Have you ever felt like you needed to reignite a spark to renew your interest in something you’ve always loved? A feeling that you needed something to make you see things with fresh eyes? If you’ve ever been heavily invested in a project, a hobby, or just a passion in general, I’m sure you’ve come across that feeling. This is how I felt about cupcakes as I trudged my way through the first two and a half weeks of December. The cupcake fire didn’t dissipate; it just required a little attention, a little shift in focus. A little more kindling so to speak.
Many of my holiday plans fell by the wayside and a number of these plans had involved fun cupcake adventures. I had built everything up in my head so much that I ended up heartbroken when things didn’t work out. Call it over zealous, call it over ambitious; I had put so much on my plate that nothing had come out of it at all. It had gotten to the point where I had lost sight of what I wanted to get out of my cupcake exploration. I had lost direction. And for a little while, it wasn’t as fun anymore.
Fast forward to the new year. I needed to forget about the disappointments over the holidays and breathe new life into something I loved so dearly. And I did. I can’t even begin to describe the overwhelming happiness and giddiness I felt after I threw some of that new firewood into the flame. Enter The Cupcakery. Located on St. Clair Ave. West just east of Dufferin St. on the corner of Glenholme Ave., The Cupcakery is a shop I’ve wanted to visit for ages! I thank my cupcake friend Alex at Vivid Memories for posting about them and thus, leading me to such a wonderfully yummy shop.
My favourite things about The Cupcakery? Price and affordability, simplicity, and presentation. Cupcakes are $2.50 each ($13 for 6 and $25 for 12) and I have to tell you, prices like those are icings on the cake. In many of my cupcake posts, I’ve ranked places into price categories (low-end, mid, and high-end) and I am so happy to place The Cupcakery in the lower rung of the price ladder. If my memory serves me right, their cupcakes are now some of the most affordable in the city and they are one of the few cupcakeries that sell cupcakes at this price point. Several establishments have raised their prices and the ones who used to sell their cupcakes for $2.50 no longer do, so this really is a breath of fresh air.
Their cupcakes are colourful, bright, dainty, and perfectly frosted with lots of frosting and just enough cake to create the perfect balance. Nobody likes a cupcake with just a dab of frosting (geez, could you spare a little?) or so much of it you think you’re eating it out of the can (there’s a reason why the word “cake” is part of “cupcake”!). Even though their menu doesn’t scream wild and wacky, that’s the beauty of it. They are beautiful, simple cupcakes that truly capture the essence of the sweet treat. They have enough unique flavour combinations to entice the experienced cupcaker, but also enough simple classics to remain familiar to those who may not always eat cupcakes or to those who aren’t all that interested in the outlandish.
They have a selection of 6 cupcakes every day on a rotating basis and there are flavours on their menu that I am dying to try: Black Forest, Lemon Popp (lemon poppy seed with lemon frosting), and Let’s Be Berry (vanilla cake filled with berries with lemon frosting), just to name a few. The 6 flavours they had on hand the day I went were: Back to Basics (chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream), Principessa (vanilla cake with pink frosting), After Eight (chocolate cake with mint frosting and chocolate chips), La Dolce Vita (chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream), Chips Ahoy (vanilla cake filled with chocolate chips with vanilla frosting and cookie chunks), and my pick, The OC! Perfect for the chocolate orange lovers out there! And of course, for the diehards of the old show. A chocolate cupcake with orange frosting and chocolate chips.
My cupcake was placed in a little pink box that was just the right size for a single cupcake. It was so cute and pretty, like a precious jewel. You should have seen me holding on to my little cupcake box for dear life as I rode on the streetcar and then the bus. I mentally cursed every single time I lurched forward as I felt the cupcake jiggle in the box and I cursed some more when I eventually took a bite of my cupcake because it was so delicious I wished I had bought a second one, specifically the Chips Ahoy one, to accompany my chocolate orange!
To my utter surprise though, I opened my little box to discover my cupcake in perfect condition! After all that jiggling, the frosting wasn’t smushed and it was in immaculate condition. And best of all, a napkin was included underneath my cupcake. Love! It was everything I had hoped the cupcake would be. The chocolate cake was moist, soft, and fudgy and the orange frosting was PERFECT. The flavour was bold without being sour and the frosting was sweet and creamy without being runny or greasy. It was a beautiful juicy orange sugar flavour, exactly like what candied orange peels and creamsicles would taste like if they were married and embodied in a frosting.
This is the first look into The Cupcakery and I’m really looking forward to posting more about them and talking about some of their other products as well. This cupcake made me so happy and I think it was a fabulous way to start off the new year, cupcake style! The cupcake fire is roaring with a vengeance and ready to take on the next adventure.
The Cupcakery is located at 1034 St. Clair West Ave., right at the corner of St. Clair and Glenholme Ave. between Oakwood Ave. and Dufferin St. The Cupcakery is open from Wednesday-Sunday at 11am-5pm Wednesday-Friday, 10am-5pm on Saturday, and 10am-4pm on Sunday. They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. You can check out their official website here, ‘Like’ their Facebook page here, and follow them on Twitter @tcupcakery.