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Pia R Aug 8, 2001 04:34 AM

I'm getting a bit tired of buying cakes and pastries at Draeger's, and many of the supermarket cake shops seem to make their products with vegetable shortening and a long list of strange chemicals. Where can I get good, old-fashioned all-butter cakes and pastries between Mountain View and South SF? Are there any French pastry shops around?

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    Vickie T. Aug 8, 2001 01:26 PM

    Have you tried Prolific Oven on 550 Waverly Street in Palo Alto? I haven't been there in a year or so, but their cakes were always divine.

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      Pia R Aug 9, 2001 02:44 AM

      Okay, got it: The Cakery in Burlingame, Gerry's in Menlo Park, and the Prolific Oven in Palo Alto! Looks like I shall have a busy couple of weeks getting fatter. Any recommendations on which specialties are particularly worthy of elevating one's sugar and cholesterol count?

      Thank you all, very much!!!

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      Lee Aug 8, 2001 05:58 PM

      Try The Cakery, 1308 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame. 650.344.1006, Mon-Sat 6:30-6:00. Closed Sunday. They can even reproduce a favorite photograph or picture onto a cake for you; also onto 4 inch sugar cookies.

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        mikeylikesit Aug 8, 2001 07:32 PM

        Ok here's the deal on cakes

        Gerry's in Menlo Park is the only place you want to go.

        They use butter and lots of it. Their buttercream frosting in particular is to die for.

        Most Silicon type people who want only the best will only eat Gerry's cake.

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          Peter and Gary Aug 13, 2001 07:36 PM

          Thanks for recommendation, Mike!

          We went to Gerry's Cakes in Menlo Park and got a selection. The cake, a "black and white" with great buttercream, was a bit dry, but that's normal.

          The petifour was light and fluffy, the chocolate chip cookies excellent, and the SNICKERDOODLES were fantastic.

          For me, it's the snickerdoodles that did it--crispy, crunchy, cinnamonny, but not stale or hard.

          Thanks again!

          Peter
          wells@emusic.com

          Link: http://www.burkeandwells.com

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            Melanie Wong Aug 13, 2001 07:58 PM

            Oooh, snickerdoodles! There's an old-fashioned cookie. But aren't you supposed to put 'em in a bag for a couple days until they get soft and chewy? (g)

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