Mabel’s Bakery & Specialty Foods
With three locations across Toronto, Mabel’s Bakery is well known and loved by locals. Maybe it’s because of their wholesome ingredients and family-run homely essence, or just because they’re just that good. With staples like chocolate, vanilla, and raspberry, to more seasonal cupcakes like carrot-cake, coconut, and banana chocolate Skor, Mabel’s cupcakes are always skillfully decorated, and fresh and moist.
Mabel’s Bakery, 323 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 534 2333
Mabel’s Bakery, 1156 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 647 748 4700
Mabel’s Bakery, 746 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 647 347 5520
Prairie Girl Bakery
Prairie Girl Bakery has three locations across the city under its belt: Yorkville, Victoria Street and First Canadian Place. Serving fresh cupcakes, the Bakery sends what’s left at the end of the day to Toronto’s Second Harvest for distribution to people in need. There are 17 flavours to choose from like Tiramisu, Chocolate Monkey and Cherry Cheesecake and the shop also accepts online orders. Prairie Girl also specializes in custom cupcakes (see Norm Kelly’s six Dad cupcake here) and conveniently carries both vegan and gluten-free cupcakes for those of us with dietary restrictions. Not to mention, the shop recently released a cookbook for those who want to emulate its recipes at home.
Prairie Girl Bakery, 150 Bloor St W, Unit 14A, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 504 2253
Prairie Girl Bakery, 18 King St E, Unit 106, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 504 2253
Dessert Lady is located in the heart of Yorkville, and is a one-stop shop for many of the reputable businesses in the area. With an easily navigable online shop and delivery throughout the GTA, Dessert Lady is an easy event choice. An honourable mention of the shop is its impressive hazelnut crunch cupcake: a double chocolate cake, filled with a Gianjuda chocolate ganache, hazelnut buttercream, and topped with a toasted hazelnut and slice of hazelnut crunch.
Dessert Lady, 12 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 924 3223
Leah Kalish’s product of love, Leah’s Bakeshop has been a hit in the Wychwood Heights neighbourhood. But don’t let Leah’s Bakery’s sleek black exterior fool you – inside, its bright and charming decor includes sweets that are baked fresh daily on site. Aside from the understatedly good cupcakes, Leah’s serves up tarts, cookies, rugelach, bars, and more. If you’re unable to make it to St. Clair West, you can also find Leah’s treats (including her famous biscotti) at several fine food shops like Pusateri’s, Whole Foods, and Summerhill Market.
Leah’s Bakery, 621 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 785 4711
Bite Me Bakery
Bite Me Bakery specializes in petite, custom order delicacies, with its private catering bakery located in Markham. In addition to its bite-sized, regular sized cupcakes as well as wedding cupcakes, the bakery has experience with corporate branding goods, as well as more unique requests such as the ‘promposal’ below. Stand out cupcake flavours consist of salted caramel, red velvet, vanilla bean, mint chocolate chip, and we can’t forget – cookies ‘n cream (a must).
Bake Sale is everything you’d expect from a bakeshop: wholesome ingredients made from scratch where quality reigns superior. The presentation of treats is always exceptional, and with three locations across the city (they’re even available on Uber Eats) emergency cravings can be satisfied. Staple flavours include salted caramel, carrot cake, lemon, nutella, and more, as well as a feature cupcake flavour of the month.
Bake Sale, Six Points Plaza, 5230 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 792 6167
Bake Sale, Kingsway, 3076 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 232 2253
Bake Sale, Bloor West Village, 2300 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 763 1818
Short & Sweet Cupcakes
On Avenue Rd just between Wilson and Lawrence, Short and Sweet bakeshop brings a unique twist to the cupcake landscape of the city. With different cupcakes each day of the week (check out their cupcake schedule online), and fitting names like Bugs Bunny, Lemon Drop, The Sprinkler, and Caramela Soprana, Short & Sweet does not disappoint. Aside from the various everyday cupcakes you’ll be sure to find in store year round, seasonal cupcakes include Blueberry Yum Yum the month of May, Tropic Thunder for June, and Eggnog, Gingerbread, and Pumpkin Spice in the cooler months.
Short & Sweet Cupcakes, 1945 Avenue Road, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 519 6633
A great option for those in the East, situated on Danforth near Coxwell, Sweet Serendipity is a friendly neighbourhood staple. Keeping it straight-forward with a focus on pure taste, Sweet Serendipity has three permanent flavours (chocolate, vanilla bean and red velvet) with a small but sweet selection of special order flavours such as banana, gingerbread spice, pumpkin spice latte, spicy red velvet, and more.
Sweet Serendipity, 1335 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 837 3254
Eat My Words
Treats with a conscience, Eat My Words was first conceived to fill a void in the gift-giving market. Elegantly decorated, all prices of Eat My Word’s sweets and edibles include a percentage which goes to the Stephen Lewis Foundation – which works with community organizations to provide support for HIV & AIDS relief programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Though all of Eat My Word’s edibles are something special, it is their cupcakes, whose original flavours include Belgian chocolate, vanilla lemon, vanilla raspberry and carrot cranberry which stand out in a crowd. Packed perfectly in a turquoise box with a bow, pick up the Sacha or Lola boxes for yourself.
Eat My Words, 300 Campbell Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 489 7700
Bunner’s Bake Shop
Voted best bakery in Toronto by NOW Magazine, Bunner’s cupcakes are gluten, dairy, egg, and soy free. The bakery provides (still delicious) ethical alternatives to animal-byproduct based sweets. Choose between basic cupcakes (chocolate and vanilla) or premium cupcakes (red velvet and monthly specials). Cupcakes are bursting with cream fillings and decadent toppings, which is a real treat for the vegan (or not) population. The shop, which also delivers, has two locations, one in the Junction and the second in Kensington Market.
Bunner’s Bake Shop, 3054 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 647 352 2975
Bunner’s Bake Shop, 244 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 647 350 2975