Vanilla Pastry Studio, Regent Square
I was excited when I heard that Vanilla Pastry Studio was coming to Regent Square- baked goodies are my favorite. Vanilla is located in busy Regent Square, on bustling Braddock Avenue. The newly constructed building sits next to Typhoon; there’s plenty of parking in front of the store. The facade of the building is contemporary, and covered with large panes of glass. When I walked into Vanilla I was immediately received with the aromatic, sweet smell of cupcakes- yum.
The bakeshop itself is immaculately clean, always nice to see when food products are being prepared. The first floor is minimally decorated and comfortable with tables and chairs if you want to have a seat while enjoying a cappuccino with your treat. If you prefer privacy while engulfing your pastries, there is additional seating on the second floor with a great view of the east end.
As I made my way to the counter I was greeted by several of the friendly staff at Vanilla- so far so good. I looked at the cupcakes on their shiny pedestals gleaming in all their deliciousness… how could I possibly make a decision with so many options? Eventually I selected a lemon cupcake. In my opinion, there are three elements that make a great cupcake: first, it has to look appealing. Second, the cake should be moist, flavorful, and not over-worked or mealy. Third, the buttercream should be light, fluffy, and sweet. The cupcake was visually stunning- so far so good. I took a nice bite of the perfectly piped buttercream before the cake… nom, nom, nom… The frosting was cottony, and satisfying. The butter-vanilla cake was moist and lemony- a perfect cupcake!
In addition to cupcakes, Vanilla serves quick breads, cookies, lollys, and other assorted pastries. Vanilla also specializes in wedding cakes.
If you’re a cupcake fan, you will likely be happy with the treats at Vanilla Pastry Studio in Regent Square.
Chef Chuck Kerber