2417 Yonge St
Cupcake Shoppe has gotten mixed reviews, some calling it the “best ever” and others calling it way overrated. Merky and I are siding with the “best ever” reviewers, calling it our favourite of the ones we’ve tried.
Merky and I went a little crazy one day, deciding to go for a cupcake run and trying as many as we can before sundown. Cupcake Shoppe was the last of three (almost four) stops, and despite how we had had enough cupcakes after two stops and how we were still full from a lunch buffet (we really went all out), it still managed to top the others.
I think like most people, I like a light cake, but these cupcakes weren’t that. They were a little dense, which made me reconsider how I like my cakes. They were moist (though people have complained of dryness) and not too sweet but still full of flavour. The sugar was all in the icing as it should, putting the cakes at the perfect (a word I don’t like to throw around often) level of sweetness — neither overwhelming nor underwhelming.
Ok, I will admit that this post (along with For the Love of Cake and OMG Baked Goodness) is long overdue but I won’t say how long. At the time, it seemed that Cupcake Shoppe had few different cake bases (chocolate or vanilla) but several choices for icing flavours. Cupcake Shoppe is an example of simplicity at its best. Other cupcake shops should take a tip or two.
Since then, it looks as though they’ve expanded their selection to include flavours beyond vanilla and chocolate cupcakes like Margarita, Senorita, a lime cupcake with lime frosting. New flavours, huh? Merky, we gotta go back.
Oh yeah — pictured above, clockwise from top-left: Yonge n’ Eligible (vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream), James Brown (chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream), Opposites Attract (vanilla butter cake with chocolate frosting), and Sleepless in Toronto (chocolate cake with coffee buttercream)
We’re always on the lookout for better than best. (Aren’t we all?) What’s your favourite specialty cupcake bakery in Toronto? Recommend some!