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Feb 12, 2007 02:03 PM

best princess cake in Bay Area?

Hi all,

Where is the best place to get princess cake in the Bay Area?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Victoria Pastry in North Beach/Chinatown adjacent.

    1. Schubert's in Sf and Costeaux in Healdsburg are my favorites,

      1. My local grocery carries mini-princess cakes (about four servings) from Tortabella -- anyone ever tried a Tortabella princess cake?

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Just a note that my plan to actually buy one of these and bring it to a planned lunch with two chowhound pals was foiled when our lunch was cancelled! I may just have to buy myself one for my birthday and eat it myself!

        2. We just recently started shopping Schuberts and trying their wares a bit at a time, weekly visit by weekly visit. Schubert's bakery is on the south side of Clement a couple of blocks west of Arguello. They have the princess cake with nice delicate, and not too dry, layers of yellow cake with plenty of whipped cream, a leathery top icing bullet-proof shield layer consisting of fondant and marzipan in a very appealing nuclear waste chartreuse color. Enough bittersweet chocolate glaze drizzled on top that it actually contributes something slightly nice to the overall gestalt of this sexy cake. Raspberry jam pulls it all together for a beautiful combination of colors and delicate flavors. May be some custard between two of those layers and a chewy cookie bottom layer.

          Actually, Schuberts is in the process of slowly driving me crazy on a drip by drip, week by week basis by consistently failing to bake enough of the pastry that I am currently in love with - the CUSTARD CROISSANT - so when I arrive there EARLY - they maybe have one left or NONE at all. Apparently, I am not the only person in love with these custard ballasted pastries. I was in the mood for gooey eggy custard - the kind that should be in a napoleon - but is NOT in Schubert's napoleon. So, I asked if they had a pastry with a lot of custard in it. I wasn't sure if the clerk was bragging or slightly embarrassed. "You want the custard croissant - it's got about a pound of custard in it." This is not an exageration. Whoever is buying them all up, please leave me some. PLEASE. Oh, excuse me. This post was supposed to be about the princess cake. That's OK - but that custard croissant! Oh - My - God!

          1. The best Princess Cake, aka "krumkake" in Norwegian, can be found at Draeger's Menlo Park. It has to be ordered in advance though. This is the only place my Nowegian friends order from.

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            1. re: gourmetwannabe

              A "krumkake" is not a princess cake -- as noted below, the Swedish name (it's a Swedish concoction) is Prinsess-tårta. A krumkake more closely resembles a waffle cone.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                My apologies. I was trying to remember the phonetic spelling. According to my Norwegian friends, it's called "Prinsessens Kramkake".