June 15th, 2013
When we in grade 6, our only concern was the latest issue of Tiger Beat and wondering when we could pierce our ears.
Not Vancouverite Tate, an 11-year-old business woman who has turned her love of baking into a growing cupcake empire. After whipping up batches every weekend, Tate's mom, fashion and kids' photograph Amanda Skuse, told her that if she wanted to keep up production, she'd have to start selling them. Tate, channeling her inner Martha, does just that. Choose from chocolate, vanilla or red velvet with butter cream icing to match any theme ($20/dozen).
This kid takes the cupcake.
August 23rd, 2012
Nestled in a teensy nook in The CORE’s third floor, Buttercream Bake Shoppe is putting the icing on the cake.
Lovers of sweet bites, beware: the adorable new cake boutique is fully stocked with cupcakes, cookies, bars and sweet buns. Creating custom cakes for your every whim and desire, you can sample some of the delish flavours they have on hand. More of a domestic goddess yourself? Their shelves are fully stocked with Martha-worthy cupcake toppers, decorations and cake plates.
Our favourite flavour? The Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcake, only available from the 9th to the 16th of each month, is a heavenly dream in your mouth. Vanilla cake with raspberry cheesecake filling and then iced up with raspberry silk buttercream – it somehow feels guilt-free. Maybe because it is just so pretty. —Kait Kucy
Buttercream Bake Shoppe, The CORE, 510 Eighth Ave. SW., Calgary, 403-228-990, www.buttercreambakeshoppe.com
September 2nd, 2010
Inspired by his favourite treat, the Cookie Monster creates poems about his beloved cookies.
At the new Inglewood bakery Cookie Mama, the prose turns to music with nearly two dozen types of cookies, each inspired by a classic tune.
Our favourites include Sweetest Taboo (sunflower and sesame seeds, oatmeal, wheat germ and coconut), Good Vibrations (dark chocolate and Skor chips) and the gluten-free Cocomo, a coconut macaroon with chocolate drizzle ($2.50 each). There are also egg-, dairy- and butter-free cookie options and cupcakes such as the Rocket Man (cookies and cream with chocolate oreo butter cream icing, $3 each).
Cookie Mama, 1420 Ninth Ave. SE, Calgary, 403-266-5431, www.cookiemamacalgary.com