Once you've tasted a home-made cake or pie from the aptly-named 'Crave' you won't be able to resist the temptation to go back for more.
Crave's individual blueberry and lemon meringue pies and delicious cupcakes have been eagerly consumed in our household, courtesy of my partner who can't help dropping into this delightful bakery on his way home from work almost every evening.
Sisters and co-founders Carolyn and Jodi were inspired to set up their first bakery in 2004 by their mother's and grandmothers' home baking at the family farm in High River, Alberta. Using fresh ingredients produced locally where possible, the bakers in their six outlets across Alberta make cookies, cakes and other sweet indulgences from scratch every day. You can see them working in the kitchen at the back of the shop. Any cakes left at the end of the day are packaged up and sent to local charitable organisations.
Crave's cupcakes are available in regular and mini sizes. There are thirteen varieties on the 'menu' including their signature Crave-o-Licious cupcake made of chocolate sponge topped with blue vanilla buttercream icing sprinkled with
shaved chocolate. We enjoyed the Dirty Blonde vanilla cake with chocolate buttercream icing and the Lemon-Lime Twist cake. Other delights include the Peppy Pattie chocolate cake swirled with white peppermint icing and red sparkles, and the Dark Angel chocolate cake with cream cheese icing and shaved chocolate. Individual cupcakes cost CN$3.50 each for the regular size and CN$1.90 for the minis, with discounts for multiple buys. Gluten-free cakes are available.
You can also buy seasonal cupcakes such as Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie and speciality, themed cupcakes, which you can order in advance.
For parties, Crave's six-, eight- and ten-inch cakes can be made to order, using any one of their thirteen cupcake recipes with a personalised message on the top.
Crave's daily selection of cookies include Nutty Oat Sandwich, Red Velvet Sparkle, Ginger Creams and Oatmeal Toffee varieties. All cookies can be pre-ordered with a minimum order of six cookies per variety or purchased individually in the shop.
Their pies are also wonderful and include apple, blueberry,