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Lollicakes

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on July 5, 2011

LollicakesLollicakes has a collection of personalized cupcakes that evoke a question often posed of creative confections: Can you really eat that?

It's not the cupcakes themselves that take on extraordinary form, but the hand-painted Belgium chocolate lollipops that adorn the chocolate and vanilla cupcakes in store. I spy Dora the Explorer, a pair of ballet slippers, and a gleeful yet somewhat pained-looking bride and groom. They look more like toys than chocolate treats, but then I think back to the countless sleepless nights I've tried to remedy watching Cake Boss, and figure I should probably know better.

LollicakesLollicakes was started by Barbara Rotberg after word about her cupcakes began to spread from parent to parent. She opened this shop on Mount Pleasant near Davisville almost five years ago, and has since prepared countless cupcakes for birthday parties, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, and hungry customers wandering Mount Pleasant.

LollicakesBut if you're looking for English toffee buttercream, red velvet with cream cheese, or a pumpkin spice cupcake, you've probably come to the wrong place. Lollicakes sticks with the tried and true offers just two flavour options: chocolate and vanilla. But variety lies in the makeup.

LollicakesWhile everything at Lollicakes is peanut-free (as well as Kosher certified), you can also put in a special order for egg-free, dairy-free, lactose-free, or gluten-free cupcakes. The vanilla icing can be ordered in any colour (dyed using premium organic food colour), decorated with your choice of over 100 different types of sprinkles, and customized with a chocolate lollipop.

LollicakesOf course, the on-hand offerings are much more simple; a few combinations of chocolate and vanilla available in regular ($3.00) or mini ($2) cupcakes. I consider indulging in a cupcake decorated with a chocolate take on a familiar childhood friend (+$5.00), but seeing that they were placed next to a basket of something called "Webkinz," which, as I understand, I am way to old to fully appreciate, I figure I'll stick to something a little more basic.

LollicakesMy vanilla cupcake with chocolate icing was baked fresh that day, and I could tell since the cake was fluffy and moist and the icing light and sweet. The chocolate was definitely mild in flavour--something most kids would probably appreciate--though my (grown-up) palate tends to prefer a little more richness to my chocolate. The cake, though, would surely satisfy taste buds of any age. So too, now that I think of it, would a bright blue chocolate Cookie Monster. That's good enough for me.

LollicakesLollicakesPhotos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

22 Comments

nancy / February 29, 2008 at 12:05 am
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Lollicakes cupcakes taste great. I love the icing they use, and the cake is moist. The service leaves something to be desired though.
Sarah / April 16, 2010 at 11:33 am
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This place is NEVER open......I don't get it
Dee / May 26, 2010 at 01:47 pm
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I pre-ordered some gluten-free chocolate cupcakes for my husband's birthday. When I arrived, after they finally found my order (they thought that they'd forgotten to make it and wanted me to come back the next day, despite the birthday being today) I saw that they were vanilla instead of chocolate. When I pointed out the error, they checked the order form which indeed listed chocolate as the requested flavour, and said "oh, haha, our mistake, but you'll like vanilla better than cocolate, haha!" I reiterated that I had ordered chocolate cupcakes and that we don't even like vanilla, and the staff continued to be flip and unapologetic.

I asked for a discount due to the error, and they gave me a small one, charging $24 instead of $30 for 12 small two-bite cupcakes. For a company charging this much for a product (specialty item or not), I expect the staff to be organized and professional, or at least pretend to care when they ruin somebody's order. I won't be returning to this bakery.
Kelly / December 17, 2010 at 01:09 pm
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We have made the unfortunate mistake of buying three group coupons for Lollicakes. We've only used one, and have been unsuccessful in trying to use the others, not that it's a great hardship because the first batch of cupcakes were terrible.

For the price per cupcake you would expect buttercream, but they don't "do" buttercream (fine!). However, the amount of food colouring in their icing is outrageous and tastes horrible, and when we ordered "festive" cupcakes we received "mint" which is in no way what was ordered.

Additionally when it came close to end of day we received a phone call stating that our order was going to be tossed if we were not there in the next 5 minutes. 5 minutes notice! no option to pick up the next day, or asking if someone was on the way, just calling with a threat! incredible!

The next time we called to try and place an order (and rid ourselves of these coupons) we were informed that they "just do not have enough man power" to fufill my order, so no, we could not get any cupcakes. Lets just mention the fact that I was calling 2.5 days in advance when their website suggests 24 hours for placing an order

Terrible phone manners, awful customer service, substandard product, and overpriced to boot. (even with a coupon!)
Jane / July 5, 2011 at 03:59 pm
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I live around the corner from this place and have never set foot inside....I just felt there was something fishy about this place. Now I'm curious about the rude service and would be delighted to tear a strip off someone in this hot and humid weather. So they use emulsified oil in the icing and yes, way too much food colouring...gross!
JJ / July 5, 2011 at 04:22 pm
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TERRIBLE staff, horribly rude!
i thought it was just me .. but alas ..


the cupcakes look like a clown threw up on them.
they look like the crap cupcakes with shit on top of them, you can buy at Metro.
Callie / July 5, 2011 at 04:51 pm
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Lame. If your cupcakes are so good, why do you sell so much other crap. And anyone can make those "Belgium" chocolate toppings/lollipops. They're all made from forms that are purchased, and the colours are painted on afterward.

Trying to make something look flashy (and not very well) doesn't cover up the fact that it has no substance. Someone just trying to cash in on the latest craze for this stuff.
Susie / July 5, 2011 at 10:24 pm
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I could not agree more with the above comments and to add to this , do not waste your time purchasing these cupcakes. They are horrible and extremely over priced. Hmm wonder why my cupcakes I make at home taste so much like these? Store Bought Mix? and cost me 99 cents with no effort required. Think twice before going to lollicakes!
bdent / July 6, 2011 at 01:56 pm
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Although they may look great, these cupcakes are nothing special in taste...I've made better ones out of a box of cakemix. Extremely overpriced too. The store doesn't seem to open on weekends either, why?
Ckab / July 6, 2011 at 10:57 pm
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I happen to really like their dairy-free cupcakes...my husband is lactose intolerant and he has ordered big batches of vanilla and chocolate cupcakes every long weekend this year. We absolutely LOVE them, and they taste great to me. :o) No complaints here.
wazoo / July 7, 2011 at 10:36 am
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So many negative comments! I dont get it! I have not been to Lolicakes in 2 years but they were awesome! I've had Crumbs in NYC. I have Magnolia, Sweet Sunshine and Sprinkles too. I've had some of the best cupcakes around. So I know my cupcakes and Lolicakes is really good! I have no idea why everyone is so negative about them.
Chris replying to a comment from wazoo / July 12, 2011 at 08:41 pm
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wazoo:
You say you have no idea why everyone is so negative about them when everyone explained precisely why they had a negative experience. What don't you get?
Susie / July 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm
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If you are confused and saying you know your cupcakes well I am afraid of what you have been trying if you think Lollicakes is good. It is all made from Duncan Hines mix .. I saw a bunch of boxes there from them on the counter. On top of that try speaking with the staff there who are rude and not polite? I am sorry it just upsets me that a bakery charging so much money is passing this off as there own recipe.
wazoo / July 31, 2011 at 04:36 am
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Chris:

What I don't get is that I have had their cupcakes in the past and they were good! Was that too difficult for you to understand?
Claire / August 5, 2011 at 04:25 pm
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If you bothered to do your research, you would know that Lollicakes is certified Kosher and therefore, cannot be open on Saturday as it is the sabbath day. They ARE in fact open on Sundays from 9-2. Every time I go in there I have a great experience! The girls are very helpful and accomodating. You should all get over yourselves.
celebritiesnakede / November 27, 2011 at 07:57 am
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drawings of naked pictures Nudes+ .
Erika / January 3, 2012 at 05:46 pm
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What's with all of this drama? If you don't like a shop, don't go there. Enough said. Don't tell others not to go there because of bad service, bad food etc. Those things happen. Not only that, but customers have a bad tendency of skewing the truth (far too common in retail).

The fact that some of the people liked it and some didn't doesn't mean it's a horrible place. It means people have different tastes etc.
Julie / January 19, 2012 at 07:56 pm
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Cupcakes I bought were awful. Stale cake with no flavor. The icing was very greasy. Maybe they were day olds?
Tori / February 13, 2012 at 09:59 pm
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Yeah seriously, I just got cupcakes for valentines day from them and they were amazing, and look wise very appealing.
Janina / February 27, 2012 at 05:27 pm
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Seriously dry cupcakes and hard like chalk frosting. You can get better cupcakes at Metro.
Roseanna / March 19, 2012 at 06:55 pm
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The place looks like a flee market or dollar store. I walked right out the door!
Lisa / April 13, 2013 at 05:34 am
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Yuck. That's all I have to say. Bought a dozen. Spent way to much money. Ending up throwing 6 out. Would not recommend this place. If you want store bought pretty cupcakes go to sobeys in lea side. Better still buy cake box mix and decorate own.

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