The Vancouver Sun
September 4, 2008
VA VA VANILLA and other delights – Cupcakes worth a detour of a few kilometres
I’m familiar with Tracycakes cupcakes and they pass the yummy-in-the-tummy test with flying colours. I happened to be passing through Abbotsford one Saturday and thought I would try Tracycakes’ savoury side.
This is the second Tracycakes, the first having launched in Fort Langley (9090 Glover Road.)
The one in Abbotsford looks like a page out of Liberty furniture store with dark antique tables, crystal chandeliers and a heritage feel – it’s feminine but not in a frilly way.
I ordered the salad special, a taco salad, which looked like an alarmingly generous heap of salad. It was topped with ground beef, but I was relieved the bulk of it was greens studded with taco chips. My partner hoovered down his soup/salad combo for $9.95, both ample and homey. We were glad we’d ordered our cupcake dessert ahead of time because suddenly, during our lunch, a blizzard of customers came in for cupcakes, one woman wanting two dozen for guests. The kitchen had more coming out but we wouldn’t have had as many choices.
The most popular cupcake, interestingly is the simplest – Va-Va-Vanilla. Other flavours include Sleepless in Seattle (chocolate mocha cake with chocolate buttercream and a shot of java); A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts (coconut cake with vanilla cream icing and shredded coconut); Twenty Four Karat (carrot cake with cream cheese icing); Princess (white cake with pink lemon buttercream and sprinkles); Creamsicle (vanilla cake filled with Bavarian cream, topped with orange buttercream and candied orange); It’s Five 0’Clock Somewhere (vanilla cake filled with raspberry filling, topped with lime buttercream, raspberry-like a cupcake margarita). Anyway, there are about 35 in the roster (not all available at one time) and come in baby size or normal size ($1.50 & $3.25). There worth a detour of a few kilometres. On Sunday the farmer’s market is just down the street from Tracycakes so it will be double worth it.
Lunch items, by the way, include quiche, chicken pot pie, chilli, shepherd’s pie, sandwiches, soups, salads. Afternoon tea is also served with finger sandwiches, scones, lemon curd, dainties, baby cupcakes, fruit and, of course, tea.
September 04, 2008
Lowdown: Owner and manager Tracy Dueck had a dream that she would be the queen of cupcakes. Well, not really, but she did envision a wonderful place where folks could gather for a bit of lunch, a spot of tea or coffee and, of course, a tasty treat. Well, not only did her dream come true, but now she’s branched out to open a second venue due to the success of the first.
What to eat: I went for the cupcakes, so didn’t sample the breakfast, lunch or high tea, but that didn’t matter after I gorged on these creations. The Sleepless in Seattle, with its chocolate mocha and java-zapped whipped cream, was great, as was the Boston Cream construction, the Va-Va-Vanilla, the Fill-Me-Up-Buttercup with lemon cake and meringue and the All Canadian with maple syrup and caramel filling. The buttercream icing that tops each cupcake is amazing and I’ll be sure to return.
9090 Glover Rd. Fort Langley, 604-888-1984, #101 2636 Montrose Ave., Abbotsford, 604-852-1904
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