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Staff Portraits! Today’s Culinary Superstar: Carla DeGenova

If there is anyone who loves to feed the staff at Le Dolci, it is our Head Baker, Carla.  Her calm demeanour and wonderful smile paired with her genius creations win us over every time. At 5’11, she will frequently ask her colleagues what life looks like from their short point of view.Tall and mighty, here’s presenting Staff Portraits with Carla DeGenova:

Q 1. If you were a new entry to the cake case, which cake would you be?

I would be a passion fruit cake because passion fruit is the best flavour in the world.

Q 2. If you could be a cupcake, what flavour would you choose?

I would be a chocolate cupcake with chocolate buttercream.

Q 3. Who is your favourite superhero?

Wonder Woman!

Q 4. What is your spirit animal?

A horse because they are sturdy and elegant.

Q 5. What is one word to describe you best?

I am going to say calm.

Q 6. What is your favourite part about being a cake baker/decorator?

I enjoy the creative freedom that baking brings.

Q 7. Are there any suggestions or advice you would like to tell customers?

Trust the baker and give them the creative freedom to make your cake.

Q 8.  What has been your best creation so far?

The gluten free chocolate cookie – I love baking chocolate desserts.

Q 9. Who inspires you the most, and why?

My Mom is my biggest inspiration because she does everything. Cooking, baking, woodwork and everything else. She is great at whatever she tries and I aspire to be like her.

Q 10. Who would you like to share a piece of cake with, dead or alive?

I would like to share a piece of cake with Lucille Ball, because everyone loves Lucy.

Come by the store to meet Carla and discuss your favourite funny moments from I Love Lucy!

Our staff are in shop Monday-Friday putting cakes together for various different events and retailers. Located at 1006 Dundas Street West across from Trinity Bellwoods Park, you can see them through our store front window working their hardest to meet the demands of our beloved clients. Drop by and take a look for yourself!

Stay Tuned for our next Staff Portrait!

-Nathan & Team Le Dolci

 

 

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UNREAL UNICORNS! Join This Weekends Unicorn Cake Class And Create a Magical Unicorn Masterpeice!

We’re thrilled over how popular our Unicorn Cakes have become here at Le Dolci. They are as cute as they are tasty and make the perfect celebration cake. The only thing we can think of better than receiving one is learning how to make your very own! If you would like to learn the magical tips and tricks behind our Unicorn Cakes, join our Unicorn Cake Class this Sunday from 2pm-5:30pm!

This class will teach you all the unicorn pastry essentials. Students will learn how to mask their cakes in buttercream, paint their own golden unicorn horn, create fondant eyes and ears and finish off with piping a colourful mane! Students will learn unique techniques that will allow them to improve and develop their decorating skills. Not only that, but they’ll get to take home their very own Unicorn Cake!

Sign up here today and book your spot to create your very own Unicorn Cake! Our studio is located at 1006 Dundas Street West across from Trinity Bellwoods Park. We can’t wait to see you and start decorating!

-Nathan & Team Le Dolci

Our famous Eunice the Unicorn Cake

 

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Rave Reviews and Customer Thank Yous! We Share Some of Our Best Client Feedback About Our Cakes and Classes.

We at Le Dolci take pride in creating amazing cakes and providing unique culinary experiences to those who take our classes. Our combination of sweet treats and hands-on collaboration in our studio has been loved by the masses for over five years strong.

We take the time to create your dream cake and teach you special baking techniques, so it is always nice when our customers take time out of their own busy schedules to write us back about their positive experiences. It means a lot to our hard working staff when they receive your positive feedback.

Here are some of the great things people have said to us after receiving one of our cakes or attending one of our classes.

I just wanted to say thank you so much because the cake was amazing! Delivery was so worth it. I really appreciate everything and how easily you assisted me – I’ll for sure be a repeat customer. I raved about your great service to all of our guests – you were kind, helpful and very great at helping me organise- thank you!

 – Elizabeth, June 18, 2017

 Hi there! Just wanted to let you know I absolutely loved the class. My husband gifted it to me for Christmas. The instructor was wonderful. She was funny and really entertained while instructing, keeping our attention and teaching such interesting tips and tricks. I left feeling like I am a doughnut master now! I wrote a 5-star review on Google for Le Dolci as well as on my 5k Cakewalk Facebook page. Thanks for the recipes and a great time!

 – Jelena, January 8, 2017

I’m so sorry it has taken me more than a week to get back to you. First off I have to say the cake was absolutely GORGEOUS! It was a spectacular hit for children and adults alike. But the best part was it tasted even better than it looked! (Which sounds quite impossible – but it’s actually not.) The texture of the Funfetti was divine. I must admit I had a terribly hard time sharing the leftovers with the birthday girl and I find my heart racing at just the thought of the cake. I have a special secret trick: I nuke my slice until the buttercream is so soft that it actually starts melting. The cake is way more flavourful that way and has a superior texture. Of course, you can’t serve it that way, but if you ever sneak a slice, please try it. Simply put, it was perfection.

– Nicole, Feb 12, 2017

From all of us at Team Le Dolci, thank you for your continued love and support. Your kind words make all of our hard work purposeful. Here is to many more years of cool classes and great cakes!

-Nathan

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Come See What’s in Our Shop! What You Can Expect to Find Here in Le Dolci

Located at 1006 Dundas Street West across from Trinity Bellwoods Park, our cake-making studio is filled with tasty treats and delicious scents. As people pass by on their way to work or while walking through the park, they may wonder, “What’s inside?”

 Divided into two sections, our store consists of a cake creation studio and workshop on one side, and a café and office space on the other. Throughout the day, you can find our team of dedicated culinary experts creating cakes, cupcakes and macarons for our shop, custom orders and some of our wholesale customers. Our staff works nonstop to make the most unique and top quality cakes in the city. You can see their effortless baking and decorating through our storefront window.

 If you’re looking for something sweet to snack on, our café side is the place to stop. When inside, you can find a variety of tasty treats. Each day we have different bakery cakes in our fridge, you never know what could be featured! If you’re looking for a quick cake pick up, you can give us a call at 416-262-3400 to see what we have ready for you!

 If you want something smaller we also offer cupcakes in six delicious flavours; cookies and cream, Belgian chocolate, strawberry buttercream, French vanilla, red velvet cream cheese and salted caramel. Macarons, sugar cookies and vegan-organic peach rings are also found here in abundance! Pair a sweet treat with a cup of coffee or cold brew for the ultimate Le Dolci experience.

 Drop by today to see and taste what we do! You can find Amanda, Lisa and myself in our little office spaces keeping Le Dolci running. We hope to see you in our cute little space soon!

 – Nathan & Team Le Dolci

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Staff Portrait! Today’s Culinary Superstar: Jane Bowen

Jane Bowen is Le Dolci’s cake decorator extraordinaire. She wows us constantly, not only with her awesome decorating skills but with all the funny things she says. A minute of speaking with her often results in crazy bouts of laughter because she is a comedy queen without even trying. We asked her some fun questions to get to know her better. Here’s Jane Bowen’s Staff Portrait!

Q 1. If you were a new entry to the cake case, which cake would you be?

I would be a lemon cake because it is refreshing and zesty, very much like me.

Q 2. If you could be a cupcake, what flavour would you choose?

I would definitely be a vanilla funfetti cupcake with vanilla icing and colourful sprinkles.

Q 3. Who is your favourite superhero?

The Flash is my all-time favourite superhero.

Q 4. What is your spirit animal?

A cat because just like me, they like to sleep a lot!

Q 5. What is one word to describe you best?

A boss (said with much swag and a side tilt of the head).

Q 6. What is your favourite part about being a cake baker/decorator?

I love the creative aspect of decoration and the freedom to create unique treats.

Q 7. Are there any suggestions or pieces of advice you would like to give customers?

When you place an order, give us an overall theme but also trust the designer to fulfil your vision.

Q 8.  What has been your best creation so far?

Mastering our Unicorn Cake has to be my best experience and creation.

Q 9. Who inspires you the most and why?

I take inspiration from my co-decorator Rita, whose work is just flawless!

Q 10.  Who would you like to share a piece of cake with, dead or alive?

Easy, with my husband for sure!

Our staff are in shop Monday-Friday putting cakes together for various different events and retailers. Located at 1006 Dundas Street West across from Trinity Bellwoods Park, you can see them through our store front window working their hardest to meet the demands of our beloved clients. Drop by and take a look for yourself!

Stay tuned for our next Staff Portrait!

– Nathan, Jane & Team Le Dolci

 

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Canada Day Eh? Celebrate Canada’s 150 With a Le Dolci Canada Day Themed Cake!

The true north strong and free is turning 150-years-old in a few short days! Our country offers so many amazing sights, sounds and people. It really is what makes Canada the beautiful place we love to call home. To embrace all that is Canadian, we at Le Dolci have created three amazing Canada Day themed cakes for the tastiest birthday celebration ever!

The Justin

This cake is perfectly simple but tremendously tasty. The Justin has a white exterior and a red maple leaf flat on top just like our flag! Tiny red candies are placed around the bottom for a pop of colour. So good we know Mr. Trudeau would love it. Sounds neat eh?

Canada 150

A red-hot gem! This cake is the best combination of personality and taste. Featuring white chocolate drizzle, white chocolate bark, macarons, pretzels and caramel popcorn, the Canada 150 cake is guaranteed to bring the flavour to Canada’s birthday.

Oh Canada

Our Perfect Disaster Cake takes on a Canadian twist! Chocolate drizzle and fondant maple leafs cover the exterior of this cake with our classic Canadian expression of “EH” acting as the cake’s centrepiece. Topped with macarons, cookies, pretzels and caramel popcorn for the sweetest birthday treat!

 

We will be featuring a few Canada Day cakes in our shop over the weekend. Feel free to stop in and take a look! We would love to help you celebrate our country’s milestone. We are located at 1006 Dundas Street West across from Trinity Bellwoods Park.

Happy Canada Day, Toronto!

-Nathan & Team Le Dolci

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Our New Birthday Displays!

We’ve been open for business in Toronto for six years! With all the love and support we have received regarding our cakes, classes and staff, we couldn’t be happier with where we are today!

To celebrate, we got a brand new window display designed and painted by our friend Lynzie Kent & her fab sidekick Tanisha! The display features a white number 6 with rainbows streaming from the top and bottom. The inside window features shiny gifts on our table surrounded by our cake displays and floating party hats hanging from the ceiling!

This past weekend we also created a GIANT unicorn made out of balloons with the help from our friends at Balloon Bar TO. Complete with a golden horn and black eye lash, this stunning masterpiece was a sight to behold. From rainbow windows and giant balloon-icorns, our 6th birthday celebration was a hit! It was also PRIDE weekend so we hope we spread an extra amount of rainbow love to the city.

Come by and see our displays while they’re still here and celebrate with us! We are located at 1006 Dundas Street West across from Trinity Bellwoods Park.

BIRTHDAY SALE! Use the hashtag #SixInTheSix for a chance to be featured on our Instagram page! We hope you love the celebration window as much as we do.

-Nathan & Team Le Dolci

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Gear Up For Le Dolci’s 4 Week Baking Boot Camp!

Do you want to learn the art of culinary perfection? From cake decorating to bread making, our 4 Week Baking Boot Camp will give you the knowledge and tools to absolutely dominate in the kitchen!

This boot camp is perfect for beginners and intermediate level bakers who want to learn unique tricks and apply the skills they already possess. Each week offers new challenges and new food to transform you into a culinary genius!

What can you expect throughout this exciting month of blessed baking? Week 1 starts with Baking Essentials 101 where we will be covering anything from cookies to cakes plus the fundamentals of baking. Week 2 is Quick Bread and Savory Baking where we may feature scones, muffins or pies. Week 3 is Dough Lamination where we may cover treats like puff pastries, croissants, Danishes or sweet cinnamon buns. Our week 4 and final class is Bread and Yeast, which may conclude with brioche, focaccia or braided challah!

We offer so much deliciousness within four weeks that you’ll never leave hungry. Our boot camp costs $375 and includes four amazing lessons, everything you need to create with and tasty results to take home!

Our boot camp takes place every Tuesday from 7pm-9pm starting July 4 at our studio located at 1006 Dundas Street West across from Trinity Bellwoods Park.

RSVP your spot here and join our 4 Week Baking Boot Camp! You can’t find this type of experience anywhere else. We’ll see you July 4 with your appetite!

-Nathan & Team Le Dolci