New! Crave Beef Cakes!

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Over the years we have had heard many requests for a cupcake that is just a little less sweet. Today we are excited to introduce our latest baking, nearly ten years in the making, the Crave Beef Cake! Baked fresh, from scratch using 100% Alberta Beef and our family meatloaf recipe.  Each Beef Cake is topped with a tangy tomato sauce, swirled with buttery mashed potatoes and sprinkled with fresh chives and crunchy bacon bits. Just like mom used to make!

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These Crave Beef Cakes are just about ready to go into the oven!

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The sweetest Valentines’ are baked

Valentine cupcakes and Cookies

Clockwise from top left: Sweetheart Valentine Cupcakes, Crave Love Bug, German Chocolate Cupcake, Chocolate Cinnamon Heart Sandwich Cookie

This year, our Valentine baking menu is inspired by the nostalgia of elementary schools candy grams and absolutely everything heart shaped.  We are keeping it fresh and sweet, with some extra special cupcake flavours and decorations as well as our famous Vanilla Heart Shaped Cookies, Chocolate Caramel Tart, new Cinnamon Heart Sandwich Cookies and Pink Raspberry Heart Shaped Marshmallows!

For our full menu and a printable order line click on the link below. For more information on placing a Valentine order click here

Crave Valentine Menu 2014

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Clockwise from top left: Ruffled Heart cupcake with Sweetheart mini cupcakes, Pink heart shaped raspberry marshmallows, chocolate caramel tart, vanilla heart shaped sandwich cookie.

In the spirit of good old fashioned Valentine fun, check out the printable Crave Fortune Teller!

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Holiday Extended Hours

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We know the holidays can be hectic, this year we are pleased to be offering extended hours for the busy weeks before Christmas!

This means more hours of sweetness in Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatoon!

December 2013 Extended Hours for all locations:

  • Monday December 16th and Monday December 22nd : Open 9am to 7pm
  • December 17th -23rd: Open starting at 9:00am (regular closing hours)
  • December 24th: Open 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • December 25th and 26th: Closed
  • December 31st: Open 10:00am – 3:pm
  • January 1st and 2nd: Closed

Holt Renfrew Calgary Pop up Shop:

A daily selection of fresh cupcakes, holiday cookies, bars and butter tarts.  Find us on the second floor at noon on the dates below.

  • December 6th – 8th
  • December 13th – 15th
  • December  20th – 22nd

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Also, we are excited to announce that our Kensington location will now always be open Mondays!  This will allow us to provide better delivery service rates to downtown on Mondays as well as provide fresh baked cupcakes 7 days a week.

To place an order or to find out more about our Holiday Menu contact our order line or visit us in store.

Warm Holiday wishes from the Crave Team!

 

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Holly Jolly Christmas Cupcakes

Crave Christmas Cupcakes with custom message

Have we told you lately that we love Christmas? It’s true, December is one of the most amazing times at Crave. We have spent months preparing and now that the holiday season is here we are baking up a storm and working hard to make the best Christmas treats for our clients.

In August when we (eagerly) started planning for Christmas we worked on designing six new Hand Decorated Holiday Cupcakes that would reflect the modern, but subtly vintage Christmas feeling that we love. We aimed for an old fashioned nostalgic look and took inspiration from a sage green, and vintage red colour palette with classic chocolate and simple white buttercream.  We worked with Cynthia, our amazing custom cake and cupcake artist from our Kensington Bakery to design the cupcakes below.

Snowman, christmas tree, gingerbread, season's greetings, wreath Christmas cupcakes

All of our Holiday Cupcakes are baked fresh from scratch in small batches, no mix, no day olds, and always real butter.  Each one of our Hand Decorated Holiday Cupcakes is decorated by hand with fresh buttercream icing.

For a classic and tasty holiday cupcake display or gift we recommend adding a Hand Decorated Holiday Cupcake (Mr. Sprinkles the Snowman, Christmas Tree, Season’s Greetings, Holiday Wreath, Santa’s Belt) to a selection of our classic swirled Holiday cupcakes.

Holiday message and santa cupcake

For gift giving, we recommend adding a personalized message to six pack of assorted of regular size cupcakes (it’s even sweeter than a card!). Messages can be up to three words or 20 characters in length. To place and order for Holiday cupcakes call or email our orderline or visit us in store.

Mini and regular size cupcake display for Christmas

Best holiday wishes on this snowy day!

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Something Sweet for a Snowstorm

We woke up to a chilly morning here in Calgary! With a blizzard warning on for Southern Alberta we wish everyone a safe commute and a warm and cozy evening.  Below is a printable Gingerbread Colouring page!

For a fun indoor activity, click on the link below, print off the colouring page and decorate the house with some tasty looking decorations!

Then share your work with us! Scan or send a photo of your gingerbread house to orders@cravecupcakes.ca and we will post it on our facebook wall.

Crave Gingerbread House Coloring Page

Crave Gingerbread House Coloring Page

Warm wishes on this snowy day!

Crave Gingerbread House Coloring Page

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Fresh Holiday Gifts

Christmas Baking boxes and holiday cupcakes for gifts

Holiday Baking Cheer boxes and festive Cupcake assortments for simply sweet gifting.

We know that along with the merriment of the season the holidays can be stressful.  The shopping lists, the out of town company, and the christmas parties all add up to a lot of hustle and bustle.  This year on our holiday menu we have made gift giving simple, while still baking everything fresh and from scratch, we are pleased to share our favourite festive treats for all of your holiday engagements.

Whether you are spreading holiday cheer to clients, bringing dessert to a party, or just want to make a someone special smile we are are pleased to bake something to suit your occasion.

Our Holiday Baking Cheer boxes include a baker’s assortment of fresh bars and cookies from our Holiday Menu. All of this special baking is made in small batches and many are based on family recipes. Medium and large size cheer boxes offer a little of everything off our menu while our small box includes a selection of our favourites.

For festive and totally classic crave-o-licious gift giving we have very merry Holiday Cupcake assortments in regular and mini size.  A selection of our most popular cupcakes including our feature gingerbread eggnog cupcake which a great for gatherings or gifting. Add a little more festivity with a our regular size hand decorated holiday cupcakes (wreath cupcake is pictured).

For more information on fresh baked holiday gifts check out our Holiday Menu and Look Book, contact our order line, visit us at a bakery.

Delivery Service:

Downtown Calgary starts at $10.00

Downtown Edmonton starts at $12.00

Downtown Saskatoon starts at $12.00

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A Little More Holiday Magic

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Holiday classics baked from scratch in small batches.

In our last staff meeting at Crave Edmonton, we asked our bakers and retail staff to share how they get into the holiday spirit.  As we went around the room it was amazing to learn about all of their special holiday traditions many of them classic, including decorations, travelling to meet friends and family, christmas music (surprisingly a little disco) and of course baking.  Many of our staff shared stories about baking during the holidays, whether it was a particular recipe, or the tradition of baking with someone special there is no doubt that around here baking is an essential part of the celebrating this season.

Since our first Christmas at Crave in 2004, one of our holiday traditions has been baking our Magic Cookie bar. Also known as a Seven Layer Bar, or Hello Dolly, this is the kind of treat lots of Canadians grew up with around the holidays.  The recipe we bake is from Crave Cofounder’s Carolyne and Jodi’s family recipe box and includes a unique cornflake crust which adds an amazing crunch. This bar is loaded with holiday cheer including sweetened coconut, dark chocolate chunks and toasted pecans for a decedent and totally classic holiday bar.

A sure hit, we love keeping a few dozen magic cookie bars on standby in the freezer at home to pull out for friends and family who pop by during the holidays.

Wednesday November 20th as a part of the Crave Taste of Christmas we are offering complimentary samples of our Magic Cookie Bar and Chocolate Thumbprint cookies from our Holiday Baking Menu.

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The Taste of Christmas at Crave!

The holiday season is an amazing time at Crave. Working in the business that we do, we look forward to the hustle and bustle of the season and lending a little sweetness with fresh and truly classic holiday baking.

All of our holiday baking is baked from scratch in small batches.

All of our holiday baking is baked from scratch in small batches.
Medium size Holiday Cheer Baking box pictured.

This year on our Holiday Baking menu you will find some of our all-time favourite festive recipes (including handcrafted twix bar and shortbread cookies) as well as some new items we can’t wait to share with you (such as our pecan snowballs and gingerbread eggnog sandwich cookies).  Many of these treats are family recipes, or variations of them, that we hope will fill you with the merriment of the season.

To celebrate the start of our holiday menu and to spread a little cheer among our valued customers we are excited to be hosting our second annual Taste of Christmas week!

This week, November 19th – 23rd we are sampling two feature items from our Holiday Baking menu in store everyday. Whether you are a chocolate fanatic or just crazy about shortbread we invite you to stop by any of our bakeries for a complimentary taste of season.

Tuesday November 19th we are sampling our Hazelnut Brownie and Pecan Snowball cookies.

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Hazelnut Brownie

This brownie is a rich, fudgey treat, baked with toasted hazelnuts and Valrhona chocolate.  In all our chocolate baking, we use a high quality 22/24%  cocoa powder that lends an incredible chocolatey depth. This year we have topped our holiday brownie with a simple sprinkling of powdered sugar for a festive and beautiful finish.

Pecan Snowballs

New! We are very excited about this buttery little cookie on our Holiday Menu! Made with toasted pecans and rolled in powdered sugar, this traditional christmas cookie is a fun and delicious addition to an assortment of holiday sweets.

To learn more about what we are sampling each day follow us on twitterfacebook, or instagram (@cravecupcakesyyc) of see our complete Holiday Baking Menu and look book here.

 

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High Waters in High River

The devastation and damage from the flood that hit High River is unbelievable.  Our hometown has gone from a vibrant pictuesque community to a town in peril and disaster.

Yet in all of this disaster the volunteers and the spirit of the people of High River has been amazing and inspirational.  We worked alongside complete strangers that helped our families and friends for hours.  We cannot even begin to express how grateful we are to everyone.

We spent many hours helping our families and friends dig mud out of their basements and haul their belongings out to the street to be taken to the dump.  Those were the fortunate ones.  The damage in our friends and families homes has still not been completely assessed and they are dealing with everything on a day to day basis.

As business owners we want to do our part to help the residents of High River.  Over the July long weekend we raised $8000.00 from the sale of our regular and mini sized S’more cupcakes.  On August 2nd, 3rd and 4th, Crave’s S’more Cupcakes will be back in our 6 stores and proceeds from the sale of the S’more Cupcakes will go to the High River Flood Relief Efforts.

The pictures below are our mom’s friend Mary’s house.  She walked away from her home with one bucket of saved belongings.

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