Welcome to the latest edition of Street Chic, a new lifestyle blog series that I’ve been developing. Every week I will feature one of my favourite local spots. This could be a clothing store, restaurant, antique dealer, coffee shop…anywhere that I enjoy spending time! This week I’m featuring Wellington Cakes, located at 9 Douglas Street in Guelph, Ontario. Nestled in the downtown core is this lovely boutique cake shop and cafe. Wellington Cakes specializes in custom cakes for grand occasions and also offers a cafe storefront with macarons, cupcakes and ethical coffee. I’ve been a huge fan of their cupcakes and macarons since I moved to Guelph last year. The beautiful shop exterior caught my eye while I was exploring the city one day. Owner and chief baker, Anne Forestell opened Wellington Cakes in 2011. Anne grew up in Guelph and her initial background was in nutrition. After finishing university, living in Ireland and travelling throughout Europe, Anne was looking for something she could be passionate about. She attended a cake decorating class for fun and realized that she really loved baking. She began taking more classes and eventually took the plunge and opened Wellington Cakes. Opening the store front was no “piece of cake.” The space had been damaged from a previous fire and needed lots of love and attention to bring it to it’s current state of beauty. Anne’s father helped out by chipping away and exposing the stone wall. She sourced reclaimed wood and consulted an interior designer for direction on layout and furnishings. The result was a thoughtfully designed space with chic elements galore!
At Wellington Cakes, the sweets don’t just look good, they taste good! The shop offers over 60 cupcake flavours to choose from.
Anne and her staff make everything from scratch using family recipes and popular baking trends to guide them.
Their French Macarons are simply delicious! Sturdy on the outside with a soft, delectable centre. These little beauties are in high demand in Guelph and they go fast!
The distressed wood counter along with the cake display piece were crafted from reclaimed wood from her uncle’s farm in Puslinch, ON.
The butter cream frosting will delight your senses and excite your palate!
The antique door and warm atmosphere draws you in and invites you to stay a while.
The store designs dazzling custom cakes that add style and sophistication to any wedding or event. Anne shared that she loves to sit down with brides and collaborate to create something that reflects their personal style and tastes. Architecture, fashion and wedding design elements such as venue, colours and theme inspire the custom design. “You want your cake to reflect your wedding, not your wedding to reflect your cake.”
At Wellington Cakes, no task is too daunting. Anne shared a story where a mother enlisted her to design something for her son’s going away party. The son was moving out west to work in the oil sands. Anne got to work, creating a cake with a custom Alberta landscape, complete with mountains, piping and heavy machinery. Anne recently designed a cake in the shape of a sewing machine for her mother’s birthday. Whether you’re looking for something for your wedding or event, cupcakes and macarons for your party, or just looking for a beautiful space to enjoy a cup of joe, Wellington Cakes delivers! I follow them on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with their ever growing collection of creative custom cake photos. If you’re in town, stop by and say hello. The coffee is always on!
Have a great weekend!