Everyone, Meet James Brown & Little Miss Red Velvet From The Cupcake Shoppe!


Aren’t they darling??  Don’t you just want to stick your face in them and feel the combination of frosting and moist cake melt in your mouth?  Yeah, I thought so.  Here’s the deal: not only am I fiend for sushi, I am also a fiend for cupcakes.  I love baking them and I sure as hell love eating them!  What we have here are two lovely cupcakes from The Cupcake Shoppe, located at 2417 Yonge St, near the intersection of Yonge & Eglinton, north of Eglinton.  They open at 10am from Monday to Saturday and at 11am on Sunday.  And yes, it’s only one subway stop from Haru Zushi, the lovely sushi place I wrote about 2 days ago.  When the weather is nice here is what I do:

  1. Hop off the subway at Eglinton and proceed to walk to The Cupcake Shoppe.
  2. Marvel at all the delicious treats and lament that I cannot eat half a dozen on my own.  I pick one out of the many they have baked for that day.
  3. I then carry my little cupcake in its baggy (when you buy 1, it’s in a paper baggy.  When you buy 2, they’re placed in those pink and white boxes you see up top.  When you buy half a dozen, they come in a plastic carrier) and then proceed to walk to Haru Zushi for lunch.
  4. Then I stuff my face.
  5. On another day, rinse and repeat.

It’s so enjoyable *bounces*.  Now, when it comes to cupcakes, everyone has their preference.  Some prefer frosting, some prefer buttercream, some like their cake a bit dense, and some like it fluffy.  But everyone who loves cupcakes will agree that the easiest way to kill a cupcake is to have them dry and crumbly.  It is so not sexy.  Depending on how you like your topping, these may not be for everyone as many of The Cupcake Shoppe’s cakes are topped with buttercream icing.  But nobody can say that these babies aren’t moist.  They are SO freakin’ soft and moist and they’re delicious.

The cupcakes themselves have adorable little names.  The chocolate one with chocolate buttercream is James Brown and the one on the right that still makes me whimper because of its deliciousness is simply Red Velvet.  The Red Velvet one was delicious.  Moist cake with tangy cream cheese frosting and a dainty edible pearl on top.  OH.MY.GOD.  Cupcakeries around the city vary by price, from $2.50 to about $3.50 and The Cupcake Shoppe is about average coming in at $2.65 per cupcake and the half dozen is priced at $14.50.  Yes, of course I can bake my own cupcakes and not go out and buy them.  But let me tell you, seeing the artistry that goes into each batch and display, and smelling the freshly baked cake as soon as you step inside?  Not bad to indulge every once in awhile.  And besides, cupcakes are just damn fun!  My only bummer about The Cupcake Shoppe as that they don’t allow pictures to be taken inside the shoppe.  It grates the photographer in me, but no biggie.  I find my ways around it 😉