Top 5 Carrot Cake in Oakville and Burlington

This has got to be my favourite childhood dessert, and for some reason it’s on plenty of dessert menus in Oakville and Burlington. My mom used to bake carrot cake on the reg, sending my sister and I to school with big squares to share with our friends (this was long before school boards went cray over food). At any rate, even when you think you’re full we believe you’ve gotta dig deep and make room for that cake, cake, cake, cake, cake! Here are our top 5 slices of carrot cake in Oakville and Burlington.

5. Solasta


Solasta is a plant-based restaurant which opened in Kerr Village (in the former Karmah location) in early 2017. Its menu has hints of Indian influence (turns out the owner has some travel stories). This vegan slice of heaven, aka carrot cake, is crafted with organic spelt flour, heirloom carrots, allspice, and topped with lemon coconut icing. It’s shaped like a cute little loaf. While you’re there, sample some more items. The carrot orange fennel juice is sensational, along with the black bean & shiitake burger, which is dressed with tamarillo ketchup, plantain mustard, and crunchy basil relish. The burger is tender and served with a side of greens, sprinkled with watermelon radish and pomegranate seeds which make for a refreshing accompaniment. The dish is incredibly filling and satisfying. Dessert offerings also include cookies and a brownie. Items are also gluten-free and vegetarian (obviously!) friendly.

Price: $6

4. Downtown Bistro & Grill


It's a great little hidden gem with fabulous service and a flashy orange door, which is what drew us in. The carrot cake, like the door, is fabulous. The cake has hints of pineapple (all desserts are made in-house) and the plating is so pretty for your IG feed. The bistro is known for its salads and crepes - Seafood or Chicken - and so it began ... The Greens and Berries Salad is so fresh and light and lovely. It features mixed greens, fresh seasonal berries (I had strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries) with a yummy vinegar-heavy mission fig dressing and roasted pecans. The dish is technically served with blue cheese but staff were happy to sub goat cheese instead. (Mental note to eat here when I've got a business meeting booked right before the gym). The Chicken Crepe is also served with goat cheese, plus sauteed spinach and a house-smoked chicken breast in a tangy rose sauce. I'm a fan of crispier crepes but the sauce had me going back for more even though I was stuffed. The fries are amazing!

Price: $8

3. Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill


Oliver's Famous Carrot Cake has walnuts and sour cream gelato, and it is rather tasty. This relaxed, refined cafe at Oakville Place is always full. Wood-fired pizza, pasta, and brunch faves such as Eggs Benedict are on the menu. The colour scheme is gorgeous -- pink and purple curtains separate the dining area from semi-private party rooms. Aisles are wide and offer plenty of space for young stroller-pushing moms. A popular - and interesting item - on the menu is the Turkey Burger, with avocado, chipotle, and an onion ring. It's served with a delicious side of skinny sweet potato fries. Millennials, there's also Avocado Toast with hummus, vine-ripened tomato, crispy shallots, and the option to add crispy bacon for an extra $2.

Price: $9

2. Seasons

The carrot-pineapple cake, made in-house, has a distinctly autumn/pumpkin kind of vibe and I think you should share a slice with your people. The person typing the most at our table got the least amount of cake. Seasons has been a bank, the Town Clerk's office, and the police station. But now it's a fabulous fine dining option where you'll find excellent food, drink, and service. Seasons has been running for about two decades and it's no secret that it practically owns Restaurant Row. (Bru and Corks are also run by the same owners). The building dates back to the late 1800s when it housed the Anderson Bank. The food, though, is incredibly 2017. The White Lasagna, however, isn't dairy-free, and you certainly won't want to give up such luxuries after devouring this dish featuring turkey ragout, spinach, mozzarella, and fresh ricotta. It's wonderfully creamy and had me stealing bites from my colleague Chrissy's plate (which I realize isn't appropriate at such an establishment but when you write about food there are no rules, OK?!). It’ll taste oh-so-good on a chilly autumn day. The warm salad also hit the proverbial spot.

Price: $9

1. Chaps

The carrot cake at Chaps is beyond words. I mean …. it doesn’t even make sense. A country bar serves the best dessert in Burlington? And it's big enough to share with at least three others? Curveball! Carrots aside, this cake has walnuts, pineapple, toasted coconut, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and cream cheese icing. It was so delicious I had to put down the fork and text a photo to one of my old roommates, Monique, captioned ‘This carrot cake is ALMOST as good as yours’. You see, Monique baked this epic cake for my 22nd birthday. (She typically spends about $70 on ingredients then creates the best treat you’ll ever taste). Digging into this slice at Chaps made me pause to wax nostalgic about the good old university days when we ate cereal for dinner and thought bar memorabilia made for charming home decor but would ball out for someone's birthday. Speaking of decor, don’t judge Chaps by the atmosphere. Rank them only after tasting this incredible carrot cake!

Price: $3.95

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