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asodat Feb 15, 2007 04:45 PM

Hello everyone! I'm a long- time browser but a first time poster.

I'm looking for some fancy/ unique cakes for my girlfriend's birthday party. We wanted to get a few 8-12 in cakes so a group of people can pick and choose what they'd like. We've tried finale's: the cakes looked nice but they were a bit boring in taste...

I'm open to any and all suggestions regarding unique cakes. I think we're on the adventurous side when it comes to food...
but to get it started, is there a place anyone here would recommend for Tiramisu, Opera, Chocolate cake, etc?

Thanks!

  1. MC Slim JB Feb 15, 2007 06:52 PM

    Not cheap, but worth it, in my view, is Konditor Meister in Braintree. Spectacular and delicious cakes. See: http://www.konditormeister.com/

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      ChefJune Feb 15, 2007 10:23 PM

      I quite agree! Konditormeister's cakes never disappoint. The only other patisserie to compare is Delphin's Gourmandise in Marblehead.

      Unless you want something like Italian rum Cake, then I would go to Modern Pastry on Hanover Street. They have the best Italian pastry in Boston.

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        pastrytroll Feb 16, 2007 11:01 AM

        Ah, but Delphin hasn't been making cakes in Marblehead since 2001! He teaches at Cambridge Culinary now. He used to send requests for cakes on to his graduates, but I haven't seen one for quite a while. Konditomeister: always very lovely, but the quality of the cakes seems to vary year to year. When they're good, they are very good and exquisitly beautiful. Truly Jorg's does good decoration.......... And Finales - I won't say anything, because "If you can't say something nice...."!

    2. bitsubeats Feb 15, 2007 07:45 PM

      I cannot believe I am saying this, but try out dessert works in norwood.

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        dukegirl Feb 16, 2007 03:59 AM

        Why can't you believe you are recommending Dessert Works? Just wondering. I used to go there all the time when they were in Medfield. I thought they were wonderful and a nice couple to deal with. We got a cake there for my grandmother's 90th birthday and it was delicious. You can check out their photo gallery at www.dessertworks.net

      2. limster Feb 15, 2007 07:49 PM

        Cafe Cakes for the milk tea cake (Earl Grey flavoured) -- one of the best cakes I've had anywhere. Exceptional flavour, delicate crumb, cake speaks for itself, with support from judicious butter cream, rather than the reverse.

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          limster Feb 15, 2007 10:10 PM

          Wanted to add - loved the tiramisu ice cream cake from JP Licks.

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            Lgalen Feb 20, 2007 07:59 PM

            I see Cafe Cakes listed in Watertown, on Galen St., and another listed in Belmont on Trapelo Rd. Which one? Also, speaking of fabulous cakes, does anyone know where I could find a mocha almond dacquoise?

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              limster Feb 20, 2007 09:52 PM

              The Watertown location is the one to go; the Belmont location is the previous address, they're not there anymore.

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            lypp Feb 15, 2007 09:59 PM

            is vickie lee boynton (spelling?) still around. She used to make FABULOUS cakes but I have lost track of her.

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              ChefJune Feb 15, 2007 10:24 PM

              That would be Vicki Lee Boyajian... and I don't know where she is, either.

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                Pia Feb 16, 2007 03:06 AM

                She's in Cushing Square in Belmont.
                http://www.vickilees.com/

            2. mcel215 Feb 16, 2007 03:32 AM

              Luberto's in Revere, has great Rum cakes, whipped cream with fruit glazed (my fav), on top. All Italian, and I think the best desserts. Stands right up there with Modern! A true hidden gem.

              1. Joanie Feb 16, 2007 06:08 AM

                Check out Rosie's online, great stuff. And for less $$, I've had great cakes and fruit tarts from Whole Foods and Russo's.

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                  pamalamb Feb 21, 2007 08:23 AM

                  I love the lemon raspberry cake at Whole Foods. Very light taste.

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                  Bostonbob3 Feb 16, 2007 06:16 AM

                  Most of the best have been mentioned, but I'll throw in a vote for Party Favors in Brookline. They make incredibly designed (and delicious) cakes of all kinds.

                  http://www.partyfavorsbrookline.com/

                  1. NiKoLe1625 Feb 16, 2007 06:59 AM

                    Try Jurg's Patisserie in Kenmore. He makes some unbelievable cakes and pastries!! They are truly unique and gourmet! I believe he has a website also. Just google that name and check it out!

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                      Bostonbob3 Feb 16, 2007 07:04 AM

                      Isn't it "Truly Jorg's"?

                      Pun-licious. :)

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                      pmac1964 Feb 16, 2007 07:03 AM

                      Flour on Washingto Street in the South End is great.

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                        lergnom Feb 16, 2007 09:22 AM

                        I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Party Favors on Beacon Street, Coolidge Corner, Brookline. The web site is http://www.partyfavorsbrookline.com/.

                        They will make any cake you want. E.g., we had a cake like an aquarium for one birthday. They make their own very rich butter cream and the cakes are superb. They do custom work and also sell standard, though elegant cakes in various sizes, both sheet and normal.

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                          Joanie Feb 16, 2007 09:26 AM

                          PF was mentioned 3 posts above yours. My one experience with Party Favors was very disapointing. Didn't hold a candle to the Mocha and Snowqueen cakes I got from Rosies.

                          http://www.rosiesbakery.com/products/...

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                            Bostonbob3 Feb 16, 2007 09:52 AM

                            Rosie's is excellent. The one time I had Party Favor's cakes (and cupcakes), they were excellent. Of course, they were also free, so maybe that factored in. :)

                        2. lipoff Feb 16, 2007 10:44 AM

                          I second the recommendation for Flour and particularly recommend the Hazelnut-Almond Dacquoise --- it's very unique! Flour cakes do not come cheap, but they are excellent.

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                            Lgalen Feb 21, 2007 07:00 AM

                            Yum! Thanks for the lead! My favorite cake, and very hard to find (and make!).

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                            sprinkle Feb 16, 2007 03:37 PM

                            Donna's in west roxbury is great!

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                              cheesehead in recovery Feb 17, 2007 05:05 AM

                              No one has mentioned Athens yet, in Brookline and Brighton. When i lived in 'the hood, we'd get their small deserts, and share them with a bunch of people. They have a wide variety of elegant things... and I love their Baclavah.

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                                MC Slim JB Feb 21, 2007 03:17 AM

                                I quite agree: the baklava at Athan's is superb, so good that I've never tried a cake there. I brought some to a wedding where half the guests were Greek-American, and they were awed.

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                                  ginnyhw Feb 21, 2007 05:42 AM

                                  I have bought several cakes at Athan's and they would be my first choice. Drop by and talk to the baker owners- they are really helpful and nice. Then you can have a snack while you're there. Great gelato. They are in Washington Square Brookline on the corner of Beacon and Washington.

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                                benzelig Feb 19, 2007 08:48 AM

                                Russo Watertown

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                                  csifitgirl Feb 21, 2007 04:23 AM

                                  A.Boschetto's Bakery in Roslindale makes fresh quality cakes. I have bought several cakes there for birthdays, graduations and everyone is amazed by the taste and freshness.
                                  Plus, the price is reasonable. www.aboschettobakery.com

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                                    bostondiner Feb 21, 2007 07:08 AM

                                    I've also liked Lulu's in the North End for cakes and cupcakes. I've only had the cake once and some cupcakes but I'd throw it into the mix. Joe's Bakery in Norwood has my favorite run cake but that might be because I've been eating it since I was a kid.

                                    1. sheila Feb 21, 2007 08:17 AM

                                      Just don't get it from Blue Frog. I got a Opera Cake for my husband's birthday. It was very dry. No one said a word after having the first bite.

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                                        portena Feb 21, 2007 08:59 AM

                                        I saw that a couple people mentioned Athans in Brookline and Brighton. They have fabulous cakes of all sorts and a beautiful display. I think of it as The Cake Museum, you won't be disapointed

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                                          asodat Apr 25, 2007 08:53 PM

                                          It's been a while but I just wanted to thank everyone for their recommendations! We went and got the suggested cake from Cafe Cake, which did not disappoint. We also got an almont rasberry tart from Truly Jurgs. We couldn't make it out to some of the ones further from Boston, but we'll be sure to refer to the post to get more cakes in the future!

                                          1. rlh Apr 26, 2007 12:31 PM

                                            The special advance order cakes from Lakota in Arlington Heights were just that - special - a year or two ago - the cookies are still among the very best - I bet the cakes are too!

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                                              buffet king Apr 28, 2007 02:18 PM

                                              You can try Hoff's Bakery in Medford. Their website is www.hoffsbakery.com/. They have a retail store and also distribute their products to many hotels and restaurants.

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