The Safety and Health of our customers and employees is always our highest priority that is why with a heavy heart we have decided to: Temporarily close our 12 Cumberland Location and 1 Sultan Location until April 5, 2020

Cancellation and Refund Policy: 

  • If you ordered the cake through phone or online and its 48 hours before pickup date we will cancel the order free of charge.
  • If you originally paid in the shop, in order to get a refund you will have to come directly to the shop, otherwise we will be issuing you a credit.
  • CUSTOM Cakes orders will receive a full refund if cancelled before 72 hours. If cancellation is after the 72 hours there is no refund for the deposit (paid when order was placed)

Please stay home if: 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Travelled outside of Canada over the last couple of weeks
  • Have been in contact with anyone who has been outside of Canada over the las few weeks
  • if you have been in contact with anyone who is suspected to have COVID-19

 

To My Dearest Customers & Staff,

After a thorough thought for the past few days, I’ve decided to close the Both Locations to the Public starting Sat March 21st to Sun April 5th.  This wasn’t an easy decision, as a small business owner, if we have no income, we would literally be out of business in two months.  However, this is something I want to say, I feel guilty everyday going to work, and putting my staff at risk while the rest of the city is partaking in SOCIAL DISTANCING.  Yet at the same time, my staff rely on the income to pay rent. It’s very self-conflicting.

I’ve came to terms to myself, I would never be able to forgive myself if anything happens to my staff, which totally defeats the purpose of my life & my business – that is “to Bring people Happiness and Joy through our love for food and Customer Service”  I spent 16yrs building two businesses. It wasn’t an easy ride.  Running a small business is like riding on the roller coaster. There is no seat belt, no safety guaranteed.

This is how I want everyone to think. We are all suffering at the moment. This is a losing situation for all parties.  No one is the Winner. Our economy will take awhile to recover.  I’ve already accepted that if I lose both of my businesses and still have to pay the accumulated debt that I owed to the bank because of the COVID-19, I’m okay with it. I know that I’ve done my part to keep everyone safe so that they can be there for their family and loved ones.

I’m young, and I can always rebuild from scratch. It’s time to think about the Future, if we lose everything, all the money and jobs today, we can always find a way to bounce back if we are Healthy. In the end of the day, if we all follow the rules set by the government and do our part NOW, we are all WINNERS in the endTrue Happiness is not just about money it’s when you can be healthy and be with your friends, families, and loved one. 

Stay Safe! Stay Healthy! Be Grateful that we are still here! We Got This! We’ll miss you for a little while but we’ll come back stronger and better!

Love you all,

Mandy
Xoxo

Holiday Season Treats are in!

It is finally December! Our favourite time of the year! There is so much we are looking forward to, specially getting to bake all the delicious baked goods that make our shop smell so good! This Holiday Season we will continue the tradition of bringing you delicious cakes decorated to fit your next holiday party! As well as other Holiday themed items.

We have a selection of 8 festive cakes for you to choose form in different price ranges. All of our custom cakes are made in house special to order. For example, we have our Frosty the Snowman Cake below:

 

This cake is perfect, even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, as it is winter themed and we can write “Happy Holidays” instead.

If you would like to see all of the Holiday Cakes that we are offering Click on the link.

 

 

The cake on the right is called Holly Jolly and it is made with Buttercream, Fondant pieces and French Macarons. Everything is made in-house to order.

The Flavours we will be  offering:

Strawberry Shortcake with Vanilla Buttercream, Double Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream, Vanilla Cake with Lemon Curd and Raspberry Buttercream and Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Icing.

Holiday Cupcakes

We also have Christmas themed Cupcakes, which are all made in house.

These are called the Deluxe Christmas Cupcakes. Our amazing team has designed these for the Holiday season.

Custom Gift Baskets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sugar Cookies 

We make all of the Sugar Cookies and Ginger Bread Cookies in-house, from the dough to the icing sugar. We sell them individually and also in a Christmas Box at both shops.

 

READ: All things Avocado

Avocados – the trendiest food item we ever did see! From toasts, to salads, to guac and chips, this versatile Genus Persea has taken the world by storm – and we’re loving it! You may have noticed the category we’ve stated for Avocados; that’s right, they are NOT a vegetable. They belong to the Genus Persea in the Lauraceae family. Persea is a genus of about 150 species of evergreen trees belonging to the laurel family, Lauraceae. The best-known member of the genus is of course, our very favourite fruit – the avocado.

Not only do we love avocado for its yummy taste, but for all of its nutritional value too! Check out the stats of all the goodness that comes out of a single 3.5-ounce avocado:

  • Vitamin K: 26% of the daily value
  • Folate: 20% of the daily value
  • Vitamin C: 17% of the daily value
  • Potassium: 14% of the daily value
  • Vitamin B5: 14% of the daily value
  • Vitamin B6: 13% of the daily value
  • Vitamin E: 10% of the daily value
  • It also contains small amounts of magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorous and vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin).

This is coming with 160 calories, 2 grams of protein and 15 grams of healthy fats. Although it contains 9 grams of carbs, 7 of those are fiber, so there are only 2 “net” carbs, making this a low-carb friendly plant food. Last but certainly not least, Avocados do not contain any cholesterol or sodium and are low in saturated fat.

TALK ABOUT AN AMAZING LITTLE FRUIT!

Here at Dessert Lady Café & Bakery, we use Avocados in many different ways, below are a list of menu items where Avocados take both the lead & back up roles:

  • Our ever-famous Avocado Grilled Cheese
  • Avocado Toast – build your own, your way!
  • The newly added Spring Feature: Avocado & Shrimp Salad
  • Tuna Tartare with Smashed Avocado

Since Avocados are gluten free, dairy free, vegan, vegetarian and cholesterol-free – they’re perfect for almost every diet. Visit us at our location on 1 Sultan St. to try out one of our delicious Avocado creations today!

Xx

The Dessert Lady

 

READ: New Spring Menu!

It’s officially been Spring for two weeks now, and we cannot contain our excitement.

Warmer weather, longer days, flowers blooming – and new menu items!! Don’t get us wrong, we LOVED our Winter features (so much so that we’ve made a couple of them permanent fixtures on our menu, like the Beef Dip Sandwich), but with the change in seasons comes changes in flavours and changes in new & fresh ingredients that become available.

We’ve put some serious thought into our new Spring features, developing recipes and flavours that we just know you’re going to love all season long! Here’s a sneak peek at the new Spring Features:

1) Steak Chimichurri Salad with fresh corn, onion and tomato

2) Pea, Asparagus & Mushroom Risotto

3) Avocado & Shrimp Salad (served in an avocado – totally photo worthy!)

4) Falafel Pita loaded with veggies

5) Salmon & Rice bowl with Hoisin sauce

These new menu items can be found at our Dessert Lady Café & Bakery located at 1 Sultan street beginning on Monday, April 15. In addition, we will officially be opening our alcohol licensed patio on Saturday, April 27! Keep your eyes peeled for our patio opening event. In the meantime, we hope to see you around for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, or even just to say Hello 🙂

Xx

The Dessert Lady

READ: Happy National Black Forest Cake Day!

In our opinion, any day that celebrates cake is worth talking about. Today, we celebrate a delicious classic cake that is native to Germany – the Black Forest Cake, Happy #NationalBlackForestCakeDay !

As mentioned, the Black Forest Cake is native to Germany, and is probably one of Germany’s most famous contributions to the world of cake. The original Black Forest Cake (or Gateau as it was named) consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with cherry and kirsch filling, with lashings of whipped cream between each layer. The cake is then decorated with piped, whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings.

Our version of Black Forest Cake here at Dessert Lady is a bit different. It consists of 3 layers of chocolate sponge cake, 2 layers of cherry filling, fresh whipped cream & kirsch liqueur. The major difference between the original and ours? Like many of our other recipes, we only use real and fresh cherries for both the filling and topping!

Not only a treat for the taste buds, but the Black Forest Cake is a treat for the eyes as well, with the perfectly plump cherries dotting the edges of the cake, resting on fluffy clouds of kirsch liqueur whipped cream – it’s a wonder why it’s been given such a dark name.

There’s a common misconception regarding the origin of the name “Black Forest Cake”. Many people believe the name came from the region of its origin: The Black Forest (Schwarzwald) mountain range in south-western Germany. However, the Black Forest Cake actually got its name from the kirsch liqueur made from Black Forest sour cherries, known as Schwarzwälder Kirsch.

There’s a bit of a debate as to when the cake was officially invented, however, a famous confectioner named Josef Keller claimed to have created this yummy favourite in 1915 at Café Agner. Though it was never verified that Keller was the inventor of the Black Forest Cake, the cake began to pop up in recipes in the 1930s, and by the 1940s it was a well-established dessert!

Whoever invented the Black Forest Cake – we thank you! It’s one of our favourites at Dessert Lady, and we plan on celebrating  ALL. DAY. LONG!

Come in and celebrate with us or place an order online (or by phone) today.

Xx

The Dessert Lady

READ: Our love for Peanut Satay Chicken

Last Thursday was #NationalPeanutLoversDay and now we can’t get all things Peanut off the brain! Therefore, this week on the blog, we bring you one of our original Dessert Lady menu items – the Peanut Satay Chicken Bun! Made with our homemade, secret recipe peanut sauce, coconut marinated chicken & arugula, all served on a toasty brioche bun – this Dessert Lady classic is oh so drool worthy.

This tasty dish is well known in most cities around the world and have an interesting history.  Satay pulls influences from a few different places; Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand, however it’s been agreed upon that the true origin of satay is from the island of Java in Indonesia. This flavourful favourite quickly travelled around the world, showing up in dishes in places like Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Brunei and east Timor; where it adapted to each location’s local cooking style.

Keeping with our strong beliefs of having all of our menu items tasting and feeling like home, the made from scratch peanut sauce that smothers our Peanut Chicken Satay Buns have an influence derived straight from Thailand! In fact, in order for them to be as authentic as possible, our founder Mandy Kan travelled all the way to Thailand herself in order to train with Thai chefs to help develop the rich, authentic flavours.

Craving all things peanut as much as we are? Visit us at our Café location on 1 Sultan St. to give these delicious Peanut Satay Chicken Buns a try!

Xx

The Dessert Lady

READ: Celebrating Chicken Noodle Soup!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 13, is #NATIONALCHICKENNOODLESOUPDAY ! In honour of National Chicken Noodle Soup day, we’re dedicating this blog post to everybody’s go to feel-good, pick-me-up, heal-me- soup – Chicken Noodle.

There are lots of reasons why we love Chicken Noodle Soup – but did you know, it ACTUALLY has proven health benefits for when you’re feeling sick? A rich homemade chicken broth or soup (like the one made here at Dessert Lady Café & Bakery) is FULL of nutrients. It’s packed with protein, calcium & gelatin (that comes from the boiled bones) and vitamins & minerals that come from carrots and other vegetables. Chicken broth/soup is also a great source of electrolytes, which are especially valuable when the body is dehydrated from being sick (or from an eventful weekend with your friends 😉 ).

The healing reputation of chicken soup dates back thousands of years and is present in just about every part of the world. The earliest reference to chicken soup and its healing properties is from the 12thcentury book On The Cause of Symptoms by Maimonides. In this book, chicken broth is described as a treatment for things such as asthma, malnutrition, and leprosy.

According to Dr. Stephen Rennard and his findings (reported in 1993), chicken soup has tons of beneficial ingredients that help to alleviate symptoms of the common cold and flu and can even help to fight infection.

Now, where did the “Noodle” come in? Noodles have been paired with broth-based soups for again – thousands of years. Records show noodle soups dating back to as far as the early 1200s in Asia, and in the 1700s in Italy, noodle soup began being used as the go to comfort food for treating any ailment. By the 1900s in the US, noodle soups had become a staple in every household.

In 1934 Campbell’s launched its “Noodle with Chicken Soup”, thanks to creator Ernest Lacoutiere, a chef at the Campbell’s company. The soup did VERY well, and even better once the name had been changed five years later – which had been derived accidentally! After the introduction of “Noddle with Chicken Soup”, a radio host accidentally referred to it as “Chicken Noodle Soup”. People LOVED the new name and the new take on this household classic.

Although Campbell’s brought popularity to this favourite, we still prefer the homemade version – made with always fresh ingredients and lots of love! Whether you’re craving a bowl to keep warm, for nostalgic feels, or to help cure what ails you, Chicken Noodle Soup is here to stay, and we couldn’t be happier! Our homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is available every day for lunch at Dessert Lady Café & Bakery (located at 1 Sultan St.) – Stop by and enjoy a bowl today!

Xx

The Dessert Lady

READ: Dessert Lady’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

They’re great with a tall glass of milk, or on their own. The aroma of them baking fills the air, existing in all shapes and sizes – this classic truly comes in first when it comes to ooey gooey, chocolatey treats – if you haven’t already guessed what we’re referring to, it’s the Chocolate Chip Cookie!

Growing up, most of us have fond memories of these little round treats – sneaking a bite of the raw cookie dough, the smell of freshly baked cookies lingering in the air, the food coma you’d enter after eating 1…2….3 too many. This nostalgic feeling of comfort and home is what Dessert Lady is all about and is part of the reason why we always have fresh cookies on hand at both of our locations. Fun fact – did you know that the smell of chocolate chip cookies resonates with us so much, that real estate agents will sometimes bake a fresh batch of cookies before a showing to make a house feel more like a potential home to buyers?

Not only are Chocolate Chip Cookies nostalgic and delicious, but they have such an amazing history too! They were invented in Whitman, Massachusetts in 1937 when Ruth Graves Wakefield of the Toll House Inn added cut-up chunks of semi-sweet Nestlé chocolate to a cookie recipe. The chocolate chips that we know today weren’t invented until later on in 1939, specifically for their role in Chocolate Chip Cookies.

What makes our Chocolate Chip Cookies stand out from all the rest is that our cookies are made with butter, and not oil. Making them super soft and moist! Also, our chocolate chips are imported from Belgium – and they’re just the right amount of sweetness.

One of the things we love so much about this simple little treat, is that they’re so easy to make. We’re sharing our recipe with you today so you can reminisce and bring back those childhood feels. Remember, our famous chocolate chip cookies are always available at both Dessert Lady locations (12 Cumberland St. & 1 Sultan st.) so if you want to leave the baking to us, we’ve got you covered.

Xx

The Dessert Lady

Ingredients

  • 8oz Butter
  • 8oz Brown Sugar
  • 4oz White Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 12oz All Purpose Flour
  • ½ TSP Baking Soda
  • ½ TSP Salt
  • ½ TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 8oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350°
  • In a large bowl, whip together Butter, Brown Sugar & White Sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add Eggs (one at a time) and continue to whip.
  • Add Vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, combine All Purpose Flour, Baking Soda, and Salt. Mix well.
  • Slowly begin adding the dry ingredients to the mixture and continue to whip together until fully combined.
  • Slowly add chocolate chips.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and begin to scoop out heaping TBSP portions of the cookie dough onto the baking sheet.
  • Bake for approximately 15 minutes (or until golden brown).
  • Serve & enjoy!

*This recipe makes approximately 25 3” round cookies.

READ: Dessert Lady’s Famous Banana Loaf Recipe

Happy #NationalBananaBreadDay ! This past Saturday (February 23) was National Banana Bread Day (or loaf as we refer to it), and what a better way to celebrate than to share with you our Banana Loaf recipe! Easy to make from scratch, this loaf is the definition of comfort food. You can enjoy it at any time; for breakfast with a cup of coffee or tea, as an afternoon snack, or as a yummy dessert.

The key to a great banana loaf is using over ripe bananas – bring on the speckled banana peels, this is what makes banana loaf extra tasty. We often get asked why our banana loaves taste so good. The simple answer is, we use real bananas! Here at Dessert Lady, we always believe that using simple, real ingredients is the key to great food. Using real bananas is not only affordable, but they have such an incredible natural flavour and sweetness, using real bananas completely transforms the banana loaf. Thus, making it superior in comparison to loaves made with banana extract or oil. Bananas are also a great source of potassium, B6, and Vitamin C.  They have a very low glycemic index which gives a great energy boost (another reason why a slice of banana loaf is a good choice for an on-the-go breakfast).

Check out our recipe below to make your very own Banana Loaf that your friends will rave about! For this recipe, you can use either brown sugar or white fine sugar. Brown sugar is granulated white sugar with molasses added to it. You will typically find two varieties of brown sugar: dark and light. The dark variety contains about 6.5% molasses by weight, while the light contains roughly 3.5%. The molasses in the brown sugar will cut down a bit of the sweetness of the sugar and will give a richer flavour. Give it a try, comment below if you have any questions.  Remember, you can always stop by one of our Dessert Lady locations (12 Cumberland St., Toronto &1 Sultan St., Toronto) to pick up a loaf today. They’re always freshly made with loads of love <3

Xx

The Dessert Lady

Ingredients

  • 250g of Butter
  • 400g of White Sugar
  • 750g of Over-ripe Bananas
  • 4 Eggs
  • 16oz All Purpose Flour
  • 2tsps Baking Soda
  • 1tsp Salt

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Whip Butter & Sugar together in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
  • Add in Eggs one at a time & continue to whip mixture until fully combined.
  • Purée bananas and set aside.
  • Mix the flour, salt and baking soda together.
  • Slowly add bananas & dry mix, alternating the two. Continue to whip ingredients together between mixing.
  • Pour into loaf pan and bake for approximately 40 minutes.
  • TIP:Insert knife or toothpick into center of banana loaf, if it comes out clean & dry, your banana loaf is ready!