"I think we could fit about ten food carts in here," laughs Kir Jensen, owner and chief whisk handler at Northeast Alberta's new bakery and cafe The Sugar Cube. To an average culinary entrepreneur, the former Dovetail Bakery space wouldn't seem so spacious—but to Jensen, who has spent the last 5 years slinging swoon-worthy cupcakes and pastries out of a 100-square-foot trailer, the new shop is positively cavernous.
With a full on-site kitchen, seating for 20+, and the ability to display her picture-perfect wares for the first time, Jensen is ready to ride out the cooler seasons in cozy comfort—a luxury denied to all but a few lucky cart owners. Gone are the days of correlating weather reports with sales, and in their place loom bustling mornings behind a stocked counter of hazelnut-studded chocolate chip cookies, sea salt and olive oil brownies, shortbread bars with cranberry black pepper jam, and caramel-slicked chocolate ganache cupcakes (the breakfast of champions, friends).
The jump to brick-and-mortar also means an expanded menu: diners can expect a.m. fare like maple olive oil granola, savory mushroom and tomato strata, and Little T-powered toast plates with housemade nutella or mascarpone with Bee Local honey—with more full-meal options springing forth in the coming weeks.
On the sippable side of things, The Sugar Cube offers coffee service from Ristretto Roasters, including caffecito (toddies with sweetened condensed milk), and fresh rose and osmanthus kombuchas from Salt, Fire, and Time.
Check out our slide show from the new brick-and-mortar bakery by clicking the photo above, and stop by soon (Wednesday through Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm) to score some sweets for yourself.
The Sugar Cube
3039 NE Alberta Street