Alright so I may be all “homemade ghee! homemade sourdough! bone broth! grass fed! avocado!”.… but I am still the same girl who has a special love. A love that I would never, ever replace or cheat on. A love that will forever rise above any of these other hooligan health “things…” That, my friends, is my love for cinnamon buns.
Give me all the granola-coconut-oil-sprulina-acai-smoothie choices you can throw at me… chances are if I see a sticky, icing covered, twisted up roll of doughy cinnamon and sugar, my decision will be made.
So I thought it was about time I put on my big girl pants and seek out the most highly talked about cinnamon buns in the city where I live, Toronto. And then to use my well practiced and, if I do say so myself, professional opinion to offer my own set of reviews. For all you living in Toronto, I hope this can be a guide to help you choose your next sweet treat outing. For those not living in Toronto, I hope this convinces you to come visit me so I can take you out for my favorite indulgence.
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This one is in fact more of a “spiced bun,” and definitely more of an “adult” version of the traditional sugary staple. But enjoyed by the bright window seats of this cozy Kensington cafe, it is definitely still a special treat. This bun is:
Definitely not flakey.
Only slightly sticky.
Packed with a lovely hit of cardamom and warming apple spices.
Price: 6/10 ($3/4 but pretty filling for the price you pay)
Texture: 2/10 (a little too dense for me, personally)
Flavour/Sweetness: 5/10 (very flavorful but not overly sweet)
The perfect choice for: Anyone with less of a sweet tooth or wanting something a little more, eh hem, “mature.”
Well the name should say it all. This little walk in whole sale bakery centres their entire business around this special treat. This bun is:
More bready than sticky, but the bread is very light and airy.
Not overly sweet and only lightly flavored with cinnamon.
Topped with more of a powdered sugar icing rather than a cream cheese icing
Price: 2/10 ($4/5 for a much too small square)
Texture: 8/10 (even though it was bready it was pleasantly soft)
The perfect choice for: Anyone who swears by Cinnabon and only wants a small taste
Couldn’t find my pictures! So this is taken from bloomer’s instagram account.
You can only catch these rolls – from one of the best all vegan cafes and restaurants in the city – on the weekend. But go early as they are sure to sell out. This bun is:
Inconsistent. Some days they’ve been very doughy, almost undercooked. Other days they’ve been perfect.
Icing is very thick with hints of cream cheese without being too strong
Price: 5/10 (not cheap but what is to be expected)
Texture: 3/10 (bit too doughy on most occasions)
The perfect choice for: Vegans who have a big sweet tooth
Okay I’m cheating a bit. Although Planet Bean is a local cafe in Guelph, Ontario, it is close enough to the big city to make it on my list. Plus, when you offer a SOURDOUGH cinnamon bun – something you never see elsewhere – you just have to get a special mention. This bun is:
Made with sourdough!!
A bit tougher than others
More bready than sticky
Not enough icing, for me personally.
Price: 9/10 (very very reasonable)
Texture: 5/10 (a little too tough and bready)
Flavour/Sweetness: 8/10 (great flavor! Can definitely taste the sourdough)
The perfect choice for: Someone who doesn’t have a super sweet tooth and likes the sourdough flavor
With its outdoor patio, this is the best cafe to spend a summer morning on the weekend. I say weekend because that’s the only time you’ll see one of these babies. But they’re totally worth the week long wait. This bun is:
Bready but with the perfect balance between bread and filling
Heavy on the icing.
The most cream cheesy of all cream cheese icings in the city. If you like your icing heavy on the cream cheese, less on the buttercream, this baby is for you
HAS WALNUTS!! Which, sadly, came as a surprise. There was no label, so those who dislike walnuts – like me – may have an unpleasant surprise. But for those who DO like walnuts, you may be in for a unique treat. I even think they were candied.
Price: 8/10 (cheaper than most AND bigger than most)
Flavour/Sweetness: 7/10 (very, very sweet)
The perfect choice for: The ultimate sweet tooth and those who love real cream cheese icing. Unfortunately a few points had to be deducted for the walnut surprise. Otherwise this bun is the real deal.
Bunner’s, an all vegan all gluten free takeaway bakeshop, offers some really unique treats for those with dietary sensitivities, including one of the most unique tasting cinnamon buns in the city This bun is:
100% gluten free and vegan.
Made with chickpea flour, giving it a much different texture than other stereotypical gluten free goods (which usually made with rice flour).
The dough is very dense. Crispy on the outsides while still soft on the inside.
More bread-y than gooey
The vegan cream cheese icing is excellent. Very thick and less sweet than a more traditional version.
Quite small (even the “large” version – it comes in large and small) BUT due to its density, is quite filling.
Price: 3/10 (I feel it is much too expensive for the size you get, even if it is filling)
Texture: 9/10 (I love the crispy bits and denser texture of the chickpea flour)
Flavor and sweetness: 9/10 (has a very unique, earthy flavor to it – which I personally love).
The perfect choice for: Those who can’t have gluten, enjoy something dense, and are willing to spend more money
…and the winner for the best Toronto summer vibes goes to….
When I was young, my dad used to buy these thin layered, super sticky sticky buns from the grocery store. The layers of dough were sooooo thin – I used to love unravelling them like an onion. They were one of the only things I’d actually eat that early in the morning. For years I could never find anything even remotely similar to this nostalgic childhood treat, until I found this glorious table at the St. Lawrence Farmers Market. My perfect sticky bun search was over. This bun is:
The ultimate sticky bun
Has no icing, but rather is LOADED with crispy bits of hardened cinnamon and sugar
Has thin layers that are fun to pull apart
So so gooey
Always imperfect looking and made with love (like me!)
Price per size: 9/10 ($3 and you are supporting local bakers and the farmers markets)
The perfect choice for: Those who prefer “sticky buns” rather than “cinnamon buns,” or those who aren’t a fan of cinnamon buns with frosting
You’ve seen it countless times. You’ve heard me rave about it more than anything else on this blog. Tori’s cinnamon bun has got to be one of the most infamous in the city, especially amongst the vegan community. Made with all organic ingredients, this baby is a winner in all departments. This bun is:
Heavy on the filling.
Doughy, but not uncooked
Has an amazing vegan buttercream cream cheese frosting, but not too much that it is overpowering. Not too thick, not too thin, and not too heavy on the “cream cheese.”
Price per size: 8/10 ($5, but are very large so it feels justified)
The perfect choice for: Anyone, like me, who likes their buns big, sweet, moist, and uber sticky. This one is for you!!
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Cinnamon buns or sticky bun?
More bread or more filling?
Cream cheese frosting, sugar frosting, or no frosting?
What’s the best cinnamon bun where you are from??