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Life is Sweet

Posted by Staff / Posted on January 30, 2008

Life is Sweet
Life is Sweet is a cupcake house in The Beach. In addition to freshly baked cupcakes, Life is Sweet also sells Mountain Estates coffee and Pippins specialty teas.

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angela / June 18, 2008 at 03:45 pm
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I love this cupcake house i have been to other cupcake shops and by far this is the best...
Vickie / July 15, 2008 at 09:23 pm
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I just had a party and ordered 4 dozen assorted cupcakes - they were the biggest hit of the party!! everyone loved them and they looked so pretty
Michelle / July 15, 2008 at 11:27 pm
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We were looking for cupcakes for our wedding. After trying every cupcake house in T.O. We found Life is Sweet. These are BY FAR the best!!!
/ August 22, 2008 at 01:35 am
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I'm a huge cupcake expert by now since i love cupcakes and tried all cupcakes all around toronto and surrounding area. Now listen up, the best cupcakes are from Life is Sweet, the cake and icing/frosting is just perfect. The worst cupcakes are from Its the Icing on the Cake. its disgusting with bad cheap ingredients. And the rest of the cupcake places fall in between these two. i tried Kubo Radio's cupcakes and i agree with most people that the cupcakes are sickingly sweet and the fact that they put them in the fridge right away is because they want them to last longer and dont care about giving fresh products to the customers. The cupcakes at Dessert Lady are ok except that their buttercream taste like oil and not butter because if theres butter you should be able to taste the butter, period. The cupcakes at the Cupcake Shoppe are fine, their cake texture and buttercream are ok. Ive tried the mini cupcakes at Dufflets and theyre good. Last but not least i did not try the cupcakes at Dessert Trends because when i went to buy some, their regular size cupcakes cost $6 and their mini bite size ones cost $3.50! Can you believe that ?! No ingredient or labour would justify that price because it didnt look anything special with no elaborate design or sculpting and was not in a high rent location, so go figure! Anyway hope you found this helpful and cupcakes rock ! signing off -Cupcake Lover :)
nadine b. / September 9, 2008 at 03:00 pm
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It's the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow--or in this case--down at the end of the mythical queen streetcar line at Neville park. Claire, the owner, is simply the nicest and, pun intended, sweetest person to ice a cupcake. It's her good karma that infuses those cupcakes with the magical ingredient all aspire to but few achieve: trandscendence in creating. Order a whack of baked goods, head directly south to the lake, sit with your coffee and goodies; breathe, eat and savour everything - the city & lake vistas, the flavours, those cupcakes... And that's how you know there's a god.
nadine b. / September 9, 2008 at 03:00 pm
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It's the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow--or in this case--down at the end of the mythical queen streetcar line at Neville park. Claire, the owner, is simply the nicest and, pun intended, sweetest person to ice a cupcake. It's her good karma that infuses those cupcakes with the magical ingredient all aspire to but few achieve: trandscendence in creating. Order a whack of baked goods, head directly south to the lake, sit with your coffee and goodies; breathe, eat and savour everything - the city & lake vistas, the flavours, those cupcakes... And that's how you know there's a god.
/ September 23, 2008 at 07:24 am
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Life is Sweet has a white chocolate cupcake to die for!!!! The pink ones are really good too! I wont shop anywhere else but Life is Sweet for cupcakes!
barb g. / September 30, 2008 at 09:44 pm
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The product may be good, but the service was horrible. I wanted to order cupcakes for a wedding and they couldn't have cared less about my business. The owner had to make a delivery (even though I called ahead about coming in) and told me to come back once she'd made her delivery and had time to re-group. What I saw in the display cases didn't leave me feeling it was worth my while to return. There's too much competition is Toronto to be so indifferent to customer service. I won't be back.
Melanie / November 9, 2008 at 05:25 pm
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I ordered a bunch of the mini cupcakes for a party I was having and they were the first things gone off the sweet table - so many compliments on them!! Outstanding
k / February 14, 2009 at 04:46 pm
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i love coming here me and my friend go whenever we can. he loves the butterscotch and i love the mint and vanilla. the icing is great and the cake isn't too dense.
A / February 23, 2009 at 12:32 pm
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Claire is the best and so are the cupcakes.
I strong recommend this place for anyone who appreciates delicious cupcakes :)
Vanessa / March 4, 2009 at 08:41 pm
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best cupcakes ever!
Judy / March 16, 2009 at 02:26 pm
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I have been on a quest to find the best cupcakes in Toronto and finally on Saturday my wish was granted. This place is awesome. I took three cupcakes home, the lemon, chocolate and chocolate mint and all three tasted like their descriptions. Moist cake not too sweet icing, perfection. I will be driving to Queen East for these treats...
Mars Blackmon / March 23, 2009 at 03:43 pm
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Forget the rest Life is Sweet is the best !! Their cupcakes are not overly sweet like others instead you get real flavors and a moist cake. Orange Earl Grey rules !!!
Liz / March 25, 2009 at 09:50 am
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The Earl Grey tea cupcakes (with orange icing) are the BEST. MMMMMMMMM!!! Life is Sweet is a great addition to the Beach. Love it!
Jeremy / April 10, 2009 at 06:48 pm
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My daughter loves the little pink cupcakes--and Clair and her team are always so "sweet" to her when we come in. They also carry really nice cards, antipasto, dips and baguettes. And their coffee is great!
Mike / May 14, 2009 at 01:21 pm
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I found these cupcakes were hard, and the icing tasted stale. Also, the owner was rude when I went in, she was busy on the telephone and didn't seem to even care that I was standing there waiting.
maggie / May 24, 2009 at 05:05 am
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I went to the store today which does amazed me lots

Love this place
CC / June 15, 2009 at 04:15 pm
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Cute place and good cupcakes (not the best however), but I was shocked by how rude and off-putting the owner was to my myself and two other patrons. People on this site posting about what a sweet person she is must surely be her friends. I must also add, that I had given her the benefit of the doubt the first time I went in and was shocked by her cold disposition. The second time confirmed to me that she is just plain rude. I will never go back, nor would I recommend her establishment. I would much rather hand my money over to someone who doesn't come across as spoiled and mean-spirited.
CC / June 15, 2009 at 04:17 pm
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And, since my last visit we have cancelled a future order...
Fancy Boy / June 22, 2009 at 11:01 am
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I'm not a cupcake fan, or a fan of sweets, really, but I am a passionate and obsessive sort when it comes to Earl Grey tea. I decided to visit this location after I heard they serve a cream of Earl Grey tea, and was surprised to find that they also had an Earl Grey flavoured cupcake.

Contrary to some of the more negative reviews here, I was FLOORED by the service. I would not even have known about the Earl Grey cupcake if the clerk (who later revealed herself as the owner) had not been so conversational and pleasant to me. I expected only a cup of tea, but I got great conversation as well as a uniquely flavoured cupcake; two things that I found go VERY well with tea.

The cupcakes themselves are very good, especially for someone like myself who finds most desserts overpoweringly sweet. The saccharine taste I've come to expect was toned way down so I could actually enjoy the flavour and texture of the product. Most upscale desserts go with a "richer is better" approach which I find off-putting, but Life is Sweet's cupcakes struck a balance between light, most, sweet, and flavourful that I was very pleased with! The Cream of Earl Grey tea was a great indulgence and a decadent version of an old staple for tea drinkers. I will definitely be back to Life is Sweet to enjoy a tea, the friendly service, and potentially sample some new flavours of cupcake. They may even make me a convert to the world of desserts!
Gailzee / June 22, 2009 at 09:51 pm
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Life is Sweet... is the sweetest addition to the Beach in years...I love the cupcakes and I have been in many times and I have never once found not only the owner Clair the sweetest person but so is the staff very helpful...so go ahead and try them yourself and you be the judge...cupcakes forever...everytime we take these cupcakes to someone's house...they are a huge hit...so Clair continue to be the sweet thing you are and keep on bringing the sweetness to the beach...
Bev / July 19, 2009 at 09:51 pm
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I ABSOLUTLEY agree with those who spoke about the service. I believe the owner couldn't even care less about customer service! I will not be back regardless of how the cupcakes taste.
Gill / August 10, 2009 at 02:03 pm
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Fabulous service and fabulous cupcakes. Claire was warm and friendly. We went in for a wedding consultation (we're getting cupcakes) and the suggestions and service we got surpassed the 3 places we tried prior to this one.
We'd recommend this place to anyone.
CM / August 16, 2009 at 12:55 pm
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I have gone there for over a year and have had nothing but great service from Claire and most of her staff. To the people that have had bad experiences maybe it as you. Does this happen a lot to you.
biker girl / September 2, 2009 at 04:54 pm
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I have been a customer at Life as Sweet since it opened about two years ago. I find the staff very friendly and the store has a welcoming and cozy feeling about it. The cupcakes are the best in the city, I even think they are better than the ones at the Magnolia Cupcake shop in NY. The cupcakes taste homemade, made with real ingredients and not full of synthetic crap. Whether you live in the beach or not I recommend visiting for a sweet treat :)
LL / September 4, 2009 at 03:17 pm
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Contrary to the opinion of one person's sour grapes (and the friends they obviously enlisted to post, how naive do they think we all are that we don't get that...) Life Is Sweet is sweet in every aspect of the word. I was in today, my third visit. Each time I have been treated like a valued customer and each time the baked goods have been beyond outstanding. The Earl Grey tea cupcake and the Lemon cupcake are my favourites; twice now I have been lucky enough to try the Mango Tea cupcake (with lime icing!) and it's delicious too. I hope they make it part of their regular rotation. Their chocolate cupcake tastes like my homemade chocolate cake, the highest compliment I can give. This place is a welcome addition to east-end Toronto and far superior to the cupcake place at Yonge & Eglinton I used to rave about. I can assure them they'll get a LOT of business from me ... and hopefully my friends too! I recommend them to everyone!
Vanessa / September 14, 2009 at 04:52 pm
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My boyfriend and I went here a while ago and the cupcakes were great. We bought one regular sized white chocolate cupcake plus 6 minis which included vanilla, chocolate, butterscotch, earl gray, chocolate, and chocolate mint. They were all amazing and I couldn't even pick a favourite!, thou my boyfriend ranked white chocolate and butterscotch as his favourites. I can't wait to go back again. They had great service, told us about all the flavours, and even helped us pick which to sample.
Jo / October 16, 2009 at 12:19 pm
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Life Is Sweet Has very flavourful and fresh cupcakes; the muffins and jam cookies are really good too.

Re: Bad service/attitude -- It's hard to understand some of these bad experiences people have posted. I've never had anything but friendly and pleasant service. In fact, I went in with my five-year-old daughter just after the shop closed one Sunday afternoon, and the owner gave her a FREE brownie to make up for being out of cupcakes!
Bridget / October 25, 2009 at 11:20 pm
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Having tried many of the cupcake locations around Toronto, I finally came upon Life is Sweet. Purhased a half dozen cupcakes, everyone of them a hit. In fact we had to cut them up so everyone could get a taste of all the flavours. Picked up a coffee and a muffin and headed out the door with a complimentary mini of a flavour I hadn't purchased. Service was excellent.......makes me think maybe the negative comments are coming from the competition. I think I will serve a variety of the mini's at my next dinner party! Well done ladies.
Ruby / November 14, 2009 at 05:29 pm
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We drove from Scarborough to try the cupcakes after reading the reviews here. I had called twice with questions, the first girl who answered the phone did seem a bit rushed and not very helpful, however the second time I called back to ask another question, a different girl was very helpful. It could have been due to being busy, etc.

We bought half a dozen for just hubby and me and chose: 2 coconut, 2 chocolate, 1 lemon drop and 1 mango tea. They were very good, although still a bit moist the next day (in a rubbermaid container), they were as Claire suggested, "best the day of." We actually met Claire and she was very nice, not like what I read here (or had expected). She suggested we might not want to double up on flavors so we could try more, but I didn't want to fight with hubby over the coconut or chocolate ...lol.

After we paid, I saw the minis and went to take a look (so cute). Claire actually offered us one each to try (complimentary) and I thought that was very kind of her. We tried the butterscotch and white chocolate, absolutely moist and delicious).

We'll definitely go back, but perhaps try other flavors.
Karen / December 9, 2009 at 03:23 pm
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I LOVE the cupcakes at Life is Sweet, and Claire was amazing. I ordered 180 minis for my wedding, and I think they'll be a hit. I've always had great service there.
WEB / January 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm
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I stopped by one evening but realized that the place had been closed for 15 or 20 mins. There was still someone inside and she saw me looking in the window. She immediately came to the door and welcomed me in. She was very friendly and I bought three cupcakes. They were awesome! I will be moving into the area in a few months and will no doubt make many trips back to Life is Sweet. It is places like these that make the Beaches such a great place to live in.
Hit of the Party / March 1, 2010 at 04:50 pm
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I popped into Life is Sweet the other day on my way to a party. I found the owner, Clair, to be lovely and welcoming. She packed up a great little box of a dozen mini cupcakes for me and decorated it with ribbons...how cute! The cupcakes were a hit at the party! I will definitely be back to Life is Sweet again and have highly recommended it to friends and family.
Deen / March 12, 2010 at 11:23 pm
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Hands down the best cupcakes in the city, and all of the staff have been nothing but awesome every time I visit
Nan / March 16, 2010 at 09:17 pm
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I made my way over to ‘life is Sweet’ after reading the reviews on this site and being SUPER CRAZED about cupcakes. But I would have to compare it to some other cupcakes I have tried in the GTA (Swirls cupcakes in Mississauga (OH SO GOOD! Best I have had so far! But that’s another review) . The price..not bad it's about the average for a cupcake, the store itself..very cute and cozy and has a homey feel. However the actual cupcake itself..well a few things. They don’t offer a HUGE variety of flavors, 'Mango tea', 'Earl Grey with Orange' I would say would be acquired taste so I went with the 'chocolate chocolate' , 'mint and chocolate', and the 'Butterscotch'. My first impression seeing them..were CUTE but NOT enough icing and waaaaay too much cake. The icing- could be because it's sitting on a stand without a lid- made it slightly dry and the cake it's self was quite dense and too much of cake that I couldn’t finish it. Presentation of the cupcakes were cute ..and like I mentioned before more icing would be nice. The packaging also cute …nice touch with their logo sticker on the box HOWEVER a box of six made it a little messy after taking it home…since they are not separated they tend to move around inside and touch each other and by the time you take it home to present it’s kinda messy.. if they can come up with a way to have separators that would be nice. The taste, flavor ..not bad. I would give them 5 out of 10.
Jo / May 30, 2010 at 08:01 pm
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CAN'T WAIT TO TRY THIS PLACE OUT I HOPE IT'S AS GREAT AS IT SOUNDS. TO MANY PLACES CLAIMING TO HAVE THE BEST CUP CAKES.
Cakester / August 4, 2010 at 02:59 pm
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Life is sweet has some of the better tasting cupcakes, but, afte what I saw there the other day, I will continue to make my own. Went in on a some what hot day and on of the covererd cupcake display jars was a fly fluttering around inside; it then landed on one; I told the lady who was chatting and ignoring me completely that there was fly on the frosting; she picked it off and put the cupcake back on the pedestal... about turn... please preheat your oven to 350 and then begin making your own cupcakes
jane / August 10, 2010 at 05:27 pm
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I know!!! and livingsocial.com is having a deal today! $15.00 for a $30.00 Gift certificate to Life is Sweet!!! http://livingsocial.com/deals/5506?ref=personalized-link-box-837388&;rpi=837388
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Syd Newtown replying to a comment from Cakester / January 16, 2011 at 02:06 pm
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LOL. That's awesome, Cakester. Best review ever!
Allison / January 16, 2011 at 06:17 pm
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do they have a website so i could see their work
Angela and Irene / May 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm
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The cupcakes are absolutely amazing...perfect. The lemon drop flavor is devine! My daughter and are huge cupcake fans, picky ones. We have tasted cupcakes all over Toronto, no one else even comes close to the quality at Life is Sweet. The staff have always been friendly. Thank you for giving Toronto such a treat. :)
Sam / May 30, 2011 at 02:47 pm
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BEST CUPCAKES EVER...WORTH TRAVELLING THERE EVEN FOR A PIECE.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

SAM
~7 Numbers
Rachael / July 23, 2011 at 11:32 pm
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For quite a long time I've been dying to go around Toronto and try some of the cupcake shops I've heard so much about. Finally, today while at the Jazz Festival downtown, I was given the opportunity to visit Life Is Sweet.

I have quite a few comments on my visit..

First of all the shop itself was very adorable! The atmosphere is light and airy, lots of soft, bright colours. I however found it to be a little messy- there where many different decorative house accessories which seemed to be laying in the aisle ways.. perhaps they where moving around stock? I was also disappointed that there was no seating area to enjoy the lovely cupcake I bought.

The service was pretty good- I would have liked to have heard a little more about the cupcakes, as I found myself standing there, staring at the menu, dumbfounded. However the two girls who helped me out both seemed quite friendly.

Finally, the most important critique.. the cupcake. I originally planned on purchasing the Double Chocolate Cupcake, however after inquiring about whether or not they had any of the Mint Chocolate, they found one for me in the back and I purchased it! I believe I purchased it for $2.50 ($2.63 with the tax), and it was excellent! The cake itself was moist and fluffy, and had a nice, somewhat crispy top. And the icing had a lovely and refreshing mint flavoring. I love the combination of mint and chocolate.. absolutely brilliant.

Overall it was quite a nice shop! I'd definitely go back in again and perhaps try another cupcake or one of there other baked goods! (I would have picked up a brownie but I didn't see any on display.. next time I guess!)
Mark / November 3, 2011 at 12:44 pm
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My wife picked up 3 cupcakes for my son's 1st B-day for 8.50 and they were lousy.We live just down the street from the store so we thought to give it a shot and never will I set foot in that shop again.Dry and lack of taste sorry don't like to be negative but the truth should be told.
Toni / October 6, 2012 at 01:02 pm
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After one tiny cupcake eaten last weekend I was sold. Ordered 2 doz of the little ones to bring to the Thanksgiving feast I am attending. The cupcakes are fabulous and Claire is a wonderful person/shop owner. I wish her continued success with her endeavour!
Trina / August 2, 2013 at 04:35 am
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Cupcakes I ordered were very dry and the icing had a oily texture. I felt gross after one bite. Waste of cash.
CLAIRE replying to a comment from Trina / October 1, 2013 at 03:00 pm
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Agreed - cake itself was super dry and icing was nothing special.
Maureen / April 10, 2014 at 07:52 pm
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I had a similar experience to many of the posters who complained about the poor customer service. I'm not sure who the owner is, but the female at the cash register seemed indifferent and unfriendly. She could careless that I was a paying customer. It's sad that these small businesses don't realize that the same customer who orders half a dozen cupcakes one day can potentially order a $700 wedding cake the next.

To make matters worse, the half dozen cupcakes I ordered were extremely dry, especially the chocolate ones. I was very disappointed and felt buyer's remorse because my money would have been better spent on my local grocery store's cupcakes. I wouldn't be surprised if the cupcakes I purchased were a few days old because that would explain the crumbly, dry texture.

On a positive note, the icing tasted good, but I've had better.

For anyone in the area, I recommend J'Adore Cakes which is not too far from Life is Sweet. Their cupcakes are great and taste moist and fresh every time I purchase them.

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