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Things We Love – Parisian Macarons from Ladurée

Sweet cream filling sandwiched between soft, melt-in-your-mouth meringue shells – that’s the beauty of Parisian macarons!  Not only do we love cupcakes, but we also adore eating and experimenting with macarons and have many happy students who have taken our Marvelous Macaron class with Mardi to prove it.

Tucked in delicate display cases like fine jewels, patisseries from all over the world are catching on to the artistry and fun of this luxurious sweet treat.  We can’t get enough of these dainty sweets and if we had to choose a favourite macaron shop straight from the source, it would have to be Ladurée in Paris, France.  The hush setting of the shop features macarons, cakes, pastries, chocolates, a delicatessen, home fragrances and candles, and beauty products to pamper those sweet cheeks and lips.  It is our version of heaven, in Paris, so we couldn’t ask for anything more.

Our favourite things about Ladurée and their macarons have to be their seasonal flavours  (grape cinnamon, Granny Smith apple, and forêt noire, also known as Black Forest) and how they combine fashion with sweets!  We thought we were happy when we discovered murder mystery novels centred around sweets and cute dessert jewelery and baubles, but incorporating fashion design and sweets just takes the cake!

Ladurée has several collections of macarons that are packaged in fashionable houndstooth boxes and boxes made to replicate the look of luxurious, antique jewelery boxes.  Just think, after you polish off the box of sweet delicious macarons, you can keep the beautiful packaging!  If you have a sweet tooth like we do and love to travel, you absolutely must indulge in this type of Parisian experience! We luv.

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Decorating Tools and More for the Cake Decorator In You!

After months of hard work by our Cupcake Queen Miya and our amazing web designer Tom our online shop is finally live with 55 great cake decorating products! Cake decorating fans are now able to purchase all the fun tools that we use in our icing sugar filled classes as well as many other wonderful ones, in our online shop. We have chosen products that are most commonly requested by our students, as well selected a few others that we love and feel will help you create beautiful treats.

A few factoids:

  • We ship across Canada (for US visitors, email us for special requests).
  • If you live in the City of Toronto, you can purchase fresh cupcakes via the site.
  • You can pick up all products from our studio in Downtown Toronto at King & Bathurst if you do not wish to have them delivered.
  • We use Canada Post to deliver, so if you are not at home to receive your package you can collect it at your nearest postal outlet at your convenience.

Many of our students (and us!), found it difficult to find decorating tools & baking supplies on Canadian websites and even so much harder in the downtown Toronto core. With our pick up option and posting products across Canada, we hope that our online shop makes all of our decorating fans’ lives easier.

Enjoy Le Dolci’s online shop – a sweet little place to locate all your decorating and baking supply needs!

As the shop is in its infant stage, feedback is much appreciated; or if you have products in mind that you would like to see in our shop please let us know! xLisa 

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~Christmas Cupcake Decorating

Santa Claus will be happy with cupcakes this year! At our Christmas Cupcake class, suitable for any age, you will work with tools that professional cake makers use to create your own colorful and Christmas-y cupcake works of art! You will work with fondant and professional food colouring to make simple shapes and decorations for your little bundles of goodness. Using our deliciously smooth buttercream icing you will test out different nozzles and colors to make wonderful swirls and twirls. Like the twelve days of Christmas you will leave with twelve fabulously decorated cupcakes that your friends and family will be suitably impressed by!

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Mini Fondant Cake Classes Coming to Le Dolci in 2012

With the New Year quickly approaching, we are developing new and exciting classes for our wonderful customers in 2012. After many requests, mini fondant cake classes have been added to our roster! In this class you will learn to work with fondant and sugar paste to create various dainty flowers, butterflies and cake embellishments. Students will learn to properly level, dirty ice and cover a cake in rolled fondant. This class will teach students tricks of the trade and all of the steps required to make a professional looking fondant, covered cake.

Class time – 3hrs.
First class February 19 th.

 

 

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The Perfect “Sweet” Gift This Holiday Season – Le Dolci Gift Certificates!


In another week it’ll be December and we all know what that means: gift-hunting for the holidays!  All of us have so much going on with our lives whether it’s work, school, friends, family, and hobbies, or vacations – or maybe even a little bit of everything!  With all of that going on, the holidays can be tough, juggling events and holiday get-togethers on top of having to figure out the perfect gifts for your loved ones.

Le Dolci to the rescue! 

Your favourite cupcake studio is here with the perfect gift solution for all your friends and family: gift certificates!  Gift certificates are redeemable for any of our fabulous classes – marvelous macarons, terrific truffles, introduction to cake pops, and any one of our many themed introduction to cupcake decorating classes!

Perfect for the people in your life who love sweets, who want to learn about professional cake artistry, or who just want to enjoy a relaxing time doing something out of the ordinary.  Feel happy this holiday season knowing you’re giving a thoughtful, sweet gift.

Purchase through our site’s class schedule page values of $60 & $80 or give us a call to order in any amount and we will post you a little white envelope of sweet fun.

 

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Things We Love – Exploring Around Le Dolci Studio! Queen West

When we’re not baking, decorating cupcakes or hosting classes, we love exploring the neighborhoods that surround our studio.  One of our favorite strips to shop, drop, and eat is Queen West!  The Queen West neighborhood, known for its cafes, contemporary art galleries, and independent clothing stores, is roughly defined as the stretch of land from Spadina Ave. on the east to Dufferin Street on the west.  It’s a wonderful area and we highly recommend exploring it before or after attending one of our decorating classes!

A few of our favorite places:

  • Magic Pony!  We love this adorable, eclectic shop full of one-of-a-kind stationery, jewelry, kitchen accessories, and toys.  Our intern, Deb, is absolutely in love with The Simpsons collectible figurines, Little Red Riding Hood teacups, and gorgeous stationery.
  • Cabaret – a must pop in to! Admire their beautiful vintage dresses and hats (inspired by Jackie O).
  • Anne Sportun Experimental Jewelry where you’ll find gorgeous glittery pieces.
  • MOCCA (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art).  It’s FREE and the gallery is always hosting new exhibits. Enjoy an afternoon of homegrown and foreign talent here!
  • Exploring works up an appetite so enjoy a sweet nibble at Nadege Patisserie (the rainbow of macarons will make you squeal with delight!) and a meal at Terroni, a fabulous Italian pizzeria and eatery.
  • To end off a great day, relax at the Drake Hotel with a drink and soak in the sights and sounds from their rooftop patio, The Sky Yard in the summer or their cool lounge any other time of year.

Right, tour guide services are complete! Let us know if you want more information on our fabulous area of the city.