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Miss Cora's Kitchen

Posted by Nicole Stamp / Posted on April 21, 2008

Miss Cora's KitchenMiss Cora's Kitchen is a bright, cozy bakery and take-out spot tucked under an orange awning in Kensington Market. Miss Cora DeVries herself presides over the warm wood counter with a welcoming grin and friendly, neighbourhoodsy small talk.

My eye is caught - nay, captivated - by a tray of Mini Chocolate Cupcakes on the counter. They're gorgeous; dark velvety little things, topped with a riot of confetti sprinkles. The cake is fluffy, deeply chocolatey, and generously topped with thick ganache frosting, yummers. Though small, the obvious quality of the ingredients nicely justifies the $1.50 price tag. Beside them, Mini Carrot Cake Cupcakes (also $1.50) are another delight- moist cake with a subtle crunch of carrot and coconut threads, capped with fluffy, creamy white frosting.

Miss Cora's Kitchen KensingtonMoroccan Spiced Nuts ($4) are slightly sweet, with a complex, spicy flavour that hints at cinnamon, cumin, chili, and who-knows-what else (Miss Cora wouldn't say). There's a sample dish on the counter, and they're so tasty, and the atmosphere is so friendly, that I have to remind myself not to up-end the entire dish into my mouth.

Miss Cora's KitchenIn service to you, blogTO readers, I pick a whole box of goodies. And good they certainly are. Vanilla-laced biscotti have the perfect texture, soft enough to eat dry, but crisp enough to dunk. I generally distrust macaroons, but Cora's are fluffy and delicious. And seven-layer bars ($3) include layers I can only identify as Chewy, Tasty, Yummy, Chocolatey, Sticky, Sweetie, and Eatie. Everything is impressively delicious, and soon I begin to experience a pleasantly addling sugar buzz.

Best Butter TartsMiss Cora's has already been featured on blogTO for her butter tarts ($2.50), so of course I'm totally obligated to try one. They look average, but taste fantastic. The thick, short pastry encases plump raisins or crisp pecans, and, in the centre, I find the hallmark of a great butter tart: a flood of light caramel syrup that runs out when you bite in.

Miss Cora's Kitchen in Kensington MarketMiss Cora's Kitchen also features $3 pizza slices with gourmet toppings (today, Chicken Pesto with Oven-Roasted Tomatoes and Moroccan-braised Short Ribs with Caramelized Onions), and a fridge full of savoury take-away goodies, including salads, sandwiches, and ready-made dinners in the $8 price range. Miss Cora's Catering options include hors d'ouevres, savoury tarts, and homemade breads. Cora mentioned plans to expand the menu even further this summer; and man, I can't wait to go back.

Miss Cora's Kitchen

Discussion

21 Comments

Mark / April 21, 2008 at 03:41 pm
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Cora's catering my wedding this summer. She's extremely nice, easy to work with...oh, and her food is AMAZING.
c. / April 23, 2008 at 01:41 am
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anyone know their hours?
Foodhogger / April 25, 2008 at 03:57 am
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<a href="http://foodhogger.wordpress.com/2008/04/18/miss-coras-kitchen/";>I loved Miss Cora's too! </a>
Milly / May 3, 2008 at 07:02 am
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Am I really the only one that finds Miss Cora's Kitchen completely overrated. I went there and had one of her slices of pizza and a cherry cider and it tasted way less magnificent than all the reviewers said it would be. The only plus of Miss Cora's Kitchen and the reason why she's been rated higher then the food really is worth, is the exceptional customer service. Very friendly and cheerful staff.
kyle kadas / May 20, 2008 at 02:23 am
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You really are the only one. Maybe next time you right a critic of some ones food you try something other then the cheapest on the menu. How about a lovely Mahogany Beef Stew. Or try a small catered event (which is what the kitchens soul purpose is). Speaking of pizza its actually really good. You seem to be a bit sour could be just a bad day. Food is one of those things that is only truley enjoyed when in the right mood. So before you go saying things try it all cuz it seems you've jumped the gun...
loveeatingout / June 10, 2008 at 07:18 am
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had some soup from there yesterday which was warmed up from the cooler...not my idea of having fresh soup...everything in the place is pre-cooked and has to be re-heated...not my idea of fresh food....sorry but that's not my idea of eating fresh....i totally agree with Milly, the staff are very friendly and the food there is??????
candyman / December 23, 2008 at 01:55 am
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Keeping that soup in a cooler is a good thing. If the soup was kept hot all day long it would be nasty and overcooked by the early afternoon. This place is amazing, 3 bucks for a slice of pizza piled with toppings, they usually have 2 or three different kinds pizza changing daily to choose from. Their menu changes daily, which means their stuff is fresh. 7 layer bar and butter tarts are deliciousness.
Sammie / March 8, 2009 at 10:21 am
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Hey...I don't know if you remember me...my dad and I used to come here every weekend for a slice of pizza (before the summer break) Anyways I just wanted to say that you guys have the best pizza ever! and that it's really great to come eat there and talk to you guys...have lots of fun baking and cooking your marvelous food...
<3 : Sammie
Steph / April 21, 2009 at 08:37 pm
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She's really nice! The texture of the chocolate cupcake was good, but it was a little tasteless. The frosting was really good and saved the cake.
Jesse / January 3, 2011 at 10:59 pm
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Miss Cora's chocolate chip cookies are incredible. Also, the staff there are lovely.
Dominiccar / February 6, 2011 at 11:19 am
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LOL LOL LOL
Parker / March 24, 2011 at 04:14 pm
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I finally got to Miss Cora's yesterday.

What a Page 71 moment--so much buildup, such a letdown. The famed chocolate chip cookie tasted slightly stale and dry. Too thick for my liking and it was boring: just plain dough with chips? Where are the nuts or oats? Not worth $2.50.

I won't go out of my way again to visit.
mrs.potato / March 25, 2011 at 05:17 pm
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I think this place is garbage.
What a major let down.

Prime space.
Shit baked goods.
Caroline / April 5, 2011 at 05:22 am
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Most delicious vegan baked goods I've ever had and also some of the most delicious baked goods I've ever had in general. The space is so cozy and they play music on the record player. It just feels so nice being there.
BC / May 25, 2011 at 09:16 am
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Coras is great. The seven layer is the bomb!
Some of you guys are the glass is empty when it's full types aren't you?
Then there are the see someone working hard and then say whatever or do whatever you can do to make em look bad somehow. Jealousy, you take the plunge and be brave enough to lay it all on the line.
Nice folks here, working hard. Support them or you will all be eating some of the crap the rest of you say is great....which sorry to say probably isn't.
Lola / October 28, 2011 at 09:59 pm
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The cupcakes here look like they are baked by 5 year old's. Very tacky looking and they taste like a mix you acn buy at the grocery store.
Kitty / June 24, 2012 at 02:27 pm
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Glad I tried the baked goods before buying because they are the worst I have ever tasted. The chocolate chip cookies were stale, dry, crumbly, and had an after taste that is reminiscent of Splenda. Same goes for the chocolate brownie and "special" 7-layer cake. It boggles my mind how this place can stay open with such expensive and bad baked goods. If you want delicious baked goods in Kensington, try Moonbean Cafe, Wanda's Pie in the Sky, and the Kensginton Cafe (which orders its goodies from Dufflet, a Toronto gem of a bakery that stays in business by producing delicious baked goods.)
amanda / June 26, 2012 at 09:13 pm
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So sad, so rude. Asked a question about having a nut free cake and the email I got back was super rude and unprofessional from a company. I can't believe a company response to any customer or potential customer could be so bad. I work in customer service and this is by far the rudest bakery or company I have ever dealt with. A simply "I am sorry, our bakery deal with nuts and we would consider it unsafe to processed with you order. Wish you the best of luck" Not the response that I got "so sad so sorry we love nuts." really? Super professional.
Angie / January 10, 2013 at 06:31 pm
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Cupcakes were horrible. When I complained about the dryness, the employee told me they were baked two days before! She said they bake them and freeze them and defrost when needed. Worst baked good ever.
jen / February 6, 2013 at 07:58 pm
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Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares
Bianca / April 11, 2013 at 01:41 am
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Miss.Cora's Kitchen is sadly deadpool. But seven lives is moving in soon.

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