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Looking for a good cake in San Diego

I'm looking for a bakery or dessert place that makes a cake that is:

-Light, but not so much that it doesn't feel like you had anything after a slice.
-Flavorful without being overly sweet--> actually being able to finish off a piece.
-Well balance of flavors, the icing/frosting shouldn't be the main focus.
-Creative!!! I am bored from the same old flavor combos. I want to try something innovative (but still tastes good). Don't get me wrong, I love the traditional flavors and cakes, but there must be more out there!!

Reason being for my search...it is almost my birthday and I don't just want any cake. If I am going to have a cake, I want something spectacular!!! Please, HELP!!!

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    1. There have been quite a few threads on where to find good cakes in San Diego in the last month or so, here's a link to one of the more productive threads

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/336465

      1. Extraordinary Desserts is where I'd go if I was in your shoes. They have cakes that match your description. We got a birthday cake there for a friend, a lemon custard cake. Simply phenomenal. For some reason they never seem to be serving that as a dine-in option.

        http://www.extraordinarydesserts.com

        Another option you should consider is Michele Coulon in La Jolla. Her cakes are amazing, and also meet your criteria.

        http://www.dessertier.com/

        1. People keep talking about Extraordinary Desserts but both times I've been there (to the one in Hillcrest), I've found them to be far less than extraordinary. Both times I ordered cake, and the cake was kind of firm and almost wet, not spongy and moist like cake should be. Maybe its different if you order a whole cake, I don't know. But for the amount they charge and having to deal with all the crowds late at night I was extremely disappointed.

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          1. re: mliew

            You are describing the difference between american and european style cake. Extraordinary Desserts is european style where you want to have a firm cake and nothing spongy like you normally get here in the US.