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The Best New Bakeries in Toronto, 2012

Posted by Robyn Urback / January 4, 2013

new bakeries toronto 2012The best new bakeries in Toronto in 2012 brought terrible new temptations to those still clinging to the forlorn Atkins diet. Sorry. 2011's reign of the cupcake was replaced by a newfound appreciation for the heavily decorated doughnut, along with persistent dedication to the classic croissant and cookie. The year 2012 saw traditional French, country homestyle, and the odd vegan take on baking, with a couple of unusual options (or names) that seduce a second glance.

Here is the list of the best new bakeries in Toronto in 2012.

See also:

The Best New Bakeries in Toronto, 2011
The Best New Bakeries in Toronto, 2010
The Best New Bakeries in Toronto, 2009

Glory Hole Doughnuts

Glory Hole Doughnuts

Glory Hole simultaneously charmed and horrified Torontonians when it erected (snort) its storefront in Parkdale over the summer. Ashley Jacot De Boinod, the woman behind the Hole, finally gave her Butter and Toast and Lemon Meringue doughnuts a proper home, smartly offering the option to add bacon to any selection. Now it’s just a matter of time until “Circle Jerk Chicken” moves in next door. More »

Tori’s Bakeshop

Tori’s Bakeshop

Tori’s Bakeshop arrived in the Beaches early in the year, and went on to prove that vegan baking can survive (and thrive!) on taste alone. Leaving the dogma and obtrusive signage aside, Tori let its cupcakes, cinnamon buns, and scones speak for themselves. And speak they did. Rumor has it the area is still enveloped in a (refined-sugar-free) doughnut coma, though luckily there are soymilk lattes to snap you out of it. More »

Moo Milk Bar

Moo Milk Bar

Danielle Oron brought things back to basics in 2012 with her Beaches bake shop focused on milk and cookies. Because if it ain’t broke, right? With a lineup of flavoured milks and huge chewy homemade cookies, Moo Milk Bar inflicted its own little pang of nostalgia with oatmeal raisin and white chocolate macadamia nut to soften the blow. Best is the “Bottom of the Bowl” Cinnamon Toast Crunch-flavoured milk. More »

Le Dolci

Le Dolci

Forget maple bacon chocolate cupcakes and raspberry cheesecake supreme. Le Dolci made the decision to keep things simple with its classic chocolate and vanilla cupcake options. That said, take a class and you’ll learn to transform the average cake into a custom, colourful, three-dimensional delight, albeit, a temporary one that will soon meet its ultimate demise. That being, your mouth. More »

Andrea’s Gerrard Street Bakery

Andrea’s Gerrard Street Bakery

Did it really take this long for a bakery in Toronto to think up a “Streetcar” sandwich? In any case, Andrea’s Gerrard Street Bakery brought a whole lot more than clever nomenclature to East Chinatown with its summertime opening, offering a homestyle spread of classic butter tarts, cookies, cakes, and other sweets. “Wee cakes” reign supreme on the indulgent end, while freshly baked scones have come to dominate weekends. More »

Discussion

13 Comments

Whhhhaaaaaa!!!! / January 4, 2013 at 10:51 am
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Looky here, looky here....

55% of the choices are east of the DVP !!!!!!!!

Thats got to be a first for anything at BlogTO.
bisca / January 4, 2013 at 11:26 am
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Yeah, I've been inside Glory Hole Donuts.....that's all I have to say about that.
Striig replying to a comment from Whhhhaaaaaa!!!! / January 4, 2013 at 12:22 pm
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So true! It's shocking.
Jac / January 4, 2013 at 03:40 pm
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Bunners, still the best bakery in TO.
Nicolas / January 5, 2013 at 06:34 pm
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What is that chick wearing in the picture, talk about ugly
Jess / January 7, 2013 at 10:06 am
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Le Dolci is seriously the WORST 'bakery' I've ever been to..whoever voted for it must be on crack because its extremely overpriced plus the cupcake, cookie and ice pop that I've bought there have all been very disappointing. Dry, stake and over sweet cupcakes, ridiculously greasy cookies and bland ice pops. That's the best way to describe Le Dolci. I would never pay $80 for a macaron making class when they can't even execute a proper vanilla cupcake with good buttercream icing.
andy / January 7, 2013 at 06:41 pm
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Jess, you must be crazy. Le Dolci is awesome.
G / January 10, 2013 at 08:47 am
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I'm confused! Leslieville Bakery is good but they barely opened in 2012, so not sure how they could make the "Best of " list if they weren't even open for more than a month!
New Toronto Condos / March 11, 2013 at 05:29 pm
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OMG they all look so good! can't wait to try Glory Hole. have heard amazing things aboutfriends in the west end Toronto
Gira / March 19, 2013 at 04:22 am
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Gira Visit : http://www.torontocakery.com/ .. Order Online .. & Have your sweets delivered to you !!
Jasa Pembelian / March 23, 2013 at 03:27 am
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BillyO / July 10, 2013 at 10:18 pm
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Love Moo Milk Bar - great cookies, milk, and not to be missed ice cream sandwiches. Artisan is also great - chocolate almond croissant and coconut chocolate twists are both to die for

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