Sunday afternoon found us in Liberty Village to try For the Love of Cake.
1. For the Love of Cake is currently ranked #1 on BlogTO’s list of the city’s best cupcakes. They have recently redone this list and I don’t know how I feel about it. There are 3 bakeries I still have not visited (obviously this will be rectified and anyone can feel free to join me in this endeavour) so I can’t make a fair assessment of it but I typically don’t completely agree with BlogTO. I use them more of a jumping off point to discover new things and things that are tried and true. Their lists are consistent and a great way to discover Toronto. They have lists for almost anything you can think of and are constantly revisiting and updating their lists. And they have an app – it doesn’t get much better than that.
Also, their list has 9 bakeries on it – everyone know a Top ___ list has to have multiples of 5.
2. I know why this bakery is on their list at number one. It is because they are doing something different with cupcakes. It’s not just cute sprinkles, unique flavour profiles and delicate piping. It is that the have 4-dimensional cupcakes: cake, filling, topping and garnish. This is one of the more creative things I have seen done with cupcakes and especially in recent history. Cupcakes are becoming overdone and boring but this is a fresh take on a tasty treat.
3. Liberty Village is completely dead on Sundays. We had a bit of a time finding this place, more due to the fact that Apple Maps are terrible and completely inaccurate. Once we found the building complex that houses For the Love of Cake it was a bit of a mission to find the entrance of this building but we finally did. The store front is all windows allowing you to peer into the bakery.
The cupcakes and cakes are the only decorations – simple and tasty. The bakery did look as though it needed a fresh coat of paint and that the desserts on display needed to be replaced as they were covered in a thin layer of dust but this is just me being nit picky.
4. You have many choices of yums at this bakery: cakeballs, cake pops, mini cupcakes, regular cupcakes and mancakes. Criticism of the mancakes: if you are not comfortable enough to eat a delicious bite size yum of something then you don’t deserve to eat it. But I guess some people are not comfortable in their own skin. It was also slightly sexist – I would not object to eating a maple bacon cupcake just because I’m a lady.
Although the bakery cannot 100% guarantee that the cupcakes are completely allergen free they do separate the cupcakes that have nuts from the ones that do not have nuts.
They do not, however, in the names of the cupcakes tell you what the filling is. I guess you should look at the website before you visit the bakery or ask but I like that type of information to be readily available to me.
5. We felt particularly greedy and order 6 cupcakes. The cupcakes turned out to be a little less than $16.00 which is standard for a half dozen cupcakes but will still make you question why you are being ridiculous and spending that much money on cupcakes.
GC’s Choices Top row, right to left: Gingerbread Man, Cookies and Cream and Very Vanilla.
My Choices: Bottom row, right to left: Bailey’s Hot Chocolate, Drunken Eggnog and Death by Chocolate.
Gingerbread Man: A gingerbread cupcake filled with their homemade lemon curd and topped with cream cheese frosting and a gingerbread man (candy cane).
Since when is lemon a natural pairing with gingerbread? This was a huge miss for both GC and me. The cake was dense, with aromatic spices and it was sweetened by the cream cheese frosting. That was great. The lemon curd filling, on its own was great but was incredibly off putting with the gingerbread and even the cream cheese icing.
Cookies and Cream: Moist chocolate cupcake filled with chocolate ganache and topped with vanilla frosting with Oreo cookie crumb and an Oreo cookie.
This was one of GC’s that I did not try. I can only imagine that it was delicious if not for the chocolate ganache filling alone.
Very Vanilla: A traditional vanilla cupcake filled with our homemade vanilla custard and topped with vanilla bean frosting and a fresh berry or pomegranate seeds in our case.
This cupcake was top heavy and ugly. The custard in the middle was too sweet and tasted slightly fermented (I ate it today and we bought them on Sunday so I’ll admit that was my fault). The cake did not have a real vanilla taste to it, it tasted more like and had the texture of angel food cake. The icing was yummy and very vanilla though.
Bailey’s Hot Chocolate: Moist chocolate cupcake filled with a Bailey’s milk chocolate Bailey’s ganache and topped with a toasted marshmallow frosting and a milk chocolate chunk.
When I ordered this cupcake she warned me it was more coffee than hot chocolate. I found that interesting as Bailey’s does not have a coffee taste to it. When I bit into it, it did not taste like coffee or Bailey’s which was incredibly disappointing. The chocolate cake was moist and the right amount of chocolate. The marshmallow frosting was the best part – perfectly toasted and sugary.
Drunken Eggnog: A flavourful eggnog cupcake filled with homemade eggnog custard and topped with rum frosting and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
I was skeptical to try this cupcake after the lack of flavour from the Bailey’s in the previous cupcake. But this cupcake did not disappoint. The cake itself had a subtle eggnog flavour which was emphasized by the custard. Omigosh this custard was amazing. I hate eggnog but I am always drawn towards eggnog desserts. This custard was sweet, creamy, with a hint of spice and booze to it. The frosting was slightly boozy but had a hint of cream cheese flavour to it. The nutmeg added a final touch of spice to it. This is a cupcake I would highly recommend and it will make you feel festive and happy.
Death by Chocolate: Moist chocolate cupcake filled with chocolate ganache and topped with chocolate butter cream and chocolate shavings.
Omigosh. This chocolate was completely overwhelming. But in an amazing way. The icing was smooth, creamy and milky. The chocolate ganache was rich, thick and completely heavenly. This is my favourite of the cupcakes we tried that day.
These cupcakes were a perfect combination of cake, icing and filling. I was very happy with these cupcakes and I would make the trek back to Liberty Village for them. And you should too!