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jvnewman Jan 18, 2007 04:39 PM

Can anyone tell me the local bakeries that make the best German Butter Cake? I'm having a craving, but not enough to try each bakery. Thanks!

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    Laura D. RE: jvnewman Jan 18, 2007 05:48 PM

    Not sure if this is the type of butter cake that you mean, but The Holmesburg Bakery in the Holmesburg section of Philadelphia has a butter cake that is awesome. I'd suggest you get the plain variety, as opposed to one with fruit since the one time I got peach I felt the cake was lacking some of the delicious, buttery topping that is key for this decadent cake. Even if the bakery doesn't have the cake, virtually everything there is great, especially their cream donuts and cinnamon buns. Their cakes aren't the most "pretty" things you'll ever see, but this is a true old-fashioned bakery that centers around taste as opposed to aesthetics. Enjoy!

    http://www.holmesburgbakery.net/

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      Connie T RE: Laura D. Mar 9, 2010 03:45 PM

      What I'd like is a recipe! I grew up in Philly, and we had butter cake (the gooey kind) every Sunday after church. I googled the recipe and it keeps on coming up with an almond type cake. Not the same thing I remember. This was a flattish soft cake with a gooey topping to die for. Anyone know where I can get the recipe? I would be forever in your debt.

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        Laura D. RE: Connie T Mar 9, 2010 05:47 PM

        This might help )though it is listed as "St. Louis Butter Cake." I've also never seen it in Philly with powdered sugar on top but to each his own...

        http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/03/st-...

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      jimc RE: jvnewman Jan 18, 2007 05:51 PM

      I'm not sure about the best but I get butter cakes at Stock's on Lehigh Avenue. They're also well known for their pound cakes. Here's a link with a few opinions.

      http://www.insiderpages.com/b/3720837447

      Stock's Bakery
      2614 E Lehigh Ave
      Philadelphia, PA 19125-3812
      Telephone: 215-634-7344

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        mazza3 RE: jimc Jan 19, 2007 06:24 PM

        STOCKS!!! their butter cake is pure heaven. drool. why am i on this site when i am ravenous? and stocks is hella easy to get to off of 95 if you are unfamiliar with the city.

        from the south, take the girard avenue exit and at the end of the ramp, get into the far right lane and follow the sign for richmond street. richmond will hug 95 and the first traffic light is lehigh. turn left and stocks is a couple of small streets after the first light.

        tis a bit trickier from the north, but take the girard exit and take your first right on girard (2nd light, susquehana i believe). you need to make a u-turn, so take your first right, then again your first right and now you are pointing back at girard. turn left and follow the signs for richmond street. at the stop sign turn left and follow the directions, same as above.

        to get back to 95, get back to richmond street (lehigh is two ways). turn right onto richmond and follow signs for 95 (you can get on both north and south).

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          Laura D. RE: mazza3 Jan 19, 2007 06:32 PM

          Thanks for the detailed instructions on how to get to Stocks--some of us are totally directionally challenged, and have gotten lost on many a trip to bakeries. Can you let me know what else you'd recommend from Stocks? While I'm a butter cake fan, I tend to prefer a more traditional layered/pound cake with some sort of icing. I've read some of the online reviews and it sounds like their poundcake is good, but I just figured I'd ask someone like you directly of your thoughts. Thanks!

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            mazza3 RE: Laura D. Jan 24, 2007 08:35 AM

            they are famous for their pound cake and it is heavenly. it freezes beautifully as well, so feel free to buy a couple. they do a yellow and a marble with vanilla or chocolate icing (yellow pound, white icing all the way). they make good donuts and danish-y type things and they make my favorite tea biscuits in the city. and for $.35 each, you can't beat them. they are closed on sundays and mondays too, so if you are planning on going on a weekend, go on a saturday.

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              PattiCakes RE: Laura D. Apr 27, 2010 02:00 PM

              pound cake, pound cake & more pound cake. Takes lots of money & fill your freezer.

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          jvnewman RE: jvnewman Jan 18, 2007 09:37 PM

          Thank you both for your recommendations. I will let you know the result of my taste-off!

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            gjassman RE: jvnewman Jan 22, 2007 03:14 PM

            Haegele's and the Mayfair bakery both do butter cake well. Haegele's is wetter. The only thing our family ever bought from Stock's is their pound cake. It is the best.

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              lrhewes RE: jvnewman Jan 24, 2007 07:00 AM

              Try Yummies in Drexel Hill. They have the gooiest most rich butter cake in the area, and it's been that way for the last 20 years.

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                seagulls1 RE: jvnewman Mar 12, 2010 07:08 PM

                Dublin Bakery in Willow Grove by DSW shoes is very good. I beleive Weinrichs has them too But I would call ahead

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                  dmbe RE: jvnewman Apr 27, 2010 10:02 AM

                  Not the answer you are looking for but does anyone know how to make German Butter Cake? Had my first this weeknd and it kind of tasted like a flat glazed donut with butter & sugar spread all over it.....deadly but it was the best !

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                    Bigley9 RE: dmbe Apr 27, 2010 12:33 PM

                    try this (Phila butter cake is Phila german butter cake) Some recipes have potatoes in the dough, but that doesn't jive with my memory of the cake from my youth!
                    http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,186,1...

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                    was_bk RE: jvnewman Jul 12, 2011 11:24 AM

                    Can anyone recommend a great place @ 18th & Callowhill for butter cake?

                    After going without for over 25 years I recently visited my old neighborhood bakery butter cake source (Danish Bakers in Rockledge) & am now craving more.

                    Next trip, I'll only be in Center City and was hoping to pick up a worthy substitute.

                    TIA

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