Tag Archives: Ottawa bakeries

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.

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B. Goods

I have been in love with Brad Campeau’s cookies for a long time now. I first tried his chili-chocolate well over a year ago at Market Organics in the Byward Market. This guy makes these little treasures in a mobile bakery facility-yes a truck! It puts me in mind of the mud truck in NYC, all I can say is GENIUS.

For the past few weekends we have picked up these cookies but they have never made it home (sometimes never to the car) until 2 survived this past weekend after our visit to the Main Market.

The two in the picture are mint chocolate and spelt molasses ginger (my fave), they were still warm when we got them home. Heavenly really, crispy outside, tender, soft and warm inside. The flavours are layered and intense. There is no conversation when eating these cookies we just inhale them, grinning the entire time like complete fools.

Other flavours include, spelt maple pecan, wholewheat double chocolate, cinnamon kasha, orange hazelnut, spelt oatmeal, wholewheat chocolate chip and valencia peanut butter. The mint chocolate, orange hazelnut, cinnamon kasha are gluten-free.

There are many places you can pick these gems up throughout the city, check out B. Goods website for more info. Enjoy!

Auntie Loo’s Saturday Mornings

Saturday mornings are my favourite part of the week. What makes them extra special these days is Auntie Loo’s. I have blogged about Amanda Lunan before, her spectacular treats, her lovely and welcoming bakery on Bronson St.

This Saturday Adrian had a craving for her banana-butterscotch cake so we headed down after some early morning errands. There is nothing like walking into a place and being treated like your the only people in the world, but this is the way she treats everyone always taking the time out from her baking to welcome you and fill you in on whats in the showcase.

We picked out our favourites and were intrigued by the new vegan brownie, so decided to give it a try.

A gluten-free, soy-free brownie made with chick pea flour and coconut oil we were pleasantly surprised (and should have known it would be great). It was light, but rich in chocolate flavour and we devoured it. Note the glass of milk.

It really is great to know that there are these options out there. That someone cares enough to make a product everyone can enjoy with good quality ingredients and soul.

If you haven’t visited 507 Bronson, don’t you think it’s time you should (and when you do take a look at the shiny new trophy-YES Auntie Loo’s won the Cook-Off!)?

In fact why not make it this coming weekend for the First Ever Auntie Loo’s Craft and Bake Sale (10% of the proceeds going to the Aids Committee of Ottawa).

See you there!

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.

Favourite #4 Rideau Bakery’s Sufganiyot

I know, I know, it has taken me forever to decide on my five local favourites, but I have finally reached number 4.

The delicious Rideau Bakery sufganiyot (traditionally a Hannukah treat)! This tender, jelly filled sugar doughnut is a must try when stopping by the the Rideau St. store.  Get there early when they are fresh, you will never buy a donut shop jelly donut again.

Rideau is an old-fashioned bakery and it reminds me of visiting Andrews Bakery with my grandmother in Cobourg when I was a kid. Not so much the look of it, but the service, the smells and the quality of good old school bakery.

Other favourites at this bakery:

Challah (best in the city)

Latkes

Special Occasion Cakes

Lemon-Iced Cookies

The bakery has two locations: 384 Rideau St. and 1666 Bank St. (there is a lunch bar at the Rideau St. location).

http://www.rideaubakery.com/