The Rolling Pin
By YP Contributor

Come By and Try the $10,000 Donut

It’s no surprise that customers travel from far and wide to taste The Rolling Pin’s baked goods. Owners Isabelle Loiacono and Vanessa Baudanza have created cakes and gourmet donuts for rapper Drake’s birthday parties, fielded visits from the likes of MasterChef Canada judge Alvin Leung, and won $10,000 on The Food Network show Donut Showdown.

“It gave us a lot of opportunity and exposure. When people see us on TV, they come by specifically to try our donuts,” says Isabelle, whose tiramisu donut — one of the bakery’s bestsellers — was one of the gourmet concoctions to secure the $10,000 prize on the first season of Donut Showdown. “We actually had a guy from Texas come in just to try our doughnuts.”

From the donuts to our pie crust to our brownies, everything is made from scratch. - Isabelle Loiacono, co-owner
The Rolling Pin, Cakes, pies, cookies, gourmet donuts, macarons, breads, sandwiches
Photo by Ann Ruppenstein

Home-Baked Goods

In addition to gourmet donuts, The Rolling Pin offers cakes, pies, cookies, macarons, tarts, brownies, cupcakes, breads and sandwiches, which are all made in-house. “Not one single item is brought in,” Isabelle says. “From the donuts to our pie crust to our brownies, everything is made from scratch.”

Stemming from a family of bakers and cooks, Isabelle says getting into baking was a natural progression. She hopes customers who visit the sweet shop are reminded of the treats they enjoyed growing up. “We offer a nostalgic environment for people who crave home-baked sweets,” Isabelle says. “You know, butter tarts that might remind you of the butter tarts that your grandmother used to make. Molasses chewies, snickerdoodles, stuff that reminds you of your childhood.”

Since opening on Yonge Street north of Lawrence Avenue in June 2014, The Rolling Pin has garnered a reputation for its specialty birthday cakes as well as its intricate and sophisticated wedding cake designs. “Our wedding cakes are custom-designed so instead of seeing it in a magazine and having it all laid out, customers are able to pick different designs and put it all into one,” Vanessa says.

The Rolling Pin, Cakes, pies, cookies, gourmet donuts, macarons, breads, sandwiches
Photo by Ann Ruppenstein

Confection Perfection

The duo behind the bakery first met when Isabelle was Vanessa’s teacher at the Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts. They began working together at J'adore Cakes Co., the east end bakery Isabelle ran for three years before teaming up with Vanessa to open The Rolling Pin. “Vanessa used to come to the old bakery to work with me and we did some wedding and trade shows together and finally we decided to open up a place together,” Isabelle says.

For Vanessa, the best part of running the business is being able to test out new recipes and getting to know customers. “Everyone is so sweet and just seeing them and having families and kids come in is great,” she says. “We have someone in Dubai still messaging us on Facebook and Instagram saying, ‘I wish you guys could send me a pie, I can’t wait to come back and see you.’”

The Rolling Pin, Cakes, pies, cookies, gourmet donuts, macarons, breads, sandwiches
Photo by Ann Ruppenstein
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