The Best Cupcakes in Toronto
The best cupcakes in Toronto are here for the long haul. Say what you will about the supposed "cupcake craze," the cupcakes from these bake shops certainly have staying power. While some spots opt to keep mostly with the classics, others have ventured into the bacon-flavoured, stout-style, chai-infused takes on the traditional cupcake. And believe it or not, Guinness actually works in cupcake form! Guess you'll just have to try it for yourself. Here is the list of the best cupcakes in Toronto.
Note: Best cupcakes lists were previously published on April 2, 2011 and, before that, May 23, 2008. Comments below made up until October 14, 2012 are in reference to the old list. We've purposely kept the archived comments here because we believe they (mostly) add value to this topic. If you don't want to have to wade through all of them, simply hit the "sort by newest first" link at the top of the thread.
Lauded for its four-dimensional cupcakes (think cake, filling, topping and garnish) and out-of-the-box flavours, For the Love of Cake in Liberty Village has broken new, uh, “baking cups” when it comes to reinventing the cupcake. Here you’ll find flavours such as rum and coke, Guinness chocolate, pumpkin pie, and its traditional “Very Vanilla,” available in a full size for about $2.50 to $3.00, or a mini cupcake for $1.50. If you opt for the mini, trust me, you’ll want two. More »
These cupcakes have long been enjoyed at various spots around the city and finally found a place to call their own in June of last year in Riverside. Red velvet, hands down, is clear Desmond & Beatrice gold, followed closely by its incredibly rich double chocolate cupcake and the always affable cookies and cream. Minis are sometimes in shop and always available by special order, but you can count on six or more different regular sized cupcakes ($2.75) in store. More »
Prairie Girl Bakery displays its cupcakes in a way you might expect of expensive jewellery or handbags, and rightfully so. This shop is all about and only about its cupcakes at both of its Toronto locations, making the butteriest of buttercreams and cakes that taste like they came straight from grandma’s kitchen. If your grandma bakes, that is. With options such as peanut butter and jelly on vanilla and carrot cupcakes with cream cheese icing, these treats are $2.95 each or $1.75 for a mini. More »
Dlish’s cupcakes are about substance as much as style, proudly made with premium ingredients and nixing cutesy signage in favour of the sophisticated. This West Queen West shop changes up its finishes, too, opting for a shiny ganache finish for the chocolate peanut butter cupcakes, and a coarse coating of chocolate sprinkles to give its chocolate cupcake a little crunch. Salted caramel, especially, is a Dlish winner. Well worth the $3 each. Now with a second location near Yonge and Bloor. More »
Yes, a vegan cupcake that is actually moist, not greasy and delicious! Vegan chocolate is the mainstay at this Dundas West bakeshop, available with all sorts of frostings in different colours and flavours. But if vegan chocolate’s not your thing, you might luck out if you swing by when a Guinness pumpkin cupcake or a zucchini chocolate muffincake (healthier than a cupcake?) is just waiting for your OMG arrival. Most cupcakes are priced starting at $2.50 each. More »
Nevermind the name. It’s more than just tiers and fondant at this Little Italy shop, especially considering the wonders that can be achieved when you shrink cakes down to personal size. Spicy chai latte, green tea, and orange ginger are a few of the more unusual cupcake varieties you’ll find at this shop, though my personal allegiance will forever be with The Wedding Cake Shoppe’s “Raspberry Rapture.” Cupcakes here are $2.65 each. More »
While Sullivan & Bleeker doesn’t have a retail location to pick up the odd salted caramel or mint chocolate chip cupcake, you don’t have to look too far to find these over-the-top treats. You can find one of its stuffed, frosted, and topped cupcakes at many high-end shops around the city, or else trek up to North York to pick up a “Dirty Dozen” of Sullivan & Bleeker’s cupcakes, made fresh to order for $36. By the time you get home, it’ll be more like a “Dirty Ten.” More »
Life is Sweet is the beloved cupcake house in the Beaches that's known to stick with the tried and true. These retro cakes are your classic lemon drop, vanilla bean, and double chocolate creations, along with the odd orange earl grey just to add an element of “new.” Prepared onsite (of course) and perfect for a boardwalk stroll, these cupcakes ring in at $2.50 each, or $1.50 for a mini cupcake. More »
Yummy Stuff is another bakery that clearly excels when it comes to the red velvet cupcake, though its take on the maple bacon and the s’more shouldn’t be overlooked. You’ll find a whole assortment of different varieties when you step into this Parkdale shop, including the (winter-appropriate) apple cinnamon caramel, seasonal pumpkin, and summer margarita. Obviously there’s a reason to pop in any time of year. More »