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Duchess Bake Shop, Edmonton Alberta

A day late and 365 dollars short.

One word: every.

And I do mean every food blogger in Edmonton has already covered this place.


Hell, a friend messaged me the other day saying he took the fam-damily to Duchess and it was soooo amazing, don’t you think?


I am not a foodie.

I am not a food blogger.

You can’t label me,  man,  I am a free spirit. I am The Kitchen Magpie. Hear me roar. Or chatter at you incessantly.

Half of the things I post on this site are not about food and the other half don’t many any sense. The remaining third is recipes.

So as you can see, I clearly am not a food blogger and I suck at fractions.

But when I want, I write about places that real food bloggers visit. Like Chris at Eating is the Hard Part. When I am looking for somewhere to take Mr Magpie and eat a dinner sans the magpie fledglings and their incessant chatter, I head to his site to see what Edmonton restaurants have to offer. I’ve been cruising it lately to see where we are going out on our hot date coming up the 20th. I still can’t decide and the pressure is making me want to cry with a bottle of wine in hand.


I have been meaning to get to the Duchess Bake Shop for a while now, because how can anyone resist an excellent bakery?

Not moi.

These pictures are from my second visit, I popped in to place an order for Valentine’s Day morning and pick up a couple things.

The decor is adorable.

The light in this area?

A food photographers dream. Gorgeous.

And that’s the other thing, I feel like a weirdo taking pictures. Like a creep or something.

The Foodie Paparazzi.

Limited seating and it was packed the last time I went in, with a line almost to the door.

And I take pictures of things that completely aren’t food.

Just pretty things that catch my magpie eye.

Orchids in water…I had a lovely conversation with the woman in line behind me how my children would destroy this in mere seconds.

But on to the very pretty eye candy.

Galletes and pie and cookies, oh my!

Scones and meringues and pain au chocolat, yes sir!

And then this shot again of the main display case of the cakes and macarons.



Macaron’s run $1.50 each, which to me, since I find them just good, is steep pricing.

But a mini cake for $6-$7?

Sign me up baby!

I think Stanley Townsend from the Culinary Arts Program Nait just had a conniption. I told him at the Chili Cook-Off that I usually wasn’t that fond of Creme Brulee.  (ever had a bad one? I have and it turns you off for years) Already he thinks I am nuts, now I just admitted that macarons are not the top of my decadence list.

Another reason why I can’t be a food blogger.

Oh! But the raspberry passionfruit tart? That was tart and sweet all at once with an incredibly unique flavor? The tart zinged your tastbuds then the sweet calmed them down. Tastebud highs and lows. That was worth it.

The banana cream pie?

Heaven. Loaded with real banana, of course, creamy textured and lightly flavored instead of slamming you with fake banana flavor made it definitely a non-sharer. But share I did.

And that was only what I picked up on Saturday, there’s more to come yet!

Even macarons.

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  • Reply
    A Wandaful Thing
    February 20, 2015 at 5:23 am

    I have yet to enjoy one of these special wonders from this placed called Duchess Bake Shop – the folks I work with rave about it and promised to take me there soon –  after reading this post, I think they need to take me there now :))))

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    January 29, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Place is crazy busy.  Great for taking someone special out to.  

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    February 16, 2011 at 1:35 am

    Kevin, I am truly glad someone else is as gauche as me 😉 It’s almost a crime to admit you don’t think macarons are the shiznit.

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    February 15, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    I like their Brioche Pepin. And their cookies. And their cakes. And, well everything. I’ve got your back on the macarons – I truly do not see the fuss. They’re good, but more cute than delectable. My oldest toddler liked her ‘strawberry candy sandwich’ lately. But daddy likes chocolate. And their blondie.

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    February 15, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Valerie, I really liked the lemon macarons, but when faced with the choice the cakes win! I know that so much goes into the creating of them, they are little works of art, truly.

    And it was definitely about time I went…lord if I loved close it would be bad! Melissa you are lucky!

    Mindy, I call Mike Mr Magpie just to irritate him (cause I am a nice wife like that) but internet safety is good, which I why I don’t mention the kids names.

    That passionfruit one was a delight! SWOON!

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    A Canadian Foodie
    February 15, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I can tell this was your first time – and ABOUT TIME, EH?
    We all had that same feeling.
    Just so you know – a macaron in Europe will run you 2 Euros each, easily. Giselle has raised her prices and made hers smaller than the opening – but they are still the only ones in town! And delicious.
    I took some friends there, sat at the big table, bought one of everything one day – and tried it all. YUP. I did. And, I was glad, too. It was fun!

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    February 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I LOVE their scones. Will it just kill you to know we are moving about 5 minutes from here?! Can’t wait, although my hips say I should.

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    February 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Purrrr. Paul and I are going next weekend. I told him about it and he said, “Someone just told me about that place today!” I love that he wants to come to a cutesy bakery with me.

    I even told him that “Mr. Magpie” (I’m being safe on the internet) liked the raspberrry passionfruit tart. Hint, hint. HINT.

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