Dynamic mother and daughter duo, Kelly Childs and Erinn Weatherbie, are bringing the charms of childhood to grown ups everywhere one sweet treat at a time.
Kelly’s culinary journey began at the age of six when her father gave her an Easy-bake oven. A self-proclaimed wellness warrior, Kelly has made it her mission to change people's lives through delicious and nutritious food.
Erinn spent her weekends in the kitchen helping her mom craft her culinary masterpieces, increasing her passion for health and the environment.
Their mutual desire to educate the public about the benefits of healthy living is the foundation of Kelly’s Bake Shoppe. Kelly and Erinn’s love for the environment and their customers is what sets them apart from the competition. Their award winning gourmet goodies are so deliciously decadent you’d never guess they’re guilt-free!
As a gluten-free vegan bake shoppe, located in downtown Burlington, their entire menu is free of dairy, eggs, nuts, butter, and casein. You wont find a drop of artificial colour, flavour, or preservatives in their kitchen and all of the ingredients used are organic and fair-trade. Anyone in their right mind would jump at the chance to sample their treats for review and I was positively giddy with anticipation.
The desserts arrived packaged to perfection in bright pink boxes laced with leopard print tissue paper. Handled with care and great attention to detail, it felt like receiving a special present from my very best friend. I tore open the treasure to find an incredible array of cupcakes, cookies, and one very sinful looking brownie.
While all three of the cookies I was given to try (chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, and the world peace cookie-a hearty blend of oats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, cranberries and chocolate chips) were delicious, my favourite was the snickerdoodle; chewy on the inside with a hint of crisp on the outside and a delightful burst of cinnamon sugar flavour. It offers the perfect blend of sugar and spice and will definitely be making an appearance in my home this holiday season.
The mile high brownie more than lived up to its best dessert award from the Toronto Vegetarian association. With layers of chocolate frosting and vanilla buttercream sandwiched between rich chocolate brownies and topped with homemade caramel sauce, I can see why it’s their best selling bakery item.
The mainstay of Kelly’s Bake Shoppe is their cupcakes and after tasting them I can honestly say all other gluten-free cupcakes I’ve eaten before pale in comparison. The frostings are light and creamy, with a whisper of sweetness and while many other gluten-free cupcakes are dense and heavy, Kelly’s are light, moist, and fluffy.
The standout amongst the flavours I delightfully devoured (Dulce de Leche, Red Velvet, Vanilla Bean, and Coffee Break) was the Coffee break cupcake, a specialty item offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays as part of their daily features menu.
The chocolate mocha cupcake with vanilla espresso buttercream topped off with a mini cinnamon sugar doughnut boasts a bold flavour and originality, not unlike the girls themselves.
In addition to treating yourself well, Kelly’s sinfully scrumptious treats are so beautifully presented they make an enchanting go-to for parties and special occasions, such as baby showers or weddings. If you’re simply looking to relive the joys of your childhood there is no better time to visit the shoppe than now when the cupcake of the month is none other than the classic Root Beer Float!
Photo credit: Jessica Grosdanof