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Dlish

Posted by Staff / Posted on January 7, 2011

Dlish TorontoDlish cupcakes, the new West Queen West bakery dedicated solely to the creation of the ubiquitous, individually-sized treat, is offering up these ever-loved confections with a striking amount of care and detail. Sourcing high quality ingredients and using simple, preservative and trans-fat free recipes, the proof is truly in the pudding... or rather, the cupcake.

Dlish TorontoWith 16 different flavours available, rotating any 9 on a given day, there is plenty to choose from, and none disappoint. Look for classics like good old vanilla on vanilla, as well as the less traditional, like dulce de leche or cookies & cream. Dlish offers a fair-trade brewed coffee, but welcomes those passing by, outside-purchased coffee in hand, to come in and enjoy a cupcake in the window seat without so much as a sideways glance.

Dlish TorontoOwner Verge Manuel, baker and true cupcake enthusiast, explains that the concept of Dlish is to give the cupcake the kind of exalted status it enjoys in other major cities like L.A., New York and Chicago. Manuel saw a hole in the area's baking options, and ventured to bring what he refers to as an 'affordable indulgence' to one of Toronto's trendiest neighborhoods.

Dlish TorontoAn avid baker myself, I was happy that Manuel offers all kinds of interesting tidbits that help give his cupcakes their lovely moistness and excellent flavour. He recommends the coconut macaroon cupcake, a coconut cake base with almond frosting, sprinkled with toasted coconut and melted chocolate, which is immediately my favourite. When I inquire about what gives the cake such pure coconut flavour, he reveals that he actually uses coconut milk in the cake batter rather than dairy, a tip I immediately put in my back pocket.

Dlish TorontoWhile devouring one of the best red velvet cupcakes I've had in a long time, my friend makes an interesting observation; these little cakes, though rich in flavour and slathered with silky smooth icing, are not overly sweet, a factor the baker attributes to the use of butter rather than a trans-fat. Butter rather than a generic fat like lard or oil means more flavour; more flavour from the butter means less need for additional sugar to compensate for blandness.

Dlish TorontoManuel and his assistants come in early each day, and he explains that making only cupcakes allows for extra attention and detail to go into that specific creation as it's the only thing they offer. There's time to make the batter and frosting fresh each morning, and not rush past important steps like allowing the ingredients to sit until they're at room temperature so that the concoction comes together just right, creating a better product and making small batches with careful attention to quality.

Though the red velvet and coconut strike a specific cord with me, every cake we try, from the nutella or salty caramel to the simple vanilla, is expertly prepared and a pleasure to eat. Little details like the colour-coded garnishes referring to a menu card that explains each item make the experience all the more special. Whether it's to pick up a gift-wrapped treat for a friend or event, or just to get a quick fix to go with a coffee, this is one bakery not to walk by.

Cupcakes $3 each, $17 for a half dozen and $33 for a dozen.

Dlish TorontoWriting by Meaghan Binstock. Photos by Taralyn Marshall

Discussion

107 Comments

Matt / January 8, 2011 at 09:56 am
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Sorry, but places like this make me weep for Queen Street, where the retail culture gets more panderingly trend-obsessed every day, and less able to support a real neighbourhood life.

$33 for a dozen is not "affordable indulgence," it's an astonishing scam. I'm sure the ingredients are very high quality and all, but that's still an insane markup.

But since this place does replace a store that sold $100 toilet brushes (wonder why they went out of business), I guess it's an improvement.
smap pam ting tang lam / January 8, 2011 at 10:31 am
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umm...does the author work for Dlish? this article reads like a big ad. where's the review, the analysis?!

commenter Matt has a great point. BlogTO: maybe you should hire him as your food critic.
Pam / January 8, 2011 at 11:14 am
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Or, maybe the reviewer liked the cupcakes?
Jonelle / January 8, 2011 at 03:08 pm
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I went to Dlish and their cupcakes are REALLY good and REALLY over-priced (I paid about $18 for 6 cupcakes. You do the math).

While Verge seemed to be a really nice person and very passionate about cupcakes, if he wants his shop to be successful he might want to diversify his options and considered selling cakes, cookies, macarons, etc. But wouldn't that just make Dlish the new version of his neighbours Nadege and Dufflet?
Missy replying to a comment from Jonelle / January 8, 2011 at 04:18 pm
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$18 or 6 isn't too bad. That's $3 each and the same (or less) as a slice of cake at a bakery like Dufflets.

I liked the fact that the cupcakes were overly sweet but moist. I find some cupcakes rely too much on the icing and have a dry cake but Dlish seems to get the balance right.
Matt replying to a comment from Missy / January 8, 2011 at 06:16 pm
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Uh, yeah. Dufflet is way, way overpriced too.

I bet the cupcakes are good though, not taking anything away from that.
impoverished dessert enthusiast / January 8, 2011 at 08:04 pm
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is there a low or even mid-range cupcake seller in toronto? $3 for a cupcake is steep!
Jonelle replying to a comment from Jenny / January 8, 2011 at 09:12 pm
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I paid $17 and change for my 6 cupcakes which is "about $18" so no I wasn't mistaken.
S / January 8, 2011 at 09:35 pm
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Experiment and bake some at home. The coconut milk was a great tip in the story.
hellebelle replying to a comment from S / January 8, 2011 at 09:48 pm
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what S said. it's really not that difficult to bake cupcakes that are moist and yummy. if you want 'em to look fancy, buy an icing bag and some nozzles at a dollar store, or even get a zip lock bag, fill it with icing and cut off a corner to squooge the icing out of to make a swirly pile.
Hannah / January 8, 2011 at 11:09 pm
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people can't pay $3 for a cupcake? ouch.
Moneesha replying to a comment from Jenny / January 8, 2011 at 11:54 pm
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Can anyone say "cognitive dissonance"?
Jennifer / January 9, 2011 at 10:25 am
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I picked up some cupcakes for a NYE dinner party. They were a huge hit. As a cupcake LOVER, I've tried almost every cupcake store in the city and have even participated in a cupcake crawl in NYC. D'Lish has the best cupcakes I've tried in Toronto. The red velvet was out of this world. My only complaint is they are too small for $3.00. I don't mind paying $3.00 for a yummy cupcake but it should take at least 4-5 bites to finish.
sandy / January 9, 2011 at 10:29 am
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I have one word for this place. SPRINKLES. For those that have not been to Sprinkles in the states then I will explain. Sprinkles was one of the first cupcake bakeries to open in the states. Even before the cupcake shoppe opened here in toronto. I think the first sprinkles location was in LA. Either way, this new store D'Lish has taken everything from sprinkles, store set up and layout, same cupcake wrappers, same flavours offered, same packaging, same decorations on the cupcakes, same branding, water bottles, Logo concept, even the same menu design/layout. and I can continue... its really that bad.

I am a cupcake freak, I have had them all.. including sprinkles. Guess what? They taste just like the cupcakes I had at D'Lish. The cupcakes aren't bad. That is not the point. I think this is in such bad taste it leaves a bad taste in my mouth that no amount of D'Lish water can wash away.

And in regards to the price comments .. $3.00 a cupcakes is steep. Esp when you consider how SMALL these
Lizz replying to a comment from impoverished dessert enthusiast / January 9, 2011 at 11:07 am
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When you consider that you pay about $1.50 for a muffin at Tim Horton's that has been made in a factory, frozen in a tub, then finally scooped out and put in an oven at the store then $3.00 for a cupcake made and decorated from scratch without corporate backing isn't that much.
Donna / January 9, 2011 at 11:47 am
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Went a few days ago with high hopes but in the end it was not worth the trip. The cupcakes were dry and way too small for $3.00. I have had many cupcakes and I think that is the most expensive in Toronto, most places are charging $2.25 to $2.50 for larger cupcakes than Dlish. For $3.00 I wasn't blown away. The cake was dry and the icing was oily. They do have a large selection but when I went in they only had 5 flavors to choose from.

I have also been to Sprinkles and that's the first thing I said when I walked into Dlish. The look is exactly the same, even the postcard with the little sugar decorations is the same. There are so many cupcake places in the city, I think Dlish has a lot of competition and they should be trying something different and original. I support local business but I also like to support original ideas.

Good luck Dlish.
jlt / January 9, 2011 at 02:12 pm
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I think the more competition, the better, as it makes places improve on their product, and Toronto lacks this with restaurants and some other specialty shops with product and decor.

Anyway, went into Dlish to just split a cupcake with a friend (we were already super full) and was disappointed. Yes, the cupcakes are small for the price. The salted caramel didn't have much of a caramel flavour. The cupcake was moist, but the buttercream was grainy.
Far from the worst, but definitely not the best. Still need to try the Wedding Cake Shoppe.
bob / January 9, 2011 at 09:25 pm
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Every time, someone has to complain about prices...
Ulterior / January 9, 2011 at 11:05 pm
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i tried six cupcakes (split with my wife, over two days). I wasn't impressed with any but the red velvet. and the price is too steep for what you get. my wife liked the vanilla.

i wish them well, but i won't become a regular.

I also tried Dark Horse. $3 for an Americano? Give me a freakin' break. It was nothing special either. I'll stick to Crafted by Te Aro, Luna and my all-time favourite cafe, El Almacen.
mrspotato / January 10, 2011 at 12:04 pm
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$33 for a 12 cupcakes?

wow.
Wazoo / January 13, 2011 at 10:25 am
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There is no cupcake in toronto that compares to crumbs (www.crumbs.com) in NYC
EL / January 13, 2011 at 09:00 pm
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What a comedy show.
Haven't you all heard that Toronto is one of the must expensive cities to live in?
$3 for a cupcake = suck it up, thats the price for living in this city.

I don't mind. Its a REAL guilty pleasure.
Pricey cupcakes are yummy too.
Marc / January 16, 2011 at 05:41 pm
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YUMMY Cupcakes.. If you don't like the price, then go to Safeway with your busking money.. High end cupcakes for a high class folks. Pure Quality.
Jeremy replying to a comment from Marc / January 17, 2011 at 09:15 am
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Or you could go to San Remo in Etobicoke which is top quality at very reasonable prices. However, going to Etobicoke likely doesn't fit into your worldview, so...
Marc / January 17, 2011 at 09:34 am
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@Jeremy..
No.. getting in my car or on TTC for 1/2 to 3/4 an hr, burning gas and my time, doesn't equate to saving a few cents on a cupcake (no mention of inferior quality).
Whom do you reckon pays higher rent? Queen St business or Etobicoke? Who pays more tax?

People who expect quality goods/services understand there is a price. The difference in that price and that of a cupcake @ the Whitby Whole Foods is the VALUE I put on convinence and quality.

If you don't like the price that's fine, but you're also going be on Westjet and not likely flying Business Class on a full service carrier. Or grab a hotdog on the street instead of eating lunch at Mr.Greenjeans @ the Eaton Centre.

We all have our price points. If you feel Dlish's is high, then frequent your local Rabba Foods. But don't knock Dlish for having a quality product in a premium location. There is a cost to that, and its a cost that I and others are willing to pay.
Regina replying to a comment from Marc / January 17, 2011 at 01:26 pm
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If you're implying high price equates to high class and quality, you're not of high education.
sandra / January 19, 2011 at 11:58 am
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Yesterday I went to Dlish......and the cupcake were DLISH !!!!
I give it ***** stars.
Sherif / January 21, 2011 at 06:16 pm
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You will not find a better tasting, or better QUALITY cupcake in TO. The owner uses only the best ingredients and spends a lot of his personal time perfecting these recipes.

I think anyone looking for a $0.50 cupcake can go to the supermarket and buy one with tons of sugar and processing. As a result, every flavour kind of tastes the same..... like processed white sugar! bon apetite!

I'll stick to a quality product, these are mm mm Deeeee Lish!
Yasmina / January 22, 2011 at 02:52 pm
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I went to Dlish with a friend the very first day it opened, and I have been back a few times since. I don't believe that three dollars for a cupcake is too expensive - and I'm a full time student who works a full time job and pays rent.

I would rather spend money on a high quality cupcake that leaves me feeling completely satisfied, than spend any money on a cupcake that tastes and makes me feel terrible - which I think most of you agree with.

Seeing as they just opened and have a prime location on Queen street West, I don't think it is fair to complain about the prices. If you don't feel comfortable with the price, then don't buy one, it is as simple as that. I understand that many of us feel great when we pay less money for something of great value, but Toronto is a demanding and expensive city. It is not as expensive as others. In many ways, it is good that these cupcakes are not under three dollars. It discourages one from buying so many cupcakes to gorge on therefore making yourself sick. It also implies to customers that these cupcakes are gourmet, and are worth it, because YOU are worth it. We live in Toronto - one of the best cities to live in, which has done remarkably well since the inflation, etc.

I do not see Dlish as an "imposing trend" like one of you has suggested - bakeries and specifically a cupcake bakery is a great business for our little city, for any city! People love to indulge in this sort of thing.

These cupcakes are so rich in layers of flavor and soft moist decadence, and I always leave feeling full. They are a great treat and a great pick-me-up. Instead of discouraging this new business, I choose to welcome it as a wonderful addition to the city that I love.

I think that it is time to support one another as humans instead of bringing each other down, and recognize this company as an excellent way to bring delight to each other in special doses. And when you meet the hardworking, pleasant people of Dlish, how can you say no? Give them some time and I am sure we will see them to do many great things! I understand critical analysis when it comes to food - and I believe that each cupcake from Dlish deserves golden stars.
Kelly / January 23, 2011 at 09:55 am
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I have been wanting to go by and see Verg and his new Adventure, his cupcake place Dlish. And I must say if you want more then just a fancy cupcake then this is the place for you to go. I ask Verg " Why a cupcake shop?" And he told me the most beautiful heart felt story about why he wanted to start a Cupcake shop and I must say after hearing his story,it made my cupcake taste so much better. I could see how much pride he takes in what he does everyday, and loves what he does. Every cupcake is made with the love he feels for his grandma and what she meant to him. Verg I'm so proud of you and what you have done.And just and FYI try the Chocolate one! Can never go worng with chocolate!!! Yummie!!!
suze / January 24, 2011 at 09:26 am
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I have yet to try Dlish but a friend has and said i need to try them as im a huge cupcake lover. I have eaten at many cupcake shops and even had them at my wedding in place of a wedding cake. There is sweet bliss cupcakes on queen east which makes the best red velvet i have ever had, to date anyway lol and is a full size cupcake for about the same price i believe if i remember correctly as well as bobbette and belle also on queen street east and up north lavish cupcakes. All gourmet, all within the same price range if not a bit cheaper and all of the same caliber. What i will say is that there is a niche and fad currently to fill our tummies with delicious sweets. For those that don't want to spend the money don't, for those that see it a treat enjoy and try all of them. After all competition is good right :)
Willians / February 6, 2011 at 09:29 am
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I have tried those delicious cupcakes a few times and they are worth $3 or more for those that know how to appreciate good food and have the taste for them. I am a sweet lover and I have travelled all over the world and tried different places for food. Most of the bad comments are complaining about prices, I guess the majority here are used to Tim Horton's food and coffee. I can assure that this place is miles away from those bad food. Best cupcakes in Toronto for sure and for those who wants to have an experience in food they should visit Dlish.
Ashley / February 15, 2011 at 12:39 am
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SANDY:

Thank you! Why hasn't anyone else noticed that Dlish has taken everything from Sprinkles? From website and branding, to cupcake design and packaging. Carbon copy. I'm beginning to think this is the same owner as Sprinkles opening up under a different name?

If not this is just terrible to steal another business model and call it your own. The store looks the exact same as the Sprinkles locations I've been to in Newport and LA. Identical.

What is the deal?
Mariah replying to a comment from Ashley / February 15, 2011 at 09:03 am
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Ashley,
Tell me about it!!! it is RIDICULOUS how they have totally stolen everything from Sprinkles. I contacted Sprinkles to find out if they were affiliated and they are not in anyway - and it had already been brought to their attention of the clear carbon copy of their store. I hope they take legal action - what kills me is the lengths they went to, the details - to even copy the logo, the "madagascar bourbon" etc.etc, menu cards / legend, store design etc. I thought maybe they were testing to see how the brand would do in Toronto, but they assured me no affiliation.
It is truly infuriating that a. the blogger here clearly didn't do their research and gave them undeserved credit and b. that people actually think this is an original idea. So Annoying!!!
Sprinkles did let me know they are coming to Toronto so that should be interesting.
Lara replying to a comment from Mariah / February 22, 2011 at 10:07 pm
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hmm...

DLISH chocolate marshmallow: "Belgian dark chocolate cake & marshmallow cream with bittersweet chocolate ganache"
SPRINKLES chocolate marshmallow: "belgian dark chocolate cake & marshmallow cream with bittersweet chocolate ganache"

DLISH lemon: "Fragrant lemon cake with refreshing lemon-vanilla zest frosting"
SPRINKLES lemon: "fragrant lemon cake with lemon-vanilla frosting flecked with zest"

DLISH mocha: "Belgian dark chocolate cake with rich mocha frosting and pure chocolate java flakes"
SPRINKLES mocha: "belgian dark chocolate cake with rich mocha frosting"

DLISH peanut butter chocolate: "Peanut butter and chocolate chip cake with peanut butter frosting"
SPRINKLES peanut butter chip: "chocolate chip-studded peanut butter cake with peanut butter frosting"

DLISH red velvet: "Traditional southern red cocoa cake with sweet cream cheese frosting"
SPRINKLES red velvet: "southern style light chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting"

DLISH strawberry: "Pure strawberry cake with refreshingly sweet strawberry frosting"
SPRINKLES strawberry: "pure strawberry cake with sweet strawberry frosting"

DLISH vanilla: "Madagascar bourbon vanilla cake with creamy vanilla frosting"
SPRINKLES vanilla: "madagascar bourbon vanilla cake with creamy vanilla frosting"



the idea of starting a cupcake shop might not be original, but this is just embarrassing.
Ashley replying to a comment from Lara / February 22, 2011 at 10:09 pm
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There's no way this is legal. Is this legal?
Cathy / March 21, 2011 at 04:23 pm
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Why is it that people don't seem to have a problem paying $3+ for a coffee...but when it comes to a cupcake which requires expensive ingredients, energy to bake them, and a pastry chef to make them, there's a problem?

Dlish cupcakes are fantastic! You can taste the quality ingredients they are made with. I personally don't mind paying for them once in a while as a treat or for special celebrations. :)
Ira replying to a comment from smap pam ting tang lam / April 3, 2011 at 01:34 pm
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Check out the name of the author....what does that say? Oh yeah, STAFF. Hmmm
Ira replying to a comment from smap pam ting tang lam / April 3, 2011 at 01:49 pm
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...yeah, and how is it possible to have so many different coffee shops? The first person to make a cup of flavored coffee and sell it should sue EVERY SINGLE COFFEE SHOP OUT THERE because they thought up the idea first and then everyone started copying them and made money on their idea!

Instead of becoming an entrepreneur myself, and providing a service that clearly people want, I'm just gonna sit on my couch and complain about everyone else that isn't a LAZY ASS like me!

Come on people, get real!
jocelyne / May 1, 2011 at 11:35 am
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Haters will be haters, When they first opened we were the first to get their cupcakes. They are delicious and the owners are very nice. If u want a cheap cupcake then get one if u want good one go to Delish they have them. Stop being so jalous and envious of other people business. We should support eachother not kill eacother. Welcome to the neighbourhood Delish and Congrats. U make Fabulous Cupcakes, Good Luck Guys. We loved our cupcakes. Thank You. People are so mean and jalous. Cheers Delish Cupcakes!!!


Johnny Cupcake / May 14, 2011 at 04:47 pm
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I am going to buy a dozen tonight for a birthday dinner. Then maybe have sex with my girlfriend and smear the icing on us.
Linda replying to a comment from Ira / May 14, 2011 at 07:40 pm
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i have no qualms with anyone starting a cupcake shop, but a place that has almost identical website design, branding, and flavour options to Sprinkles loses on originality points

There are a few cupcake shops in Toronto that have their own take on cupcakes...and taste better than Dlish.
Sarah / July 7, 2011 at 08:25 pm
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Tried the salty caramel and loved it! I would definitely go back.
Victori / August 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm
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FIVE STARS!! This place lives up to it's name Dlish.
These cupcakes are gourmet, I loved the friendly
staff and the cupcakes!! You must try the Salty Caramel & Chocolate Marshmallow,
OMG!!! Get there early as they sell out towards the end
of the day. Best in Toronto by far.
Ana replying to a comment from Linda / August 17, 2011 at 08:35 pm
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Linda, get over it! We don't care about the branding, website etc... That only goes so far in my book. A cupcake shop is only as good as its last cupcake. Dlish has a very good product so much so that they sell sellout on regular basis. They have an excellent quality product that obviously many people are enjoying. Stop drinking the hater-aid.
Angelina / August 28, 2011 at 05:38 pm
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best red velvet in the city, for sure, cinnamon with cream cheese icing is my second fav. the clerk told me they were doing carrot soon, I will be back.
Roma / September 12, 2011 at 04:06 pm
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Bought a dozen on Saturday for a small celebration I was having and everyone just loved these cupcakes. My husband who doesn't even like sweets raved about his chocolate marshmallow cupcake.
Elaine / September 25, 2011 at 12:20 am
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vanilla on chocolate is simply put it -dlish! The store is small and classy looking and they bake in store. The icing unlike others is smooth, rich and creamy. And the cake is moist and fresh (almost too beautiful to eat). They have a wide range of flavours which they change up but my favourite is the vanilla icing on chocolate cake. :)

overall best cupcake store in Tdot for sure.
anonymous replying to a comment from sandy / September 28, 2011 at 11:19 pm
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I agree! totally copied sprinkles from top to bottom...where's the originality these days? totally annoying!!!

Sophia / September 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm
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It was hard to walk past this place without taking a look, the store looks very well presented, clean and filled with the most amazing looking cupcakes. I had a red velvet and carrot cupcake. They were the most delicious cupcakes I have ever had. The cream cheese frosting on top is to die for. Will definitely be a regular customer.
Craig / October 10, 2011 at 11:11 am
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Very impressed with the excellent service from dlish. Had a dozen delivered to the office, they arrived on-time in a very nice box tied with a brown ribbon. Everyone loved the cupcakes. Good job dlish.
Eva / October 27, 2011 at 09:44 pm
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The cupcakes are absolutely delicious and by far the best that I've tried in Toronto (I go to NYC a lot and Magnolia Bakery is my benchmark). I did not mind paying $3 for a small cupcake...it was good! But what I DO MIND is paying $1 for a box to carry it in!!! That is ridiculous...I have never heard of paying $1 because I got an individual cupcake. So my $3 cupcake turned to a $4 cupcake. Not worth it!
Edmund / November 6, 2011 at 08:52 pm
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Cupcakes here are out of this world. Peanut Butter
Chocolate is incredible.
Rob Anthony / November 6, 2011 at 09:05 pm
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I got 12 yesterday .. for 33 bucks. My comments are the following:

1. Cupcakes are moist.
2. Red Velvet and Coconut ones were excellent
3. They are overpriced for what they are.
4. People who work there need to be more pleasant. The guy behind the counter (shorter, light blond hair) wasn't friendly. He wasn't mean, but he was just serious.. does that even make sense.
5. If i had to impress people by bringing cupcakes, i would bring these, regretfully, the price is just too high.
Elaine replying to a comment from Rob Anthony / November 8, 2011 at 04:39 pm
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The blond guy is either German or Russian and has a serious look about him which I find typical of Eastern Europeans. But he's very nice, he always gives my 8 yr. old daughter cupcake stickers & buttons.

I go back because they have the yummiest cupcakes. If you want top quality cupcakes this place is the best the city has to offer.
Elaine replying to a comment from Eva / November 8, 2011 at 04:56 pm
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They package a single cupcake in a cute take away bag. They do not charge for boxes when you buy 2 or more cupcakes. You must be talking about their single cupcake gift box. Their packaging is very nice and I also assume expensive too as their boxes contain inserts so that the cupcakes don't shift. A very nice touch if you ask me.

I agree, they do have the best cupcakes by far and I love Magnolia in NYC too. But the Red Velvet at Dlish is so much better.
Gretchen / November 9, 2011 at 06:30 pm
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My first visit here today. I tried the raspberry chocolate and liked it very much. Fresh, moist cake and not overly sweet. I also give them high marks for keeping a spotless shop.
Jason / November 14, 2011 at 03:28 am
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This place is awesome and totally on the Magnolia Bakery level quality-wise. The marshmallow filled one with chocolate ganache is my favorite. The Peanut Butter one has a nice sweet-saltiness that is incredible. Mmmm!
Ariana / November 22, 2011 at 06:30 pm
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Found out about this place on my Air Canada flight they were featured in the inflight magazine. So I had to try them as I'm crazy for cupcakes.

1) Excellent flavor selection (10 types that Saturday)

2) Store is very clean, modern and simple

3) Service was friendly, staff took time to answer questions
Note; they used gloves when handling the cupcakes.. BIG +

4) all my 6 cupcakes were incredible, from the texture of the cake to the swirl of the icing. The red velvet and caramel with salt were outstanding.

This place is a real gem. I dream of that red velvet, oh so good.
JP / November 29, 2011 at 01:42 pm
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Not into cupcakes although this place made me a believer. As soon as you walk in you smell heaven. Daily latte at Starbucks then cross the street for a fresh baked treat at Dlish. Can't think of a better way to start the day.
Chantal / December 9, 2011 at 12:22 pm
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We had a box of these delicious cupcakes delivered to our office. We fought over the last one, they were that good. The box was beautifully wrapped with a ribbon and a "holiday cheer" card. Unlike other cupcakes these tasted just as good as they looked. The chocolate sprinkles were made of pure chocolate, **drool** The best tasting cupcakes are found here.
Kimmie / December 16, 2011 at 06:45 pm
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Best Red Velvet cupcake I've ever tasted is found here.
Casandra / December 23, 2011 at 08:49 pm
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I tried their holiday eggnog spice today and was blown away by how delicious it was. The cake was so fluffy and moist, the cream cheese icing was out of this world. I also tried the red velvet and it was better than sex! I've been to New York, Houston, Chicago & London but Dlish in Toronto has the best tasting cupcakes. Better than Sprinkles, Magnolia, Billy's & Lola's. Too bad I live in Boston :(
Pierre / December 30, 2011 at 03:57 pm
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I drive for 5 hours from Montreal for the cupcakes. My wife, a chef tell me they are better than the all cupcakes in Montreal. I think so, I always get mocha and she get red velvet and nutella. Très bonne!!
Terrie / January 3, 2012 at 03:08 am
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FIVE STARS *****
Kendle / January 11, 2012 at 06:53 pm
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Okay here are my two cents. Dlish is my to go place for cupcakes in Toronto. Why? Because they make the best gourmet cupcakes and the presentation is simple but chic. I first tried their cupcakes at an event hosted by Porter Airlines. I have been a customer ever since.
Cheryl / February 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm
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Where Toronto Magazine listed Dlish in their "30 Things We Love About Toronto". I could'nt agree more. Dlish Cupcakes has a excellent quality product and is a welcome addition to the city. I visit Toronto for business on a regular basis and I always make a stop at Dlish for my cupcake fix. I love them so much I've bought cupcakes for family and friends. Now if they would only open a store in Atlanta!
Dana / February 6, 2012 at 06:45 pm
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Dlish Cupcakes has the best Red Velvet cupcakes I've ever tasted. The Chocolate Coconut with coconut cream cheese frosting is equally delicious. If you want to try the best cupcakes not only in Toronto but Canada, Dlish Cupcakes is the place.
Ellen / February 15, 2012 at 06:44 pm
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Husband ordered me a box for Valentine's Day. Red Velvet was so moist and the cream cheese frosting was heavenly. I really loved the lemon and nutella too. The best Valentine's Day gift ever.
Rita / February 19, 2012 at 07:40 pm
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I drove all the way from Hamilton to try these cupcakes. It was worth the drive and then some. Oh man, the dark chocolate and maple walnut was fan-freak-in-tastic! I walked out of the place with two dozen.
sandy / February 23, 2012 at 01:35 am
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What do they do with the cupcakes that they can't sell? Throw them out? Why not sell then for .25 each?

This shop can't last with the recession and all and the high cost of rent on queen st. $3/cupcake..get real. This isn't nyc.
Maggie replying to a comment from sandy / February 24, 2012 at 06:49 pm
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Their cupcakes are well worth the price considering the ingredients they use like Belgian chocolate, caramel from France and real maple syrup. Oh and they are scrumptious too! BTW... they donate all unsold cupcakes to a food bank. I asked ;)
Charles + Kaylie / February 25, 2012 at 06:41 pm
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We are from Washington and decided to do a cupcake tour while visiting Toronto. Of the 4 places we tried the best were from here. Flavors were creative, cupcakes were delicious, fresh, moist. Staff were helpful and friendly.
Connor / February 27, 2012 at 04:33 pm
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Had cupcakes from Dlish this weekend and loved them.
Nelson / March 10, 2012 at 06:18 pm
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Went on by the first time and they were sold out. Went by today and a line out the door. Tried my first cupcake and now I know why people are raving about this place. I don't know what they put in their cupcakes (crack maybe)? I'm hooked. I admit it.
Carmita / March 19, 2012 at 06:25 pm
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The very best red velvet cupcakes I have ever tried, so moist and the cream cheese frosting is wow wow wow. I will never buy another cupcake anywhere else.
Phung / March 27, 2012 at 11:25 am
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This is my wife's favorite cupcake shop. I ordered cupcakes on their website. It was easy to use and the service was excellent. My wife got the cupcakes ontime wrapped in a beautiful box with ribbon and birthday card. My wife's only complaint was she had to share all the delicious cupcakes with her colleagues at the office.
Rosanna / March 29, 2012 at 03:38 pm
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FABULOUS CUPCAKES!!
Bonnie / May 7, 2012 at 04:03 pm
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The yummiest cupcakes in the city.
Daniela / June 8, 2012 at 06:55 pm
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You must try the salted caramel. OMG!!
416 / June 17, 2012 at 08:04 am
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this place and swirls in etobicoke are the best cupcakes in the city
and people 3$ is not bad for the effort that goes into it.
a choc bar is over a 1$
Candida / June 27, 2012 at 04:47 pm
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Yahoo! They are opening a second location at Yonge/Bloor which is close to my work. Thank you Dlish for making the best cupcakes.
Mississauga / July 10, 2012 at 12:25 am
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They have the best cupcakes. The red velvet is like no other I could eat them all day long. I wish they would open a location in Mississauga. If not I will still travel all the way to Toronto because they are worth it.
Michelle / July 16, 2012 at 04:25 pm
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Cupcakes are incredible, and the service is kind and helpful! I can not wait for the Yorkville location!
Wayne / July 18, 2012 at 06:42 pm
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Ordered cupcakes online for my lady friend. Cupcakes were delivered on time, lady said they were d'bomb and d'best.
Gretchen / July 28, 2012 at 12:24 am
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Best red velvet cupcake anywhere. I am the queen of red velvet cupcakes, I've tried Georgetown, Billy's, Magnolia's, Sprinkles, Kara's... Dlish hands-down has the best tasting red velvet. If you only have one cupcake in your life the red velvet here is it.
June / August 9, 2012 at 09:30 pm
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I was visiting Toronto over the long weekend and bought some and took them back to my hotel for friends. We loved them, every single one of them. We went back the following day and bought another six, again loved every flavor. My favorites were chocolate peanut butter, red velvet and nutella. Wish they'd ship to Denver :)
Elise / August 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm
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Dlish should just change its name to Red Velvet. You will not find a better tasting cupcake anywhere else. Nom nom nom.
Melanie / August 29, 2012 at 07:15 pm
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Fitting name as the cupcakes I bought were delicious. The fellow behind the counter was super nice as he left the counter to help me with my stroller.
Kandida / September 25, 2012 at 09:21 am
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I concur with everyone, Dlish has delectable cupcakes. I heard about their cupcakes from friends back in Chicago. Knowing I was going to be in Toronto for a conference I couldn't pass up the chance.

Oh boy, the peanut butter filled chocolate one is so good you'll do a back flip. Would like to take some home with me, although I don't know if customs will allow it. I guess I'll be eating cupcakes at the airport prior to my flight :)
Danielle / October 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm
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I have never eaten here (live in New Brunswick) but I myself own a cupcake shop and have tried many all around the world. I am sure, like many other shops, if they use high end ingredients and bake daily like they claim, then their product is probably high quality. I can tell you no one here in NB would ever pay $3.00 for a cupcake, but for a city like Toronto that is pretty standard. It is also like any other purchase, if you want something and you enjoy it you will pay whatever price. For those who find $3.00 a bit steep, Toronto has plenty of dessert options for every budget, and maybe a more expensive cupcake just isn't for you. One comment I do agree with is that it seems rather similar to Sprinkles, store design, website, logo, and even some cupcakes. It worked for Sprinkles so we'll see if it works for Dlish! I will definitely be in to try some next time I'm in T.O :-)
Ashley replying to a comment from Danielle / October 23, 2012 at 01:40 pm
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Dlish has better tasting cupcakes than Sprinkles. On my last visit to Chicago I had a Red Velvet from Sprinkles and it was very good, although the Red Velvet I had at Dlish was excellent. Another thing, the cupcake at Sprinkles was $3.50 at Dlish $3.
Tammy / October 23, 2012 at 11:24 pm
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Visited the Yorkville shop and tried 2 cupcakes. Carrot and Chocolate Marshmallow both were really good, moist, not too sweet either. My boss has been going every day since they opened. She loves them. I'm afraid this will be our new sweet addiction.
Desiree / October 29, 2012 at 06:48 pm
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Watched CNN Travel and saw this place listed in Toronto's Tastiest Treats. Tried them this past weekend while I was in Toronto and they were simply fantastic. Wish I had bought a box to take back to Seattle with me.
Jonalle / December 2, 2012 at 05:05 am
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Most of you who complain about the 3 dollar (homemade) cupcakes probably don't know anything about running a business. There's rent money, ingredients, taxes and other fees, the staff has to be payed, unforeseen costs. AND you obviously want to make some profit from the place. Which all adds up to a 3 dollar cupcake.

Where I live you're not going to get one for under 8 dollars, and those are pretty gross and mass produced. I was in canada and toronto during summer and visited dlish and thought the red velvet, and what I remember as an apple/caramel cupcake, were great!
Cammile / January 25, 2013 at 04:27 pm
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Toronto you don't know how good you have it. Dlish makes the best cupcakes in North America! I've had them all from the most famous bakeries. Here is my ranking:

1) Dlish Cupcakes (Toronto)
2) George Town Cupcakes (Washington)
3) Magnolia (New York)
4) Kara's Cupcakes (San Francisco)
5) Sprinkles (Los Angeles)
Emma / February 10, 2013 at 07:48 pm
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I really enjoy Dlish cupcakes. Definitely the best Red Velvet cupcake I've had so far in Toronto. The price is a little steep, but I think the cupcakes are worth it. My only complaint is that I find most of the employees to be pretty unfriendly/rude. They never smile, always look serious, and I feel like I'm inconveniencing them with my business!
Rae-anne / February 25, 2013 at 11:55 pm
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Bought cupcakes for my daughters birthday and everyone raved about how delicious they were. The marshmallow chocolate was a huge hit with the kids.
Gilbert / June 9, 2013 at 08:39 pm
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Bought some cupcakes as a thank you gift for my team in the office. They went over very well. You can taste the quality of their product which sets them apart from everyone else and ordering on their website was a breeze.
Francis / June 23, 2013 at 12:16 pm
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I can't tell you how happy I was to have their cupcakes at my wedding. I ordered some in a individual box wrapped with a ribbon and it came with a wooden fork and knife. The presentation was beautiful and the cupcakes were fresh and delicious. I got so much compliments from my guests almost as much as I got on my wedding dress. Thank you for making my special day all the memorable.
anonymous / June 26, 2013 at 08:49 am
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Cupcakes are horrible, it was TOO DRY on icing and bread is HARD like brick. I wonder how they can survive.
Jules / July 13, 2013 at 09:10 pm
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If you appreciate quality ingredients you'll love their cupcakes. I've tried just about every cupcake shop in the city and none can compare with Dlish. They do one thing and they do it amazingly. Wouldn't think of buying from anywhere else.
Carl / July 24, 2013 at 12:30 am
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The cupcakes and service are great. I wasn't a cupcake guy until my wife brought some home. The chocolate one with peanut butter cream inside is so so soooo good.
Debra / July 31, 2013 at 03:33 pm
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Tried many of the cupcake stores in the city the best tasting ones are from here. Original delicious flavours, fresh, moist and not the most expensive either.
Brior / August 2, 2013 at 04:26 am
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My Nutella cupcake was super yummy.
Oxana / September 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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This was a stop in our foodie tour offered by ChowBella. No wonder our tour guide proclaimed this was the best place for cupcakes in the city. The red velvet and nutella were incredible. The cupcake was light, fluffy and packed with flavour. The frosting was smooth and creamy. Of all the places we visited that day this one stands out.
Kim / September 23, 2014 at 04:24 pm
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Price is really a matter but it doesn't matter after you are satisfied yourself by good food. I went there today and I highly recommend this place even $3.15 for a cupcake I can buy a snack! But I was happy after I treat myself a good cupcake so it's not a big deal. I went to Martha's Vineyard in 2010 and the first time I ate cupcake was there from that time I couldn't find any good place for cupcake until now lol

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