Campaign on GoFundMe: https://bit.ly/2LlIOTE

Hello Dessert Lady Friends,

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy! As you may already know we do not have an established reopening date for Dessert Lady due to the increase of COVID-19 cases. That means that unfortunately we will not be taking any custom orders for delivery because our bakery is closed.

Our number one priority is the Safety and Health for our staff and customers as we know how contagious this virus is. Many of our staff take public transportation and live with their families (elders and kids). A great amount of our customers also fall into different groups such as the elderly, parents with kids, young professionals, and many international students who do not have health benefits. As we have said before, our purpose is to

“Bring People Happiness and Joy through our love for food and Customer Service.”

One of our customers, Maclin Williams, knowing the big financial impact that The Dessert Lady was going to go through reached out to us and asked us if she could make a GO FUND ME campaign for us [Campaign: https://bit.ly/2LlIOTE]. Maclin asked us to send the link to our mail list to see if anyone else wanted to take part. We are sending this email so that all of you have knowledge of it and if you have the means and would like to donate you could.

A draw for 20 spots for those who donate $100 or more to win a class to learn how to do abstract Buttercream Cake Painting.

For donors donating $200 or more they will enter a draw to win a private 4- course dinner for 4 people.

We also acknowledge that this is a cause that might not be part of our financial plans that is why we have also decided to do something for those of you who do decide to partake in it. Thank you for taking the time to read this email. We hope that you are safe and are staying home to help flatten the curve.

The Dessert Lady Team

LINK TO DONATE:  https://bit.ly/2LlIOTE

New Savoury Menu!!

We’ll officially open! Check out our new Limited Menu!

All Day Breakfast

Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Classic Avocado Toast $8: Smashed avocado on toast

Avocado Toast with Egg $10: Smashed avocado with one egg on toast

Classic Grilled Cheese $10 Artisan white bread and 5yr aged white cheddar cheese

Classic Breakfast $16: two eggs, bacon/ ham, breakfast potatoes, fresh sliced tomatoes & cucumber, toast

Mama’s Oatmeal $12: Fresh berries, table cream, brown sugar

Three Egg Veggie Omelette  $16: Cheddar cheese, mushrooms, spinach, red onions, tomatoes, red bell peppers, and one side

Three Egg Meat Love Omelette $18: Sous vide turkey breast, bacon, ham, cheddar cheese, red onion, spinach, and one side

Soup

 Soup of the week with Toast (call Café) $12.50

Mini Soup (call Café) (no toast) $6

Pasta

Pasta of the week (call Café)  $19

Salads

Gourmet Vegetarian Quinoa

Gourmet Quinoa $16: Quinoa, avocado, kale, cucumber, tomatoes, corn, red onions, lemon vinaigrette

Rosemary Chicken Salad $19: Rosemary grilled chicken, mixed artisanal lettuce, julienne apples, candied pecan, red wine vinaigrette

Steak Avocado Salad $22: Seared steak (6oz), avocado, arugula, baby spinach, grape tomatoes, red onions, Honey Dijon ginger vinaigrette

Tuna Tataki Salad

Tuna Tataki Salad $23: Tuna Tataki, mixed green,  mixed berries, red onions, lemon mint dressing 

Sandwiches

Avocado Grilled Cheese $15: avocado, 5yr aged white cheddar, sun-dried tomato pesto on pumpernickel bread

Ham Grilled Cheese $15: Black forest ham, 5yrs aged white cheddar, garlic aioli on artisan white bread

Turkey Grilled Cheese

Turkey Grilled Cheese $16: Sous vide turkey, 5yr aged white cheddar, spinach, artichoke aioli on artisan white bread

 

Chicken Arugula Focaccia $17: Grilled chicken, tomato, red onions, arugula, homemade pesto on focaccia bread

Desserts

Slice of cake – $8.50
Choices: Strawberry Shortcake / Carrot Cake / Double Chocolate Cake  with Van Buttercream/ Matcha Tiramisu/ Tiramisu/ Mango Chocolate Mousse cake

Rice pudding (Gluten Free) – $ 7 (with or without raisins)

Lemon Meringue / Key Lime / Caramel Pecan Tart – $8.50

We also carry Freshly Baked Biscotti, Shortbread, Cookies, Pies, Banana Bread, Candied Pecans, and Whole Cakes.

You can call in 416-513-1118 to place the order or go to our app.

If you want to pick-up within 20minutes you can place your order on our Dessert Lady WEB APP! 

To ORDER CAKES: www.dessertlady.ca

To send an email about special inquiries: info@dessertlady.ca

  ORDER HERE: https://order.koomi.com/dessert-lady-RAV91px8Zx/en

Mothers Day is Approaching and we are coming back for one day and releasing 100 6″ strawberry shortcakes! 50% of the proceeds will be donated to The Redwood Women’s Shelter.

The Redwood Women’s Shelter provides programs and services to support women and children live and thrive without abuse, homelessness and poverty. During COVID-19 they continue to stay open and offer a safe haven for women and children, in their 37-bed emergency shelter. You can find all this information on their website. 

We have received so much support throughout this time that we want to also give some of that support back and what better way than to donate to a Women’s Shelter during Mother’s Day.

The base price of the cake is $40.00 but there are buttons so that you can donate more if you would like.

ANSWERING A FEW QUESTIONS: 

HOW DO YOU ORDER? Go to the Link in our bio.

DO YOU TAKE PHONE ORDERS? No, sorry. There is currently no one at the shop to answer the phone.

CAN I CHANGE THE SIZE? No, sorry.

CAN I HAVE A CUSTOM MESSAGE? Yes, please be mindful that the diameter is only 6”. ex. Happy Mothers Day [NAME], Happy Birthday [NAME]. 4-5 words Max

HOW MANY PEOPLE DOES A 6” FEED? 4-6 People.

WILL THERE BE MORE CAKE FLAVOURS? No, sorry.

HOW CAN I PAY? Credit or Debit

DOES THIS MEAN YOUR OPEN AFTER MAY 10? No, we will only open for ONE DAY. We are still assessing our Re-opening date.

WHO WILL BE MAKING THESE? The Dessert Lady herself and One Volunteer.

CAN YOU DELIVER? Unfortunately not, only pick up @ 1 Sultan Street (Bay & Bloor). Please use social distancing when picking up. Wear Masks and stand 2 meters apart from each other.

Hello Friends,

We wanted to give you a little updated about what is going on with our re-opening date. In light of the increase of COVID-19 cases in Toronto we have decided to extend our closure to: Until Further Notice. We value the safety of our staff and customers and want to continue to do our part and follow the governments regulations to help flatten the curve.

We hope that that you and your family are safe. We can’t wait to see you and help you celebrate life with a cake and treats. We know many of you are inquiring for cakes this month and we hope you understand the reasoning for our closure. We miss you as much as you miss us, but let’s stay home, do our part and stay safe!

We will continue to keep a close eye on the situation and update you on our re-opening date once we know that it is safe for everyone.

The Dessert Lady Team

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