Crave (un)Stampede Guide

We love Stampede as much as the cowpoke's do! Whether enjoying the festivities on or off the grounds, it's a time of year that brings our city together. We love celebrating our community and experiencing the Calgary vibe. We are very excited to share our off-the-grounds Crave/Dote Style (un)Stampede Guide with you!

For the Sporty

If you love spending time outside in the Calgary sunshine, you will love these outdoor activities.

Calgary by Bike

Spend the day pedalling and enjoying the city from a new perspective. Calgary has numerous paths making biking around the city a recipe for a great day! 2017 Calgary By Bike Maps are available for sale at all Crave Kensington, Willow Park, Crowfoot and Aspen Landing.

Mike's Bloggity Blog – Calgary By Bike

Bike lanes in downtown Calgary

Bike lanes in downtown Calgary

Day Trip to the Farm

If you would rather bypass the biking, take a quick drive from the inner city to Butterfield Acres petting zoo where you can spend the day getting to know adorable animals. A day spent here, is one that will surely leave you smiling!

Butterfield Acres – Petting Zoo

For the FOODIE


When we think of Stampede, we can't help but crave the pancake breakfasts that come with it. During those 10 days, there are a variety of free Stampede breakfasts that are not to be missed! Use the app "Free Calgary Stampede Pancake Breakfast" to track down your nearest breakfast.

Calgary Stampede Breakfast – App

Stampede breakfast app

Stampede breakfast app

Food Trucks

After breakfast comes lunch, and we love the "Street Food" app, which acts as your guide to Calgary's food trucks. Getting a taste of Calgary has never been better! We always keep an eye out for the Perogie Boys!

Street Food – App

Stay Caffeinated

After your foodie adventures are fulfilled, why not refuel at one of our favourite local coffee shops. We have been obsessed with Rosso Coffee's Earl Grey Latte since our first sip.

Rosso Coffee

For the Creative

Calgary is full of talent, and Stampede is the perfect time to satisfy that country craving.

Pianos for the People

For those who are musically talented, it's the perfect time to get those fingers dancing on Calgary's street side pianos. The pianos are located at Eau Claire Market, Fifth Avenue Place and 3rd Street at 6th Avenue. Take a moment to share (or enjoy) a tune!

Calgary Pianos

Get Shutterbugin'

Calgary is full of naturally photogenic areas. Pack up your favourite device (smart phones are our go-tos) and get out in the city to capture some of our favourite places through a lens. Try visiting the Rundle Ruins or the Wonderland Sculpture to get creative!

Rundle Ruins

Wonderland Sculpture

Wonderland sculpture

Wonderland sculpture

10 Days | 10 Activities

A guide to our favourite off the grounds Stampede fun!

(un)Stampede guide map

(un)Stampede guide map

1. Riley Park | Enjoy a sunny day picnic in Riley Park. (800 12 St NW)

2. Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association | Spend the afternoon cruising the aisles of Hillhurst farmers market for fresh produce. Open on Wednesdays 3-7 PM. (1320 5 Ave NW)

3. Crave Kensington | Join us for our Stampede Social with Dote Magazine at our Kensington location! (1107 Kensington Rd NW)

4. The Paddle Station | Rent a kayak or raft and enjoy a day floating down the Bow. (Eau Claire) 

5. East Village Junction | Explore East Village’s pop-up retail park, featuring 12 local retailers. (439 8 Ave SE)

6. St. Patrick's Island | Enjoy the beautiful picnic tables and kids playground at St. Patrick's Island. 

7. Junction 9 Yoga & Pilates | Take some time to work on your wellness at Junction 9 in Inglewood. (919 9 Ave SE)

8. Scotsman's HillGather your friends and watch the Stampede fireworks light up the sky. (Ramsay) 

9. Ironwood Stage & Grill | Catch boot stomping live music in Inglewood. (1229 9 Ave SE)

10. Plant | Spend some time exploring the greenery at Plant and take a terrarium workshop. (1327 9 Ave SE)

BONUS: Crave Aspen Landing | Join us for a Stampede breakfast and kids cupcake decorating at Crave Aspen Landing on Sunday July 9th, 9 AM - 12 PM. (318 Aspen Glen Landing SW)




Give More Birthday's

Making birthday’s a little more special is at the core of what we do. Taking the time to celebrate someone special, gather with friends and family and share in a sweet indulgence to mark the occasion is something we are extremely proud to be a part of.

In collaboration with the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta, we are on a mission to make birthdays even more special with the Give More Birthday’s Initiative. We are encouraging people of all ages to support children with cancer by registering their own birthday fundraiser online and raising funds.

How you can participate in Give More Birthday's:

1.       Go to Kids Cancer Care Alberta
2.       Register your birthday
3.       Set a fundraising goal (make it ambitious!)
4.       Tell your friends, family, neighbours and coworkers what it’s all about and how to donate
5.       Pre order a Crave birthday cake and receive 10% off or receive 15% off Crave cupcakes
6.       Receive a coupon for a free birthday cupcake and visit a Crave location to redeem it

Read more about the Give More Birthday's Initiative here:

Calgary Kids Give up their Birthday Money for Cancer Cause

Giving Away your Birthday Money for Cancer Cause

Calgary Kids Donating Birthday Presents Inspires Fundraiser

Meet Molly & Vi

Snow is falling, the smell of gingerbread is in the air and our 7D kitchen at Crave Kensington is full of hand picked items ready to share with you and yours this holiday season!  We take great care in baking from scratch and put the same amount of effort into choosing retailers to showcase in our stores. This especially rings true in our Holiday pop up shop!

Holiday Felted Wool Garlands made in Calgary by Molly & Vi

Holiday Felted Wool Garlands made in Calgary by Molly & Vi

Molly & Vi is a local Calgary shoppe by self proclaimed #mompreneur, Sarah Ward. Crave co-founders, Carolyne and Jodi were the ultimate #mompreneur's when they started Crave, so when the opportunity arose to feature Molly & Vi in our Kensington pop up- we knew it would be a great fit! 

Molly & Vi Q&A

What was your inspiration for your business?

My sweet son was born in 2015 and when I was planning his nursery I really wanted to make sure that I included some hand made nursery decor in his room. I ended up falling in love with felt balls and how sweet they looked strung on a garland and on his mobile. Friends started asking where I had bought the pieces I'd made so I decided to jump in and start my own business making nursery and home decor. My company is named after my two grandmothers. Two incredibly crafty and amazing women. It's been a whirlwind so far and I've loved every minute of it!

Starting an independent business can be high risk, what did you do to overcome your fears?

Honestly, I just love creating and wanted an outlet to try some new things. It was a bit intimidating at first because you send a little bit of yourself out into the world with every piece you make and that can be a little scary. My husband has been insanely supportive since day one. As a small business owner himself, he has always encouraged me to be brave and go for it - especially if it's something I love doing. I also have a wonderful network of friends and family that support me by watching my son, manning my booths at markets, acting as sounding boards for new ideas, and testing products. I couldn't do it without them!

What pushed you to jump in with both feet?

I have always absolutely loved creating. From sewing and knitting, to DIY, I always seem to have some kind of project on the go. I realized one day that I am happiest and totally immersed in what I'm doing whenever I am in my little studio. So I thought, why not take my happy place and start sharing what I do outside those four walls. I am so glad that I made the leap!

What do you hope your customers walk away feeling?

I hope that my customers walk away feeling happy that they have added a bit of whimsy to their decor. I use garlands for every event and season - they go with everything! I put lots of love into each product I make and I hope that comes across to my customers.

What can we hope to see in the future?

In the coming year I plan to expand my shop by adding a few more variations to my popular nursery mobiles and felt ball wall hangings. I also look forward to collaborating even more with talented local artisans and businesses. There are some amazingly talented people in this city!

What would be the ultimate compliment for Molly & Vi?

The ultimate complement for me is knowing that people use my product in their cozy, happy and love filled homes. It really means a lot knowing that my customers love Molly & Vi products enough to make them part of their most treasured spaces and celebrations.

Molly & Vi will be at Crave Kensington until the New year. You can also find her at Market Collective, December 9th - 11th!




It's a Holly Jolly Medalta Pop Up!

Vintage Medalta pitchers and bottles at the Museum in Medicine Hat.

Vintage Medalta pitchers and bottles at the Museum in Medicine Hat.

If you grew up in Alberta, you may be familiar with the iconic Medalta Pottery crocks, thick handled mugs, mixing bowls and other everyday kitchen staples. For many Albertans, these handmade ceramic pieces are closely tied to memories in their family kitchen, bread rising in a big bowl on the weekend, pickles brining in a Medalta stamped crock, or a mug of hot coffee.

Last year, we had the opportunity to connect with the incredible people who have revived the tradition of Medalta pottery at the historic museum, contemporary ceramic arts facility, art gallery and community hub in Medicine Hat Alberta.  Learning more about the century old tradition of clay in Alberta and how it informed and was shaped by families who settled here, spoke to our roots.

Medalta Pop Up Shop At Crave Kensington
Signed crocks by Basil Leismeister

Signed crocks by Basil Leismeister

From now until Christmas, we are very excited to be featuring a selection of Medalta pottery at our Crave Kensington Holiday Pop Up Shop! Each piece has been handmade using the same methods Medalta has been using for generations. We are especially excited about the ¼ Crocks made and signed by Basil Leismeister, who was an expert jiggerman (jigging is the process used to make the crocks) and passed the craft on to many others at Medalta.

The Medalta Museum is an excellent day trip from Calgary and offers a historic and behind the scenes look into the ceramic arts facility.

Inside the Medalta Museum

Inside the Medalta Museum

The Crave Holiday Gift Guide — Part One

Whether you are hosting an office Christmas party, sending a gift to a special client, or gathering with friends and family, we hope our home-style recipes inspire a merry and bright holiday season!

All of our Holiday Baking comes gift wrapped with a satin ribbon, perfect for gift-giving or making a gathering extra special.  We are now booking delivery service for holiday baking gifts in gatherings in Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatoon!


For the Office Party

What's better than water cooler conversation? Water cooler conversation while enjoying a freshly baked Snickerdoodle Bar!

For Your Secret Santa

Be the envy of your Secret Santa or Gift Exchange gathering with a little something sweet  that they may, or may not want to share.


For the Little Ones

Perfectly sized cookies and cupcakes for little mittens to hold (and decorate)

Contact our Holiday Baking Coordinating team, or by calling


Farewell Monogram

We first met Justin, Jeremy and Ben, the founders of Monogram Coffee at their Pop-Up in DaDe Art and Design Lab about a year and a half ago. We had been following the start of their business on Instagram and couldn't wait to try out their coffee and meet the people behind the magic. Not only did we quickly become smitten with their espresso, but an instant friendship formed. We couldn't help but love their good humour, commitment to craft and vision for connecting to their customers. 

A few months later, we were just weeks away from opening our newly renovated Kensington Bakery when we asked the Monogram team if they would be interested in collaborating in the space. We couldn't have been more thrilled when they agreed to a Pop-Up coffee bar, a perfect pairing with our baking. A few hurried phone calls to Sarah Ward, our interior designer and to Marcelle, our favourite carpenter and there was an espresso machine installed just in time for opening day. 

The Monogram team has been serving top quality coffee at Crave Kensington for almost a year. Not only did we have the opportunity to get to know their talented team of baristas in this time, but we also had the chance to collaborate on some unique projects. We hosted an afternoon workshop where Monogram gave away the secrets to a perfect cup of pour over coffee and we shared handy hints to working with pastry. Monogram also made us a bespoke caffeinated cocktail for our opening party and the Dote Magazine Valentine Event. We baked for their 1st birthday at Altadore, and maybe the best of all, we combined red velvet cupcakes and hot chocolate for the ultimate Hot Chocolate YYC special. 

Baking for friends is simply the most fulfilling thing we do, monogramed cupcakes for Monogram Co's first birthday at Altador.

Baking for friends is simply the most fulfilling thing we do, monogramed cupcakes for Monogram Co's first birthday at Altador.

However, with all pop-ups, there is the inevitable end date. The final day of our Monogram Pop-Up will be Sunday, May 1st. On Saturday and Sunday we will be sharing another collaboration with Monogram and Crave with chocolate and vanilla espresso cupcakes.

Cheers, to a great year!

Cheers, to a great year!

We couldn't be more thankful for the experience we had working with Monogram, over and over again we have been inspired by their passion and commitment to quality in everything they do. Although they are leaving Kensington, we have truly gained a lasting friendship and you will find us as often as possible at their beautiful new Fifth Avenue Place Coffee Shop just across the river. 

With Monogram leaving, Crave Kensington will be resuming original bakery hours and opening daily at 10am, beginning May 2nd. 


Things We Love: Made by Pollock

We love working with people who are as passionate about their craft as we are. This holiday season (starting December 6th) we are featuring two local artists in the 7D Kitchen at Crave Kensington hand their handmade goods, perfect for holiday gifting.  The Made By Pollock Pop Up Shop will be open daily with regular Kensington Bakery hours.

Made by Pollock

Keli Pollock is a Calgary Art Director/Designer and has been working in the industry for over 20 years. We worked with Keli in redesigning our logo and new look at Kensington. Growing up in Medicine Hat, home to many clay based factories, it's only natural that Keli has been playing with clay since she was a child. Influenced by her design background, Keli's pieces have a minimal aesthetic and refined colour palette. Through the process of slip casting high fire porcelain, her vessels are simple in form, highly tactile and always food safe.  We love these comfortable, functional and beautiful pieces and hope you do too!

Made by Pollock Cup

Mark Shannon

Ingrained Woods is the creative outlet of Mark Shannon, a professional photographer based in Calgary. Having always been drawn to working with wood, the shop was founded in 2014 with the aim of producing one of a kind functional works of art in a variety of hardwoods. Drawing from years of visual inspiration, the handmade designs are driven as much by imagination as the wood itself - guided by the grain, the knots and the colouration.  Pieces to be used in food preparation use food safe glue, and are sealed with an organic beeswax/mineral oil finish. In addition to kitchen-destined pieces, Ingrained Woods also makes hardwood fly boxes for both conversation and ideally to be used on the water. Each unique piece features recessed barrel hinges and rare-earth magnetic catches along with inset ripple foam. Custom pieces, laser etching/engraving, and commissioned work available by request. Visit Ingrained Woods website formore information.

One of a kind book matched fly boxes that will easily hold dozens of dry flies or wet flies. Brass barrel hinge and rippled foam inserts. 

One of a kind book matched fly boxes that will easily hold dozens of dry flies or wet flies. Brass barrel hinge and rippled foam inserts. 

Ta-Da! Our New Logo

Last fall we celebrated our 10 year anniversary and decided it was a good time to update our brand to align with our vision of creating a sense of community and caring through exceptional home-style baking.  

We worked with a team of very talented people and we are extremely pleased with the results. Keli Pollock and Marc Rimmer – the creative duo behind the logo – wanted to capture our philosophy of creating everything by hand. The design itself was inspired by hand-decorated messages made of icing on our cakes.  We went through a quite a few variations of the “Crave” text before we got it right (just like the recipes in our test kitchen!) We even commissioned a Russian hand-lettering artist to add an authentic hand-written touch to the logo. 

Carolyne and Jodi cutting the cake at our Kensington Grand Opening Celebration. One of our bakers Kelsey, hand lettered the logo in buttercream icing – it worked perfectly.

Carolyne and Jodi cutting the cake at our Kensington Grand Opening Celebration. One of our bakers Kelsey, hand lettered the logo in buttercream icing – it worked perfectly.

Another big change is we removed “Cookies and Cupcakes” from our name. Since we have added so many baked goodies to our menu, like squares, scones, cakes, pies and loaves, we think Crave captures our brand perfectly!

Crave original Logo

Farewell to Sugar

The lovely lady holding the cupcake in our original logo is named Sugar. After 10 years of hard work, we have decided to retire Sugar. We will miss her, as she was a big part of our identity and success over the years. Thank you Sugar!

Source: Crave Logo

Hello Kensington! We missed you.

You are invited to our Grand Opening Party at Crave Kensington this Saturday (June 13th!). Join us from 8am to 5pm for complimentary samples in store. Early birds will be treated to fresh baked mini scones and complimentary Monogram Coffee cappuccinos, we will be cutting into our GIANT heart shaped cake at 10:00 and serving slices all day.

We are so happy to be open again. We can’t thank you enough for your loyalty and patience while we spruced up our Kensington bakery. We reopened on May 28th and have been overwhelmed with the number of happy faces that have come through our door. Thank you, Calgary! It is such a privilege to share our passion for exceptional quality, home-style baking with you. 

Crave Kensington Morning Menu

For us, the best part of our newly renovated space is that it allows us to add to our original menu of fresh baked goods – and share more of what we love. We are so pleased to be able to offer a daily selection of pies, cakes, squares, cookies and loaves at our Kensington location. And for you early risers, we are super excited about our new early morning menu of fresh-baked scones, cinnamon twists and slices of loaves. View our Kensington Menu here.

Crave Kensington is Open

Thirsty? Grab a to-go from Monogram Coffee, who are on-site serving up fresh cups of delicious brew – a perfect companion to a fresh baked treat. 

Monogram Coffee at Crave Kensington

Crave Kensington is open 7 days/week. Our hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on weekends. Our friends at Monogram Coffee are rockin’ their pop up shop until 3:00 p.m. daily for the next three months.  

There is street parking as show on the map below and the Kensington Gate Parkade.  If you can’t visit us in person, drop us a line and we’ll bring a little piece of Crave to you, we offer Calgary delivery service Monday to Friday. 


We Heart Nature

Growing up on our farm we learned about the unique beauty of Southern Alberta and importance of environmental stewardship. Caring for the land was at the center of everything we did on the farm. As an Alberta-based business, and lifelong Albertans we believe investing in the protection and prosperity of our local ecosystems.

In recognition of World Environment Day on Friday, June 5 have partnered with Alberta Ecotrust Foundation to support some of our favourite initiatives:


Wily Urban Coyotes

Urban Coyotes

Coyotes are the top predators in urban settings. They play an important role in maintaining healthy urban ecosystems by reducing the abundance of "pest" species like mice, rabbits and grasshoppers. Most coyotes pose no serious threat to humans, if they get too comfortable around people, it can cause serious problems. Understanding the ecology of coyotes can help us prevent coyote-human conflict and promote coexistence. Alberta Ecotrust Foundation launched the Urban Coyote Project, a research and community-based program to help us learn how to appreciate coyotes and stay safe. Click here for more information about the Urban Coyote Project.


Beaver Reintroduction at Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Centre

Beavers are more than just our national icon – they are integral to landscape health and function. These furry engineers provide many natural services and benefits, including flood prevention. Beaver dams and ponds increase the landscape's ability to capture and tame flood flows. Read more about the beavers that were reintroduced just south of Calgary here.

Alberta Beavers

On June 5th, purchase a limited edition World Environment Day cupcake six pack, and help us support our natural environment. 50% of sales from these special cupcake packs (which include an extra special dirt and worm cupcake) will be donated to the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation.  Call or email our order line for delivery service prices and availability.

World Environment Day Cupcakes packs are $23.00 each. 

World Environment Day Cupcakes packs are $23.00 each. 

To Mom, With Love

We love to bake – at work and at home. Baking for our friends and family is one of the most fulfilling things we do. When we get the chance to bake at home, we like to have a little fun trying different ingredients and techniques. Recently, our staffer Aldene made this stunning cake in celebration of her mom’s birthday. It’s an angel food cake, with lemon curd filling, topped with whipped cream frosting. It’s light and delicious – a perfect cake for Mother’s Day. 

Mother's Day Cake

The Cake

The secret to making a great angel food cake is to use a light hand when adding the flour mixture so that you don’t lose the air from the egg whites. Here is a link to the cake recipe that Aldene found on one of her favourite baking blogs: 

Once the batter is mixed, divide it equally into 3 – 8” cake pans and bake at 350° for about 20-25 minutes.

 Lemon Curd Filling

Lemon curd is the perfect pairing with angel food cake. Plus, it is a great way to use the leftover egg yolks. Tip: Triple the recipe and use the curd in other things. Swirl in plain Greek yogurt, eat with scones or just dig in with a spoon for a sweet treat!



  1. Bring two inches of water to a boil in a large heavy-bottomed pot. Reduce to simmering.
  2. In a medium size glass bowl (big enough to sit on top of the simmering pot) combine the egg yolks, sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest. Whisk until combined.
  3. Set bowl over the pot of simmering water and stir often until the mixture thickens and reaches 172°F.
  4. Remove from heat and strain the mixture though a fine mesh sieve.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool slightly (about 5 minutes)
  6. Add the cubed butter to the mixture. Stir to combine until the curd is smooth and thick.
  7. Cool completely before using. Cover tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Crave’s Lemon Curd


  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
  • 7 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter cubed






Whipped Cream

Here is a recipe for the whipped cream: Typically, we wouldn’t use a stabilizer in whipped cream, but a little cream of tartar helps give the cake enough structure to hold the flowers and fruit. Tip: Double the whipped cream frosting recipe for a little extra to add a dollop on top of each slice when serving.

How to Assemble the Cake

Spread a small amount of whipped cream on the first cake layer using an offset spatula. Pipe a thick border of whipped cream frosting around the edge of the cake and fill in the border with a layer of lemon curd. Stack the second layer of cake and repeat the whipped cream frosting and lemon curd layer. Add the final layer of cake and spread the whipped cream frosting on the top and sides of the cake. Decorate with your favourite spring flowers (wrap the stem of each flower with tinfoil) and fill in the gaps with fresh berries.

Happy Baking and Happy Mother’s Day!



Head of Custom Cakes Q & A

In the Kitchen: A Chat with Crave’s Head of Custom Cakes

Celebrating Cynthia's 10th Crave Anniversary.

Celebrating Cynthia's 10th Crave Anniversary.

We often get asked about who is behind all of the sweet treats at Crave. The truth is we all are. However, there is one person, Cynthia Blindenbach, who is integral to our team. She has been heading up Crave’s kitchen since we opened our first bakery 10 years ago. In honour of this special milestone, we surprised Cynthia with her favourite cake - Cookies and Cream. Later, we sat down with her to find out more about her passion for baking. 

Cynthia designs and crafts all of her custom cakes for each client. 

Cynthia designs and crafts all of her custom cakes for each client. 

1.     What inspired you to become a professional baker?

Baking is my art. I have always loved being in the kitchen, working with my hands and being creative. I grew up cooking, baking and learning the basics of cake decorating from my mom. By the age of 12, I knew I wanted a career in culinary arts.

2.     Describe a typical day in the Crave kitchen.

We get up early before the sun rises. Turn on the ovens and get ready to start baking. We bake everything from scratch using fresh, real ingredients like butter, eggs, and milk. We mix and bake our cupcakes and cookies first. From there, we bake an assortment of pies, loaves and squares. After the cupcakes and cakes cool, our cake artists get to work decorating, while the aroma of fresh baking floats through the kitchen and into the shop.

3.     What are your favorite ingredients to work with?

I absolutely love working with chocolate. And butter, cream, berries… the list is long!

4.     What kitchen tools can’t you live without and why?

My micro plane zester. It’s amazing for citrus, chocolate, spices and cheese. Also, sharp knives.

5.     What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Seeing the smile on someone’s face when they bite into one of our sweet and delicious treats. And hearing from a happy customer when I’ve created a custom cake that helped make their celebration a little more special.

6.     What is your favorite dessert?

Pavlova. It’s a beautiful dessert.

7.     What is the most unique dessert or cake you have created?

Just recently I created a cake for a mountain climber’s birthday. The cake spiraled up, like a trail leading up a mountain to the summit, complete with a cairn and flag. Along the way up the cake were trail markers celebrating special moments in his life.

8.     What trends do you see emerging in baking?

Natural and organic ingredients are important. In cake decorating, vintage, metallic gold and silver, and painted cakes are becoming popular.

9.     Do you have any advice for at-home bakers?

Plan ahead. Read through the recipe. Make sure you have all of the ingredients. Preheat the oven. Let the butter, eggs and liquids (i.e. milk) come to room temperature before mixing. And, most important, have fun!

10.  What is one thing that would surprise people to know about you?

I don’t like candy and I am not a morning person. But being a baker means early mornings… and I love baking.

This Gorilla was the hit of the party! Made with layers of cake shaped to make the gorilla's body

This Gorilla was the hit of the party! Made with layers of cake shaped to make the gorilla's body

Crave Custom Igloo and Penguin Cake
Custom wedding cake with lace buttercream details. This cake was made for an all blue cake table.

Custom wedding cake with lace buttercream details. This cake was made for an all blue cake table.

Easter Eggstravaganza!

We love Easter eggs because they symbolize springtime – warm days, budding leaves, long bike rides, and most of all, spending time with people we love. The Easter egg hunt is a big event in our family. It is so much fun to watch the kids (young and old) hunt for eggs. In fact, brightly decorated eggs are a staple in many Easter traditions. The decoration of eggs is believed to date back to at least the 13th century. To make sure we keep the tradition going, Crave is having an Easter egg decorating contest!

We are partial to decorating with buttercream but for this contest your submission must be a real decorated egg.

We are partial to decorating with buttercream but for this contest your submission must be a real decorated egg.

The contest is simple. Just glam up an egg and send us a photo with #craveeggstravaganza via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. The most creative egg entry will win one of six Crave Easter Cookie Decorating Kits. 

Enter to win one of six Easter Cookie Decorating kits! Each kit includes three egg shaped cookies, three bunny shaped cookies, buttercream icing, decorating bags and tips, sprinkles and candies.

Enter to win one of six Easter Cookie Decorating kits! Each kit includes three egg shaped cookies, three bunny shaped cookies, buttercream icing, decorating bags and tips, sprinkles and candies.

Partial to polka dots? Speckled or sponged? Gaga for glitter? Send us as many entries as you wish. Contest closes at midnight on April 1, 2015. Our Easter bunnies (aka Crave bakers) will judge the entries and contact the lucky winners on April 2, 2015. 

Kensington Redux

Def: redux


Adj.  presented in a new way; restored; brought back.

Crave Kensington.jpg

When we opened our first bakery in Kensington, it was like a dream come true. As sisters who grew up in rural Alberta, learning the values of hard work and the importance of doing things right, we put our hearts (and our hands) into everything – including the design and construction of our first store. We drew up the plans, and, armed with a giant roll of masking tape, we designed the original space – right there on the floor. 

Before it became our bakery 1107 Kensington road was an internet cafe, we did all of the renovations ourselves (with the help of our husbands)

Before it became our bakery 1107 Kensington road was an internet cafe, we did all of the renovations ourselves (with the help of our husbands)

Here we are just after opening!

Here we are just after opening!

Looking back ten years, we wanted nothing more than to share our passion for exceptional quality, home-style baking – with as many people as possible. And we still do. We are so excited to re-imagine our Kensington space so that we can offer more of what we love – for the next ten years!

Carolyne and the construction crew, walls are coming up in the new space!

Carolyne and the construction crew, walls are coming up in the new space!

Here are a few images that inspired the new interior.

Here are a few images that inspired the new interior.

While we like to get our hands dirty, we are leaving the design and construction of the new space up to the professionals. We have partnered with an amazing interior designer and contractor who are working hard to help bring our vision to life – letting us channel our creativity on other things (like cake batter and cookie dough)! Construction is well underway. Our grand re-opening is planned for May 2015. We can’t say too much more, otherwise we’ll spoil the surprise. Let’s just say that we can’t wait to share more of Crave with everyone. Stay tuned! 

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe: From Our Family to Yours

Crave Chocolate Chunk Cookies

We have a serious passion for great baking. And when it comes to our chocolate chip cookies, we are downright obsessed. Whenever we come across a magazine or blog claiming to have “the best chocolate chip cookie recipe”, we put it to the test. We bake it exactly as the recipe says, and then blind taste-test it against our own recipe. We are happy to report that we still prefer our family’s chocolate chip cookie recipe the best. They’re slightly chewy, a little crispy, with just the right amount of chocolate chips. Test them for yourself. We hope you like them as much as we do.


Crave's Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

(Truly The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe!)


  • 3 cups flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup butter

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

  • 1 cup callebaut milk or dark chocolate chunks

Makes three dozen cookies


  • Preheat oven to350° F.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper.


  • In a medium bowl measure flour, baking soda and salt. Combine with a whisk and set aside.
  • Place butter in a mixing bowl. Beat on medium-high speed for 1 minute. 
  • Gradually add all sugar and beat until pale and fluffy (5-10 minutes).
  • Add eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each, then add vanilla. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl. Beat until well combined (2-3 minutes more).
  • With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
  • Add the chocolate chunks and mix until combined.


  • Scoop dough onto baking sheets (one heaping tablespoon per cookie).
  • Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until golden brown.