Markham Dessert Café
At Sweet Esc, you can relax with a cup of our seasonal drinks along with our in-house snacks and desserts. From freshly-baked cookies and tarts to waffles topped with our homemade ice cream on hot plates, our chefs always put a heavy dose of love into what they make. Constantly experimenting with food ideas, we bring you new flavour combinations regularly.
Enjoy alone or share our wide selection of desserts and custom drinks with friends, or take-out our menu items to savor comfortably at home.
30 Gibson Drive, Unit 120
Markham, ON, L3R 8B5
Sun - Thurs: 3 P.M. - 11 P.M.
Fri - Sat: 2 P.M. - 12 A.M.
- Custom Cakes & Catering -
Do you love the desserts we serve in store and want to order for a party, holiday, or special occasion? Email us regarding your desired menu combinations or your ideal one-of-a-kind cake, cakelet, tart selection for your event, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
At Sweet Esc, we can design a one-of-kind cake for birthdays, engagement parties, weddings, holidays, or any special events you want to celebrate. Just let us know what features you would like and we will even name the custom cake after you!
If you're not sure what kind of cake you're looking for, continue scrolling through this page to pick out a sample cake type or get some ideas from our past custom cakes!
Custom orders require a minimum three days’ notice.
You can order any of our menu items (restrictions apply). Just let us know what items you’d like and when, and we can discuss the pricing as separate items or as a package depending on quantity and time.
A minimum of one week’s notice is required for catering orders.
SAMPLE CAKE TYPES
*8" cakes serve 8~ people
*9" cakes serve 10~ people
Made with spiced cake (cinnamon and nutmeg), caramel buttercream, a layer of caramelized apples in between and on top (8")
Made with caramelized bananas, salted caramel and toffee bits (9")
Made with fudge chocolate cake layers, baileys buttercream and irish whiskey chocolate glaze (8")
Made with red velvet sponge cake and cream cheese frosting (8")
Made with green tea cheesecake, honey whipped cream and chocolate crisps (9")
Cakelet Types (1-3 per order)
*All our cakelets have a base of at least 3"
Topped with toffee bits and pieces, this black sesama matcha cakelet is decorated with black sesame seeds (front). Classic red velvet cakelet in the back.
Made with exposed chocolate cake layers, butterscotch buttercream, and topped with fruit and chocolate shavings
Made with red velvet sponge cake and cream cheese frosting
Raspberry and earl grey sponge cake with white chocolate ganache
Features chocolate sponge cake and buttercream
Chocolate hazelnut coffee sponge cake that's drizzled with dark chocolate ganache and topped with crushed almond meringue and toasted almonds
White chocolate ganache with raspberry compote and earl grey sponge, custard, and chantilly
Made with a strawberry spongecake base, mango whipped cream filling, and topped with fresh fruits and strawberry whipped cream
Strawberry-lemon sponge cake layered with coconut buttercream, topped with toasted coconut shreds
A two-layered vanilla naked cake topped & filled with black sesame cream, aka the Jasmine Cake
Made with four layers of matcha sponge, red bean, and honey whipped cream
Lemon and blueberry cake covered in lime cream cheese frosting topped with fresh fruits (front) and a dark chocolate sponge cake layered with Oreo buttercream (back)
An earl grey raspberry cake with chocolate ganache, topped with fresh blackberries and strawberries dipped in chocolate
Dark chocolate ganache with Baileys whipped cream
Black sesame-flavoured cheesecake topped with whipped and black sesame cream
Japanese cheesecake with chantilly cream, blackberries, and red bean
Coconut mango sponge cake (front) and mango cheesecake topped with blackberries (back)
BIRTHDAY, PARTY, AND WEDDING CAKES
Layered with red bean buttercream, this matcha sponge cake is surrounded with two more buttercream layers of matcha and vanilla. It is then decorated with rosettes and dusted with bronze pearls.
Black sesame matcha with vanilla genoise
Black sesame, matcha, and vanilla sponge cake with ombre fondant on the inside and dusted 24k gold leaf flakes on the exterior
- STORY -
While Sweet Esc offers a sweet escape of dessert and drink, it was also a sweet beginning to those who helped make this dainty café a reality. The owner had a passion for baking, but it was not a career goal she fervently pursued. In fact, she studied Linguistics and Health and Disease in university, making food for events when the occasion arose.
Opened by a group of friends, each brought diverse skills that made Sweet Esc a success. Both the restaurant’s menu designer and developer kickstarted their careers after their first projects at Sweet Esc. The owner, Sweet Esc's chef, now has an abundance of opportunity to brainstorm and create innovative artisan desserts and savory items with fellow chefs.
Why Hot Plates?
An early version of our specialty hot plate dessert featured a default brownie base with ice cream. Tailoring to a range of sweet-toothed customers in our store meant rethinking our base options, which is why we now serve freshly-baked waffles with the option to swap out for the richer and more decadent brownie.
Choose your homemade ice cream, sauce, and toppings to customize each plate to your own exclusive taste.
All ice cream flavours and sauces are selected to complement each other.
Why Tea-Flavoured Ice Cream?
At Sweet Esc, we strive to create flavourful twists. The reason we use tea most often as our ice cream flavour is because it equalizes an ice cream's sweetness. This ensures that the taste will be enjoyable and not too dense.
All our ice cream is made in-house and churned in small batches. This lets us have more control over the flavour and quality. All our looseleaf tea is supplied by Tea Squared!
Fun Fact: Did you know that earl grey is our most in-demand ice cream flavour and also our owner's favourite tea?
"Hot plates melt the semi-sweet chips inside and toast the accompanying marshmallows; beguiling orange blossom ice cream sputters when it touches the surface, as does thin cocoa cream."
Featured on TasteToronto, our S'mores Thick Toast is spread with Nutella® and topped with marshmallows that are perfectly melted in the oven and torched. Crushed graham crackers are then sprinkled on this sweet toast.
"Worth the trek to Markham: Sweet Esc is a dessert café that does it all: ice cream, tarts, roll cakes, hot plates, and the cutest/sweetest decor to match. Their ice cream is handmade in-house, and their flavour offerings change based on what’s in supply — try the beautifully-blended Earl Grey if it’s on the menu!"
"Head to this Markham spot for their thrilling hot plates. There's a little form you can fill out where you can choose your waffle base and a selection of ice cream and toppings."
"Ever had s'mores toast? Now you can at this Markham dessert cafe. Sliced toasted bread gets perfectly coated with chocolate, roasted marshmallows, graham cracker and a chocolate drizzle."
We want you to feel welcome and comfortable in our space. We hope you will recall Sweet Esc as a café full of warm memories and quality artisan dessert. Come alone or with friends and family for a sweet escape!
- Job Opportunities are now available! -
Join the exciting creative culinary team at Sweet Esc!
We are hiring part-time servers!
- Represent Sweet Esc with amazing customer service and great attitude
- Assist with opening and closing if shift requires
- Taking weekly inventory for both kitchen and floor necessities
- Coordinating bulk buys with our suppliers and runners
- Make runs in the case of emergency or ingredient shortage
- Able to carry up to 20 kg of product.
- Able to remain calm and work efficiently in high-stress situations (our busy hours are extremely busy)
- Highly organized and thorough
- Available to work a flexible 15-20 hour schedule on a weekly basis
- Preferably with access to a car
If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “PT Server”.
Book Our Cafe Today~!
Sweet Escape offers space rental for private events or special occasions. Make us your next celebration!
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