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Oct 23, 2006 05:21 PM

Need great bakery rec for b'day cake in San Diego ASAP!

My friend is celebrating her 50th b'day and 20th anni, so she needs a terrific cake for about 70 people, nothing too sugary, something that can be a sheet size with decor on top. Any great recs in the SD area? I am driving down from LA today to help her decide and need some info pronto! Thanks Hounds!

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  1. Lemon Grove Pastry - in Lemon Grove a little bit east of downtown. The Grove bakery has been around for 50+ years and was the "go to" bakery for special occasions when we were growing up. Their whipped cream cake was always delicious.

    Flour Power in La Jolla or Fletcher Hills (which is sort of between San Diego, La Mesa and El Cajon

    1. This isn't exactly my area of expertise, but I know there are a number of upscale bakery and dessert places around that could do something very elegant for you (we also use the Lemon Grove Pastry Shop). But if you need a big sheet cake on a "grab-and-go" basis, then I recommend Costco (presuming you're a member). They have both buttercream and cream cheese frosting options, and during the day they can put your message on it while you wait. There are stores in just about every part of town. Good luck.
      . . . jim strain in san diego.

      1. My favourite is Michele Coulon in La Jolla:
        absolutely delicious. My favourite are the mini desserts but its all good.

        I like extraordinary desserts and I've had a couple of good cakes from there but I hear mixed reviews sometimes:

        I got my wedding cake from the French Gourmet in PB and it was very good

        1. I went to a special event that had pastries from Just Fabulous Pastries, They were creative and beautiful and wonderful.

          Had my own wedding cake from Extraordinary Desserts. It was delicious and people remarked on it. However it took 4 phone calls and several weeks with no response. Finally I went there in person to try to catch Ms. Krasne & get her to accept my wedding cake order. And the policy was (don't know if this is still the case) only she herself could accept the order. It was the most stressful part of my wedding planning. I wouldn't repeat the experience.

          1. Probably too late. Friends got a great wedding cake at Twiggs (coffeehouse with its own bakery), at a more reasonable price than some other bakeries.

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            1. re: Dumkling

              WE have had great luck with TWIGGS, Dan the baker/owner does a great job, and they now take credit cards. Dan is extremely creative and will surely please your group

              We also like the Grove Bakery. They do great stuff with fresh strawberies.