Yum, yum: New & noteworthy desserts

We love finding new dessert options. The perfect dessert can make anything better. Here are a few of our favourite new spots to snack on something sweet. 

A common cupcake #fail is an insufficient amount of icing; it can make a cupcake as undesirable as a muffin bottom. For The Love of Cake in Liberty Village has taken measures to ensure their cupcakes don’t meet that fate by creating the 4 Dimensional Cupcake. These cupcakes include four delicious elements: the cake (variety of flavours available), the filling (95% of their cupcakes are filled with custards, preserves, creams and ganaches), the topping (a mix of meringues, whipped cream, mascarpone, cream cheese frosting and more) and the garnish (which can range from anything to a candied carrot to an Oreo). Best part? No dorky 3D glasses required.
Other notable cupcake shout outs include: Sweet Bliss Baking Company in Leslieville and Prairie Girl (two locations downtown).
If cupcakes aren’t your thing, try a cheesecake in single-serve portions from a new Toronto-based baketress, Ladybird. With mouth-watering flavours like Banoffee and Caramel Apple Crumble, these pint-sized cakes are perfect for birthdays, bridal showers or Fridays.
Gourmet marshmallows have been popular in Europe for quite some time, but have only recently been popping up on our side of the pond. Torontonians have Nadège Nourian to thank for that, at least in part. At Nadège, her Trinity Bellwoods patisserie, Nourian has created decadent homemade marshmallows. They come in a variety of exotic flavours, such as violet, poppy, coffee and banana. If you don’t live in the area or feel up for a baking challenge, you can try out Nourian’s recipe at home. Bon appétit.
Once synonymous with police officers and bitter, watery coffee, the mighty doughnut is experiencing a renaissance these days. We first noticed this when we heard about NYC’s Doughnut Plant and their pistachio, Meyer lemon and tres leches flavours. Imagine our delight when we learned of Glory Hole Doughnuts. While this up-and-coming shop is still searching for a home, their scrumptious doughnuts can be found at Thor Espresso Bar, Burger Bar (Saturdays only) and occasionally at 416 Snackbar. Our favourite flavour? Maple Bacon.

Have any other favourite treats in the city? We’d love to hear about them! Tweet us @rockitpromo. 

Yum, yum: Quirky desserts

When it comes to fashion we appreciate the bold prints from Proenza Schouler, the strategically placed ruffles from Phillip Lim and the whimsical inspiration behind Lanvin that is Alber Elbaz. And when it comes to our desserts, we feel the same. Sure, we’re happy to have our cake and eat it too, but give us something unexpectedly sweet, and you’ll have us saying, “more please!”

The Spring Roll
The after-work hangout Supermarket is the place to be for drinks and Asian-inspired fusion food. Meet friends for tapas-style fare made with Kensington market fresh ingredients. 

While their dishes are created for sharing, you will want to keep the dessert spring rolls all to yourself. Dipped in chocolate sauce, the banana spring rolls come with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. For drinks and dessert fun, this resto-lounge has it all.

Banana spring rolls are amazing. They taste better than this image looks. Trust us. 

Dessert Divas
We never thought we would outgrow our cupcake phase, but then we tried cake balls from Dessert Divas. These sweet bite-sized treats are made fresh to order by sister baking duo Erin and Sheri. Covered in icing and topped with sprinkles and specialty designs, these cake-filled pops are made in chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, banana, cherry, lemon and butter pecan flavours. Order a minimum of two dozen, and Dessert Divas will create a cake ball arrangement fit for any event from fun to elegant.

 Dessert Diva’s cake pop display wowed guests of The Wedding Show, including bloggers Hey Do You.

Jedd’s Frozen Custard
“Frozen fresh daily,” Jedd’s Frozen Custard dessert is a smoother and creamier answer to ice cream. 

The custard shop serves up chocolate, vanilla and a daily specialty flavour that can be topped off with a variety of gourmet toppings such as Skor bits, Oreo crumbs, gummy bears, hot fudge and other flavoured syrups. 

For the ultimate caffeine buzz, try the vanilla custard affogato, which combines one scoop of custard with two shots of espresso. Made with extra egg yolk and less sugar, Jedd’s custard is one cool snack. 

Yum. Now, excuse us while we run out to get something to satisfy our sweet tooth.

Yum yum: Wedding cakes and desserts

Some of us have been planning our weddings since the day we could say “Vera Wang”. And, with a few brides-to-be on the fourth floor, wedding talk has been amped up a notch (or seven).
Once he’s put a ring on it, many important decisions must be made. While choosing between calla lily bouquets and rose arrangements will prove difficult for many brides-to-be, not all decisions must be so. 

We chatted with Catherine Lash, the brains behind the boutique Wedding Show (January 14 to 16 at the Carlu!), about must-have sweets at 2011 nuptials. In her expert opinion, “it’s not just about the cake anymore.”

“The centerpiece of the wedding has become the stylized sweet table. Think macarons, meringue, biscotti and gourmet candy. But, the cake is still the star of the show.”
She pointed us in the direction of two amazing dessert and cake makers. Forget Say Yes to the Dress and say “I do” to these one-of-a-kind wedding desserts from Cake Opera Co. and Bobette & Belle.  

Straight from the kitchen of this chic bakery, cake girl geniuses Alexandria Pellegrino and Jessica Smith whip up the best crazy-original couture desserts. 

From the simple to the outrageous and everything in between, Cake Opera Co. has the macaron towers, designer cupcakes, handmade marshmallows and quirky cakes for any fabulous occasion.

Done up in non-traditional shades of grey and muted pink, influenced by current fashion, 2011 wedding cakes are all vintage-inspired glam. Decidedly posh and playfully textured, Cake Opera Co.’s confections come in a variety of flavours, from lemon blueberry to banana with salted caramel ganache. 

For a whimsical touch, top your cake with Lacroix-inspired gems and flowers, Gothic pirate ships, floating butterflies, Victorian-styled figurines or even feathered birds.

While they set up (bake) shop in midtown Toronto about a month ago, the Cake Opera Co. already has a following of Hollywood starlets that only continues to grow. For their much-anticipated wedding, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden offered guests a taste of the company’s red velvet cake. Decorated with look-alike figures dressed in her Marchesa dress and bearing his tattoos, the white, black, turquoise and 24-karat gold-trimmed cake has the gossip mags buzzing.    

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden’s gorgeous cake. 
With desserts inspired by Chanel and Elie Saab, Holt Renfrew can barely keep Bobette and Belle’s oh-so pretty and delicious macarons in stock. That’s because when it comes to dessert, Bobette and Belle is always one fashionable step ahead.
The owners of the sweet shop, Sarah Bell and Allyson Meredith Bobbitt, bake fancy cakes that are nothing short of spectacular. They also offer soon-to-be brides a non-traditional dessert route to wedded bliss. 

Wow guests with sweet tables filled with macaron towers in Gianduja (chocolate flavoured with hazelnut paste), salted caramel, passion fruit and pistachio flavours. 

Customize yours in small or large sizes, and choose from trendy 2011 purples, lush pinks and metallic colours to match your event. 

For the ultimate in up-and-coming trendy treats, skip cupcakes in favour of whoopie pies. The chic version of an Oreo, whoopie pies are the new “it” dessert of choice. Fun and tasty, guests won’t be able to get enough of them. 

Hungry yet? 

PS: For more inspiration on choosing your wedding cake, check out this Wedding Bells article

Rave: Dessert before Dinner

If you are anything like us, you know no meal is complete without something sweet. Yes, our mothers taught us that dinner comes before dessert, but for the following indulgences, we simply cannot help ourselves. We’ll always reach for these sweet treats first!

Cookie Dough Shots
Because frosting shots are so last year, now is the time to try cookie dough shots from Sweet Flour Bake Shop (2353 Bloor Street West). While the shop brings warm delicious cookies your way in just minutes, we’re more focused on their unbaked snacks.

Sold in mini individual sized containers, these dough shots offer just the right amount of cookie.

Flower Power Cupcakes 
Taste kindness with statement cupcakes from Eat My Words (300 Campbell Avenue). These treats with heart help raise money to benefit the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Order them in regular or mini versions, and these flower-topped cupcakes will be delivered in one of the company’s signature turquoise hat boxes. Available in four original flavours, you’ll have to try them all to choose a favourite!

Buttery butter tarts
We love butter tarts as dessert, and they are definitely something that we can eat at any time of day – whether having eaten a real meal before or not. Flaky Tart (711 Mt. Pleasant Road) makes some of the best in the city. They are flaky (of course) and buttery. The top has a satisfying crust and the filling is like heaven – sweet, creamy and classic. If you’re a butter tart aficionado, you must pay a visit to this adorable Mt. Pleasant and Eglinton bakery, owned by the former pastry chef at the Rosedale Golf Club. Mmmm.

Whether you’re a dessert-before-dinner sort, or the dinner first, dessert second type, what’s your must-have snack? Tweet us @rockitpromo!