Dufflet Rosenberg is like Madonna or Cher in Toronto: she doesn’t need a last name. Dufflet cakes and desserts have been making Toronto a sweeter place ever since Rosenberg founded the original Dufflet bakery on Queen West in 1975. Now with three locations and a wholesale division making Dufflet desserts available as far away as Vancouver, it’s no wonder the “Queen of Cakes” is a Toronto celebrity. We caught up with Dufflet Rosenberg to find out what she loves most about her job and how she spends her downtime. We love a lady who lives by the motto “eat more cake!”
Give us a snippet about you. What should people know?
I am very devoted to my work – 37 years and still going strong. Cycling and being active every day are a close second place.
What makes Dufflet special in your opinion?
We have been in Torontonians’ lives for generations. We have customers who tell us their very first bite of cake was a Dufflet cake, and now they’re buying a wedding cake from us. It’s an honour to play a small part in the lives of so many different people and their milestones (birthdays, anniversaries, weddings). What always surprises me is how they remember us and come back for their favourites. We have been making many of the same cakes since we started in business because of that and can never remove them from our repertoire.
Finish this sentence: I love Toronto because…
…it’s a city of diverse neighbourhoods. I can cycle anywhere I want to go, be on the the Lake Shore in a few minutes in summer or in High Park cross-country skiing in winter. Unlike many cities, we have a vibrant downtown with endless choices in cultural events and entertainment from all over the world.
What are three things you simply cannot live without?
Butter, butter, butter!
What’s your favourite restaurant and why?
Too many to choose from – I eat out regularly and have many favourites. Preference: Not too fussy, not over the top, approachable food – and no line-ups!
What’s your favourite drink/cocktail and where do you go to get it?
A glass of wine after a long day of work – wherever I can find an interesting selection by the glass or where I trust the bartender to recommend.