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Bite Me Bakery

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on December 23, 2012

Bite Me BakeryBite Me Bakery pegs itself as "Toronto's first cupcake shop with attitude."

"That's not to say we're like the Soup Nazi or anything," says Dayna Richardson, the woman behind the new St. Clair West bakery. "But there are some cupcake shops for kids — this is a shop for adults."

Bite Me BakeryNot that kids wouldn't like Bite Me Bakery's banana caramel or vanilla bubblegum cupcakes, mind you. But they probably wouldn't need to know that the shop calls them its Bi-Curious George and Blow Me cupcakes. That's alongside its Tight Buns (vanilla cake and cinnamon bun buttercream), Pop My Cherry (chocolate cherry cake with vanilla buttercream), and Blue Balls (blueberry cake with cream cheese frosting) cupcakes. I'm guessing the latter isn't too popular among male customers.

Bite Me BakeryThe, uh, "unconventional" names for the shop's 40 or so cupcake flavours are definitely indicative of Dayna's personality. Within a few minutes of chatting, it's clear that Dayna has a mouth that could rival that of Debra Morgan's, coming off as a little eccentric but with a dedicated passion for baking.

Bite Me Bakery"Up until recently, my parents still kept asking me when I was going to get a real job," she says, adding that Bite Me Bakery has been operating out of a catering facility for the last two years. "But my passion has always been food."

Bite Me BakeryWith a cupcake tattoo on her calf and "350ยบ" on her wrist, Dayna tells me her baking has been mostly self-taught, though she has undergone a bit of formal training. She grew her catering business mostly though word of mouth and social media, and decided to seize this space when The Cupcakery went out of business.

"One of my big motivations for opening a retail space is education," says Dayna, who notes that she has also worked in the fitness industry. "Education in dessert moderation."

Bite Me BakeryBite Me Bakery only offers bite-sized cupcakes (AKA mini cupcakes), usually in about six different flavours per day. Cupcakes are priced at $1.50 each and kept wrapped up to preserve freshness (display cupcakes are pretty much just for show).

"What happens when you go into another cupcake shop, and you want to try the red velvet and the chocolate and the peanut butter cupcake?" Dayna says. "Well, you want to satisfy three different palettes, and you end up buying all of them and eating them all. But how many calories did you just consume? There goes your New Year's dress..."

Bite Me BakeryThe idea at Bite Me Bakery is to allow customers to indulge in a variety of different cakes, while removing the temptation of a massive cupcake (or three).

"People will ask me, 'Are these cupcakes good for you?' And I'll say, 'No, but dessert in moderation is OK.'"

Bite Me BakeryI take "moderation" to mean I can try the peanut butter (Buttercup), coffee (La Vida Mocha), and chocolate (Flirty Girl) cupcakes, and definitely find the peanut butter to be my favourite. The cake part is gone in a bite or two (making the flavour somewhat tough to discern) but the super-smooth buttercream lingers with peanut butter goodness and just moderate (and thus, appropriate) sweetness. It's clear that buttercream is the stan-out element for these cupcakes.

Dayna says she hopes to expand her daily offerings to include up to a dozen flavours per day sometime in the new year. Which is to say, if you drop by with kids sometime in January, best to prepare an explanation ahead of time for the "Strawberry Striptease" and "Hot Mess Mango" you might find on the menu.

Bite Me BakeryPhotos by Hannah Jor



Alexander / December 23, 2012 at 12:53 pm
Yay another cupcake shop! Hint to business owners, opening at the tail end of a fad is not terribly smart.
Bob / December 23, 2012 at 01:01 pm
I thought it was erotic cakes. Lame.
Cassandra / December 24, 2012 at 11:41 am
Dear Alex and Bob,
We value your opinion but strongly encourage you to drop by our shoppe- it is our guarantee that nothing this small has ever been so satisfying.

~Manager of Bite Me Bakery
777 / December 24, 2012 at 12:01 pm
18 bucks for 12 mini cupcakes??? yikes
Becs / December 25, 2012 at 03:41 pm
I have been an avid supporter of Dayna for years, she is the owner of the shop. Her cupcakes are amazing, I won't eat calories if they aren't worth it. Why bother? They are gourmet, hence the price. If you can't afford quality go to sobey's. This is a new shop, and will have growing pains. Support, encouragement and positive feedback would be more helpful.

Dayna and bite me bakery, I will be visiting you again soon.

JW / December 25, 2012 at 04:47 pm
Had these at a wedding before. They were a big hit! A lot of these haters need more things to fill their day, especially on Christmas. Must be feeling bas for binge eating alone.
Tina / December 25, 2012 at 07:38 pm
I also think there dry. Sorry only speaking the truth
Tim / December 26, 2012 at 08:59 am
Don't waste your time or money going to buy cupcakes from this place. All the good vibes in this blog are all from her friends. The cupcakes are dry and taste old. I give this place 6 months.
TMB / December 27, 2012 at 09:48 am
We've been ordering cupcakes weekly from BMB for the past several months for our cafe. They've always arrived fresh and moist. If there was ever a quality control problem we'd be the first to let Dayna know and so far so good. As for Dayna, yep she's a little different, not your idea of a typical female baker especially one who specializes in cupcakes, but that's her shtick so you like it or you don't. It's not easy starting a business in this city and you're bound to have growing pains until you find your footing. The measure of BMB's success - like any small business - will be whether or not the neighbourhood embraces her and her products. I sincerely hope they do and wish her the best of luck.
Sophie / December 27, 2012 at 11:18 pm
Bought half a dozen and they were alright. I wouldn't say they were worth the money and I can't say I'd buy from them again. The packaging was tacky and cheap, even Loblaws has more attractive packaging. I wouldn't bring these to a dinner party they look like something you'd pick up at No Frills. If you are going to charge top dollar it better include attractive packaging. Rating 3 out of 10
Anna / January 2, 2013 at 11:28 am
I had hired Dayna to cater for 3 different events in November and the cupcakes were a HIT!!!!! EVERYONE LOVED THEM!!! (including me...had a few too many. addictive.) She went above and beyond to help me with the catering and was a pleasure to work with. If you need event catering this is the place to call!! The mini cupcakes are brilliant and adorable. LOVE THESE CUPCAKES!!

And to all those who are writing bad reviews..... any press is good press!!
JJ / January 12, 2013 at 10:05 pm
Hello All!

I have had a few encounters with Bite Me Bakery and in regards to the hurtful comments above my experience was complete cupcake bliss! I'm almost thinking that some of the comments above are not actual comments but a personal beef?

Whatever the case, the first time I sampled these lovely cupcakes was in the summer at a girlfriends beauty launch party and they were AMAZING. So, I got wind last week that Dayna had opened shop so I headed down and bought a couple of trays for a family event and they were a BIG hit! They weren't dry but moist and they were just the right amount of sweet.

I'm so happy with the service and I will definitely use BMB again, it was fantastic.

Dayna and the Bite Me Bakery team I'm sending you good vibe and all the best wishes moving forward you're doing a fabulous job!!

Keep up the good work ;)

alessmara / January 13, 2013 at 01:43 am
I was in today and bought 18 cupcakes...they were the perfect size and delicious...I could actually taste the unique flavours and great ingredients (which only a few cupcake shops manage to do well). I will go back.
Theresa / February 5, 2013 at 01:00 pm
I also took part of the weekend promo buy 1 get 1 dozen free. I am sad to say that i have used Bite Me Bakery before (a while back) the store was opened for a party and the cupcakes were fantastic. But the most recent ones did not have the same appeal. I found there was too much icing and not really great flavour. One of my friends actually spit out half of hers... this saddens me a lot but sometimes this can happen going from small to large scale production. Maybe i'll try them again in a few months when they have figured the store kinks out.
Celia / June 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm
Bought some for my sisters birthday and they were nothing special especially when you consider the price. Packaging is cheap the same used for mini cupcakes sold at Shopper's Drug Mart.
Marissa / June 22, 2013 at 11:33 pm
Oh why oh why is this shop selling cupcakes with blue frosting? Really? Haven't we moved beyond that?

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