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Toronto’s Best Cupcake Shops


Toronto Best Cupcake Shops - Dlish

Dlish makes some of Toronto’s best cupcakes at two downtown locations

This city’s great cupcake boom may have run its course (as all food trends inevitably do), but while the buzz has died down, the baking continues apace. Now, wherever you find yourself, some of Toronto’s best cupcakes are never far away. Read on for our favourite spots for picking up creative versions of the classic single-serving treat.

1. I can’t believe it’s not trans-fat! Butter, the not-so-secret ingredient that brings true flavour to baked goods is, of course, the staple of the mouth-watering cupcakes at Dlish. Play it safe with a classic like vanilla on vanilla, or let your taste buds venture out a little with a coconut macaroon or a chocolate peanut butter. Whichever you choose, they’re all scratch-made from premium ingredients to ensure a perfect balance of moist cake and fluffy, flavourful buttercream.

>> Dlish, 833 Queen St. W, 416-703-8005 or 848 Yonge St., 416-925-3535; dlishcupcakes.com
>> Map and reviews

Now celebrating its 10th year in Midtown Toronto, the Cupcake Shoppe prides itself on being the city’s first retail bakery to specialize in, well, cupcakes. The shop’s high standards are reflected in its lovely, oft-changing window displays, while whimsy is found in the names of the 28 possible flavours: try the double-chocolate James Brown, or the banana buttercream-sporting Curious George. Savvy snackers will also note that all Cupcake Shoppe cupcakes are guaranteed nut-free.

>> The Cupcake Shoppe, 2417 Yonge St. 416-322-6648; thecupcakeshoppe.ca
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Don’t let the long midday lineups at Prairie Girl Bakery intimidate you; they’re a sign of the deliciousness to come. Here, the cupcakes’ shelf lives are short, thanks in part to the yummy buttermilk and dark cocoa cake recipes passed down from owner Jean Blacklock’s mother and grandmother. Prairie Girl’s products are arguably the biggest of their kind in Toronto—they definitely do not skimp on the cream cheese icing. Fortunately every flavour comes in a mini version, too, that’s perfect for those equipped with smaller appetites.

>> Prairie Girl Bakery, 18 King St. E., 416-504-2253; prairiegirlbakery.com
>> Map and reviews

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