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Ladurée

Ladurée in YorkdaleThe macarons from Ladurée were delicious.  You probably shouldn’t eat them.

I got four of them, and they cost about 15 bucks with tax ($14.92, actually), and seriously: get the hell out of here with those prices.  I don’t care if you’re using the highest of high-end ingredients, there’s no way to justify charging $3.73 each for these tiny little things.

Ladurée in Yorkdale

They are quite good, though.  I tried hazelnut, pistachio, salted caramel and coconut lime.

Ladurée in Yorkdale

They were amazing; maybe the best macarons I’ve ever had.  The texture was the perfect contrast of crispy, airy, and creamy, and the flavours were uniformly great.  Even the coconut lime, which I was kind of skeptical about, was top notch.  It had a really satisfying coconut flavour, with a mild zinginess from the lime that never overwhelms.

But those prices?  Nope.

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Bake Sale – Carrot Cake

Bake Sale - Carrot Cake
Location: 3076 Bloor Street West, Etobicoke
Website: http://www.bakesaletoronto.com/

So the carrot cake from Bake Sale bakery?  Best store-bought cake I’ve ever had.  Seriously.  Most store-bought cakes have the same airy, vaguely processed texture that I find somewhat unappealing.  Not this cake; this one is dense, moist, and very close to cake perfection.

It has walnuts interspersed throughout, which add a satisfying textural component as well as a vague nuttiness that compliments the cake quite well.

The cream cheese frosting is rich and sweet, but not overly so.  It’s also really well proportioned, giving you a perfect amount of cake and frosting in each bite.

It’s raisin-free, which I found delightful.  Hey raisins: what’s the point of you?  Go home.  No one likes you.

Look, it’s a classic carrot cake.  They’re not reinventing the wheel here.  This isn’t someone’s take on a carrot cake; it is a carrot cake, executed to absolute perfection.

Bake Sale - Carrot Cake Bake Sale - Carrot Cake