The Cupcake Connection! New Locations & Shops Plus Flavour Updates From Cupcakeries Around the City

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I love finding out about special cupcake flavours, new cupcake shops, and new locations of already-existing cupcakeries opening up elsewhere in the city, so The Cupcake Connection is my way of pooling together a ton of different bits and bobs and keeping all of us in the know!  There’s a lot of information ping ponging all over the place and it can be pretty cumbersome lily pad hopping from site to site, looking out for each and every single new flavour, location, and event update.  I do it because I love looking at cupcakes all day long and because I’m little crazy like that.  So enjoy my cupcake craziness!

Short & Sweet Cupcakes are serving up fresh blueberries and moving up north!  Short & Sweet’s May Flavour of the Month is Blueberry Yum Yum, a vanilla marscapone cake studded with giant blueberries bursting with juiciness, topped with a creamy blueberry cream cheese frosting.  I had this cupcake last year but didn’t make a post about it because I didn’t have nice photos  (except for the one you see here, but 1 photo does not make a good or thorough post!), so I’m really looking forward to having it again so I can report back!

FOTM: Blueberry Yum Yum at Short & Sweet Cupcakes

And for those us craving more cupcakes in York Region, Short & Sweet will be opening up their 2nd location in Vaughan (specifically in Maple) at Eagles Landing by Dufferin & Major Mackenzie THIS FALL!  I actually found out about the exciting news MONTHS before they made their official announcement (a little birdie told me), but I kept mum about it because spilling the beans would have spoiled the announcement.  But I – and everyone else – can jump for joy now!  I am so excited because I’ll have the option of getting my beloved Short & Sweet Cupcakes closer to my neck of the woods and not have to use two fares to get them.  Win-win!

Speaking of new locations opening up, The Cupcake Shoppe, Crumbs & Co., and Le Dolci are all opening up new shops and spaces later on this year!  The Cupcake Shoppe will be heading up north to Vaughan and setting up shop at Rutherford and Bathurst (which, to my knowledge, should be near the giant Longo’s supermarket), Crumbs & Co. will be heading south to Avenue Rd. and Lawrence in North York, and our beloved cupcake, macaron, icing sugar towers that is Le Dolci will be moving into a brand spankin’ new studio and retail space on Dundas Street West right across the street from Trinity Bellwoods Park!

Learn to make these posh designer cupcakes at one of Le Dolci’s classes!

Even though I’m no longer an active icing sugar queen at Le Dolci, I still enjoy keeping up with what’s going on at the studio, and this move is so incredibly exciting for Lisa, Miya, and the other girls!  The space is will offer a larger area for cupcake, cake, and macaron classes, there will be retail component to the new space, and Lisa and Miya are also working on offering new sweets and classes to the mix once the move is done.  The Le Dolci team are always updating their Facebook page, Twitter feed,and blog, so you can definitely keep up with news and updates if you follow them on any one of those.  I don’t have exact months or dates on me right now, but I promise to tell you all whenever I know and you can bet I’ll be at the new locations with camera and sweet teeth on hand!

Much like David’s Tea, I think cupcake shops are so smart when choosing new locations to expand.  For those heading into York Region, the market is wide open because for one, there aren’t as many cupcake shops (and the ones that do exist are very far away from one each other) and for another, a lot of York Region is still under development, with new neighbourhoods and districts being formed every year.  There’s Markham, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Woodbridge, Maple, Aurora, the list goes on.

The Cupcake Shoppe will be opening up shop in Vaughan!

For those who love to try out new flavours, Yummy Stuff on Queen West in Parkdale has a new, fruity flavour for the month of May: the Hummingbird Cupcake!  This is a special pineapple, banana, and coconut cupcake with cream cheese frosting and I specifically found this out because I called them and asked about their May flavour.  I’m not full-blown insane, just dedicated.  And this week’s Treats of the Week at Prairie Girl Bakery and monthly specials at Dufflet are going fruity tutti too!  Prairie Girl is dishing out a raspberry buttercream on their dark cocoa chocolate cake and a lemon and strawberry buttercream on their golden vanilla buttermilk cake for this week, and I think these flavours would pair up amazingly with either their regular lemon cupcake or their regular toasted coconut.

And to celebrate spring and Mother’s Day, Dufflet has come out with a bevy of new cakes, tarts, and cupcakes for the occasion, all of which are available until at least May 21st.  Their newest cupcake flavour is a strawberry shortcake filled cupcake, which fits into their new line of giant cupcakes with fillings!  The cupcakes are $2.85 and are available at all 3 of their Toronto locations.  Dufflet is also hosting their 5th annual Tour de Dufflet bike ride in support of the Toronto Cyclist’s Union from May 22nd to June 30, and will be a part of the Uptown Yonge’s Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, May 12 from 10am-5pm, where they’ll have amazing promotion prices and deals on their products.  Does 2 for $5 cupcakes sound awesome or what?!  For more information, check out their April & May newsletter HERE for all the details!

The Fall Harvest Series – Like a Stack of Fluffy, Golden Pancakes with Syrup! The Eh? Cupcake From The Cupcake Shoppe

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Hallowe’en is just a week and a half away, we’re in the thick of fall, and the Fall Harvest Series has been up and running for 3 weeks now!  Although the weather here hasn’t been co-operating (can you say doom and gloom and rain?  I thank my lucky stars that I started photographing the fall farmers’ markets at the end of September as oppsed to trying to do it now!), it’s been so much fun immersing myself up to my eyeballs in fall themed foods and scrapbooking.  I love scrapbooking seasonal stuff and as I mentioned on my Twitter, the very first 8×8 scrapbook album I did was a Christmas one that will always be a special favourite in my collection.

What’s also been amazing?  Eating through the seasons at some of my favourite places in the city!  Ate by Ate will be celebrating its first birthday at the end of November and we’ve almost come full circle with many of my frequent noshing spots, hitting the seasonal menus and special seasonal flavours.  I am THISCLOSE to going 360 at The Cupcake Shoppe by Yonge and Eglinton; all I need to do is hit them up during the Christmas holidays!  However, after all the visits I’ve made to The Cupcake Shoppe, there are still cupcakes I haven’t even seen, much less tried!  Their cupcake selection operates on a system of rotation where different flavours will make their appearances at different times.  The arrangement here doesn’t work quite the same way as Short & Sweet Cupcakes though.  At Short & Sweet, the flavour selection is fixed based on the days of the week whereas as at The Cupcake Shoppe, it’s much more random.

Depending on the luck of the draw, there may be cupcake flavours that you will never come across or eat.  I’ve never even seen Sleepless in Toronto (the coffee mocha one), nor have I seen Lime n’Licious or Candy Cane Lane, both pf which are seasonal flavours.  And up until this past September, I hadn’t even laid eyes on the maple Eh? cupcake.  But that all changed on a cloudy day during the first week of September.

I was SO excited when I went to the shop and saw shiny orange pumpkins, chocolate cupcakes with bright orange frosting with cherry red candies, and a giant acorn in the front window display.  Fall was here and the cupcake shops and bakeries were decorating to the nines.  My heart fluttered even faster when I went into the shop and saw the maple buttercream cupcake!  YES!  A flavour I had never seen or tried!  Granted, even though I know the name of the cupcake is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, it still makes me wrinkle my nose and grit my teeth.  For the record, as a Canadian, I do not say “eh” after all my sentences.  ANYWAY.  Both my brother and my boyfriend love maple things to pieces, so this was extra special.  And because I just love eating my way through all the flavours, there was no way I was passing up this baby!

This cupcake knocked it out of the park!  Remember how I ticked off my 3 favourite cupcakes from here awhile ago?  How I professed my undying love for the Lemon Drop, Cookie Dough, and Red Velvet cupcakes with the Naughty n’ Spice one hovering close by?  The maple Eh? cupcake kicked Little Miss Red Velvet out and is now happily occupying a spot in my Top 3.  This cupcake is SO.DAMN.DELICIOUS.  I say this often whenever I write up a post about The Cupcake Shoppe, but it’s worth repeating: I know so many people who have a love-hate relationship with the cupcake frosting here.  It’s either amazingly scrumptious or it flat-out misses the mark.  The Eh? cupcake doesn’t associate with those that miss the mark.  It hangs out with the “I-want-to-shove-this-entire-cupcake-in-my-mouth-because-it’s-so-yummy” crowd.

I opened the box to eat mine and as soon as I did, the smell of maple literally HIT me in the nose and face.  It wafted out and it was one of the most mouthwatering smells.  The frosting sits on a vanilla cupcake and it’s the frosting that makes this cuppycake a real winner.  It’s not the buttery, whippy buttercream that some have an issue with.  The maple frosting is thick and creamy and it makes you want to eat it by the spoonful and shudder in “mmm”ness.

This maple cupcake smells and tastes EXACTLY like maple syrup and pancakes.  Imagine a cold winter morning.  Imagine coming down the stairs of a lodge or cabin of some sort with the fire on and the warm, fragrant, sweet smell of fresh, fluffy, golden brown pancakes tickling your nose and rumbling that hungry stomach.  Now take that image and stick it into this sweet morsel of a cupcake.  Amazing.  The vanilla cake is like the pancake and the rich, maple frosting is the syrup dribbling down the stack and when you have a mouthful of this cake and frosting in your mouth, it’s heaven.

Now, I normally wouldn’t outright encourage everyone to start eating cupcakes for breakfast, but I have to tell you…if you want a sweet, delicous alternative, this works quite well.  And if you’re lucky, you’ll step into the shop with a whole cupcake stand of them waiting for you.

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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.

Scrapbooking materials used: chocolate brown, orange, burnt orange, red, cherry red, and goldenrod yellow cardstock (Recollections); gold foil alphabet stickers (Sticko); fall leaves stickers (Recollections); fall embellishment (K&Company); medium scallop circle paper punch (ek success); black finepoint Sharpie pen.

Who’s Your Gnomey? Frost Me Cupcakes and Garden Gnomes on Display at The Cupcake Shoppe

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I know there are plenty of you out there who are in love with cupcakes and gnomes (I’m looking at you, Brandy), so this one’s for you! 😀  I love The Cupcake Shoppe’s window displays and they change them frequently year-round based on the seasons, holidays, and special occasions.  They had different displays for Christmas, Valentine’s, Hallowe’en, Father’s Day, summer, and a slew of others.  They don’t allow photos inside the cupcake shop so getting adorable squeal-inducing photos of their displays is the next best thing.  I’ve taken numerous photos of their window displays, but this is the only batch of photos that actually turned out decent.  All the others either had too big of a glare from the sun, too obvious a reflection from the window, or something else just as annoying.  The gnomes are adorable, the colours are gorgeous, and the cupcakes are beautifully frosted.  I think this is by far my favourite display (the mini watering can and wheelbarrow just kill me) and because Gnomeo & Juliet is one of my favourite movies EVER, I just had to throw in the “Who’s your gnomey” bit in the post title.  Hee. 

These are The Cupcake Shoppe’s chocolate Frost Me cupcakes where the frosting is of a thicker consistency and texture and of a slightly sweeter taste which differs from their normal buttercream.  The Frost Me cupcake ($2.65) is adorned with chewable gumball-like candies on top and frosting colours change seasonally, so at the moment the cupcakes are of a bright grass green with chocolate cake.  Other than their seasonal limited edition flavours (like the candy cane one for the winter holidays and the spice cake for the fall) and special occasion decorations (for Valentine’s, for example), Frost Me is the only cupcake that changes colours on a consistent basis.  So feasibly, you could eat your way through the rainbow throughout the year, ha!  Hopefully I’ll be able to bring you all another Cupcake Shoppe post soon, so in the meantime, enjoy the photos.

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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.

A Tale of Two Lemon Cupcakes From The Cupcake Shoppe: Lov’n Lemon and Lemon Drop

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You all know how deeply I love cupcakes, right?  And how dearly I love lemon desserts?  It pains me to say that although I’ve had a scrumptious, “I-shoved-the-whole-thing-in-my-mouth” experience with a fantastic lemon cupcake from The Cupcake Shoppe, I’ve also had an “I-can’t-believe-this-comes-from-the-same-place” lackluster experience with a lemon cupcake from The Cupcake Shoppe.  How can that be?  Well, they have two kinds of lemon cupcakes.  And one of them makes me drool at the mere thought of it (can someone hand me a napkin?) while the other can only muster an “ehhh….” from my cupcake loving heart.  It’s true, folks.  There’s a cupcake out there that didn’t make me wiggle with glee and do a happy dance.  It’s the tale of two lemon cupcakes and the cupcakes couldn’t be more different.

There are two different kinds at The Cupcake Shoppe: Lovn’ Lemon and Lemon Drop.  Now, let me preface this by saying that I’ve featured cupcakes from here on a number of different occasions on the blog and although not every cupcake was my be-all and end-all favourite, I definitely loved three: the Red Velvet, the Cookie Dough, and the Naughty n’ Spice.  So why the drama with the lemon ones?  Because they’re polar opposites. 

The Lemon Drop is such a winner.  It’s everything you could want in a delicious cupcake.  And my boyfriend will attest to how much I enjoyed this cupcake.  On the day that I ate this, I was an absolute doofus and ended up going to two cupcakeries that were closed and walking for miles because I was too stubborn to go home without a cupcake.  When I finally had this cupcake in my little hands, I took one bite and then proceeded to SHOVE the remanining 3/4 in my mouth in one motion because it was that good.  My taste buds and heart cried out in happiness because not only did I get that sought after cupcake, but I got my hands on a sure as hell scrumptious one that satisfied.

The vanilla cake was moist, the top was golden brown and toasty (a feature of their vanilla cupcakes that I really like), and the frosting was FABULOUS.  You know how in my Daniel et Daniel post a week ago I was discussing the complexities of the lemon flavour in desserts?  And how it can either turn out lip-puckering, nasty sour or sickly, artificially sweet?  The Cupcake Shoppe’s Lemon Drop hits the nail on the head with the lemon flavour in their frosting.  It has that luscious full-bodied sweet and citrus balance that envelopes your tastes buds when you taste it.  It’s a frosting, but it manages to convey that juicy sweet lemon flavour in solid form.  It’s like drinking lemonade in a frosting.  And the frosting itself is a FROSTING in that sense of the word if you know what I mean, with that thick, sweet texture that fills your mouth.  It’s not the whippy, buttery topping that tops most of their cupcakes.

That light, whippy buttercream that they frost most of their cupcakes with isn’t necessarily a bad thing (I love the Cookie Dough and Naughty n’ Spice, don’t I?), although I know there are many who don’t prefer that style of frosting.  It is, however, the type of frosting they use on their other lemon cupcake, Lov’n Lemon.  And how I wish I could love it.  But I don’t.  The lemon flavour in the Lemon Drop cupcake was bang on.  In Lov’n Lemon?  WEAK.  It didn’t deliver because it was waaaaay too subtle.  The flavour was almost completely lost and there was no dimension to it.  Whereas the Lemon Drop had texture and multiple “notes” so to speak, the Lov’n Lemon was too flat.  Don’t get me wrong, the chocolate cake that the frosting was sitting on was great because it was moist and soft.  The cupcake just didn’t do the lemon flavour justice and it’s a shame because it’s so pretty!  But trust me on this, if I’m going to recommend a lemon cupcake to you, go for the Lemon Drop and avoid the Lov’n Lemon.

I know cupcakes are pretty and cute and froo-froo and all, but they’re a lot more complex than what people might think.  When a frosting misses the mark, the cupcake itself, as a whole, misses the mark.  When the cake is just so-so (and I mean so-so, I don’t mean awful!) but the frosting is fantastic, it can still be okay because the frosting can compensate for what the cake may lack.  Sigh.  So there you have it folks, a genuine look and taste at two lemon cupcakes from the same place that don’t hit all the same notes.  And that’s okay!  Not everything is going to be fireworks amazing all the time and I think the important thing to take away is the experience itself.  Not so great?  That’s okay.  Move on and keep learning.  I look on the bright side.  At least I got a pretty scrapbook layout out of it 😀

Previous Cupcake Shoppe blog entries:

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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.

Scrapbook materials used: violet cardstock (Recollections); lime green and bright pink patterned paper (Lime Garden by K&Company); white paper; lemon slice sticker (Sticko); violet and blue floral dimensional embellishments (Grand Adhesions by K&Company); alphabet stickers (K&Company); black Sharpie felt tip marker.         

My Version of Milk and Cookies: Cookie Dough Cupcake and Warm Spicy Chocolate Rooibos With Milk

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Everyone knows about the traditional kiddie favourite of milk and cookies and I guess you could say that this is my tweaked version of the classic!  It’s one of those longtime comfort foods, like macaroni and cheese, only sweet and more appropriate as a snack.  And on a cold day, you want comfort.  You want to feel the warmth from your drink radiate outward and envelope you in a blanket of coziness and the familiarity of a chocolate chip cookie to make your heart all warm and fuzzy with happiness.  And really, the traditional kiddie snack is very versatile and can be dressed up to cater to our oh-so-adult tastes (pft, adult tastes, who am I kidding?).  Sugar cookies, Oreos, shortbread, and almond milk all fit the bill for that comforting sweet treat.  What we have here: a yummy in the tummy cookie dough cupcake from The Cupcake Shoppe and a delicious warm spicy chocolate rooibos tea with milk from  David’s Tea.

I mentioned in an earlier blog post that my top 3 favourite cupcakes from The Cupcake Shoppe were the Red Velvet, Cookie Dough, and the Naughty n’ Spice.  Lucky for me, the Cookie Dough is not a seasonal favourite and it pretty much makes its appearance at the shop almost every day as they rotate their flavours on a daily basis.  The Cookie Dough is divine.  It tastes EXACTLY like cookie dough icecream and oh man, it is so good.  I normally take small bites of things (hence why I’m a slow eater most of the time) but this glorious cupcake makes me lose all control and normality and it makes me want to shove the whole thing in my mouth so I can enjoy it’s chocolatey, cookie goodness. 

The cupcake is vanilla cake with chocolate chips and the cookie dough frosting is adorned with chocolate chips on top.  It is bang on with cookie dough ice cream flavour.  You know when you eat the ice cream and you bite into those chunks that are really rich and yummy and just a bit gritty and caramelish in texture and melt in your mouth?  THAT is the flavour this cupcake embodies.  It is delightful.

And the tea!  This was something new for me.  I love the rooibos and green tea varieties best and I figured a chocolate something tea would go well with my cupcake, so I chose the spicy chocolate rooibos.  It was cold out, I hadn’t tried it out yet, and it fit the chocolate bill.  Perfect!  Now, when I drink tea, I drink it straight.  Just plain steeped tea leaves or bags.  No sugar, milk, nothing.  This time, however, I diverged from the usual.  One of the nice David’s Tea girls asked if I wanted a bit of milk in my tea.  I opened my mouth, ready to respond with a quick, “no, thank you” but thought, “eh, why not?” and went ahead with it. 

Smart move.  It was DELICIOUS.  The spicy chocolate rooibos with a bit of milk is fantastic and it smells amazing.  It’s not too rich or too herbal in taste.  I’d say this one comes right behind my crème brûlée as a favourite.  Every time you lift the cup (or mug) to your lips, you catch a whiff of the subtle spiciness and each sip is light chocolate with zing.  My version of milk and cookies, all dressed up 😀

Oh!  And before I forget, for fellow David’s Tea fans, their newest location is on Bloor St., in between Spadina and Bathurst.  I’m very happy about that!  I must say, they’re really good at choosing their locations and spacing them out in a way that allows different neighbourhoods and groups of people to enjoy it.  I’m positive they’ll be opening more shops in the future so I’ll be sure to update when they do. 

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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.  The Eglinton David’s Tea location is only a hop, skip, and step away from the cupcakery at 2389 Yonge St.  David’s Tea is located at 5 other locations in and around Toronto, Scarborough, and Thornhill.  Click here for a list of the other locations.

Scrapbook materials used: mint green, chocolate brown, cappuccino, and white cardstock (Recollections); “Pink Small Dots” patterned paper (‘M’ Making Memories); pink and baby blue plaid patterned paper; blue and white dotted patterned paper; “Lollipop” alphabet stickers (Autumn Leaves, Creativity Inc.); chocolate chip cookie scratch n’ sniff stickers (Peaceable Kingdom Press); snowflake dimensional stickers (Recollections); winter embellishment stickers (Paper Bliss); paper doilies (Wilton); clear blue adhesive gems; medium scallop circle paper punch (ek success); corner rounder; medium and small scalloped edge decorative scissors (Provo Craft).   

Valentine’s Day Sweetness – A Rendition of “All I Want Are Cupcakes & Sugar Cookies!”

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I am still on such a high from my amazing, wonderfully memorable day yesterday.  And yes, in part because of all the amazing goodies I was able to go yummy-yum-yum over!  😀  My boyfriend and I managed to snag some sweet treats from both The Cupcake Shoppe and Chocolatease Chocolates and Pastries by Yonge & Eglinton on Valentine’s of all days!  I was so excited to pick up a few Valentine’s themed cupcakes, and sugar andshortbread cookies.  It’s the novelty of it that I love and I bask in the hustle and bustle.  After working in a flower shop for 3 years a number of years ago, I know the nuttiness that is Valentine’s Day better than anybody!  The Cupcake Shoppe was offering all their cupcakes in special Valentine’s outfits; some were adorned with red and pink hearts and sprinkles, others with a spicy cinnamon heart (rawr!), and others had a red jube jube candy or gummy bear lounging out, waiting to be seduced by a cupcake lover.  Like me.  I chose a double chocolate sweetheart (aka. James Brown) for my sweetheart of a boyfriend, and a vanilla temptress (aka. Yonge & Eligible) for me.

Sharing a Read My Lips tea at David’s Tea, my boyfriend and I lost ourselves in cupcake amour.  The Cupcake Shoppe was totally on their A-game!  My Yonge & Eligible vanilla cupcake was even more delicious than usual, with the fluffy vanilla buttercream sitting atop the golden brown and lightly toasted cupcake.  It was the embodiment of yummy golden brown, vanilla fluffy goodness *hugs cupcake box*.  Ahh, to be in love.  And those two heart shaped sugar cookies you see are courtesy of Chocolatease, a sweet chocolate and pastry shop 2 blocks north of The Cupcake Shoppe, offering beautifully crafted Belgian chocolates, fudge, cupcakes, cookies, and macarons among many other sweet nibbles.  Cupcakes are $2.50, sugar cookies (like the ones pictured) are $1.40, and macarons are $2.  After perusing their selection after a recent trek from Lawrence station down to Eglinton, I knew I had to get my tooshie back soon.  I was a lean, mean cookie monster with a craving and a mission!

And might I add, the sugar cookies were so lovely.  Sugar cookies can sometimes be too dry and crumby, with the taste of dough stuck to the roof of your mouth, and not in a pleasant way.  These sweet cookies were so perfect.  Keep in mind that sugar cookies aren’t meant to be chewy, so you will get a bit of that crumbiness flavour and texture, which may or may not be everyone’s preference.  But let it be known that these wonderful cookies were not overly sweet in the least and so soft and moist.  I am so looking forward to coming back for more sweets in the future because I was really happy with my cookies from yesterday!  Not to mention the girl who served us was very sweet to me.  Me: “I have an odd request.  May I take a picture of the display of sweets?”  Girl: “oh, sure!”  A+ in my book, baby 😉

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EDIT: Chocolatease has changed locations!  It is no longer present in the Yonge & Eglinton neighbourhood and is now located at 2700 Dufferin St.  You can view their website hereChocolatease is located at 2489 Yonge St., just south of Keewatin Ave.  The nearest main intersection is Yonge St. and Eglinton Ave. and the shop is about 4 blocks north of Eglinton.  The Cupcake Shoppe is located at 2417 Yonge St., north of Eglinton Ave.  Photos taken at the nearby David’s Tea on Yonge.

Happy-all-things-pink-and-sweet-Day!

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Happy Valentine’s, everyone!  It’s really important to me to write and post in my blog every day, so I wrote this as a draft this morning because I was unsure if a morning Happy Valentine’s post would be necessary: “In case I don’t get a chance to write or post pictures tonight (either because I can’t organize my photos in time or because I’m too full and can’t get up, I just want to wish everyone a very sweet Valentine’s today.  Oh, and I want shortbread cookies like nobody’s business.  Lots of cupcake love to everyone!”

Okay, so there’s no way I can whip up a cute scrapbook layout of today’s photos, much less get photos of the layout itself – that would be insane and I’m not THAT much of a superwoman!  So the scrapbook pages incorporating some of today’s photos will have to wait and as much as I hate making separate posts of food stuffs and the respective scrapbook pages, I HAVE to show you all a few pictures from today.  Today was SO much fun and I am so full.  Of food, yes, but also of love -from my boyfriend, my friends, family, and from sweet strangers who have become friends.  Today was a Valentine’s to remember in so many ways and I am so happy.  A much more thorough written post about the food and sweets tomorrow, but for now, here are a few teaser photos 😉  I hope everyone’s day was sweet and happy, as it should be every day of the year ❤

"The Sweetheart" - Two Halves of the Same Whole ❤

Special Valentine's packaging!

Best of both worlds - vanilla & chocolate!

The start to a wonderful meal ❤

Much more to come tomorrow.  Good night everyone! ❤