Ever walked past a bakery and stopped by the window display to ogle the cakes? Or stalked your favourite bake shop on Instagram or Facebook to catch glimpses of their magnificent creations? Trust me, I am the same. My instagram feed is full of bespoke cake creations, and my mind is overwhelmed by the desire to decorate beautiful cakes and cupcakes.
If like me, you have been looking for a class to get you started with your cake decorating journey, look no further! Le Dolci bake shop and culinary classroom has introduced two NEW classes for decorating enthusiasts.
The first class is an introduction to Cupcake Decorating. In this two-hour introduction session, participants will work with both fondant and buttercream to create sweet cupcake treats. This class is suitable for all ages and attendees will leave with a dozen fabulously decorated cupcakes! This class can be booked on our website.
Following this, is the Cake Decorating class, which is a three-hour session that teaches attendees to decorate a cake from start to finish using fondant and buttercream. At the end of the class, participants get to take home their very own mini cake creation. You can reserve your spot on our website.
We hope to make your summer bright and creative with our introduction to decorating classes. Join us and be on your way to creating some marvelous delights and visual treasures. We cannot wait to see you in class!
Priya & Team Le Dolci
Our friend Stephanie Sterjovski recently launched her line of phone cases, and we couldn’t be more excited for her! She celebrated the launch with a Unicorn cake and balloons, which is the perfect thing to do!
Here are some pictures from the launch and you can purchase the beautiful phone cases online.
Our Eunice The Unicorn Cake can be ordered at our online shop, or by calling us at 416-262-3400.
The end of a marriage is painful and sad, but can also be a good thing. How, you may ask? Because it marks a new beginning and people have the opportunity to move on and explore what lies ahead. It is perhaps for this reason that divorce parties are all the rage now. And parties always call for cake.
Our very own Lisa Sanguedolce was recently interviewed by Global News where she spoke about the growing trend of divorce cakes. “The market for divorce cakes is growing and we are getting more requests for these regularly”, said Sanguedolce. She added, “people are more open now with their feelings and divorce is no longer considered a taboo. The people who request for these cakes have had a very difficult time in their relationship and consider a breakup or divorce as a release. Consequently, they want to celebrate their new beginning with family and close friends, and cake is always a good idea.”
Check out the piece on Global News.
Team Le Dolci
Eunice the Unicorn has been showered with love and appreciation by our fairy city of Toronto. We are amazed by Eunice’s ever growing popularity and our team is thrilled to create the whimsical creature for your special celebrations.
Our unicorn cake was recently featured in the Daily Hive, and we are super thrilled to be included in the list. We cannot wait to fulfill more Eunice the Unicorn Cake Orders! The unicorn cake comes in a vanilla funfetti flavour with vanilla buttercream icing.
The cake is available to order via our online shop, or by calling us on 416-262-3400.
You can also learn to create your very own Eunice by taking our Unicorn Cake Class! Join Chef Julie Montgomery, formerly of Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts, as she helps bring to life the elusive magical unicorn. In this NEW class, you will learn to properly mask a cake in buttercream, create a unicorn horn out of a dowel and fondant, paint using edible gold, create gumpaste ears and eyes, and lastly pipe a “mane” using various piping techniques. Be prepared to wow your friends and family with your stunning creation.
We can’t wait to see you in class soon!
Team Le Dolci
Master cake designer Julie Montgomery, former head teacher at Bonnie Gordon College, joins Le Dolci Bake Shop & Culinary Classroom to teach advanced cake decorating and multiple day workshops in cake sculpting and design.
The classes are packed with information and techniques and will be hosted starting this May. Check out some of the fabulous classes now offered in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Unicorn Cake Class – May 13, Jun 4, Jul 15 – This cake has been a huge hit in the city and Julie’s first class is sold out. This class will teach you how to make this magical creature out of cake, coloured buttercream and edible gold.
Latte Cake Fun – May 27 & 28 2 Day Workshop – This gravity defying latte cake class teaches you how to create a wood and steel structure to hold the cake’s waterfall effect of milk pouring into the mug and how to sculpt the adorable creatures peering over the sides.
Sugar Flower Class -June 16 & 17, 2 Day Workshop – In this class students will make roses, calyxes, blossoms, berries and intricately veined leaves out of gumpaste.
Carousel Cake -June 17 & 18, 2 Day Workshop – A colorful carousel filled with intricate details, animals and ornate decor will be taught in this two day class.
Couture Cake Class – students will make a grand cake inspired by their favourite gown in this two day workshop.
Julie Montgomery’s twenty year career has seen her working in the pastry department of the city’s top hotels, restaurants and alongside Chef Mark McEwan where she was executive pastry chef of his top two restaurants Bymark and North 44. The last few year she was the Head Teacher at the now closed Bonnie Gordon College. The college taught students from around the world how to bake and decorate grand, sculpted, gravity defying cakes with sugar flowers crafted by hand that looked so realistic they were too pretty to eat.
Le Dolci, a family owned Bake Shop & Culinary Classroom teaches over 15 different culinary classes that include bread making, croissant, pie & macaron classes. Le Dolci is extremely pleased to have Chef Julie on board. “I have been looking for a teacher to teach this calibre of classes for a few years. Most of the cake designers that do this profession take this job on the road teaching around the world. I am excited that Julie is here with us and going to make our Cake Decorating program top notch. Having Chef Julie on board also fills a gap that the Bonnie Gordon College left behind,” says Lisa Sanguedolce, Owner of Le Dolci.
More information about these classes can be obtained at our website.
Hope to see you soon!
Team Le Dolci
Look out Summer Camps! Master Cake Designer Julie Montgomery, former head teacher at Bonnie Gordon College, joins Le Dolci Bake Shop & Culinary Classroom to teach an Advanced Kids Camp this summer from August 21-August 25th. Chef Julie will conduct Toronto’s FIRST & ONLY Advanced Cake Decorating Camp for kids aged 9 – 16. Kids will learn to make unique creations such as a Sculpted Burger & Fries Cake, Minion Cake, Monster Cake & more!
Julie Montgomery’s twenty year career has seen her working in the pastry department of the city’s top hotels, restaurants and alongside Chef Mark McEwan where she was executive pastry chef of his top two restaurants Bymark and North 44. The last few years she was the Head Teacher at the now closed Bonnie Gordon College. The college taught students from around the world how to bake and decorate grand, sculpted, gravity defying cakes with sugar flowers crafted by hand that looked so realistic they were too pretty to eat.
Check out the week’s schedule:
Monday August 21-Friday 25
Full Day Camp – 8.30-3.30pm – All snacks, healthy meals and materials provided.
MONDAY- Burger & Fries Cake with fondant fixings
TUESDAY – Drip-tastic Cake – learn to fill, mask, and decorate your cake with a gorgeous chocolate drip and hand made chocolate decorations
WEDNESDAY – Minion Cake – spend the day making a 3D cake with goggles, eyes, mouth and minion hair
THURSDAY & FRIDAY – This two day session will show the junior campers how to make a monster out of fondant and cake. Kids will start with a monster sketch and make it come to life!
More information about the camp can be obtained by calling us on 416-262-3400 or by by visiting our website.
We cannot wait to host our eager participants at the camp!
Team Le Dolci
Is there anything better than soft and gooey cinnamon buns on a Saturday morning? All that goodness of cinnamon and sugar topped with cream cheese icing is just unbeatable. Now imagine making your own cinnamon buns in a class with the all the aromas that the cinnamon bun Gods are sending through the oven. Add to the mix a great sunny day and life couldn’t be any more perfect!
On a sunny Saturday morning last week, we welcomed a group of lovely ladies to our cinnamon bun class with Chef Lindsey. The charming belles from the Trade and Charm blog graced us with their presence as well. At the risk of repeating ourselves, we would like to mention that this is one of our favourite classes, because it makes the whole store smell like ooey, gooey cinnamon goodness.
At Le Dolci, we make our cinnamon buns with paton dough – the same dough that is used to make croissants. This means that instead of dense, bready buns, ours are light, airy and melt-in-your-mouth delicious! Chef Lindsey got the ladies right into action by rolling the dough, laminating it, spreading the cinnamon sugar, folding and rolling some more – not necessarily in that order. Let’s just say that the ladies couldn’t be happier about getting their hands dirty!
After the buns were baked, participants got to add the sinful cream cheese icing to them. Did we forget to mention that Chef Lindsey encouraged the ladies to spread dollops of cream cheese icing on the buns? That’s right, we don’t shy away from the good stuff here!
The smell of freshly baked cinnamon buns always brings passersby into the store to get their hands on some – but we don’t sell these! So if you would like to try them, you’ve got to come to class and roll out some dough.
If the thought of impressing your friends at brunch with Toronto’s best cinnamon buns appeals to you, sign up for the next class on May 6 or May 14. We hope to see you at the store rolling in the dough with us.
Team Le Dolci
Flowers have been an integral part of cake decoration for a very long time now. Be it roses, daisies or chrysanthemums, these beautiful flowers add a special touch to every celebration cake. As a child, I remember watching Cake Boss on television and being awestruck at the speed with which Chefs would pipe buttercream flowers on a cake. These flowers were so precise and beautiful, they just turned a plain Jane cake into a masterpiece.
Fast forward to many years later, and I still wish I could pipe buttercream flowers! There is something about these unique flowers that make them a timeless and classic cake decorating technique.
So you can imagine how excited I am to take the class this Saturday, April 15 with Red Seal Pastry Chef Lindsey. She’s hosting a buttercream flower piping class, where participants will learn the tricks to piping lifelike roses, daisies and chrysanthemums on delicious cupcakes. It will be a fun session of flower making with small bags of buttercream using various piping tips.
Tricky to master but addictive when perfected, this skill will stay with one for many birthdays and celebration cakes to come.
Join me this Saturday morning for the buttercream flowers class, we can create some beautiful and delicious designs together. We also get to take our decorated cupcakes home after the class. I can’t wait to see you then!
Date: Saturday, April 15
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Location: Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas Street West