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Neldam's Dream of Cream Cake

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Finally had my first Dream of Cream cake. Melanie wrote about it last June and I've been looking for an excuse to buy one ever since. Orderd for a coworker's birthday. It was only $23.75 for a 9 inch cake that was so tall they couldn't close the cake box. It was delicious--chocolate sponge cake with layers of whipped cream and topped with chocolate shavings (which fly everywhere when birthday candles are blown out). It's rich but light. Got rave reviews. Melanie estimates there is over a pint of cream in the cake. It yielded 12 plus servings. Please frequent Neldam's--they've been around since 1929 and apparently need some help to stay in business.
(Think of them for Christmas gifts--they make beautiful gingerbread houses beginning in November). And pick up some of their dinner rolls. If you don't eat them right away they freeze well.
Neldam's
3401 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA
510-658-1967

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  1. This has been my favorite cake since I was about 5 years old, and I am now 40. One of the connections my wife and I discovered when we first met was that she had also been eating these things since she was a little girl.

    If you haven't tried one, you are surely missing out. I've tried similar cakes at high-quality bakeries, but nobody has come close to Neldams. Besides this one cake, Neldams is a fantastic bakery to browse in, the kind of place you don't find much of anymore.

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    1. re: Rick Jones

      Thanks for sharing that precious memory with us, Rick. This cake has been part of many family birthdays and hopefully will continue to be so for many years to come.

      Link: http://www.neldamsbakery.com/default.asp

      Image: http://www.neldamsbakery.com/pics/101...

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        THANKS for the tip on this cake. It is EXACTLY like the "Dream Cake" from Watsonville Bakery I grew up with and which we served at every major occasion. The closest I'd come was similar cake at Victoria Bakery in SF/but usually with rum flavoring and sometimes I would see cake at Grain D'Or bakery that looked (but I'm sure did not taste like) same cake. THANK YOU!!

        1. re: christine

          Hope it lives up to the memories, Christine. Let us know.

          I'm remembering now a Boston cream pie that my Auntie Frances in Watsonville used to bring over to our house on many of her visits. Think it was from a bakery in Freedom, sound familiar?

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Can't say that rings any bells---don't even recall a bakery in Freedom---only cemeteries and a wonderful greasy burger at Heavenly Burgers! We stayed right in Watsonville for most treats: Bake Rite Bakery, Miramar Grill---for GREAT steaks, best garlic bread and hot turky sandwiches, and of course the Americanized restaurants Golden Rickshaw and Golden Buddha and Taylors Chili Dogs, with occasional jaunts to Monterey to buy fresh crab and seafood for paella and cioppino. AHHHHH!

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Can't say that rings any bells---don't even recall a bakery in Freedom---only cemeteries and a wonderful greasy burger at Heavenly Burgers! We stayed right in Watsonville for most treats: Bake Rite Bakery, Miramar Grill---for GREAT steaks, best garlic bread and hot turky sandwiches, and of course the Americanized restaurants Golden Rickshaw and Golden Buddha and Taylors Chili Dogs, with occasional jaunts to Monterey to buy fresh crab and seafood for paella and cioppino. AHHHHH!