The Infamous Diplomat Cake

As a young child, I remember my dad having a sweet tooth. In fact, he still does.  He no longer buys baked goods, but he loves eating mine – breads, cakes, cookies …

No matter where we lived, he would find the neighbourhood bakeries.  My dad is very much a free spirit – I cherish our conversations.   He would tell me of his “tasting” experiences.  When he was single, he and his friends would try different coffee houses, and with a cup of coffee naturally pairs with a sweet treat.  He loved Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Apple Pie, Palmiers, and the infamous Diplomat Cake.

Hands down, THE BEST Diplomat Cake belongs to Notte’s Bon Ton Bakery.  I remember taking the bus to Granville Street just to pick up a cake for my dad’s birthday.  Rain, snow or sleet – it was worth leaving the house for.

I have tried their other pastries, which are all quite delicious, by the way.  But the Diplomat is a knockout!  This summer, my brother and family were in town.  They bought two to bring on the plane back home.  We bought a total of five that day.  And the price, very reasonable.  For the same price, I’ve tried Diplomats at other bakeries, but their ingredients rate inferiority.


This lattice wall separates the bakery from the cafe.


Keeping an eye on my cakes while the line-up kept getting longer …. there must have been 20 in line, and it was only 10:30.  Lucky for my brother, sister-in-law and me – we were next in line and we were taking five of these babies home with us!  We were definitely on a mission.


It looks simple enough, and I hate to say it like this, but you really have to taste one for yourself.  If you’ve had a Diplomat cake elsewhere, I challenge you to try this.


This is what it looks like – layers upon layers of white cake and puff pastry.  A hint of rum with  buttercream frosting completes the creation.

It really is a testament to say that I grew up with Bon Ton, thanks to my father, and now, my children are growing up with Bon Ton.  Three generations at Bon Ton – truly, the cake is how I remember it when I was little.  I love visiting bakeries – but I have stopped buying their Diplomats.  I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment.

A big “Thank you, Bon Ton” for your infamous Diplomat Cake!

So …. on my next visit to Bon Ton, what shall I try?  Do tell.

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