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Ice 'n Cake

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on May 11, 2012

ice and cake don mills torontoIce 'n Cake epitomizes all that is The Shops at Don Mills. The dessert and gelato shop--which will be celebrating its one-year anniversary this July--is ostentatiously spacious, bright and boldly designed, with an unapologetic patio-centric attitude.

ice and cake don mills"See out there?" owner Sue says, pointing out the window to a gated area just beyond Ice 'n Cake's patio. "In the winter, that's a skating rink. Our patio totally changes in the winter; it's heated, and there are couches and blankets so parents can warm up with a hot chocolate or something and watch their kids skate."

ice and cake don mills torontoThe patio has now transitioned back to "summer" mode with tables and chairs, but Sue says no matter what the weather, people are still keen on gelato. "Obviously we hope it will pick up when it gets a little warmer and there are more people walking around," she says. "But even in December, we had people asking for gelato."

ice n cake don millsGelato is clearly Ice 'n Cake's raison d'ĂȘtre. Sue studied the art of gelato-making in Italy (where else?) after completing a pastry course at George Brown College. She opened Ice 'n Cake along with her husband and another couple, pooling together their various building, marketing, and print design expertise. But the gelato is left to Sue, who says she uses only natural ingredients to create her more-than 100 flavours, which are all prepared on location.

ice n cake gelato torontoI get a mini-tour of the cooler, which includes several dairy-free varieties (mango, lemon, grapefruit), kid-friendly options (bubblegum), and customer favourites, such as Ferrero Rocher, to total about 24 varieties. The daily spread is constantly changing, with Sue testing out new flavours, including her latest--an English cake made with lady fingers soaked in rum, folded into custard gelato. "I don't recommend that one for kids," Sue says.

ice and cake gelato torontoI sample a few of the fruit flavours (always my favourite when it comes to gelato), and especially enjoy the mango and pineapple. Each has a clean, fresh, and very fruity taste and smooth consistency, making me pine for those extra ten degrees that would make it perfect gelato weather. The lemon and grapefruit are a bit tart for me, so to my tastes, the mango is the all-around winner.

ice cream n cake torontoThe menu at Ice 'n Cake doesn't begin and end with its gelato (as evidenced by its name), and each single ($3.95), double ($4.95) or triple ($5.95) scoop can be paired with a slice of cake or cheesecake sourced from various local bakers.

ice and cake torontoIce 'n Cake also makes fresh crepes and waffles from scratch, as well as serving organic tea from Two Leaves and a Bud and fair trade Kicking Horse coffee.

ice n cake cafe torontoAnd while there's plenty of seating inside the shop, the patio--as with most Don Mills shops--is Ice 'n Cake's most coveted area. Even in the winter.

Photos by Stephani Buchman

Discussion

10 Comments

fatty / May 11, 2012 at 09:57 am
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MY THIGHS!
Sammy / May 11, 2012 at 10:29 am
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mmm, looks so good. i'm running there right now.
TJ / May 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm
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Prices for other things at this place? Lots of pictures, looks great but prices?!?!?
kook / May 14, 2012 at 09:27 am
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amazing pictures!
WW / May 14, 2012 at 10:05 am
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great place, but the crepes are way overpriced
V / July 18, 2012 at 03:11 pm
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great customer service! Thanks Sue
ash / March 22, 2013 at 10:26 pm
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Yeah this place is a little pricey compared to most other dessert places, but they use the real stuff and you can really taste it in the food, especially the gelato. Will definitely go back!
Satisfied customer replying to a comment from Unsatisfied / May 28, 2013 at 02:18 pm
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I would just like to comment on how great of a afternoon I had at Ice 'n cake the other day. I ordered a golden crepe with nutella, strawberries and raspberries, and it had a rich taste as they were definitely not stingy on the ingredients :)

As for the comment from 'Unsatisfied', This does not sound like the people at Ice 'n cake at allll. They would never "snarl" and "drop fruit onto a dirty table". I've never had that kind of problem and I saw no rude or impolite behaviour from the Ice 'n cake staff. And to make an assumption that someone was 'drinking' on the job is just poor judgment on your part. Like you said, it is a fairly upscale plaza, and I'm sure NO ONE in their right mind would tolerate or as a matter of fact HIRE anyone drinking on the job! I don't know how on earth you got "NASTY?!" "day old" gelato skin ... I've never heard or seen of that. If you didn't know already, Gelato desserts have a different consistency than just regular ice cream; It has a soft, elastic texture, and maybe that's what you thought the 'skin' was. As a polite suggestion, I am sure that you could have spoken with any one of the supervisors about your needs. I am most positive they would have made things right and left you completely satisfied with your visit, as they did for me.
SS / April 5, 2014 at 09:58 pm
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Terrific service !!!
Bobby was very helpful and a complete gentleman... Will be back for certain!!!
TJ / July 18, 2014 at 01:56 pm
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Nice place and great selections. However, I will agree that it is a bit pricey compared to the competition for gelato, crepes or cakes. I've been 3 times now and only once did I get a seat (after a 15 min wait). Hard for me to come back with friends/family knowing it is hard to get seats after ordering some desserts.

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