Looking for a good bakery in or near Ithaca to purchase a wonderful birthday cake for my son who's going through the summer @ Cornell. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
I'm not sure what the latest-and-greatest selections are, but Ithaca Bakery (on Route 13, owned by the family that owns Collegetown Bagels) makes some very good cakes (they made my wedding cake a number of years ago). If you go in and tell them what you're interested in, they might let you sample a few different types.
The Ithaca bakery is not my favorite place. I've never had cake there. They might make a decent one, but I've never seen anything remotely tempting in the pastry case.
Ithaca doesn't have a good American bakery. If I were looking for a birthday cake, I'd try Patisserie Renee Senne in the Community Corners shopping center for a French-style cake. 607-257-4257
Her chocolate layer cake with raspberry buttercream is out of this world - the best thing I've tried there. She also makes more complex cakes with meringue layers and such. Beware the passionfruit buttercream. It tastes mostly of butter.
I'd expect her cakes to be expensive.
Had Ithaca Bakery do our wedding cake (and the rest of the food at our wedding) and we are still hearing about how good it was as we approach our 4th anniversary. It was damn good.