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Birthday Cake $15-$20?

cincodemayo1 Sep 7, 2006 05:54 PM

So my office always does an employee birthday party at the end of the month for all of that months' birthdays, but my co-worker's mother called me and wants me to buy a cake for him to present to him as he leaves work on Tuesday.

I work in NoHo, so I need to find a place that's close. She wants to spend about $15-$20.

Any suggestions on where to get one? I'm open to any kind...just a small roundish cake.

I'm semi-new to the NoHo area so not sure of where to get one. It can be, but doesn't have to be a specialty store. A supermarket would work too.

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    compucook Sep 8, 2006 04:36 AM

    You won't get much from Victor Benes for $15- $20. Another bakery with surprising baked goods at cheap prices is Jon's Markets. I think there's one on Laurel Canyon at Magnolia.

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      glbtrtr Sep 8, 2006 03:56 AM

      I third Costco - surprisingly good for the price, and even good regardless of price.

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        hartleypool Sep 8, 2006 03:27 AM

        I second the Costco route. You'll have plenty left because they are huge and very fresh. I like Costco more than the grocery store cakes.

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          writergirl Sep 8, 2006 02:15 AM

          When our office finally decided springing for Sweet Lady Jane's wasn't practical, we started getting our cakes at Costco. They are surprsingly good! And a full sheet cake is like $17 bucks (if memory serves.) It's very moist, the icing is not overly sweet, and it's not that horrible weird hard stuff that's on a lot of grocery store cakes. You also have your choice of fillings. They'll decorate it for you with only a little notice.

          1. Das Ubergeek Sep 7, 2006 06:08 PM

            Porto's Bakery in Burbank may be able to help you there. They're on Magnolia and Hollywood Way.

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              cincodemayo1 Sep 7, 2006 07:24 PM

              Porto's is delicious, but I think his mom wants a traditional round yellow/chocolate cake with writing on it.

              I'll check it out though.

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                Das Ubergeek Sep 7, 2006 07:31 PM

                In that case, you might enquire at Viktor Benes in any Gelsons... they do do "normal" cake with writing; not sure about the cost, though I don't think it's extreme.

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              slacker Sep 7, 2006 06:00 PM

              You can easily get a small cake for that price at your friendly neighborhood Pavilions or Ralphs. They're both fine. Order ahead or pick from what's available. Our office gets a lot of birthday cakes from these supermarkets. And fyi, the supplier of the cake mix and frosting for these supermarkets also supplies Bristol Farms for their cakes.

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