chocolate, sure (especially white chocolate but we all know white chocolate isn’t technically real chocolate.  Blah blah) but when push came to shove, vanilla was my happy place.  But lately?  Oh my goodness I’ve been raiding the chocolate peppermint patties, chocolate caramel, and Godiva chocolates in the sweet tooth bin in my pantry at home almost every day!  A nibble of dark chocolate here, a little truffle there.  My house is hardly full of the stuff; far from it.  But with Christmas and Valentine’s behind us, we’ve accumulated quite the decent stash and I’m shocked to find myself working my way through it!

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And nuts!  Oh how things change with age.  You couldn’t pay me in lip gloss to get me to eat the stuff when I was little.  I wasn’t even really eating nuts 5 years ago.  But here I am noshing on almonds, hazlenuts, walnuts and pecans by choice and popping Ferrero Rocher chocolates like breath mints.

It’s a new era on Ate by Ate.  It’s time for more chocolate!

What we have here: the fudgy, decadent Triple Chocolate Fudge cupcake from The Cupcake Shoppe!  The cupcake ($2.85), with its chocolate cake, chocolate fudge frosting, and white chocolate chips, is one of the newer flavours the shop introduced when they expanded their line-up of flavours last summer and when they opened up their 2nd location in Vaughan.

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The cupcake is sitting comfortably beside a hot cup of Toasted Walnut tea from David’s Tea, by far one of their best teas EVER!  The flavour is so warm and rich and perfectly concentrated with just a hint of caramel sweetness and to be honest, it took me by surprise.  I certainly wasn’t expecting it to be bad, but I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be THIS delicious.  I love tea immensely but some teas, in general, just don’t work for me because the flavour doesn’t come through strong enough.  If I wanted to drink hot water, I would just drink hot water!  The Toasted Walnut at David’s Tea is fantastic though and it’s totally on my “get a tin of this” list!

And as a bonus?  A packet of David’s Tea’s special Red Velvet Cake tea ($6.75, 50g), their Tea of the Month this past February and another amazing showstopper!  I’m telling you, this tea is even BETTER than an actual red velvet cupcake!  For a twist, try it iced.  I’ve tried it iced and I love it!  Rest assured, this is not a limited edition tea so you can definitely get some loose leaf in a tin if they don’t have the cute packets on their counter anymore.

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a chocolate mint macaron waiting for me….

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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), and the delicious summer seasonal Lime n’ Licious.

The Cupcake Connection, Vol. 003 – New Flavours Everywhere! Fruity Citrus & Berries, Fudge, S’Mores, & More!

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Chocolate, vanilla, and 3 *NEW!* flavours at Le Dolci!

Welcome to the 3rd edition of The Cupcake Connection where the flavours are sweet and the news is hot!  I can’t believe it’s already been a month since the last Cupcake Connection – I feel like a little hamster on a wheel with the never-ending updates and news to keep up with and catch up on!  But I have to say, writing The Cupcake Connection is one of the funnest series to write on the blog because it forces me to find out the latest and greatest and in the process, you get to know the cupcake bakeries so much better as you get more familiar with their flavours, their products, and their business.  And besides, who doesn’t want to know everything there is to know about cupcakes in their city?  This particular Cupcake Connection is solely devoted to FLAVOURS!  It’s quite possible the summer heat has spurred some insane creativity and drive among cupcake bakers because it’s almost as if the flavours available now have doubled!  No complaints from me!

First up: Le Dolci!  Since moving to their new studio on Dundas West across the street from Trinity Bellwoods Park, Lisa, Miya, and fellow icing sugar queens have doled out a slew of new cupcake flavours (and other desserts, pastries, and tea!) to serve in their adjoining retail and cafe.  In the studio’s sweet beginnings, we baked batch after batch of decadent vanilla and chocolate cupcakes (pictured above) but now, cupcake lovers have 5 flavours to choose fromIn addition to vanilla and chocolate, you can sink your teeth into lemon, coffee, and salted caramel!  Salted caramel I can take or leave (don’t throw things at me!), but lemon and coffee?!  I am ALL OVER THOSE like peanut butter and jelly.  I can’t wait to make a return visit to the studio to check these out.  Prices are $2.95 for each cupcake, $16 for half a dozen, and $32 for 1 dozen.

New flavours have joined these original cupcake family members at The Cupcake Shoppe!

Le Dolci isn’t the only cupcake emporium that’s been dishing out the new flavours though – The Cupcake Shoppe has unleashed a truckload of new, mouthwatering, foodgasm inducing flavours in celebration of a new era for the popular cupcake destination.  Not only are they celebrating the opening of their NEW shop in Vaughan by Bathurst St. and Rutherford Rd. (the shop opened on July 12th – barely 3 weeks old!), but I feel like they’re celebrating more than just an expansion; they’re celebrating growth in general and when I checked their website to do a little research and news digging for the this edition, I literally gasped and almost fell out of my chair when I saw all their new flavours! 

I’ve been making regular visits to The Cupcake Shoppe for several years now and while I love their special seasonal additions each season, I often wondered if they would make changes or additions to their menu, not because I was bored (not by a long shot!) but because I was simply curious and excited to see what they would come up with.  And my cupcake prayers have been answered!  A total of 5 new flavours have made their way onto the menu, with one of them being an EXCLUSIVE flavour to the new shop in Vaughan.  The new flavours include:

  • Triple Chocolate Fudge (chocolate frosting adorned with chocolate chips on chocolate cake)
  • S’more S’mores (chocolate frosting swirled on a marshmallow-filled, graham cracker cupcake with mini marshmallows and graham cracker wedge on top)
  • Pink Lemonade (raspberry buttercream on lemon cake)
  • Margarita, Senorita? (lime frosting on lime cake)
  • Berry White *VAUGHAN SHOP EXCLUSIVE!* (white chocolate buttercream on white chocolate-vanilla and blueberry cupcake)

The amazing Lemon Drop is now on the permanent menu!

I AM IN CONNIPTIONS OVER THIS!  I am beyond ecstatic.  I am SO excited to try these new cupcakes and after making a very quick visit to the Yonge-Eglinton location to take a peek at some of their news on deck, I can say for a fact that they look amazing and are most likely some of their best ones yet.  You all know I’ll be reporting back with oodles of photos and deliciously descriptive words for the ones I love (eh, who am I kidding, I will most likely love them all). 

In addition to these new flavours, there are some other menu changes that are worth noting.  Prices for cupcakes are now $2.85, my beloved Lemon Drop cupcake has been happily promoted to regular menu status as opposed to just seasonal, their carrot cake cupcake is now a regular (while it wasn’t on the original menu in the beginning or one of the 5 newest, it started making much more consistent appearances over the last year), and the Crummie cupcake has been given a fresh makeover.  Instead of gummy bears, a cookie wedge now takes center stage on each and every single Crummie with cookies and cream buttercream on chocolate cake.  With these changes nd exciting additions (and not to mention a new shop which I still need to pay a visi to!) The Cupcake Shoppe has effectively found a way to keep me occupied for YEARS to come!

Short & Sweet’s upcoming August Flavour of the Month!

Chugging right along, in less than a week Short & Sweet Cupcakes will be enticing everyone with their August Flavour of the Month, Banana Split (banana cake with vanilla frosting, hot chocolate fudge drizzle, and rainbow sprinkles), annnd they’ve introduced a brand new flavour to the cupcake family: Bostom Cream!  A vanilla cupcake dipped in fudgy chocolate ganache with a sweet, creamy custard filling oozing out!  You can check out their “reveal” photos on Facebook HERE.  And come Fall 2012, they will also be opening new doors in York Region with a brand spankin’ new location at Dufferin St. and Major Mackenzie Dr. West at Eagles Landing!  Cupcakes, cupcakes, everywhere! 

Finally, Old Firehall Confectionery on Main Street Unioville in Markham (in my neck of the woods) has some fabulous summer flavours to enjoy including a GRAPEFRUIT CUPCAKE!  OH.MY.GOD!  Grapefruit?!  NOBODY in the city, to my knowledge, does a grapefruit cupcake and what makes it even MORE special is its unique and Firehall signature square cupcake shape!  They have their cupcake available in two sizes with the small one being the normal size ($2.89) and the large one being the large one for $3.99.  I was shocked out of my pants when I discovered this (but sadly could not have one as I was rather full from dinner) and I am determined to get my hands on one this summer!

Phew!  That is a LOT of cupcake news!  Given how much more there is to enjoy, I foresee many happy sugar rushes and buzzes in the near future and beyond.  Enjoy, everyone, and have a happy weekend!

Summer of Cupcakes – A Photo Spotlight on Cupcake Picnic Displays & the Lime n’ Licious from The Cupcake Shoppe

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I have SO much to share with you all for the next Cupcake Connection post but, first things first: a photo spolight of the cute and sweet summer window display and seasonal Lime n’ Licious cupcake from The Cupcake Shoppe!  This time around the ever-changing storefront display carried a giant picnic basket equipped with all the wine glass and grape bunch fixings with a pretty mountain of Frost Me cupcakes in shades of baby blue and bright cherry red!  Given the ridiculous heat in the city though, I really wouldn’t recommend grabbing cupcakes for an outdoor picnic unless you decided to bring an ice pack along; just think of the melted, mushy mess!  And I speak from heartbroken experience.  I love me my picnics, but for the time being, I’m more than happy just taking the cupcke and stuffing my face on the way out the bake shop door. 

If you can believe it, this post marks the 10th Cupcake Shoppe post on Ate by Ate and are there ever so many delicious cake and frosting memories since the beginnings of the blog where I first featured the James Brown and Red Velvet in my second day of blogging and posting.  And to think that I’m still nowhere near showing off all their best flavours!   

After many months of patient waiting though, I finally caught the juicy, sweet and sour Lime n’ Licious cupcake with lemon-lime frosting swirled over top vanilla cake with a cute little lime jaw crusher candy to decorate.  I’ve wanted to try this cupcake for what feels like eternity and it was every bit as delightful as the my beloved Lemon Drop.  Vanilla cake is truly the best flavour to go with the frosting because the sweetness of the vanilla doesn’t compete with or muddy the bright citrus flavours in the frosting and sort of acts like a blank cupcake canvas for the thick, creamy frosting.  The juicy flavour is incredible in this one and it tastes exactly what limeade would taste like if it were made into a cupcake frosting.  The Cupcake Shoppe makes some of my favourite vanilla cupcakes and combined with lemon-lime frosting, this one is a total winner and I love that the frosting is the thick, creamy, juicy sweet kind.

So many cupcake shops are dishing out summer flavours and it’s so exciting to see (and taste!) all the new and creative flavours that are available along with the exisitng summer favourites.  I’m working on the next Cupcake Connection post as we speak and this is just the beginning of all the yummy stuff we can take advantage of this season and beyond!  

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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.  They JUST opened up their second location in Vaughan last week on 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), and most recently, Pretty in Pink (raspberry cupcake with raspberry buttercream).

For All the Pink Monsters Out There – The “Pretty in Pink” Raspberry Cupcake from The Cupcake Shoppe

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I love pink.  Not quite as much as I used to, but the bubblegum shade still occupies a soft spot in my heart.  At one point in my life for a span of about 5 years, my middle school friend, Ella, and I were known as the Pink Monsters.  We wrote on pink stationery.  We used pink construction paper to make cards.  We chose pink for everything.  And our friends would gift us cute trinkets “because they were pink”.  I even dedicated an entire page in my high school memory scrapbook to stationery and magazine cut-outs that were pink-themed.  It was bad.  This obsession never extended to food (with the exception of cotton candy, there isn’t much to work with!), but if we’re talking about a treat that fits the bill for a pink lover at any age, The Cupcake Shoppe’s “Pretty in Pink” takes the cake – literally.

For every person out there who loves, and I mean LOVES pink, this cupcake is for you!  Not only is The Cupcake Shoppe‘s sweet and sassy “Pretty in Pink” cupcake ($2.65) outfitted with the most delectable, soft, whippy swirl of fruity raspberry buttercream, it’s also dressed in a yummy psychedelic pattern of raspberry and vanilla cake!  This cupcake is pure specialness.  While some cupcakeries will do a vanilla or chocolate cupcake with raspberry buttercream and/or frosting to go on top, few – if any – do raspberry for both the frosting and the cake.

Off the top of my head, I know Short & Sweet does a raspberry filling for their Ooh La La red velvet and a raspberry frosting on their Lemon Drop cupcake, Mabel’s Bakery does a raspberry frosting on vanilla and chocolate at both of their west end locations (one on Roncesvalles and the other on Queen West), Dessert Lady does a mean raspberry cocoa, and Prairie Girl Bakery dishes out a gorgeous mango raspberry every once in awhile on their rotating Treats of the Week menu!  Raspberry is definitely a flavour I look forward to having (anything berry is fab in my book!) and lucky for me, The Cupcake Shoppe doubles up for one heck of a great cupcake.  The raspberry flavour in both the cake and frosting pack a punch and you get a balance of both sweetness and tartness.  I wasn’t anticipating loving it as much as I did, but I do.  Eating cupcakes should always be enjoyable, but we know there are ones that we enjoy eating just a litte bit more and this falls under that category.  I LOVED IT.  It’s one of the prettiest cupcakes to look at and it’s definitely one of The Cupcake Shoppe’s best.      

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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.  They have a rotating menu of cupcake flavours each day and each cupcake is priced at $2.65.  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), and After Ate (mint chocolate).