Toronto Cupcake Fix: The Cupcake Shoppe
There are certain things I must do when I come to Toronto for my annual visit home. All of them involve food, but one. I must have a facial at Pure + Simple, visit the authentic French patisseries on Mount Pleasant and Bayview (complete with real French people and I don't mean Quebecois, no offence to my family); eat an Italian focaccia sandwich and a slice of pepperoni pizza from Bocconi at Yonge & St. Clair (I've been going there for 11 years and they have remained consistent throughout); and a cupcake from The Cupcake Shoppe at Yonge & Eglinton. There's a lot more eating involved, of course, and that's usually reserved for exploring new restaurants that have popped up in our absence and visiting old favourites. And I have to admit, a Wendy's Spicy Chicken must be procured as well, there's no Wendy's in England. Don't laugh!
I had to get two of the Creamsicle in case someone else got it before I could try one. I couldn't live with that.
The Cupcake Shoppe is Toronto's first specialty cupcake shop and I used to go there when I worked just a few doors down. That was about 7 years ago and like the other places I've mentioned, they are still delish and have remained consistent. They are small cupcakes with light frosting and you tend not to feel too bad about eating one (not that I ever did!). My favourite is the After Ate (chocolate and mint) and today I saw the Creamsicle for the first time and knew I had to have it. I'm on my way out to meet friends for sushi but I just ate half of one (ok, half of two) and it was oh so nice. The flavour in these cakes lingers and intensifies after you've taken a bite. That's gooood cupcake.