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The Best New Bakeries in Toronto, 2011

Posted by Robyn Urback / January 10, 2012

Best New Bakeries TorontoThe best new bakeries in Toronto from 2011 might be churning out the same old things as ever, but they are, however, doing it remarkably well. There's nothing new about a shop devoted to cupcakes, the perfect French baguette, or classic homestyle baking. There are even more than a few options for gluten-free baking in Toronto.

Yet many of the best new bakeries in Toronto fall into these categories, managing to distinguish themselves by the sheer quality and taste of their baked goods. So, while on the surface it may seem like a whole lot of the same, a couple dollops of buttercream and a warm, fluffy cinnamon bun would do wonders to change our minds. Here is the list of the best new bakeries in Toronto for 2011.

See also:

The best new bakeries in Toronto 2010
The best new bakeries in Toronto 2009

Bakerbots

Bakerbots

Rosanne Pezzeli’s indulgent ice cream sandwiches were the ‘it’ drug of summer 2011. Indeed, the combination of Ed’s Burnt Marshmallow ice cream and one of Rosanne’s chewy ‘Everything’ cookies had some wicked powers of seduction. Teasing us with limited hours, this bakery crafted itself into first place this year with its homestyle baked goods and classic French macarons. More »

Prairie Girl Bakery

Prairie Girl Bakery

The cupcake is not dead! Or else, if it is, it was slightly revived this year with the opening of Prairie Girl Bakery in the Financial District (even suits need some strawberry buttercream once in a while, after all). Later opening a second location in First Canadian Place, this cupcake-only shop serves my personal favourite for fluffy, flavourful cakes and indulgent buttercream icing. More »

Cliffside Hearth

Cliffside Hearth

What started in a backyard wood-burning oven evolved into a Scarborough retail hub for some of the freshest, all natural bread around. The prices may be a little steeper than most, but the sweet raisin bread and crispy French baguettes have gotten people talking, and not about the price. Cliffside Hearth is mom and pop all the way. More »

Goodbye Gluten

Goodbye Gluten

A gluten-free haven opened up in North York the summer of 2011, with its own onsite chef and a plethora of gluten-free goods. The bakery offers everything typically off-limits for those struggling with intolerance, while the pantry shelves stock all the ingredients to make them at home. Chances are, though, you can’t top the carrot cake already ready to take home. More »

Desmond & Beatrice

Desmond & Beatrice

While Torontonians have been privy to Desmond & Beatrice sweets for some time now, its first centralized retail location just opened in 2011. The shop is stocked with D&B’s signature cupcakes, of course, as well as cookies, squares, bars, whoopie pies, and homemade raspberry lemonade. More »

Short and Sweet Cupcakes

Short and Sweet Cupcakes

Rounding out the list is (believe it or not) another cupcake shop, this time up at Avenue and Lawrence. What makes this shop special is quite possibly its ‘BBM’ (butterscotch banana cupcake with maple buttercream) cupcake, or else the fact that it is totally nut-free. Lots of seasonal specialty options, each with its own punny name. More »

Discussion

19 Comments

melissa / January 10, 2012 at 11:33 am
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i've tried prairie girl and was underwhelmed - lovely store, interesting flavours, but not the tastiest cupcake in the city. my vote goes to either the ahead-of-its-time cupcake shoppe at yonge/eg or desmond & beatrice.

i'm surprised not to see brick street (mmmm their olive pretzels are.... UNREAL) or the chabichou, which arguably has the best croissant in the city.
BillyO / January 10, 2012 at 11:40 am
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Agree about Prairie Girl. They are not bad, but not amazing either. I'd take Desmond and Beatrice, Bobbette and Belle, Flour Studio or Sweet Bliss Baking Co over them.
Stacey / January 10, 2012 at 11:46 am
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If you want a really good chocolate stout cupcake with delicious creamy icing try the cupcakes made in house at The Beaver Cafe, Queen West. I'm addicted.
danielle / January 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm
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I strongly feel Baked on Lauder should have made this list. They offer a wide variety of delicious baked goods and switch things up often to keep the offerings fresh and interesting. I only wish they'd offer breads and organic milk (which is nowhere to be found in the neighbourhood)! And while I love me a cupcake, calling a cupcake-only shop a bakery is a bit misleading. If I'm looking for a bakery, I want to go to a place where I have more than one option. While I strongly believe in the idea of doing one thing really well, the cupcake thing has truly reached its saturation point. I suppose it's an easy business model, but let's show some ingenuity for crying out loud!
Parker replying to a comment from melissa / January 10, 2012 at 02:41 pm
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The category is Best NEW Bakeries 2011 and hence Brick Street Bakery does not qualify.
Geoff / January 10, 2012 at 02:59 pm
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Bakerbots is an addiction I'm willing to fund. It's fantastic. The butter tarts are deadly.
Cyril Sneer / January 10, 2012 at 03:25 pm
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There's no such thing as a good cupcake. It's like discussing what is the best Halloween chocolate. Croissants, pies, breads...those are the things that make a great bakery.
Kevin / January 10, 2012 at 07:41 pm
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What about the new Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens?

They have an in store ACE Bakery as well as an awesome patisserie with assume most items backed on site from scratch.
GL replying to a comment from Kevin / February 8, 2012 at 04:50 pm
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The pastries at Maple Leaf are definitely not all house-made. Their breads maybe, but the sweets are you regular mix of Dufflet, La Rocca and Brick Street.
linda / February 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm
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I've tried the coconut cream pie on The Canadian pie and it was just delicious!
I'm waiting to try the other ones...
Gina / March 16, 2012 at 12:27 am
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Prairie Girl have horrible cupcakes. They are rated the worst right here on BlogTO.

Prairie Girl cupcakes are no different then what you'll find at Loblaws or Metro.
Sarah / March 20, 2012 at 03:20 pm
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I'm surprised to see Canadian Pie Company on here; the pies are expensive and full of frozen produce from overseas. Give me the Pie Shack any day.
Jules / April 27, 2012 at 04:44 pm
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Prairie Girl? REALLY? I love what someone else said about them. "They have two flavors gross & bad" That's all I have to say.
Winnie / May 23, 2012 at 05:32 pm
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This post lost all creditability by listing Prairie Girl. Cheap products and very bad for you. Their Chocolate cupcakes have 30grams of fat as reported in The Toronto Star.
Shelley / August 14, 2012 at 04:18 pm
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Dessert Lady by far is the Best Dessert Bakery in Toronto. They really lovely and have the Best Pastries in Toronto. They have everything and the prices are reasonable. Love the Red Velvet cake, macarons (crunchy hazelnut my fav), and pies - yum. You got to check them out!
Cosplay / September 26, 2012 at 10:36 am
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Agree about Prairie Girl. They are not bad, but not amazing either. I'd take Desmond and Beatrice, Bobbette and Belle, Flour Studio or Sweet Bliss Baking Co over them.
Manon / November 25, 2012 at 07:31 pm
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I am also surprised that Aren't We Sweet at the St Lawrence Market is not mentioned. They have re-opened this store with a new food concept in 2012. They propose everyday 12 flavor of fantastic French macarons and different type of croissants the Saturday.
I am a French expatriate in Toronto living closed to the st-Lawrence market. Since I discovered this store I have become addicted to their products which remember me my childhood.
By the way try their chocolate bars too...
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