Sorry guys, I’m kind of punking out on a recipe on you again. But if you’re in Calgary, you’ll be glad I did. (And if you’re not, here’s a little food porn-sweet dreams!)

See that pie, right up there? The one loaded with dark, chewy cherries? Every bit as good as it looks. So sublime that I want to put it on a Tshirt. For real.

I’m trying not to get too hung up on all that time I wasted not knowing about Bliss & Co. I had heard about it, lots, and even heard rumour of how great their cupcakes were. The best in the city, even. (They won best overall cupcake in a taste test at Avenue Magazine. For real!)

Well. I’m a bit of a cupcake fan. Those are big words. I think I was afraid to confirm that cupcakes that good were available so close to where I live.

Eventually I gave in (about a month ago – sorry, I haven’t meant to keep this from you) and W and I went downtown for cupcakes, in the name of research. We were not disappointed. They were indeed among the best I’ve eaten – the strawberry swirl tasting of real strawberries, the cake itself dense, moist and not overly sweet. They were perfection. And with a lower price tag than at other cupcakeries. (There’s a great cupcake price comparison here.)

The cupcakes were heavenly. I could gush on. But the PIE. Oh my. The pie.

There were coconut cream pies, filled with layers of ganache, house-made caramel, coconut pastry cream and whipped cream. And then there were fruit-filled hand pies – apricot, cherry, and strawberry-rhubarb on the afternoon I was there. I took them all and ate two on the way home. Everything – pastry included – was made from scratch. The pies – larger than tarts, smaller than galettes (one might call them crostatas, and if one might want to learn how to make them, one could find a great tutorial, complete with grandma hands, here) were loaded with fresh fruit, and not at all stodgy, the way some cornstarch-thickened fruit pies can get. They were bliss. I ate two of them, in piranha fashion, as I was taking these photos. (If you go for some, best to call first or go on the weekends.)

And I was happy (and not at all surprised) to see that they make a kick-ass brownie, too. I love the way they dragged the tip of something through the surface of the batter before baking them, making a subtle pattern like the paisley on a sock. Or something far tastier.

And I just have to say – the women who own the place and work there are just lovely. (And I don’t mean that in a your-great-aunt’s-lilac-hat-is-just-lovely sort of a way.) I could have pulled up a stool and chatted with them as they baked all afternoon. Of course if I had, most of their profits would have been eaten up.


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16 comments on “Bliss

  1. H-woman
    June 10, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I agree! Best Calgary cupcakes!


  2. colesangel
    June 10, 2010 at 9:24 pm


  3. Cathy D (Calgary)
    June 10, 2010 at 9:28 pm


    Why oh why have you been keeping this from me?!

  4. Margaret L
    June 10, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    While the icing looks pretty, I’d rather just eat the cake part of the cupcake and toss the icing…. way tooooooo many calories for moi! But yum, the cherry pie looks divine.

    June 11, 2010 at 4:48 am


  6. Anonymous
    June 11, 2010 at 6:39 am

    As far as I know they did not exist in the 80’s when I lived in Calgary or I would have found them:D

  7. Erica B.
    June 11, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Bliss is the only one of the cupcakeries who’s icing I like. Scratch that – LOVE. The others are overly sweet to the point of obnoxiousness. Bliss is worth every single calorie. 😀

  8. Manon from Ontario
    June 11, 2010 at 10:04 am

    I am so happy NOT to live close to that place!!!
    I have been working my ass off for three weeks now, working out 6 days a week for 50 minutes, and watching what I eat, to loose five pounds so far….45 pounds to go…one pound at a time!
    Man this getting older stuff doesn’t make this any easier, but I haven’t been able to loose weight for the last year so really happy my metabolism and body are finally reacting positively to my efforts.

    Enjoy some for me ok ;p

    Luv your blog,


  9. Natalie B
    June 11, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I have to stop reading your posts at breakfast time – now I want brownies, and cupcakes, and pie for breakfast!!

  10. ilovealbertabeets
    June 11, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    I do wish they would do an icing with less sugar. Yes they are good but the sugar makes my teeth hurt.. Oh well I guess I will just have to stick to pie. What a sacrifice..

  11. Kathryn
    June 11, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Yay! One of our favourite neighbourhood picnic playgrounds is on the top of the hill at Centre Street. Now we can go for a little extra walk across the bridge for cupcakes!

  12. Lynn
    June 12, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Hi Julie, Yes I discovered Bliss about 3 weeks ago. There was an artical in the Herald about them. Everyone should also know that it is a peanut/nut free bakery!!!!! My daughter has a peanut allergy and can’t have anything from a bakery so we were absolutly thrilled when we found them. The gals that own it also told me they were opening up in Chinook in August!!

  13. JulieVR
    June 12, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Yes – they told me the same! not sure if it was hush hush though, so I didn’t pass it on.. it will be a great draw for Chinook, I think!

  14. molly
    June 13, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    stomach rumbling. must eat something, asap…

  15. Ashley
    June 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Aw I’m sad that this place is not in Vancouver!

  16. Megg-Ann
    August 9, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    They TRULY are amazing!! Such a cute quaint little place too 🙂

    Wayyy to close to my office 😛

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