Dolce Moda is the cutest couture cake and dessert shop that also whips up pizza cones and slings gelato and coffee in true Italian fashion.
If you’re a fashionista who wants a cake that matches the stylishness of an occasion, however, that’s what this place is really known for.
The place is entirely decked out in classic black and white, an adorable cake cart in the front window and fashion art on the walls. It’s part showroom and part operational bakery, everything baked from scratch on site.
Special occasion cakes start at $40 for a four-inch cake that serves up to four, and if it’s for a particular holiday you’ll probably have to order at least a week in advance.
A “Valentine’s Love Cake” sandwiches cream cheese, raspberry or strawberry buttercream between four layers of red velvet cake topped with macarons and ciambelline. A handmade cake topper is $10 - $12 extra.
Cupcakes are $4.75 individually, $25 for a half dozen. These cupcakes are actually all filled and topped with Italian meringue buttercream as well as a couverture fashion chocolate in the shape of a purse or shoe.
The Pink Lady is vanilla cake filled with strawberry jam and topped with strawberry buttercream.
The Rocher has sticky Nutella in the middle and is topped with a hazelnut buttercream and a Ferrero Rocher chocolate. The cake is just a tad dry and the buttercream a bit solid and sugary, but the flavour combination is great and these cupcakes are all incredibly pretty.
Ciambelline ($2.50) are not made here but are wonderful, kind of like mini Italian cake donuts filled with chocolate or vanilla cream.
Truffles ($2 for one, $14 for a half dozen and $26 for a full dozen) are handmade with couverture chocolate and pure cream. They come in flavours like dark chocolate strawberry, milk chocolate champagne, white chocolate raspberry coconut, dark chocolate coffee and white chocolate orange.
You can also design your own mix-and-match candy box ($30), using various candies from Chocolat-Chocolat and the U.S. as well as triple hearts from Spain. There are also yogurt-covered blueberries, Jordan almonds, cinna-bears and way more.
Bags of frappe ($12) are traditional light and crispy Italian pastries covered in honey and icing sugar, typically eaten as a delicate accompaniment to coffee.
Pizza cones ($5.95) are actually made using machinery bought from the now shuttered Yummy Cone, so if you were addicted to their fare you can get the same basic thing here now. There’s also an event space downstairs where parties and classes can take place.