Well I had an nice surprise in Toronto this weekend. It was the Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show which was held at the new The Toronto Congress Centre near the airport. Free parking! I had no clue this show even existed, so when I found out about it, I had to tack it onto my trip! The show was presented by Redpath Sugar, of which you received a packet of sugar cookies when you entered. Not a bad way to start a baking show!
When we walked in, we got stamped on the inside of my wrist with a blue stamp that said “Cake”. How fitting. We also received a Canadian Tire/Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss) bag containing a Fleishmann’s Yeast Best-Ever Bread recipe booklet, an E.D. Smith booklet filled with recipes, a single packed chocolate croissant and lots of other literature and pamphlets.
The first booth we saw was the Cupcake Girls Booth, with Heather and Lori. We were even able to get our picture taken with them! They offered cute tee’s, aprons, vanilla buttercream lip balm and cupcake candles.
Next up was Paris Delights based in Toronto. Their table was covered in Parisian Macarons. Having gone through my own trials and tribulations with these mighty cookies, I was happy to see so many flavours for possible trials in the future. 🙂
Random Polish donuts that we didn’t really need to pay $1 for 🙂 Mighty tasty! I had the raspberry.
Criollo is a Luxury Liquor made from the rare cocoa bean, Criollo, where it gets it’s name. They have two flavours: Chocolate Raspberry Truffle (my favorite) and Chocolate Sea Salted Caramel.
“Representing only five percent of all cocoa beans grown, criollo is the rarest and most expensive cocoa on the market, and is native to Central America, the Caribbean islands and the northern tier of South American states. There is some dispute about the genetic purity of cocoas sold today as criollo, as most populations have been exposed to the genetic influence of other varieties. Criollos are particularly difficult to grow, as they are vulnerable to a variety of environmental threats and produce low yields of cocoa per tree. The flavor of criollo is described as delicate yet complex, low in classic chocolate flavor, but rich in “secondary” notes of long duration.” – Wikipedia
Flour Confections offers everything from bakeware, boxes, macaron boxes, fondant, edible cupcake decorations and much more. They had a huge booth so attendees could buy and see what they offer quite well.
The Artsy Baker‘s fabulous fondant takes quiet awhile to dry out, longer than regular fondant. It is perfect for the beginner fondant user as it is quite forgiving.
The SPCA’s & Humane Societies had a booth to create awareness of their services as well as informing us of National Cupcake Day! Monday, February 24! You can host your own party or support a host!
Donate and decorate!
Cakes N’ Supplies came up from Miami, Florida. They had tones of fondant cutters for a variety of themes. They even carry a line of 3D molds!
Nancy from Old Time Confections has a huge selection of candy and chocolate bars. She even has Bacon Frosting! (And yes, I bought a tube…) She even ships if you can’t come visit!
British Baked Goods had plenty of goods! Scones, Empire Biscuits, Eccles, Custard Tarts, Meat Pies, Quiche and much more! I could have bought the whole booth!
Dolcini by Joseph offered gourmet donuts (I had the strawberry and cream), they offered nutella, peanut butter and jam, and even one that’s french toast! They also offered biscotti, almond cookies and many petit fours!
Buddy Valastro, The Cake Boss, was making an appearance, and we were one day early, but his booth was HUGE. He is launching a bake line. Everything you need to make the perfect cake!
Chatelaine was there offering 12 issues for $15 plus a gift! 🙂 I’m almost done reading the October edition.
Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa was the Official Culinary School of the show. I got to see one of the Chefs I had at a demo back in May! The Chef’s were also doing demonstrations at the show. Chocolate and sugar work.
Above & Beyond Cupcakes offered 8 different flavours of cupcakes (some include Oreo, Creme Brule, Vanilla Bean, Red Velvet, Salted Caramel) and about a dozen flavours of macarons! They even offered prepackaged Salted Caramel with an Apple to make your very own caramel apple at home! Yum! They are located n Welland, near Niagara. You will probably drive through it on your way to Buffalo! Stop on by!
The theme of the show was Alice in Wonderland. Alice ended up wearing this fun balloon dress!
Adamo Import are an importer and distributor of Kitchenware and Serveware. Great prices!
Sweet Teaspoon had some crazy baking flavours! They are small hard balls of flavour which you mix right into batter. They melt and the batter takes on the flavour!
They also offer jaw breakers in all sizes, plus gumballs!
As I mentioned earlier, the theme of the show was Alice in Wonderland and of course there was a cake off! Check out some of the entries and the winner!
Cakes by Design offered decorated sugar cookies, candy kebabs and cupcakes. They also do wedding cakes!
McCall’s Chocolate and Supplies definitely has both of those things and more! Their booth took up almost an entire wall of the show! If you need it, they have it. Order on line or visit in store.
A huge variety of guins, sprinkles, sparkles and pearls!
Tracey’s Wine Jellies come in sugar-free or regular, as well she offers flavoured drizzles. She had jelly flavours I’ve never seen before. Flavours like Merlot Habanaro and Saucy Sangria!
Here are some of the sugar free flavours!
Home Coffee Solutions offers free shipping over $60. They ship Keurig K-Cups, Tassimo T-Discs and Nespresso Capsules.
Moist Heat Packs were pretty neat! They contain salt and vinegar and stay hot for hours. They become solid and then you would boil it to make it turn back into a liquid.
Vegan Bites & Delights makes her own granola, cookies, muffins and brittle! 12 different flavours of granola! She even does gluten free!
Hot Mamas Gourmet Pepper Jellies and Sauces offer a wide range of products. The Lime Tequila Jelly tastes like summer on a patio!
Creative Cutters offer a wide variety of cake decorating supplies. Everything you need to decorate a cake!
Trina’s Cakes creates, well, cakes! There was a beautiful bodice wedding cake as well as a minion cake! Super cute. She also had a variety of cupcakes, including a french toast with bacon!
Sue Ellen’s Pies were delicious! She has the best apple pie which ranked #1 in the Mount Harvest Pleasant Fair. She offers a pie club! A pie a month! It was also the first time I tried a Pear Ginger Pie! Yum!
Sweet Fix Bakery offers sweet lovin’ straight from the oven! At the show, they offered 3 flavours of macarons and about 6 different flavours of cupcakes. Of course I have to try the “weird” flavour cupcake – Taro. The taro also gives it, I assume, a natual purple colour! Yum!
Cake Star is a custom sweet treat boutique. The cannoli and meringue were amazing!
Can’t forget about CUTCO! If you haven’t heard of them by now, I have no idea where you have been! Some people swear by them.
Chocolate Clare offers a fresh perspective on chocolate. The Pecan Pie has real bourbon in it, and Clare fully admitted that her hand can sometimes be heavy. Truly delicious. The Peanut butter cups had salted caramel inside as well. Perfect combination! The raspberry truffles are made with fresh raspberries and Chambord. Amazing!
Jelly Boys offers Gourmet Savoury Jellies. You can find them at the York Farmer’s market Thursday-Sunday. That is where they are made and jarred.
staybowlizer is a great invention! Stabilizing bowls of all sizes, not just on the counter, but on a double boiler as well. They are made of silicon, so they are dishwasher safe. Perfect for smaller bowls that might not fit your pot for a double boiler. They also come in 6 cool colours. I picked one up in black!
Redpath had a demo kitchen. When we passed by they were decorating sugar cookies!
That turkey would be perfect as a favour on thanksgiving! I’m getting ideas!
Oh Kitchen Aid Stand Mixers, what would I do without you?! (Ps. I have a classic black stand mixer named Stella. She’s awesome)
Lots and lots of attachments! PLUS they also offer cookware.
On the main stage had a pretty awesome guest. Anna Olson. She had an hour long demo, of which you couldn’t get a seat if your life depended on it, and close to the end, everyone was lined up for the book signing!
Da Bomb Bath & Body creates bath bombs that look like dessert! As well as regular bombs. They smelled so good, that she had a sign that said, No, you couldn’t eat them! They were in the shapes of cupcakes, donuts, brittle and even a bath shake with a loafer ball!
La Casa Dolce does custom cakes! There were tones of cupcakes, which I assume are samples of their flavours.
Coco Bakery offers European pastries and cookies as well as cupcakes and sweets.
Purdy’s Chocolates was at the show! They have been around since 1907 from Vancouver, BC! They gave away samples of Pink Himalayan Salted Caramel Chocolate!
Mary Macleod’s Shortbread was terrific! The butterscotch bars look insanely good. I’m definitely going to pick up a pack soon!
The classic Beavertail! Fried whole wheat pastry covered with cinnamon sugar and lemon. There are other toppings such as nutella with bananas or reeses pieces!
Pretty Sweet is a food truck dedicated to cupcakes! 5 flavours plus an Ice cream Cupcake!
Peanut butter and red velvet!
Food Cabbie offers a variety of cuisine options. We couldn’t resist the pork tacos!