Monthly Archives: May 2007

Cupcakes: Love at first bite

Mia Stainsby
Vancouver Sun
May 24, 2007

Fort Langley bakery whips up 200 fresh-baked cakes each day in 35 delectable flavours

I haven’t been able to find it but apparently there’s a Tracycake Fanatics fan club somewhere on Facebook.

“They post their experience when they come in,” says Tracycake Bakery Cafe owner Tracy Dueck. “It made my day to hear about it.”

All she knows is that they’re women between the ages of 20 and 30.

Ahhh! An age when cupcakes aren’t lethal to waistlines.

And cupcakes are what Dueck does well. She has 35 flavours and you can buy the baby cakes for a buck each or the normal sizes for $2.65. They go by teaser names like Love at First Bite (apple spice doused in caramel butter icing filled with Bavarian whipped cream), Va-Va Vanilla, Peppermint Patty, Smartie Pants, Sleepless in Seattle (“chocolate mocha with whipped cream infusion and shot of java for when you need a lift”), Fill-me-up Buttercup (lemon cake filled with whipped cream and iced with meringue). She offers about 10 flavours a day.

Back down on earth, Tracycake sells an assortment of lunchy items — soups (including the Doukhobor style of borscht with a dill tomato base), salads (the apple Waldorf is the big seller), sandwiches, quiche, crepe, pot pie, and chili.

Every afternoon, from 1 to 3 p.m., there’s a high tea ($23.95 for 2) with finger sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream and lemon curd, assorted dainties, baby cupcakes and fruit.

“Everything’s made from scratch,” says Dueck, who opened the business last fall. She was previously a stay-at-home mom who loved to cook. “I’m living out my dream,” she says.

Tracycakes is in historic Fort Langley in the historic Marr House. The entrance is on the side and opens out to a garden in the back.

She’s open every day from 10 to 5 p.m. and her 200 fresh-baked cupcakes sell out each day.
© The Vancouver Sun 2007