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Just Desserts Chocolate Cake - I need Chowhound help for my daughter's birthday!

goingoutagain Aug 26, 2006 11:44 PM

My daughter's 8th birthday is Monday and she wants a Just Desserts chocolate two-layer cake. We bought these at the Glen Ellen Market this summer, but I am unable to find a San Francisco location. The Just Desserts website hasn't been updated since 2002 and the various retail locations are out of business. Anyone know where these cakes are sold in the city? Many thanks.

  1. Neilo Aug 28, 2006 05:10 PM

    Ah yes it is packed with junk, is Just Dessert's cake in any way natural or healthy. Now that I think of it - it just might be...it's exceptionally dry and flavorless.

    I probably should know better than to offer an alternative to what an 8 year old wants. If she wants Just Desserts then that's that.

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    1. re: Neilo
      Robert Lauriston Aug 28, 2006 05:33 PM

      Just Desserts uses real ingredients, no crap. They take home recipes and scale them up to commercial volume.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        Neilo Aug 28, 2006 06:56 PM

        Good to know. Safeway's bakery, especially the branch on Marina in SF makes some good items; donuts better than Bob's on Polk for example.

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      miche Aug 28, 2006 03:14 AM

      Costco! The double-layer chocolate is sold there, and it is gigantic (and still delicious!).

      1. Neilo Aug 28, 2006 02:31 AM

        The chocolate fudge cake (pretty sure that's the name, it's safeway made) from safeway is sort of on par with the just desserts variety. The cake is moister and has bigger air bubbles in it and the icing is soft and not really ganache like. Even so it tastes like a moist chocolate cake with too much icicng. It might sound silly but it just might do. They have big squares of it for three dollars so you can test it if costco does not work out.

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        1. re: Neilo
          Robert Lauriston Aug 28, 2006 04:32 PM

          Safeway's cake probably contains a bunch of shortening and other garbage.

        2. jillyju Aug 27, 2006 09:59 PM

          The branch on Piedmont Ave. closed some time ago, however Piedmont Grocery has an extensive collection of their cakes (I noticed them this morning). Plenty of chocolate.

          1. Robert Lauriston Aug 27, 2006 04:39 PM

            I've seen the regular chocolate at Costco.

            Did the Oakland branch close too?

            1. c
              China Aug 27, 2006 01:14 AM

              We bought a Just Desserts cake at an Andronico's in Berkeley last February I would guess that other Andronico's carry them as well.

              1. j
                Jefferson Aug 26, 2006 11:59 PM

                For a long time Costco carried Just Desserts cakes, 1 chocolate and 1 other. Depending on the store, they might be with the breads, cookies, or on an endcap near the refrigerators.

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                1. re: Jefferson
                  artemis Aug 27, 2006 12:31 AM

                  i think the costco one is chocolate-almond and it is delicious.

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                  goingoutagain Aug 26, 2006 11:56 PM

                  Thanks, that one has closed but I did find the one open location in the Bay Area, in the Metreon. (The Church Street location is apparently going to re-open.)

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                    chewonthis Aug 26, 2006 11:49 PM

                    There's a Just Dessert retail store at either 2 or 3 Embarcadero Center.

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                    1. re: chewonthis
                      farmersdaughter Aug 26, 2006 11:56 PM

                      They closed earlier this year. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                      1. re: farmersdaughter
                        chewonthis Aug 26, 2006 11:58 PM

                        oops, my bad....
                        they weren't as good as before and I can see why they've closed. We had a chocolate tower cake from Delessio Bakery recently and it was REALLY good - have to serve it room temp though.

                        1. re: chewonthis
                          farmersdaughter Aug 27, 2006 12:01 AM

                          I agree 100%! Unfortunately Just Desserts was more convenient if you work in the FiDi than Delessio is.

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