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“Sweet indulgence”

Willow Cakes & Pastries
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe, Canadian
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: It is hard to say what pastry chef and proprietor Catherine O'Donnell is best known for - her incredible breads, decadent cakes, or her decidedly delicious pastries. Unquestionably, they are all worth the trip to Willow Cakes and Pastries in Niagara-on-the-Lake, christened "a place of pilgrimage for anyone with a sweet tooth" by James Chatto in the LCBO's Food and Drink magazine. Stepping into Willow Cakes and Pastries feels like a trip to the Continent and a European patisserie. Customers experience the feel of both a local bakery and an exquisite boutique - surveying the breads, chocolates, cakes and tarts in gleaming display cases, watching Catherine and her team at work through the viewing window or lingering over coffee and a newspaper. Whether you are in the market for a show stopping wedding cake, a dessert to impress your guests, a gift to be savoured, or a coffee and quick bite on the go, Willow Cakes and Pastries is truly a "must stop shop" in Niagara.
San Jose, California
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Sweet indulgence”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

Everything I've eaten from the Willow has been excellent - too good in fact! Besides the fabulous pastries, including fresh croissants early each morning, the staff is the best!

  • Visited October 2012
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Thorold, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Never again!!”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

I got my wedding cake here a year ago. It cost me $500, I was horrified when I got to my reception and found that it was completely wrong, it was the opposite of what I ordered. On top of that the center of my Calla lilys looked like male genitalia. I will NEVER recommend anyone here.. EVER!!

Jessica Z.

  • Visited November 2011
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3 Thank 157JessicaZ
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WillowCakes, Manager at Willow Cakes & Pastries, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
We are very sorry that you were not happy with the cake that you received, but unfortunately we were not aware that you had a problem with it at the time. While it is hard to address a problem like this after so much time has passed, we can assure you that we would have done what we could to make it right.
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Toronto, Canada
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Gluten Free”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

Rarely have I found small towns with gluten free bakeries. None of the bakeries on the Queen Street strip seem to carry anything gluten free but Willow's gluten free carrot loaf is SUPERB. They also do gluten free muffins and bread--worth the three minute drive.

Visited October 2012
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
“Yummy!”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

Great place for a cup of coffee and a delicious baked good. One of the only places to buy a Birthday cake in NOTL. The aroma will draw you in.

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Thank AMKCanadian
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“the baking brings me back”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Gluten Free baked breads (taste great) available and to order.
Remember "flour-less Choc.Cake" is NOT Gluten Free!
Very classy/classic atmosphere/decor- creative/designer baked goods on display and to order
Love the little cafe tables inside and out - friendly service

Visited September 2012
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Thank mombd
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WillowCakes, Manager at Willow Cakes & Pastries, responded to this review, October 4, 2012
Thank you for your compliments, we're glad our gluten-free products have been a success. We've definitely worked at the recipes to make sure that all of our gluten-free products taste great. And speaking of recipes, we think you will be happy to know that the recipe for our Flourless Chocolate Cake actually doesn't involve any flour. It's just a simple (but delicious) combination of chocolate, eggs, sugar, and butter. Of course, our bakery does use flour for other things, so we cannot claim to be a gluten free facility, but at least you can rest easy about the Flourless Chocolate Cake.
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