Tag Archives: Auntie Loo’s Treats

Auntie Loo’s First Birthday

I can’t believe it has been one year! Please plan to attend, it will be a blast and lots of delicious samples. For more info, check out the Facebook page.
Congrats Amanda, you rock!

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Other People’s Food

I cook a lot. I love cooking for other people.  In fact last night made a lovely dinner for neighbours.  However, I like when other people cook for me, and fortunately it has happened frequently this past summer.  So below are some delicious pics of other people’s food I have been treated to over the summer.

Our neighbourhood block party, cooked by a local chef…..

A wonderful berry dessert from Jen!

Smoked Arctic Char at Ron and Judi’s

Potato and Vidalia Onion Soup at Gayle’s


Gayle’s pan-fried rainbow trout

Chocolate peanut butter cake from Auntie Loo’s

Chocolate peanut butter and coconut cupcakes from the Flour Shoppe

Thanks everyone for being patient with me when I take the camera out of my bag!

Auntie Loos’ Wedding Cakes

I spent Saturday morning at Auntie Loos’ Treats on Bronson. As you may already know it is one of my favourite places, and not just for the great baked goods, but because it is such a happy place, full of smiles, laughter, and it smells like Grandma’s kitchen.

I went this time to interview Kate Veinot cake decorator extraordinaire. I appreciated the time she spent with me as she was busy preparing a cake for that afternoon. Kate creates gluten-free and vegan wedding cakes, that not only taste fabulous but are really quite beautiful.

I felt like it was an interesting time to do this as the buzz around Chelsea Clinton’s wedding cake intrigued me. Chelsea offered a gluten-free beauty to her guests created by La Tulipe in Westchester County.

So Miss Kate…..

How long have you been decorating cakes?

2 years.

Are you vegan?

No.

What is your food philosophy?

Home made, home-grown, community, shop locally, animal rights.

Do you think the influence of celebrity weddings and wedding cakes is a good thing or will just contribute to short-term fads?

As long as it raises awareness, and we know why they are doing it, I think it’s a good thing.

Who influences your creativity?

Allan Dunn who is a renowned sugar flower artist, his details are so life like and Eddie Spence, official cake decorator to the royal family. His royal icing artist work is exquisite. His new book, The Art of Royal Icing is fabulous. I also like American Jennifer Dontz who travels and teaches courses.

What do you think sets you apart?

My attention to detail and my sugar art. I won’t copy others work nor will I duplicate my own.

What do you think you “owe” your client, the bride as the consultant?

It needs to be unique and reflect the client’s personal style. Like I said I won’t duplicate work, each cake is one-of-a-kind.

How long does a consultation last?

We like to do one consultation with the client, the timing depends on the clients needs.

What is the average price per cake (or what on average do brides spend)?

$800 to $1000.

What is your favourite flavour?

Earl Grey-delicious!

Whats your favourite food?

Avocado.

Thanks Kate!

Smiles aside this is serious business. Weddings are one of the most important days in the lives of millions of people, and when folks are putting this kind of money out they want perfection. These cakes look perfect to me!


Pictures courtesy of Auntie Loos’ because they are so darn nice.

One Sweet Kitchen

I had been planning for awhile to meet with Amanda Lunan of Auntie Loo’s Treats a fabulous vegan bakery in Ottawa, I had read plenty about her already. So I finally managed to find my way to her 507 Bronson kitchen and as I expected, it was a sweet, delightful excursion.

Writing about someone can be such a personal thing depending on your experience with that person. I can say without a doubt that this wonderful baker applies much love, and passion to her craft, and you can taste it. Dairy-free products (and some gluten-free), good wholesome ingredients (largely organic) allow for something for everyone. This is like walking into an old school bakery, with a twist. Can you imagine the feeling of a child who is unable to have a treat like a pink frosted cupcake because of food allergies walking into this bakery knowing that she can pick what she wants?

During our meeting I enjoyed a lovely piece of her banana- butterscotch cake a dense, delicious banana cake with a sweet thick butterscotch icing reminiscent of something from your grandma’s kitchen. On grandmother’s, Amanda’s inspiration comes from her own grandmother’s kitchen and everything magic that happened there. She adapts a lot of old recipes to suit her cooking style and she is gifted at it.

Auntie Loo’s also specializes in wedding cakes (yes, an amazing cake decorator named Kate) and specialty cakes. Treats from the bakery can also be found at Herb and Spice (both Bank and Wellington locations), Market Organics, Rainbow Natural Foods and several other locations. I would suggest getting down there to pick up cinnamon buns or warm scones Saturday morning, which we did this past Saturday.

Auntie Loo’s is open Tuesday to Friday 3pm-6:30pm and Saturdays from 8am -2pm. When you have time check out Amanda’s blog.