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The Best Cupcakes in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / May 13, 2015

cupcakes torontoThe best cupcakes in Toronto have outlasted the "craze" that consumed this city before macarons and doughnuts became all the rage. These nostalgic treats have proven their staying power and are sure to be fixtures at birthday parties, celebrations, and coffee breaks for years to come.

Here's are the best cupcakes in Toronto.

See also: The top 10 new cupcake shops in Toronto for 2014

Prairie Girl Bakery

Prairie Girl Bakery

Multiple locations of this shop are renowned for cupcakes in classic flavours like chocolate, vanilla and chocolate banana, as well as seasonal specialties like blueberries and cream. Single cupcakes cost $3.25, while a dozen is $35. More »

Simply Frosted

Simply Frosted

This cupcakery in Scarborough offers over two dozen flavours including specialties like maple bacon, salted caramel, and birthday cake with confetti sprinkles. Single cupcakes start at $2.85, while a dozen sells for $32. More »

Bunner’s

Bunner’s

The vegan and gluten free bakery with locations in The Junction and in Kensington Market stocks cupcakes in classic flavours like vanilla, red velvet, and chocolate. There's also a French toast inspired cupcake infused with cinnamon and decorated with maple frosting. More »

Dlish

Dlish

A rotating assortment of cupcake flavours is featured daily at this West Queen West bakery. Popular picks include chocolate marshmallow, maple walnut and apple caramel. Singles sell for $3, while a dozen goes for $33. More »

The Rolling Pin

The Rolling Pin

This pastry shop at Yonge and Lawrence offers a steady lineup of cupcakes in flavours like chocolate peanut buttercup, coconut cream, and black velvet, while chef specials get creative with toppings. Single cupcakes sell for $3, while a dozen rings in at $34. More »

Don't Call Me Cupcake

Don't Call Me Cupcake

This sweet little bakeshop in Kensington Market stocks cupcakes in tempting flavours like rum glazed cake crowned with swirls of buttercream and Madagascar vanilla frosted with peaks of whipped chocolate buttercream. More »

For the Love of Cake

For the Love of Cake

Satisfy your sweet tooth at this Liberty Village bakery where deliciously moist cupcakes ($2.65-$3.65) are sold in dozens of flavours including decadent creations like Guinness chocolate, strawberry shortcake, and cookie dough. More »

Sweet Bliss

Sweet Bliss

This baking company in Leslieville offers a daily selection of all natural, homemade cupcakes ($2.95 each) in crowd pleasing flavours like red velvet, gingerbread with cream cheese frosting, and banana marshmallow. More »

Bake Shoppe

Bake Shoppe

Cupcakes ($2.85 each or $34 for a dozen) are a mainstay at this nostalgic sweet shop on College Street. Find three flavours on offer each day in classic flavours like vanilla bean, red velvet, and chocolate truffle. More »

Short and Sweet

Short and Sweet

This cupcake specialist on Avenue Road offers a cast of daily flavours including chocolate with sprinkles, red velvet with raspberry filling, and banana chocolate chip topped with banana icing. Individual cupcakes sell for $3, while a dozen is priced at $30. More »

Desmond & Beatrice

Desmond & Beatrice

The bakeshop on Carlaw offers six rotating cupcake flavours daily, while 40+ varieties are available for custom orders. Cupcakes are sold for $2.75 or twelve for $29. Original creations include a cinnamon spiced cake crowned with a swirl of brown sugar frosting. More »

Life is Sweet

Life is Sweet

This beloved cupcake house in the Beach(es) sticks to classic, ever popular varieties. Find the shop stocked with vanilla bean, butterscotch and double chocolate creations prepared onsite (of course) and ready for a boardwalk stroll. These cupcakes ring in at $2.75 each, or $29 for a dozen. More »

Discussion

50 Comments

sophie / May 13, 2015 at 02:45 pm
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No way Prairie Girl has the best cupcakes. They are drenched in oil, the cake is too dense, and the frosting overwhelming.
Ian / May 13, 2015 at 02:48 pm
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Sleepy bakers tres leche cupcake should be on the list
Canterbury Tail / May 13, 2015 at 02:54 pm
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Prairie Girl? Really? The icing is far too sweet and there's too much of it. The cupcake itself is, the clue is in the name as it being the major component, is bland and tasteless. Work ordered them in once for a celebration and they were pretty much universally reviled. That's a company that has a reputation but I've yet to speak to someone who has gone back for seconds.
Sarah / May 13, 2015 at 02:58 pm
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OMG Baked Goodness on Dundas has the best cupcakes BY FAR (chocolate vegan ones are to die for)
ess dee / May 13, 2015 at 02:58 pm
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Bobette and Belle - chocolate hazelnut cupcake. Omg.
michael / May 13, 2015 at 03:07 pm
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Sugarwink is fantastic for catering and events - www.sugarwink.com. They make everything from scratch and the flavours are amazing.
TJ / May 13, 2015 at 03:12 pm
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I don't quite understand the allure of ~$3 cupcakes. I've had cupcakes from 3 places on this list and had supermarket cupcakes. I must say, the only real difference for me is the special flavours involved. No matter where I bought the cupcake, the sweetness of the frosting really takes over and there is a difference in the density and moistness of the cake base. But when fresh, is there a massive difference between a gourmet $3 chocolate cupcake or a $0.80 supermarket chocolate cupcake? I would say, for me anyways, no.
Bridget / May 13, 2015 at 03:23 pm
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Simply frosted should not be on this list. Gobs of artificial tasting frosting that is way to heavy for the cake. It usually comes apart from the cake in one solid lump. They are local to me and will go out of my way for better cupcakes.
Ryan replying to a comment from TJ / May 13, 2015 at 03:39 pm
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Let me guess, you can't tell the difference between a McDonald's burger and one from TOMA either.

Must suck to have no taste (heh).
meh / May 13, 2015 at 04:08 pm
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prairie girl is disgusting.
Alex / May 13, 2015 at 04:46 pm
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This list is compiled via VOTES submitted by VISITORS to the site. So when BlogTO announces a "Best Of" - VOTE, DAMMIT! Instead of whinging allll day.
kas / May 13, 2015 at 04:50 pm
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Prairie Girl cupcakes are awful
oily and too much icing
they purposely pile on the icing to compensate for a tiny cupcake
Maryann / May 13, 2015 at 05:25 pm
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Bake Sale in Etobicoke is my favourite
Rich / May 13, 2015 at 05:26 pm
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Love Prairie Girl,
great cupcakes........
keep up the good work
Liz / May 13, 2015 at 06:38 pm
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Why isn't The Cupcake Shoppe at Yonge/Eg on the list?? They use all natural ingredients and they're nut free, which is huge deal for allergic folk who often have to forgo bakeries entirely. They have very imaginative flavours nd have recently introduced a build-your-own option.
Lori / May 13, 2015 at 07:04 pm
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Why isn't Lollicakes on this list. These are the best, in my opinion.
mgt / May 13, 2015 at 07:27 pm
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Bunners has got to be the worst bakery in Toronto. Consistently dry and heavy products-be it cupcakes, cinnamon buns....just gross. How is this place always on your lists? Weird
Fluff / May 13, 2015 at 10:27 pm
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Yummy Stuff and Life is Sweet are neck and neck for the city's best cupcake in my opinion, but the former always seems to go unnoticed on these kinds of lists. Their red velvet is the absolute best I've ever had, and got me through my pregnancy. Their bacon is a close second if you feel like doubling up.
... replying to a comment from Pat / May 13, 2015 at 11:04 pm
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http://www.blogto.com/news_flash/2015/04/vote_12_new_best_of_categories/

These Best Of categories are chosen because people went online and voted what they thought were the best.... There is no BS. Learn your facts if you're going to put up an argument.
J / May 14, 2015 at 08:19 am
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I know why Bunner's is on this list (gluten-free = popular), but everything they sell other than the supersonic cookie is heavy, stodgy, and bland. The icing is the worst - vegan icing doesn't have to look and taste like a sweetened oil slick, but for some reason they seem to like that gross texture. Gluten-free desserts also don't have to be heavy with the texture of hockey pucks, but again, they seem to be married to their bizarre recipes filled with dense legume and brown rice flours. Grosssssss.

(But seriously, their supersonic cookie is delicious.)
TJ replying to a comment from Ryan / May 14, 2015 at 08:54 am
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I haven't been to SOMA. But I definitely can taste the difference between a good burger and a bad one. That's the difference though. There are tonnes of different quality, variety and cuts of beef (sirloin, angus, wagu, etc.) whereas for a cupcake, there aren't many different "quality" ingredients that you can vary from (e.g., there's no "premium" flour, no premium cream/sugar, etc.).
Traci / May 14, 2015 at 09:27 am
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This list is WAY OFF! There's no way #1 is Prairie girl, I tried them once and never returned. The cake is tasteless and the icing is so sugary that it's like someone punched you in the face with a bag of sugar. #DiabetesAnyone?

The Cupcake Shoppe at Yonge/Eg should be on the list. Dlish should have a higher ranking as well.

Who made this list? gee!
Alisha / May 14, 2015 at 10:30 am
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I second Bobette & Belle! I do enjoy Praire Girl's salted caramel cupcake, though.
Jack / May 14, 2015 at 11:52 am
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LOL Prairie Girl is easily the worst on this list, I think you're mistaking location with quality, hence the farthest one (and BEST) being at the bottom
Martha / May 14, 2015 at 03:24 pm
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I missed the call for submissions/didn't vote on this, but thought I would throw out my two cents. I really like Almond Butterfly Bakeshop on Harbord. Gluten free or not, their cupcakes are tasty.
Alex replying to a comment from J / May 14, 2015 at 04:55 pm
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Their brownies are chewy and very cocoalicious (if you will). The date squares are iffy - but I don't love date squares to start. Their doughnuts are fabulous actually! Love their cookies and the raspberry crumb cake is real good stuff too.
Brent / May 15, 2015 at 11:39 am
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Prairie Girl is the best - Red Velvet !!
DriverAndCyclist / May 15, 2015 at 11:48 am
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Too much icing? Are you stupid? It's better to have it and not need it. Had Prairie Girl Cupcakes at our wedding. So delicious, easily the best cakes in Toronto. We went into the back kitchen when we were there and were given a tasting and tour. They only use real ingredients, actual strawberries in the strawberry icing... That's why most of you complaining don't like them, stick to eating dyed whipped sugar somewhere else.
Sweettooth / May 16, 2015 at 02:44 am
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Pairie Girl, really? Heavily sweet+ sandy texture icing + dry/oily cake= Your Pairie Girl cupcake.
More icing doesn't compensate for good taste. Prepackaged icing at the supermarket does better justice .
Tina replying to a comment from Bridget / May 16, 2015 at 04:12 am
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simply frosted cupcakes have a very wide choices of the most interesting and tasteful cupcakes. TheY also have a warm and friendly store
shopgirl replying to a comment from Liz / May 19, 2015 at 07:19 pm
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second the Little Cupcake Shoppe. The best. They've been around forever, and that speaks volumes.
Ginny / May 20, 2015 at 05:42 pm
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Prairie Girl? Their cupcakes are gross. Same cake just different frosting and lots of it and sugar.
Fiona / May 20, 2015 at 05:56 pm
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I'd put Prairie Girl on the same quality level as Coffee Time.
Bridget replying to a comment from Tina / May 22, 2015 at 10:06 pm
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Tina, I have purchased from Simply Frosted many times, hoping each time for a better experience. However after several tries if it is cupcakes I am looking to purchase there are way better options. Simply Frosted is local to me and I am all for supporting local business but you still have to offer a good product. The staff could also use some customer service training. Don't bicker when a customer is in the store and even if you are having a lousy day, hide it! Cupcakes should be fun!
Thekinder / May 23, 2015 at 08:57 pm
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Prairie Girl is awesome and one of the best in cupcakes & the flavours are also amazing chocolate, vanilla and chocolate banana...
Poznan / June 1, 2015 at 03:03 pm
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Uptown special!
shanley / June 2, 2015 at 04:04 pm
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My favourite cupcakes in the city are Sacchariferous' cupcakes. They're new to the city and only have an online shop for now, but my god are their cupcakes to die for. Moist, light cakes with flavourful and tastefully sweet buttercream, nothing overpowering. Seriously they're the BEST! sacchariferous.wix.com/sacchariferous
patrick / June 3, 2015 at 08:13 pm
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another vote Prairie Girl cupcakes are flavourless and the frosting is overkill.
armin / June 3, 2015 at 09:07 pm
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BiteBar.ca
steph / June 4, 2015 at 03:56 pm
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Agreed. Prairie Girl is by far the worst on the list. The Sugar Tooth Fairy has the best cupcakes - best flavours, creativity, and made to order.
Rosemary / June 10, 2015 at 01:17 pm
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The best cupcakes are by Eats & Treats by D - absolutely awesome, delicious. Made with the best ingredients.
Dianne / June 15, 2015 at 05:08 pm
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Best cupcakes are north of Toronto...in Barrie with two locations. Check the website for locations. Two thumbs up for these cupcakes :)
Mark / June 17, 2015 at 10:37 am
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Prairie Girl's frosting is stiffer and has more sugar than say, Bobbette and Bell's frosting, which is a soft buttercream. Not an apple-to-apple comparison :) My favourite would be a combo of PG's frosting on B&B's cupcakes!
Catherine / June 30, 2015 at 03:32 pm
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Where is Bake Sale on the list? They definitely have the best cupcakes in the city! Love, love, love the thick buttercream icing. My favourite is the Nutella cupcake with a glob of Nutella in the chocolate cake and Nutella icing.
Cupcake Lover / July 14, 2015 at 04:56 pm
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I love So Into Cupcakes in Scarborough. They are great!
Krista / July 22, 2015 at 08:57 pm
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You need to add The Cupcake Shoppe.
They are SO good. Light, fluffy and delish (unlike D'elish cupcakes that are heavy and dry)
Rowena replying to a comment from Catherine / July 28, 2015 at 01:27 pm
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I absolutely agree with this! Bake Sale is so good, and their icing isn't too sweet.
Rachel / August 12, 2015 at 11:27 am
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Sweet Serendipity is the best! It's shocking that they aren't on this list. Go check them out at 1335 Danforth Ave, just past Greenwood.
KT replying to a comment from TJ / August 25, 2015 at 09:29 pm
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As a professional baker/pastry chef, I completely disagree with you. Grocery store cupcakes are made using a "cake mix" filled with chemicals, preservatives and artificial flavours. Their frosting is a glob of high ratio shortening and icing sugar. Real bakeries use REAL butter, REAL eggs, REAL flour, REAL ingredients, NO preservatives, emulsifiers or artificial flavours. THAT sir, is the difference. Bakers/pastry chefs take pride in their product just as much as any other chef and when given the opportunity to use quality ingredients, they do. This is why a cupcake from a bakery costs $3.00 or more whereas a chemical cupcake at the grocery store costs you .80 cents.
stella / August 25, 2015 at 09:36 pm
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It's too bad these "best of's" don't stretch out to Oakville! sweetbites Bake Shoppe should be on the list! If you ever venture out that way definitely check them out. They have the best cupcakes AND crazy delicious cookie sandwiches! www.sweetbitesbakeshoppe.com

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