Cupcakes in Vancouver, an overview

The Vancouver Sun explores the explosion of cupcake bakeries in an article entitled "Cupcakes take the cake" and companies in Vancouver. We get a shoutout too (though with the wrong URL, something I'm unfortunately seeing lately). It's exciting that so many cupcake companies are popping up and each doing things a bit differently; in the cases below, healthy cupcakes.

Here's a snippet:

The Clever Cupcake (29 Northern Ave., Coquitlam) open just over a week ago and owner Juan Escobedo has faith in cupcake love. "It's a symbol of childhood," he says. He grew up in Mexico City but his Spanish grandmother used to make them, he says. Can health food and cupcakes coexist? Well, that's what he's shooting for. He doesn't use processed sugar and although he won't give away recipe secrets, he says he uses natural sweeteners, such as fruit. His cupcakes also have no trans fats and no preservatives or artificial anything.

At Tracycakes (2636 Montrose Ave., Abbotsford, and 15015 Marine Dr., White Rock), owner Tracy Dueck says their newly introduced gluten-free cupcakes are flying out the door. "People who can't eat wheat want their treats, too," she says. The one-third-sized Babycakes are daily sellouts, too, she says. As testament to cupcake mania, when her lease at a Fort Langley store location ended cake and theyeliminatetheneed for cutting fees at the venue. In addition, she says, "They're cute!" (She doesn't have a storefront but can be reached through

Craig McDougall of Frosting Cupcakery (which opened last June at 20226 Fraser Highway, Langley) says cupcakes are eaten at weddings, unlike traditional wedding cakes. "People used to walk up to the wedding cake, say it's nice and keep on walking. Cupcakes are magnets at weddings." There's a variety of flavours of different designs and colours so everyone can have their pick. His store hosts cupcake decorating parties for kids with lessons on how to decorate them, he says. He's also working on creating small boxed mini-cupcakes as take-home gifts for wedding guests.


lyndsay said…
hi rachel!! i was so stoked because it's our local city's main newspaper, and i am in the article too! yay!

great to learn about some other cupcake businesses locally too! :)