One of the things that we love most about kids’ birthday parties is the celebratory sweet treat. Of course, you could go the DIY approach. But there is something really fun (and delicious!) about ordering a special treat from an amazing bakery. Plus, having a pro handle the cake or cupcakes means you can check off one thing from your to-do list.
Eight of these bakeries are 100% nut-free, you can easily accommodate dietary restrictions for all partygoers.
Here are a baker’s dozen of our favourite bakeries where you can get some delicious bakery treats for the kiddo on their special day!
Nine times out of ten when you ask kids what treat they want for their birthday, they’ll answer “cupcakes”! Another great reason to hit a bakery instead of baking your own is the assortment of flavours available. Dlish offers 20-plus flavour combinations, so order ahead for pick up or delivery to ensure all the favourites are represented. Peanut butter chocolate is a definite fave, but watch for allergies.833 Queen St. W., Toronto
Yes, there are cupcakes and mini cupcakes available. But doesn’t cheesecake sound simply divine for a birthday bash as well? There are also cakes, cookies and a ton of flavour options to tantalize the tastebuds. Plus, it’s a nut-free bakery so it’s perfect for celebrating with school friends.4158 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke
416-231-7774 ext. 4
17 Queen St. N., Unit 2A, Mississauga
416-231-7774 ext. 5
Need kosher and nut-free? No problem. Grodzinski offers beautiful custom cakes for birthdays, or you could go the cookie route. There’s also babka, challah, and so much more to supplement party fare. Why not pick up some gorgeously decorated cookies as part of the loot bag?3437 Bathurst St., North York
1118 Centre St., Unit 3, Thornhill
Vegan and gluten-free that tastes like the real thing? Yes, please. Everything at Bunner’s is dairy-free, egg-free, and soy-free. Being able to serve a cake that takes into consideration a variety of food allergies is a fabulous option. And if one or two of those famous cinnamon buns make it home as well, that’s A-ok with us. The cake and cupcake flavours are simply delicious, and the funfetti option is particularly festive. Locations in The Junction and Kensington Market.3054 Dundas St. W., Toronto
244 Augusta Ave., Toronto
This petite Parkdale shop has been baking cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies, and tarts since 2003. They can custom-design almost anything you like with enough notice—from a Harry Potter masterpiece to a multi-tier mermaid-tail cake to R2D2 cupcakes. The cakes themselves are so moist and delicious we can’t resist grabbing a ready-made cupcake or two (or four) when in the ‘hood: premium ingredients really shine in flavours like raspberry, carrot cake, banana, lemon, and coconut. Gluten-free and vegan options are available.1660 Queen St. W., Toronto
This bakery just oozes homemade baking finesse. The cupcakes and cakes are great options, but wouldn’t birthday cream puffs be a lot of fun as well? Or round out the cake table with some pie? Nuts are used so this is best for times when there are no allergies, such as a family party if applicable.205 Delaware Ave., Toronto
We have long adored the mouth-watering cakes and buttercream frosting offered via Cakes by Robert, one of the grand-daddies of nut-free baking. Loads of decoration and colour options. Plus, the leftovers are amazing with a cup of coffee or tea (just sayin’…). Now with two locations: the original in Thornhill and a newer outpost in The Beach.134 Doncaster Ave., Unit 5, Thornhill
2116 C Queen St. E., Toronto
Oh we do so love Prairie Girl cupcakes, and have tried just about all of the varieties (gulp). The option for minis is great so that kids can sample more than one variety, and there are gluten-free and vegan options as well. Our little flower lovers also like the floral icing series—perfect for a summer birthday. Good to know: some options contain peanuts.18 King St. E., Unit 106, Toronto
100 King St. W. (concourse level), Toronto
150 Bloor St. W., Unit 14A, Toronto
Tori’s Bake Shop is as cute as a button, and also offers great tasting vegan treats made with organic, unrefined ingredients. The cupcakes are amazing, the cookies a treat, and maybe the birthday kiddo wants some delicious brownies or doughnuts as their treat of choice? These morsels are desserts we feel good about serving.2188 Queen St. E., Toronto
Oh, the amazing decorations on these themed kids’ birthday cakes…everything from Yoda to Minnie Mouse, and so many other artistic creations. And of course there are cupcakes (mango…nom, nom) and cookies galore, so selecting celebratory treats becomes an exercise in restraint. And it’s nut-free, so these sweets can even make it into the classroom.1238 Queen St. E., Toronto
There are so many delicious flavours on offer that the only concern here may be some serious FOMO. The July season cupcake Berry White, featuring berries and white chocolate, is bound to be a huge hit—but then there’s Chunky Monkey, with a banana chocolate chip base and triple chocolate. And so many more. We need more birthdays to try them all. Nut-free and gluten-free are both available. Happy sampling.1945 Avenue Rd., Toronto
2025 Yonge St., Toronto
Nut-free and really, really delicious, these cupcakes have won us over and stolen the hearts of many. With 20 different flavours it’s hard to choose, but we can reveal that the chocolate chip cupcake adorned with a piece of chocolate chip cookie and the s’mores cupcake are kid favourites. The cakes and cookies are bliss, as well.2523 Yonge St., Toronto
One of the original cupcake shops in the city, this petite place knows how to do cupcakes to perfection, and they’re nut-free as well. There are 28 flavour combinations, with 11 being sampled daily. We’re personally fans of the marble (because chocolate and vanilla) as well as the maple flavour (O, Canada!). The Cupcake Shoppe is clearly more than just cupcakes: gluten-free, hand-drawn personalized cakes, cake pops, and cookie grams are available, too.2417 Yonge St., Toronto
Lollicakes knows how to decorate cupcakes and cakes: their list of possible toppers is pages long! Grab some mini or regular size cupcakes, or move on up to a full-size cake, and let them help you with the images. There are also delicious chocolate lollipops for sale that make great loot bag items. And the kitchen is nut-free and kosher. Treats for all!559 Mount Pleasant Rd., Toronto
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