Mid-month last July, Thimble Cakes threw a grand opening event to celebrate its first 6th months in business. A celebrated cupcakery for it being completely nut-free, Thimble Cakes offers “gluten free, egg [and] dairy free cupcakes & cakes, and sugar free cakes & cupcakes.” This is besides offering traditional butter-based cupcakes & cakes.
For their 6 month anniversary, Baker/Owner Wendy Velthoven organized face painting, a professional hula “hoop-er”, and balloon draws for prizes.
[from Couch Assassin]
Velthoven filled her bakery with even more whimsy, the oasis of powder blue, white, wood, and vintage that constitutes its sitting area already whimsical. Since its opening, Thimble Cakes stands in stark contrast to its surrounding businesses, feminine and elegant.
Of course, Velthoven and her cupcake gals, Camille, Jessica (a Thimble Cakes designer), and Mary (another Thimble Cakes designer) served cupcakes.
[From top to bottom: Chocolate Orange, Vanilla Love, Banana Bliss, Chocolate Banana, and more Chocolate Orange cupcakes]
Complementary mini-cupcake samples were shared generously.
And, in anticipation of then coming autumn…
These were a favourite amongst people sampling.
They also served ice cream; organic dairy, coconut milk, and fruit sorbet.
[Mini-ice cream cones are baked with cake batter and topped with house-made ice cream.]
It was a fun event.
Now, we’ve had many-a-cupcake from Thimble Cakes since our first visit.
Our cupcakes have always been enjoyable save for one instant when we ordered cupcakes and seemingly receive day-old ones that were refrigerated.
When we picked up the cupcakes, the box was pulled from a refrigerator beneath one of the front counters. The dinner party host we gave the cupcakes to was surprised by the texture, our having sung Thimble Cakes’ praises; the cake was hard, the icing was granular. Equally surprised, I went back the following day, ordering four random cupcakes from the display. Asking an upstairs neighbour to join me in sampling them, we found the cupcakes’ cake light, sometimes with a slight chew. The icing was smooth and ethereal. I’ve chalked our ordered batch up to a fluke. We have never seen the like since. Day-old cupcakes are carefully labelled now, and discounted.
So…missed Thimble Cakes’ grand opening? Fear not, another bakery that specializes in cakes, cookies, scones, and cupcakes that are vegan will be celebrating its second anniversary this weekend, Aunti Loo’s Treats (507 Bronson Avenue).
Here is an excerpt from the media release:
It’s a two-parter: On Saturday, Oct. 15, Auntie Loo will throw open the doors to her Bronson Avenue bakery between 10 am and 4 pm with lots of fun to be had. The Rideau Valley Roller Derby girls will be on hand to distribute free Auntie Loo goody samples will be available all day, and free samples from LUSH Byward Market will also be available. The cupcake photo booth will also return- get your photo taken inside or on top of a cupcake!
New this year: the Find Mattycakes human/social networking scavenger hunt with full-sized cakes to be won, as well as a fundraising vegan barbecue in support of local charity Westminster Pet Sanctuary, which is co-sponsored by The Table Vegetarian Restaurant.
The party continues on Sunday Oct. 16 at Babylon Night Club from 7 pm until 11 pm. For a $5 charge, audience members will be treated to the burlesque stylings of Miss Helvetica Bold (of Rockalily Burlesque) and Calamity Kitten, Rock n Roll courtesy of local band, Big Dick, Dream Pop courtesy of local band, Lipstick Lesbian, tunes by local DJ Skid Vicious, not to mention free Auntie Loo samples all night, prizes from great local businesses, and a full size cake will be up for grabs! Proceeds from this special evening will benefit Westminster Pet Sanctuary.
Source: Media Release from Pamela Tourigny of the National Capital Vegetarian Association.
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