I don’t know about you, but I love me some cake. and shake. and tarts. and cookies. Well heck, I love all sweets. And who better to make them, then the former pastry chef from Atelier? Michael Holland’s Cake and Shake opened up beside the Parkdale Market back in July. I’ve already been a few times and have never been let down.
He offers 3″ personal cakes with flavours changing weekly, along with tarts, cookies and homemade soft serve for shakes. He even has a Cake Shake! Yes, a cake INSIDE your shake! I’ve yet to try it, but it is definitely on my Cake and Shake bucket list!
During the day, they offer sandwiches or a brown bag lunch (even though the bag is white, it’s still delicious) which includes a cookie or brownie with a shirley temple or root beer . He bakes fresh milk bread for the sandwiches, using his grandfathers recipe. I could just place an order for those if he let me!
The first time I had an opportunity to go, I was running around before a flight and needed a quick lunch! (and possibly a dessert which turned into dessertssss). It was the best sandwich I’d had in a long time! Fresh bread, fresh ingredients, and potato chips!
My sister was also in town a few weeks ago and this was one of her favourite little treats that weekend. A few weeks prior to her visit, Michael Holland partnered with the Ministry of Coffee, located on Elgin Street, to provide the hot coffee and cold brews in store!
“The Ovaltine cake is made up of vanilla cake, Ovaltine icing and crushed whoppers. Purple Haze is made up of grape cake, grape pastry cream, and blueberry icing.”
I also stopped in when it was my husband’s birthday. I grabbed us some brown bagged lunches and a few birthday cakes for later.
These cakes are perfect for sharing. We had another couple over for birthday dinner, and each person had a cake set down in front of them. We each had a knife, which we used to cut the cutest slices, and then we passed the plate to the right for the next cake until all four cakes were gone. Delicious fun!
“Red rocket: cherry Kool-aid cake, red licorice icing, and rocket candy”
*Tip: It’s worth getting the 6 cakes for $20!