Try a Little Man-Caking


TORONTO — There is no doubt Valentine’s Day will bring about an uptick in the purchase of the usual tokens of affection — roses, jewelry and, shall we say, risqué apparel. But, for those in cupcake-crazy Toronto, lines are bound to be longer than usual this weekend at the various gourmet cupcake bakeries across the city, as — let’s face it — mostly men scurry around in the cold, hoping to avoid the cold shoulder on Feb. 15. However, one bold baker is turning the trend on its head, encouraging ladies to head down to her new Liberty Village shop, For the Love of Cake, to pick up a special creation for the men in their lives.

Don’t be mistaken, owner Genevieve Griffin still stocks the baking sheets with all of the favourite stand-bys, but she’s also bridged cupcake’s unfortunate gender divide, with what she calls the Mancake. Essentially they’re standard-sized cupcakes, with a few XY-centric ingredients. Cupcake flavours include: Guinness Chocolate, a chocolate delight with beer and Irish whisky; Maple Bacon, a treat filled with blueberries and topped with maple frosting and bacon bits; and Black Forest, another chocolate indulgence with Kirsch brandy, sour cherries and vanilla butter cream.

So, while the deep crimson colour of a gourmet red velvet cupcake may be the go-to choice for guys looking to make a good impression with the wife or girlfriend this Sunday, ladies should be well advised that, from a man’s perspective, nothing says I love you like whisky and bacon. Trust us on that one.   

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