If you thought gourmet cupcakes were a passing fad, think again. Toronto’s custom cake shops are flourishing, and the only limit to what they can design is your imagination. These are two bakeries that really take the cake.
Step into Cakes Cove on St. Clair Avenue West, where the motto is: “Making every genre delicious.” The white wedding cake in the front window seems conventional—until you spot the silhouette of a Star Wars spacecraft on the other side. On entering, you discover a sunny white space filled with handcrafted chocolates and cookies inspired by science fiction, gaming, comic books, and anime. Get your geek on as you browse chocolate replicas of video game handsets, the twisting folds of white chocolate brains spattered with red syrup, and cookies adorned with superheroes.
But don’t forget the cake! Take a seat on the antique settee beneath a sparkling crystal chandelier and savour a cup of rich, silky sipping chocolate as you plan your design. A zombie-inspired wedding cake with red “guts” spilling out the side? No problem. A life size R2-D2 to wow the guests at your robot-themed birthday party? Piece of…you know.
For the Love of Cake
At For the Love of Cake, in trendy Liberty Village, the first thing that hits you is the sweet scent of sugary icing. Bask in it as you peer into the glass case in front and scan the dozens of multicoloured cupcakes. A bright red maraschino cherry glistens atop a recent creation, the Tequila Sunrise. Death by Chocolate? Check. Salted Caramel? Yep. But it’s the salty bacon chunks set in a swirl of maple frosting that tempts your taste buds. As you sink your teeth into the moist maple-flavoured cake, you’re surprised to discover a gooey pocket of blueberries in the centre. Maple, bacon, and blueberries—does it get any more Canadian?
In the room to your right, shelves are loaded with custom cakes of every theme. The kid in you is drawn to the bright red, yellow, and blue layers of a huge superhero cake. Crime fighting never looked—or tasted—so good. Then you marvel at the delicate folds of white fondant flowers on a wedding cake, and smile with delight at the intricately formed chocolate Toronto landmarks, like the CN Tower and Royal York Hotel, that adorn another. Over the past five and a half years, this cake shop has served up more than 1,000 custom designs—of every conceivable shape and size.
Before you leave, you indulge in one more treat—a freshly baked confetti cakeball. You take it to a sunny cast iron bench outside to enjoy the hip vibe of the Liberty Market Galleria. As you bite into the dense, white chocolate dipped ball, you decide it’s the proverbial icing on the cake.
Whether you’re celebrating a grand occasion or just want a show-stopping centrepiece for your next event—if you can dream it, Toronto’s custom cake shops can design it. Whoever said “let them eat cake” had no idea what they were missing out on!