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She Takes The Cake

Posted by Emily Thomas / Posted on July 24, 2009

She Takes the Cake"I've been baking so long that I just started emailing two years ago," says Adrienne Weinberg, owner of She Takes the Cake bakery café. "It's such a far cry from baking to computers."

It sounds like she baked for ten years straight, emerging from her kitchen a couple of years ago to brave new Internet technology. In this sense, the absence of a website is reassuring because these must be some fine tuned recipes - except the carrot cake. "The carrot cake is a work in progress," she says. It's labeled "tropical carrot cake," and decorated accordingly, a tempting variation of "regular" carrot cake. It looks good to me, especially for a work in progress.
She Takes the CakeThe décor inside She Takes the Cake is straight up bakery café: soothing pastels. There are enough comfortable chairs and food magazines to keep you occupied (and comfortable) for a couple hours, and Adrienne insists they'll let you stay. "I love it when people come by with computers or kids," she says, pointing out a basket of toys. They also have a big television mounted on the wall, tuned to the food network and muted, so it looks like the host is cooking in time to the piano jazz coming from the bakery stereo.
She Takes the CakeThe display case is beautiful. On top is a plate of huge cookies with little pools of melted chocolate, indicating they were just pulled out of the oven. Lemon squares are bigger than usual with a hint of coconut, rivaling my (formerly) favourite lemon squares in Toronto. All the miniature pies are square shaped and tied with a colour appropriate raffia ribbon - nice touch. The crust recipe is Adrienn's mom's.

Most importantly, there is a disproportionate amount of dulce de leche treats in the fridge. I ask Adrienne about the milky, Latin American sauce. "Well, we met in 1985," she says. For a moment I think she's talking about dulce de leche, and I appreciate the personification. But it turns out she's referring to her husband, Michael, who is sitting at a nearby table with his laptop. (He is trying to find pictures of pupcakes - cupcakes decorated like puppies in various seasonal and holiday garb - to show us because there is none in the store today.) Years back, Michael did some work in Buenos Aires, which is where and when Adrienne got interested in dulce de leche. It became her first official product in 2000 when she began supplying jars of it to Pusateri's.
She Takes the CakeAside from the Chilean bakery near my house, my experience with dulce de leche has been limited. I also don't usually care much for cheesecake (aside from my mum's chocolate cheesecake). Evidently, nor did the guy from Pusateri's who initially told Adrienne "the world doesn't need more cheesecake," when she pitched a dulce de leche cheesecake to him. He changed his mind once he tried it. My cheesecake apathy is similarly shaken once I try it. It's a rich, smooth and delicious treat (and at $3.50 a square, a great price I might add) with a thick layer of dulce de leche on top, drizzled with chocolate. It is one of the most indulgent and immediately addictive pastries I've ever had. Also offered are dulce de leche hearts and killer alfajores.
20080723_SheTakestheCake13.jpgCustomers can request fair trade/organic espresso beans for a bit more money. For now, all the beans are from Classic, but Adrienne is excited about bringing in coffee from Zaza. She also shows me (and lets me smell) much of the tea selection from Tea in the Sahara. "Everyone that comes in here for a cup of tea is happy," she says. Alyssa (the photographer!) is definitely happy with her iced white tea garnished with assorted citrus. It's washing down her homemade mac and cheese with Gruyere and sharp cheddar - comfort food to the max.

She Takes the Cake offers plenty of lunch options including homemade pizza (which looked incredible but wasn't done in time for me to try some), sandwiches (including turkey with homemade cranberry sauce) and bagels from Gryfes ($2.50 with cream cheese). Apparently the Dundas West crowd is crazy for Gryfes bagels. "They go like water." I'm jealous of this bagel-loving crowd. If only I consumed as much bagel as water in a day.
She Takes the CakeI take a box of sweets home with me, which makes for a fantastic afternoon of intermittent snacking. The chocolate and walnut cookie is somehow even better after being in the fridge, the pools of chocolate hardened into sweet and solid cocoa, the butter refreshing. The flourless chocolate truffle (inspired by her friend's celiac son) is creamy and rich. I feel like Adrienne, shut up in my kitchen with baked goods. The only difference is I have (and love) the Internet, and I couldn't stay here for ten years, even if I wanted to.
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Photos by Alyssa Bistonath.

Discussion

34 Comments

ya no / July 25, 2009 at 04:20 pm
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oops at the very top 1600 dundas st w
Paul / July 25, 2009 at 05:19 pm
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Yes! This place is amazing. So nice to see all my favourite west-end places getting the thumbs up here.
vicky / July 25, 2009 at 10:06 pm
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I stumbled across this bakery a few months ago and was blown away by the two items I took home with me. (one of them, didnt even make it home. I ate it right out of the box..LOL).
I wish Adrienne all the best!!
zach / July 31, 2009 at 05:52 pm
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I found the lemon slice gluey and the pastry on the fruit tart too heavy so not worth the high price.

Also, the service was patchy (I think the owner was there and intrusive instead of helpful...).

THere are other bakeries in the area that I would rather go to.
pastrylvr / October 30, 2009 at 05:44 pm
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this place is horrible through and through. You walk in and the case is almost bare. I asked for a simple coffee and this insane women who claimed to be the owner took almost half an hour to make it, meanwhile flapping her arms around wildly like she didn't know where anything was. All this and there were only two other customers in the store! She spent so much time talking to these ppl instead of preparing their food/drinks. I just wanted a simple drink and perhaps a pastry - which there was none of. Instead this woman talked our ear off with utter nonesense. I felt myself become stupider by the second as she rambled. Stick to Tim Hortons, it's just down the street. Or for a more organic treat, the OMG bakery a few stores down...
Danforthian / February 10, 2010 at 07:50 pm
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regarding 'pastrylvr'(s) review. thats pretty awful, you're making such a judgement on one unfavourable visit, and totally slamming the place. i havent been there before, however, im sure you're make the situation sound grander than it was. i personally work at a cafe and have an eccentric boss, sometimes it's a little hairy for them when they get behind the counter. realise that you arent at tim hortons, you wont get robotic service, and instead of being so... indignant, try to find the humour in the situation.

smell the fucking roses dude.
Chris / March 6, 2010 at 10:47 pm
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I agree with pastrylvr /
Chris / March 6, 2010 at 10:47 pm
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She is evil
Jill / November 13, 2010 at 09:35 pm
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I actually agree with pastrylvr.. Last time I walked by they were shut down by the looks of it, the sit in area is closed. I had a lemon meringue from there once and it was runny and very eggy, the pastry was heavy too like previously mentioned by someone else; it gave me severe heartburn. I would not bother going there or ordering anything from them especially now that they're closed by the looks of it, there are plenty other places around.
Carol / February 1, 2011 at 09:07 am
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I ordered a cake from them last week and received no written confirmation about my order, not even an e-mail confirmation of price, cake size, delivery date. I tried calling Sunday and Monday all day only to be told that I hadn't received a call back because the bakery was closed. How was I supposed to know that? Their voice mail said nothing. Very unprofessional service and the owner seems a bit loopy. Definitely take your cake service somewhere else.
Colleen / June 28, 2011 at 02:34 pm
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My experience has been quite the opposite. In fact, I praise the owner and her team for doing such an awesome job on the latest projects that I had done. Now, especially with the inconvenient situation of the city construction.

As an event planner, part of my job is to do extensive research on services that I use and I'm actually disappointed, I hadn't found her sooner. When I found her, I met with her to discuss my vision ideas for my clients and instantly, I had a connection with her and her design team. Hospitable is not even the word to describe to this team.
After the my one meeting with her, I took a leap of faith by convincing my clients to use her services without even trying her cakes and since then, it's been non-stop prompt and efficient communication via phone and email and in person contact with this store. My clients and I have nothing but praise for her.

And her cakes! OMG!!!! Her cakes are spectacular! I actually had to order a small one just for myself. What she's done with cakes is what I have yet to see others do and it's because of what she does, that makes SHE TAKES THE CAKE so unique.
Ms.J / June 28, 2011 at 03:32 pm
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I absolutely agree with you Colleen! I have experienced cakes/cupcakes from other companies and have been greatly disappointed. I took a chance with Adrienne’s cake for my birthday; at that time I never heard of her company nor have I tasted her desserts. I told her what I liked and she created something absolutely magical. I find that most places make beautiful cakes but the taste doesn’t equal to the visual. BUT….“She takes the cake”, create some awesome cakes and they taste just as great as they look.

The one thing that brings me back to a company is their customer service. I first met Adrienne in May of this year; she was creating a cake for my birthday. I must say, I’m a difficult person to please. As a result, she exceeded my expectations. My guests absolutely loved my three tiered liquored cake. The way she added my favourite colour (purple) and incorporated colourful butterflies and flowers was extraordinary. I’ve used her for two other events and my guests absolutely LOVED the cake(s). Her team are extremely creative, they made suggestions that I wouldn’t have ever thought of. I have to make a special mention for the cake her team created for one of my best friends. A Rolex watch, it was stunning with all of the details that the design needed. She made that cake earlier this month and my guests are still ranting and raving about the cake; especially my best friend.

I know everyone is entitled to their opinion and they have their individual experiences. The above negative comments are a bit extreme. I am very glad that I took a chance with Adrienne & the “she takes the cake” team because I have yet to be disappointed. I will be using her for every event that I will be hosting and/or attending.

Her variety of flavours, mixtures, colours, designs and most of all customer service is worth every penny.

She not only takes the cake, she takes your taste buds on an amazing journey to sugary dessert heaven.

~~~~~~SHE TAKES THE CAKE~~~~~~
Ms.J / June 28, 2011 at 03:33 pm
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I absolutely agree with you Colleen! I have experienced cakes/cupcakes from other companies and have been greatly disappointed. I took a chance with Adrienne’s cake for my birthday; at that time I never heard of her company nor have I tasted her desserts. I told her what I liked and she created something absolutely magical. I find that most places make beautiful cakes but the taste doesn’t equal to the visual. BUT….“She takes the cake”, create some awesome cakes and they taste just as great as they look.

The one thing that brings me back to a company is their customer service. I first met Adrienne in May of this year; she was creating a cake for my birthday. I must say, I’m a difficult person to please. As a result, she exceeded my expectations. My guests absolutely loved my three tiered liquored cake. The way she added my favourite colour (purple) and incorporated colourful butterflies and flowers was extraordinary. I’ve used her for two other events and my guests absolutely LOVED the cake(s). Her team are extremely creative, they made suggestions that I wouldn’t have ever thought of. I have to make a special mention for the cake her team created for one of my best friends. A Rolex watch, it was stunning with all of the details that the design needed. She made that cake earlier this month and my guests are still ranting and raving about the cake; especially my best friend.

I know everyone is entitled to their opinion and they have their individual experiences. The above negative comments are a bit extreme. I am very glad that I took a chance with Adrienne & the “she takes the cake” team because I have yet to be disappointed. I will be using her for every event that I will be hosting and/or attending.

Her variety of flavours, mixtures, colours, designs and most of all customer service is worth every penny.

She not only takes the cake, she takes your taste buds on an amazing journey to sugary dessert heaven.

~~~~~~SHE TAKES THE CAKE~~~~~~
Michael W. Hadley replying to a comment from pastrylvr / June 28, 2011 at 06:30 pm
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I wish fiends of OMG would stick to raving about their friends and not post slanderous criticism especially as the Retail operation at She Takes The Cake was closed when you posted this.
bessiep / July 7, 2011 at 03:52 pm
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I absolutely agree with Colleen. I first tasted a simple vanilla cake of Adrienne's just over a year ago - I've been hooked ever since. I've since ordered cakes for family gatherings, special occasions, and cupcakes on numerous occasions. Adrienne has always been professional, my orders have arrived on time and everyone that was lucky enough to be on the receiving end has raved (I actually think we have a few cake addicts in the mix now.)Her team is very creative and some of the cakes have been absolutely amazing. It's a shame to cut into them as they are true works of art.

How anyone has the nerve to criticise her Retail operation which was closed when this was posted as Michael mentioned is beyond me.

SHE does more than TAKES THE CAKE, she is an amazing woman who has struggled to build a buisiness out of something that she enjoys and we are the ones that benefit in the end!

Mary / August 16, 2011 at 10:31 am
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This company is very unprofessional. Adrienne her self made rude remarks towards a client of mine that was ordering from her due to the fact that the design she was asking for was complicated. She had no choice but to go with this rude, unmannerly individual due to being short on time. Would not recommend this place to anyone. Please check out The Cake Boutique as they did a remarkable job. Cakes that I myself and my clients have ordered have been made beyond our expectations.Unlike the one ordered from Adrienne. If you want to order from a company you expect to be respected and not mocked for asking a simple question. You want to feel welcomed when going into a place. I personally want my clients to feel that they big days regardless of the event is in trust worthy hands. So to anyone ordering cakes or pastries please shop around because there are much better companies making incredibly outstanding cakes.
I'm listing a few websites for anyone to visit. I've recommended all these places to corporate companies and small business and clients that want cakes and pastries for private events such as birthdays and anniversaries: so take a look at the following websites call them up. You'll definitely be treated with respect and you will have professional service unlike Adrienne who cares more about the money than the cakes she makes.

www.dessertlady.ca
www.thecakeboutique.ca
www.yummystuff.ca
www.katiescakes.com
www.labamboche.ca
www.lpksculinarygroove.com
thesweetescapedistillery.com
robin / September 30, 2011 at 10:31 pm
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I have been ordering cakes from She takes for a while, I have been eating at establishments that carry her cakes for a while and I have had the pleasure to meet her and I think her talent is unremarkable and her attitude is deliciously appropriate. She has passion people!!!!!WAKE UP!!! Shes not loopy, she has a very successful business but doesn't run it like your run of the mill boring phoney customer care bs counter sitter that your all used to. She has heart and sometimes when I read emails like these that ooze criticism it makes me realize how dry and bland people in Toronto can be. Learn to respect others and relish in the color that they bring.....most of all don't take people too seriously.......and lastly Adrienne,"let them eat cake"
Matthew / December 30, 2011 at 03:29 pm
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Her cakes may be good (don't know as i have not tried them). But what I do know is that she does not pay her employees. I know of three so far. Please do not purchase anything from this women. First have a five minute conversation with her and see what you are dealing with. Her customer service sucks, just read the reviews. Take the time to find a cake shop that deserves your business.
Larry replying to a comment from Matthew / January 29, 2012 at 11:48 am
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Matthew, you can make that 4 people who have not been paid. Reading the comments above, it strikes me that the owner has possible mental issues (and I mean this sincerely) in that she is rational and pleasant half the time and completely bonkers the other half.
Former Employee / February 15, 2012 at 09:23 pm
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You can make it 5 people that she hasn't paid. I'm sure there must be more. The pattern is she hires you and then starts falling behind in payments till she is almost a month behind and then she lets you go for some made up reason and the whole cycle repeats itself with another person. What she is doing is criminal and the bakery should be closed down.

One Ontario Ministry of Labour officer I met has said "She is one bad apple." I think Adrienne's business only survives because she is constantly taking advantage of people by not paying them and that is probably the only reason she is able to stay open because the food and service is inconsistent and there are many better bakeries out there.

The kitchen is very dirty and disorganized and it is a toxic environment to work in. Andrienne and her husband Michael fight all the time in front of the employees which is very stressful. I'm relieved I no longer work there but wonder if I'll ever received the money I'm owed. Please avoid purchasing items from this bakery. Perhaps the real name should be SHE STEALS THE CAKE.
Natalie / April 13, 2012 at 11:19 pm
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I ordered a cake from She Takes the Cake for my husband's 35th birthday. I verbally told the owner, Adrienne, the date I needed the cake and sent it to her in an email as well. When I emailed her the day before it was supposed to be delivered, she told me she thought it was for the following weekend. Then she said she might not be able to do it in time, and told me if she was able to do it, it would cost 50% more than she originally quoted me. And of course it was too late for me to order another cake with anyone else. In the end, I had no cake for my husband's birthday which was truly disappointing. This woman should not be running a business - she is irresponsible, dishonest and unprofessional. I would never give this place another chance. Stay far away.
RICARDO SEGOVIA / June 19, 2012 at 05:20 pm
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I'M ONE OF THE FORMER WORKER IN THE BAKE SHOP .ITS MORE THAN A YEAR SINCE I WORKED IN THAT DIRTY PLACE.I DONT KNOW IF THEY CAN PAY WORKERS THERE .THE CREDIT AGENCY WILL BE THE ONE COLLECTING FOR THE GOVERNEMENT IF THEY CAN. THE COMMENTS OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE TRUE THEY ARE EVIL.DONT TRUST THEM .
alicia / July 21, 2012 at 10:41 pm
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I worked there in 2010. Worse place ever! dirty and unorganized. no one knows what orders are what or how to make them. i was never paid i took her to labour board and won. i just recieved a check now after 2years!
andrew replying to a comment from alicia / August 8, 2012 at 10:46 pm
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Hi Alicia: Glad to hear you got your money, finally. What a crooked company.Former employee has the story right, they do hire people for about a month then let them go without paying them. Make that 6 employees that they have screwed at least!! Adrienne and Michael sure do "Take the cake" They should both be locked up. I worked there for 3 weeks when you did and have a judgement against them for my salary and they still won't pay up. What bank do they deal with? If you know or could find out please post as I want the "dead beats" to pay. Thanks.
andrew replying to a comment from Michael W. Hadley / August 8, 2012 at 10:49 pm
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Standing up for you loopy wife, your dirty working conditions and cheating employees out of their salary, doesn't count as an impartial comment to boost your business!!
andrew replying to a comment from Michael W. Hadley / August 8, 2012 at 10:55 pm
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Michael, this last post is directed to you as you put in your earlier post complaining about comments made!! Trying to stand up for your wife doesn't count!!

As previously mentioned "She Steals the Cake" more reflects the better name for this store. Don't buy there, go there or phone there, they are untrustworthy and theives, not to mention law breakers (they have a court order against them and still refuse to pay)
RICASEGO / December 18, 2012 at 11:18 am
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THANKS GOD IS PERMANANTLY CLOSED.
Ruth replying to a comment from RICASEGO / February 16, 2013 at 11:59 am
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Beware customers and potential workers, the business She Takes the Cake is gone but she is still baking and selling under a different name now!!!!!!!!!
Ruth replying to a comment from RICASEGO / February 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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Wish I knew the name and location as I have a court order for past salary against her!!
Former employee -burn victim / June 1, 2013 at 10:03 am
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Wsib and the courts have charged she takes the cake and Adrienne may 2013 with failing to provide form 7 for a 2nd degree burn that got infected and needed a weeks home care. They are evil and dilusional. Justice is being served. They r closed. 4 years of hard work!
Ruth replying to a comment from Former employee -burn victim / June 16, 2013 at 02:16 pm
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Great news!! As you say, justice is partly served!1 I will only say partly as we would still like to be able and get money owing that the courts have found in favour of. Could you give me their last contact information?? I heard that they were still selling their cakes under another name. Want to desperately track down these dead beats and get money owing!! Thanks.
mayday / August 11, 2013 at 09:15 am
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Be honest, we will never see our money.
Ruth replying to a comment from mayday / August 29, 2013 at 06:46 pm
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Probably true, but I will keep my eye out for her!!!
mayday / July 20, 2014 at 02:25 pm
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Any news?

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