I have some bad news.
I know, how could anything concerning macarons be bad news?! No, I didn’t drop a box and smash them. Or come across any that I disliked. Or lose my photos. Nothing like that. It’s worse. Trust me, I was debating on making this post at all but figured it couldn’t hurt because no matter what, someone will most likely enjoy it or find it useful in some way. If anything, I posted photos for everyone to admire and drool over! It’s one of the reasons why I made the photo spotlight post on Cake Opera earlier in the week. Okay, so back to the bad news. It’s bad news when you find some of the yummiest macarons ever and find out that it will most likely be the only time you’ll ever get to eat them because the day you bought them is the last day they’ll ever be sold in their beautiful display cases.
I don’t know what it is with my timing and luck lately! Cake Opera has been on my mind and in my sights for months upon months and each time I passed by the boutique, I’d say, “I’ll come back” or “next time, really!”. I finally made the commitment to visit the majestic cake and confections shop on Eglinton West last week, only to find a giant sign hanging in their front display window saying that October 13 would be their last day selling retail sweets and treats. That October 13 would be the last day to enjoy their shortbread cookies, their petit gateaux, their cupcakes, and their macarons outside of catering events and custom orders. That, in essence, Cake Opera was no longer going to operate as a retail bakery but instead, solely as a cake boutique specializing in custom orders, event catering, and wedding consultations. Which means no spontaneous drop-ins for a cupcake or a box of macarons.
I cannot believe my rotten luck.
I mean, I know it would have been inevitable. My going to Cake Opera earlier on in the year for their petit gateaux and macarons wouldn’t have prevented this from happening. But I do feel awful because at least if I had visited the shop earlier, all of you would have known about it sooner and maybe would have had the chance to try them yourself. But it’s too late now. Sigh.
So, what’s the silver lining in all of this? Well, this certainly promotes Cake Opera as a viable wedding and catering resource! And just look at how absolutely gorgeous and stunning the boutique is! It’s like walking into a space inspired by and dripping with royalty, luxury, and Marie Antoinette. And just think, Cake Opera does custom macaron and cake table designs for special events so if you’re looking for a look that’s very artistic, classy, beautiful, and/or avant garde, their style and designs would be perfect. I know many people who really dig the macaron trees and having them incorporated into centerpieces, sweets and buffet tables, and displays.
The macarons at Cake Opera, priced at only $2 each, are bathed in shades of red, peach, ballet slipper pink, and crisp white with luscious, creamy fillings. Their macaron menu consists of 8 flavours: dark chocolate, dulce de leche & cinnamon, pistachio, salted caramel, vanilla orange blossom, raspberry rose, roasted hazelnut, and coffee. On that last day of retail bliss, Cake Opera’s pastry Jessica had 5 of the 8 flavours whipped up and I helped myself to one of each with a duplicate to create my pretty box of six: pistachio, vanilla orange blossom (x2), raspberry rose, roasted hazelnut, and coffee.
Cake Opera’s macarons are so incredibly delicate and crisp on the outside and so creamy and generous in filling on the inside! I don’t think I’ve ever had macarons with such so much amazing filling. Every bite was truly like a bite of heaven and out of the 5 flavours that I had, hands down, the vanilla orange blossom was my be-all, end-all favourite. You will never come across another flavour like it. It was bright, fresh, citrusy, sweet, and creamy with vanilla. Comparing it to a creamsicle doesn’t even do it justice. And right behind the vanilla orange blossom would be the coffee and roasted hazelnut flavours followed by the raspberry rose which tasted like sweet and fruity floral rosewater. These are truly exceptional macarons and while I know we can’t go into the shop to grab little boxes of them anymore, hopefully some of you will have the opportunity to try them some time in the future if you decide to consult them for an event. Enjoy the photos!
Cake Opera Co. is a cake boutique that brings macarons, cakes, and French pastries to life through art and design. They are located at 1136 Eglinton Ave. West., just several blocks east of Eglinton West subway station on the north side of Eglinton Ave.