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Baked Goods

Sweet Bliss

Posted by Christina Cheung / Posted on November 2, 2014

sweet bliss bakerySweet Bliss Bakery opened in 2006, ahead of the cupcake craze that exploded in Toronto and before a boom of bakeries hit Leslieville and Riverside, some of which are still here today, and others, not so much.

This small shop's decor has a cozy, country-kitchen feel, and on weekends, it's difficult to resist the wafting scent of cinnamon buns baking as you walk by outside. Husband-and-wife owners/bakers Chris and Christina Blougouras, who both share a long history of working in the restaurant biz, have created a friendly neighbourhood spot where passersby can drop in for caffeine and a treat.

sweet bliss torontoBesides the weekend-only cinnamon buns ($2.50), other baked goods on offer include scones ($2.75 each), mini pies ($5.50), tarts ($3.95), sweet loaves ($8.95) and of course, cupcakes ($2.95), with flavours changing up regularly.

The cupcakes can be found in a fridge by the counter, and when I visit, red velvet, gingerbread with cream cheese frosting and chocolate with chocolate sauce are the choices available that day. I go for the gingerbread and it doesn't disappoint; it's super moist, not too sweet and the gingerbread-cream cheese combo of flavours is spot-on and satisfying.

sweet bliss torontoI also try a cinnamon bun, and when I compare notes with a friend who's also tried it, it becomes apparent that the definition of the ideal cinnamon bun is an entirely subjective thing. He prefers his without icing, with a restrained dose of the cinnamon and sugar swirled inside - which is exactly what Sweet Bliss's buns are like. I personally like a liberal amount of sweet, cinnamon-y goodness in my rolls, and find the amount of bread overwhelms everything else. Oh, well. To each their own.

sweet bliss torontoEverything here is made from scratch in the bakery's back kitchen, and Chris tells me they make an effort to use only pure, natural ingredients, like real butter, organic flour, and natural sweeteners like maple syrup or honey.

sweet bliss torontoThe only exception is the red velvet cupcake; Christina held out and refrained from adding red food colouring for the first five years (sadly, red velvet is not naturally red), but they only started selling well after she relented and added it in. To compensate, she also adds raspberry puree to ease her conscience a bit.

sweet bliss torontoTo accompany the sweet treats, there are also very reasonably priced espresso-based drinks on the menu, with beans from Dark City Roasters; quality Americanos can be had for a mere $2 and regular lattes are only $2.85 ($3.25 for a large).

sweet bliss torontoGoing along with the country-kitchen theme, there are also quaint homemade pantry items for sale, like Mennonite-made jams from The Stone Kitchen, jars of pickled products from Kountry Korner and Ontario maple syrup and honey.

sweet bliss torontoTake note that the bakery's hours are a little strange: it's closed from Monday to Wednesday, but should you find yourself passing by any other day, just follow your nose inside.

sweet bliss torontoPhotos by Jesse Milns.

Discussion

16 Comments

Keven / March 23, 2008 at 04:00 pm
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I'm there every weekend. Their loaves (banana nut, cranberry etc) are amazing! They have these amazing old fashioned cinnamon buns. They also make the world's most amazing scones and normally I'm not a fan of scones at all, but I make the exception at Sweet Bliss.

In fact, I'm going to head there right now lol.
Michael / June 23, 2008 at 10:06 pm
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Awesome place! Every time we go there is something yummy to grab! Lemon bars are amazing! and the Banana bread is worth every penny! Prices are on the high side but you can't beat the quality and care put into every little bit! Sweet Bliss is the perfect name for this shy out of the way Homey bakery!
Michael / June 23, 2008 at 10:07 pm
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Oh and here's a taste of their sweetness!
LH / July 10, 2008 at 04:00 pm
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Their cookies are great too! I had pumpkin cookies last fall and they were amazing. I will definitely try the cupcakes next time!
/ September 23, 2008 at 07:30 am
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The cupcakes had been refrigerated when I had purchased them, not very good either. The pink one I had tasted was disgustingly sweet. Definitly do not recommend this place. Its too bad they had such a nice looking shop from the outside, looks can be deceiving!
Brien and Doug / March 20, 2009 at 02:17 pm
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AMAZING and fresh selection of baked goodies! We LOVE their special cupcakes to put at home on our cakestand. Keep up the good work and we'll keep coming.
Greg / March 20, 2009 at 05:30 pm
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We read the glowing review of this place in The Toronto Star.

After one bite of their cupcakes, cakes, cookies or brownies, it is sure to land you.

Wow, these guys are talented but let's hope they don't go commercial the way Dufflets did way back when. As they are, they are hands on bakers and the best on the east coast.

Yum, yum gotta get me some.
Wendy / March 20, 2009 at 11:58 pm
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We had some cupcakes from Sweet Bliss for my little sister's birthday and it was to our disappointment. The pink frosty looked super yummy but looks are definitely deceiving. And the cake was too doughy that it didn't even taste like cake. Betty Crocker makes a better cupcake.
shy / June 12, 2009 at 07:46 pm
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Their buttertarts are the best I've ever had. Not too sweet with an amazing crust. The cupcakes look alot like Magnolia's in NYC. I liked the carrot cake and red velvet ones even though the icing was a tad too sweet.
Nadaraj replying to a comment from Wendy / January 21, 2010 at 01:34 pm
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so does yourmom. herbutter tarts are nice and sweet for me. hercinnamonn buns aresometimes sticky after our daily routines.
J wilson / February 6, 2011 at 07:02 pm
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All I have to say is: BEST CINNAMON BUNS EVER! They only make them on saturday and sunday - they sell fast so get there early. They are def the best in town. (Blondies are absolutely amazing as well)
Eastender / April 1, 2012 at 10:27 am
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I used to visit weekly for these cinnamon buns but in the past few months they have been really lacking. Im not sure if there is someone new in the back, but these used to be gooey and buttery and require multiple napkins. Now they are just doughy bread rolls with little cinnamon filling. I go back every couple of months with the hope that I'll get one if those gooey buns again but have so far been dissapointed.
More cupcakes / November 2, 2014 at 08:56 am
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There is such a shortage of cupcake places in town. Sometimes you have to walk an entire block to buy them.
westtoeast replying to a comment from Michael / November 3, 2014 at 09:58 am
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Agreed on the lemon bars! They are some of the best I`ve ever had.
ALAN / November 3, 2014 at 02:14 pm
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Sweet Bliss is by far the best bakery in the city! they have the best cakes, squares, tarts, pies, scones, cookies, bread .. you name it ... their baking is simple, honest goodness. You can taste the love in each bite! ... there is no where better!
Janet / November 3, 2014 at 02:25 pm
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Sweet Bliss IS the only real bakery in Toronto. Their food is real like their owners. Must tries are butter tarts, apple cake, cranberry butter tart squares, scones, lemon cake and double chocolate cake. If you are use to processed desserts then you might not like the taste of any of Sweet Bliss's items.

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