It’s the holiday season and there’s no better way to kick it off than with sweet treats from a great Burlington bakery!
Thursday was Molly Cake’s open house. We hadn’t spoken to Molly Cake owner, Christine McLaughlin since she opened the doors to the new downtown location. “It’s gone very well,” she said. “Once you get to know the neighbourhood and other businesses it’s great.”
The holiday season is a busy time for the bustling downtown bakery. With the extra space McLaughlin has been able to grow her successful business,
while still keeping her regulars happy. “We still have our regular customer orders,” McLaughlin said. “[But] now we deal with a lot more corporate orders, gift baskets and things like that; now that we have the space to accommodate that,” she added.
Christine and her team are in overdrive getting ready for Christmas. “We’ve been baking up a storm,” she said. The menu has been crafted around the flavours of the season. “[It’s] a lot more peppermint, [and] a lot more gingerbread.” While you’ll usually find me loading up on their delicious macarons (try their candy cane flavour!), I wait all year for their sticky toffee pudding. It is one of Molly Cake’s top holiday deserts; McLaughlin says that the top 3 are the Sticky Toffee Pudding, Yule Logs and Cookie Trays!
It’s been a busy year for Molly Cake, and when the holidays are done Christine is looking forward to her down time!
From our first Molly Cake Post …
All of what McLaughlin does requires skill and practice. She is a graduate of Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary arts, and believes that you can never stop learning. For anyone starting a business she says that it is important to learn how to do things efficiently, otherwise you aren’t getting your return on investment.
“It’s so important” said McLaughlin of her training. “I learned a lot before I started and am still learning today. It helps do more for my customers.” Prior to McLaughlin opening Molly Cake she was a full time mom.
When McLaughlin was pregnant with her first, she and her husband decided they liked the name Molly. But they had their son Nathaniel instead. Then when number 2 came, McLaughlin recalls her decision on the name.
“Two weeks before my daughter Lillian was born, my husband and I decided that we weren’t going to name her Molly. Now I have Nathaniel, Lillian and Molly; she’s part of the family.”
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