Cupcakes Perfected: D-liche
When I bit into the Triple Chocolate cupcake by D-liche, I was transported back to my childhood, to Sarah Campbell’s 6th birthday party in 1986. The moist cake and powerful cocoa icing brought me back to the origins of my love of this supremely sought-after confection: the kind of cupcake only someone else’s mother can make.
Or in the case of D-liche, that only a perfectionist gay couple could make. Before opening their gleaming white storefront confectionary on rue St-Denis in June of last year, Ken and Robert were known for bringing their cupcakes to friends’ parties and events. Both halves of the couple had successful careers in marketing already, but the desire to branch out and do something on their own took over, and D-liche was born. “We decided to pursue the sweeter side of life and help bring a little more joy to everyone,” Ken explains. After honing their recipes for 8 years, and looking at the cupcake trend that has swept the continent in recent years, they were convinced they have what it takes to outlast the profusion of lesser fare on the market. “Everybody tries to get into the market, but only the good ones stay,” the baker and entrepreneur says with a grin.
Having already experienced their exquisite Red Velvet and chocolate creations, I sat down to enjoy mini versions of the Raspberry Raspberry, Piña Colada and Dulce de Leche cupcakes – each finished simply with naturally coloured sprinkles – accompanied by a perfect espresso allongé made with beans by Montréal roaster Café Union. (I can still taste them now.)
The textures and flavours that make D-liche cupcakes so special are a function of their high quality ingredients. Every detail has been hand-picked to pleasure your palette: the Madagascan vanilla paste, secretly-sourced 90% chocolate cocoa, dark Cuban rum, and ubiquitously used real butter deliver a mouth feel you won’t taste anywhere else. “We are fastidious about the quality of our cupcakes. We don’t need to have the most number of stores, or even a franchise. We want to become the Schwartz’s of cupcakes, and have people lining up outside the door!”
Whether you’re stopping in to enjoy one on your own, or ordering 250 for a wedding or anniversary party, you’ll feel like each cupcake is made just for you, and for that sweet quiet moment of pure, individually served pleasure.
3964-A rue Saint-Denis, Montréal