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Cake Town Cafe

Posted by Staff / Posted on January 19, 2011

Cake Town CafeCake Town Cafe is all about fresh, local, and natural. Sprouting on Danforth Ave. near Woodbine just three months ago, this cafe has already established itself as the place to go for scones, made fresh on site every day.

Cake Town CafeOriginally from South Africa, owners Nadia and husband Zahir decided to open up a cafe after living in the area for years. "Nadia would always sell out when she brought her baked goods to summer farmer's markets," says Zahir, who is an industrial plumber by trade. "People kept asking where they could get her baking during the rest of the year." So when the couple saw the neighbourhood start to change, they decided to jump in.

Cake Town CafeThe area is set to change a whole lot more in the coming months, as a massive condo is slated to rise right beside Cake Town Café. "I'm optimistic about it," Zahir says. "People around here want good, local stuff," he says. "We let our products do the talking."

Cake Town CafeWord has gotten out about Nadia's scones ($2.25), which she says are her "signature" item. As we discuss her recipe, a regular customer can't help but pipe in. "They're delicious," she coos. "Wonderful." Nadia's baking is inspired by English recipes handed down from her mother and grandmother. She uses local ingredients, bakes small batches daily, and changes up the flavour frequently.

Cake Town CafeFavourites include her pear and crystallized ginger scone, cranberry clementine scone, and lemon and dried blueberry. I tried the latter and it was definitely satisfying; just enough substance without being too heavy and a natural sweetness from the blueberries and fresh lemon zest.

Cake Town CafeCake Town offers a variety of other treats including brownies ($2.25) and an assortment of cookies ($0.75 each), some of which are available gluten-free. They only stock fair-trade organic coffee they get from a roaster less than 5km from the cafe and offer a variety of cold drinks--but only in glass bottles. "I hate the taste of drinks from cans," Zahir says. So they've stocked up on drinks--including Coke--in glass bottles. They also offer "the best Ginger ale you'll ever taste," according to Zahir. Called Pale Ginger Ale, they first tasted it in Muskoka (where it's made) and decided they had to sell it ($2.35) at their cafe.

Cake Town CafeWriting by Robyn Urback. Photos by Dennis Marciniak

Discussion

16 Comments

Ron / January 19, 2011 at 04:55 pm
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For those who need a few extra calories, Cake Town Cafe has the utterly delectable scone/devon cream/strawberry jam combo that is probably the worlds' most delicious thing and surprisingly hard to find. Very reasonably priced and altogether a lovely little cafe.
Alfred / January 20, 2011 at 10:22 am
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Cake Town is a great addition to our neighbourhood. The coffee, food and atmosphere are great.
M-PC / January 20, 2011 at 11:22 am
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Sounds great. How's their tea selection?
donna / January 20, 2011 at 04:38 pm
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Love this new addition to my hood. I am addicted to their scones (among the best I've had). Service is great too.
o.k. / January 20, 2011 at 05:31 pm
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Yum. I confess Ive only once had a great scone, I was young and some random old school Bakery/diner made it. I'm tempted to swing over here and try one of theirs out.
EJR / January 20, 2011 at 07:17 pm
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Coffee might need a little work, but this is probably the best cafe in the area. I hope it succeeds.
Mae / January 21, 2011 at 08:44 am
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Very nice place to drink coffee. It's atmosphere, food and beverages especially the coffee are absolutely good. The place is similar as drinking at your own kitchen.
Rosemary Barran / January 21, 2011 at 08:14 pm
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Cake Town Cafe is the place to go for a lovely cup of tea, Nadia's scones and brownies as well as her other baked goods are absolutely delightful; the atmosphere is nice and quiet, very relaxing for a chat and a delicious cup of coffee. The best cafe on the Danforth. Lovely decor. My favourite place.
uncle / January 23, 2011 at 03:33 am
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really a superb effort. keep it up
Deborah / January 24, 2011 at 03:40 pm
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There are only a few places in the area to get good home-baked gluten free items. Thank you. Always looking for gluten free/vegan baked goods - now, there's only 1 place in the area for those!
Richard / October 23, 2011 at 07:26 pm
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Cake Town is a delight with great customer service and outstanding pastry's!!! I'd Love to eat at cake town everyday
Janet / December 12, 2011 at 04:37 pm
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Love this little cafe and the fact that it is a local business,
not to mention the great coffee and scones.... no other word can better describes it than SUPERB and yes, the best on Danforth indeed!
ROSEANE / May 21, 2012 at 04:32 pm
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cake town cafe amei
L D Singer / September 27, 2012 at 09:05 am
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Yesterday we had a scone and coffee. First time in the cafe. I did not like the brewed coffee at all, so I returned it. The woman behind the counter did not seem interested. I ordered a brewed coffee. She charged me for both. And by the way both were bad. The scone was great. I intended to bring friends there for lunch today. Since I have many choices, this being a big city, that will never happen.
You can have good scones but a bad attitude will get you nothing. Never ever before, in a coffee shop, did anyone ever, charge for a bad cup of coffee that was returned. That was a bad few bucks that she got, and lost a lot more.
The cafe is right near me, and so are the others.
M.G / February 4, 2013 at 12:14 pm
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L D Singer, you sound like quite the miserable person.

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