A piece of cake: Quirky bake shop makes every genre delicious
By Rita DeMontis, Toronto Sun
First posted: Sunday, August 27, 2017 08:22 PM EDT | Updated: Sunday, August 27, 2017 08:26 PM EDT
There’s cake. And then there’s Cakes Cove, home to some of the most surreal and spectacular cake creations this side of space.
We’re talking cakes with character that pay homage to super heroes, the macabre, the romantic and the inner geek.
Cakes that look deceptively delicate on the outside — yet look like a murder scene on the inside.
Some cakes are gossamer dreams of Victorian passion, while others would make the cast from Star Wars blush with pride.
Some cakes are tiny creations, others are full-scale models of movie characters that actually move around when activated.
They’re all mouth-watering delicious, and they all make a statement.
“We love nerdy things here,” says Sam Lapointe, 29, who created Cakes Cove in 2013 as a creative outlet for her love of comics, gaming, anime, cosplaying and fantasy (her whimsical tribute to Harry Potter is stunning).
Her shop, which launched at Toronto’s 2013 Fan Expo, “allows me to express my geekness,” laughs the petite cake artist, initially self-taught but also formally trained at both George Brown Culinary College and the Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts before working for other companies and eventually opening her own business, which now has a bricks and mortar presence at 1074 St. Clair Ave. W.
Her sweets are the stuff of magic and fantasy, yet Lapointe also specializes in traditional cakes for weddings, birthdays, and other family events. Not to mention chocolates, cookies, cupcakes and other “geeky and nerdy” treats.
All the products are made with the finest, most finicky ingredients.
So popular are Lapointe’s creations she was invited to showcase them at the 67th Emmy awards’ gift room.
“Even before my training, I always loved creating and experimenting,” says Lapointe, whose own wedding cake — a lacy, dark classic tiered creation that conjures up images of Dark Shadows — is on display in the gleaming, neatly organized shop with small display cases on one side and rows of elegantly wrapped hand-made chocolates in the centre and sides of the bake shop.
Various cakes dot spaces in a shop kept as austere as possible to truly reflect the cakes and chocolates’ details, including intricate, life-size chocolate sculptures.
Lapointe’s love of fantasy and science fiction was the perfect combination for success when she initially launched her delicious treats at Fan Expo — her online orders were a steady reassurance she could branch out with her own shop, which she later did.
And hanging with the geeks certainly didn’t hurt.
“We were such a big hit at Fan Expo!” says Lapointe. “And we’re back again at this year’s show with not one but two booths.”
Fan Expo Canada, taking place Aug. 31 to Sept. 3 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, is considered the largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event in Canada and among the top three pop culture events in North America.
Celebrating its 23nd year this year, the 4-day Expo attracts thousands from around the world, and pumps millions into the city’s economy.
It also brings in some of biggest names.
Past guests included Stan Lee, Patrick Stewart and Buzz Aldrin.
This year’s attraction includes the rare appearance of actor Tim Curry, along Matt Smith of Doctor Who fame and Anthony Daniels of Star Wars to name just a few of the talent headed our way.
The city will be full of fans in full regalia, and Lapointe and her team are already busy gearing up with plenty of popular, themed sweet treats to satisfy the fans.
She’ll be at the show, of course. Most likely dressed as her favourite super hero, or perhaps fantasy figure.
We can’t wait to see. And taste her latest creations.
— Check out http://Cakescove.com
Sam Lapointe is the owner of Cakes Cove on St. Clair Ave. W. (STAN BEHAL/TORONTO SUN)

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