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Bakes & Goods

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on September 21, 2011

Bakes and Goods TorontoBakes & Goods is a nut-free bakeshop that has mastered the art of the lighter-than-air frosting. Those partial to a thick, creamy cupcake topping should probably look elsewhere. Bakes & Goods does its frosting with a whipped cream-like consistency--light, fresh, and sweet--though unfortunately, as I experienced, it's gone in a matter of seconds.

Bakes and Goods TorontoI visited the shop on Bathurst north of Lawrence in the afternoon (Editor's note: the bakery has since relocated to 2523 Yonge Street), a few moments after, coincidentally, owner Aileen Alvarez had left for the day. Aileen's career as an interior designer slowed following the birth of her second child, and she eventually decided to follow in her mother's footsteps and open her own bakeshop. And the North York shop is just as you would expect of a place selling cupcakes, cookies, and cakes; sugary-sweet in product and design, and brimming with pretty pink accents throughout.

Bakes and Goods TorontoThe lone baker behind the counter was just one week new when I arrived, so she couldn't tell me a whole lot about the business in terms of history. But she did assure me, however, that each item is baked fresh on the premises, and no form of nut ever gets through the door. I considered making some sort of crack asking why she let me in, but decided to inspect the table of packaged goodies instead.

Bakes and Goods TorontoAlong with fresh cookies and cupcakes behind the counter, Bakes & Goods has a variety of "fancy" cookies packaged and ready to go (some on sticks) in shapes such as butterflies, basketballs, flowers, and happy faces. Decorative bins are propped on a shelf for you to build your own gift basket, and there are samples of special occasion treats on display.

Bakes and Goods TorontoOf course, it was the daily cupcake spread that garnered most of my attention, a lineup that generally includes six flavours pulled from a wider roster. That roster includes varieties such as Red Velvet (a customer favourite), Choco Choco, Brownie Madness, Coffee Espresso, Cookie Crumble, and more ($2.50 each), paired alongside fresh cookies such as Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and Double Chocolate ($1.50).

Bakes and Goods TorontoPerhaps overwhelmed by all the colours, I went for the "Yummy Vanilla" cupcake, which was just lightly dusted with rainbow sprinkles. The cake was soft and moist (albeit, a tad crumbly), but it was the buttercream frosting (as per my introductory gush) that had me swooning. But, alas, gone too soon.

Bakes and Goods TorontoBakes and Goods TorontoPhotos by Jesse Milns

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17 Comments

Fig / September 21, 2011 at 01:47 pm
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You had me at "lighter-than-air-frosting" - will give this place a try.
bakesandgoods replying to a comment from Fig / September 21, 2011 at 06:22 pm
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Great Time to enjoy our cupcakes....Now on Promo till end of September $1.99 each for cupcakes .
zandro / October 3, 2011 at 05:59 pm
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I have eaten their various nut-free cookies and I'm totally hooked. The deliciously moist cupcakes are heavenly. I'm impressed with the lady owner who took time to entertain all of my questions. It's truly gratifying to speak with the person who bakes the food that you consume. I'm amaze that an interior designer can bake this great.... she really has a unique gift. With all the commercially processed & ubiquitous treats in Toronto, Bakes & Goods offers a gourmet & healthy choice. More power to you!!!
zandro / October 4, 2011 at 01:52 pm
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I have eaten their various nut-free cookies and I'm totally hooked. The deliciously moist cupcakes are heavenly. I'm impressed with the lady owner who took time to entertain all of my questions. It's truly gratifying to speak with the person who bakes the food that you consume. I'm amazed that an interior designer can bake this great.... she really has a unique gift. With all the commercially processed & ubiquitous treats in Toronto, Bakes & Goods offers a gourmet & healthy choice. More power to you!!!
Kylie / January 19, 2012 at 10:59 am
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Take a good look at the photo in the kitchen... 1) very messy, not clean, 2) no-name brand ingredients with yellow labels, 3) vanilla bottle from Costco (Kirkland brand).
Pauline / February 27, 2012 at 05:21 pm
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If you have to discount your cupcakes to $1.99 that goes to show they are as cheap as they look. And as another poster pointed out they are using cheap ingredients found at No-Frills.
aileen / March 1, 2012 at 11:10 pm
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Thank you Kylie and Pauline for your comment. We have an open kitchen for the customer to see and never hides our ingredients. For our cupcakes we used Holland dutch processed chocolate powder, Gaylee butter,milk ,icing sugar and yes we used Costco madagascar bourbon vanilla-all natural and they are good.No artificial flavor and we never used shortening in our products. Yes I agree we have used No name brand corn syrup , just a little drop for our Choco ganache to give a little shine on the chocolate and not sacrificing any flavorand quality. The most important thing in baking is to get the best ingredient you can find. But using a no name corn syrup is not gonna affect the quality of the product. I personally invite you to our store to try our product on the house. By the way we keep our kitchen as clean as possible but the above picture was taken while we are in the midst of baking. We surely clean up after ....But thank you for posting.
aileen / March 2, 2012 at 12:02 am
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We also use Callebaut chocolate ...they are great.
Kylie / March 10, 2012 at 06:43 pm
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Corn syrup? That's disgusting! I'm better off buying baked goods from Loblaws.
Amber / April 20, 2012 at 09:33 pm
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It always amuses me that people who eat all manner of food including fast food, packaged, processed&frozen foods and likely drink pop, make comments and act holier than thou on these reviews. Personally, I have found that most companies offer specials and promotions from time to time and that does not mean the product is subpar or not selling. For Gods sakes Starbucks has line ups everyday yet do specials and discounts all the time. Even McDonalds gave out free drinks all last summer and yes, they are fast food but does anyone think they wouldnt make sales anyways? How about all the Groupons and other deal sites? Or restaurants that do Winterliscious or Lobsterfest, etc., Any wise business has promtions. Whoever said that offering cupcakes at $1.99 for their MONTH'S promo (not all the time) meant the bakery was suffering or had poor goods, needs lessons in business, marketing and good old common sense.
As for the corn syrup, like I already said, most people in our society eat and drink much worse daily. Ever read the label on Sunny D? Or all the other foods you eat? Do you drink alcohol?
Go to Loblaw's or whatever. Its likely you already do. I shop mainly at Whole Foods and gasp! Even some of their products have corn syrup and...they even sell it for baking.
Laura / May 21, 2012 at 12:28 am
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Tried this place this weekend, I've bought better tasting baked goods at my daughters bake sale at school. Really no offence, but the cupcakes and cookies I bought were really bad.
Danielle / June 22, 2012 at 10:11 pm
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Have to agree with Laura - bought two cupcakes today (red velvet and cookies & cream) and both my husband and I thought they were awful!! First off the red velvet didn't even have cream cheese frosting which was disappointing - but overall both cupcakes had an oily, crumbly cake that just didn't taste good and the frosting on both was sickeningly sweet and just gross. Was really hoping this place would be better than The Cupcake Shoppe down the street but sadly it's just as bad and overpriced. I'll stick to baking my own cupcakes.
Lauren / July 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm
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Ordered custom Cars cake for my son lastweek and it looked amazing and it tastes just as good as it looks. Ordered 18 cupcakes as well and they were delish! Will not hesitate on ordering baked goods from this bakery in the future.
Patricia Sanson / September 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm
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Ordered a cake for my son's 1st birthday and it tastes so good. I also ordered 2 dozen of cookies on stick for giveaways, at first I thought they just look fancy, but when I tasted it, it was so good. my guests enjoyed it too. Highly recommended!
Mina / August 2, 2013 at 04:22 am
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Cupcakes were disgusting. Really dry cake and the icing was so oily I could not wipe the residue off my lips. Threw it out.
Emily / December 1, 2013 at 07:51 pm
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So delicious! Cookies & cream is my favourite and right now the new Gigerbread cupcake is to-die-for. I love these cupcakes, highly recommend the cakes and the cookies as well. Thanks for making Toronto do delicious!
Rosy Franco / April 16, 2014 at 11:14 am
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Bakes and Goods provided nut-free, Eiffel Tower cookies, for our school, French Cafe! The taste, presentation, and packaging were exceptional! There was only positive feedback from both students and teachers!! I would definitely recommend them for any event!!!

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