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I am debating on a cake for my sisters 30th. I want to do something special so I was thinking of getting a fun cake designed at Creative Cakes in Silver Spring but now I am debating on doing cakelove. She is not from the area so she wont know cakelove's reputation. Do I go for one that will impress her with a cute design or one that has a reputation for taste? Any opinions on this?

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  1. I think if there's going to be a party, it's a neat show/presentation to have a good-looking cake. But if it's a smaller affair or you just want to get her a cake, I'd go for taste.

    1. Why not go for taste and a fun appearance? My husband got my 30th birthday cake from Cakes by Loretta (she specializes in wedding cakes but will do smaller cakes). The cake was absolutely beautiful and tasted INCREDIBLE! I had the grandma's chocolate cake with fresh raspberry filling and a white chocolate cream cheese icing. Man it was so good.

      I strongly discourage you on choosing cakelove unless you know you like them. I think the general impression on this board is that they are not the best cakes in town.

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      1. re: DC Gal

        Was it expensive? I dont want to spend any more than $40 on it--it only needs to be about 6 inches - 8people. I am by no means tied to cakelove--never even been there--I will steer clear

        1. re: mries99

          Probably more than you want to spend, but at least worth calling her. My hubby threw me a big surprise party, so my cake was big and probably cost upwards of $100. BUT, if you need something small, and she's not too busy, maybe she could do something for you.

          And, now that you say you've never been to cakelove, and you have probably already figured this out, but DON'T DO IT! Way too expensive and just not that good.

          There are other good suggestions here too.

      2. Skip Cakelove - painfully expensive and not worth it.

        I think Victoria's Cakery in Fairfax makes amazing cakes - delicious and pretty. There's also Heidelberg in Arlington (great traditional birthday cakes) and Pastries by Randolph, also in Arlington - fancier and delicious too.

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        1. re: beachgirl54

          Victoria's Cakery is my favorite bakery. It has a heavy, rich cake that I like and I've never had a bad cake from it. They're not exceptionally beautiful cakes (don't know what they're like when you ask for a special design, though) but basic decorations, attractive and taste great.

        2. We have been very pleased with the small cakes from Firehook Bakery for dinner parties and celebrations. Two sizes that have been just right to serve 8 or 12 people. Pretty cakes. English Trifle Cake. White Chocolate Mousse Cake. Lemon Raspberry Cake. And the standards as well.
          Check their website for a location close to your home and order ahead for pick up. Well within your budget.

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          1. re: MakingSense

            I ordered a white chocolate mousse cake from Firehook for a recent birthday celebration. It was delicious and so pretty.

          2. You should be able to get an excellent cake from somewhere like Victoria's or Heidelberg for far less than $40 for 6". I've had excellent chocolate cakes from both. I believe Heidelberg is known for their Black Forest (Schwarzwald) cake.

            I'll have to try some of these other places as well.

            1. I have to second the recommendation of Heidelberg Bakery, if you are going for taste over design. I ordered my mother's birthday cake from them last weekend. It was a carrot cake, my mother's favorite, and it was perfect. While picking up my order I picked up some of their other pastries, which were equally delicious. The prices are really affordable, and you can definately get a cake for under $40. The one thing to keep in mind is that they are truly bakers, not cake decorators. So they won't be able to do the type of detail work creative Cakes does. But I don't think any cakes in area will taste better than Heidelberg's.

              1. Desserts by Gerard in Oxon Hill. The man is a genious. The cakes are beautiful and awesome tasting. I've brought his cakes to events and people want his business card.

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                1. re: ambergersa

                  How far is that from DC? I live in Dupont Circle.

                2. i havent seen anyone mention Just Chocolate Palace in Gaithersbutg, MD. They have great cakes, not too expensive either. he will do custom orders as well. just call and ask for peter. 301-740-3142. they also have homemade chocolates, bunnies and eggs for easter, etc..

                  1. Since you live in downtown DC, don't forget Reeves Bakery, the old favorite in town since 1886. I think they did Lynda Bird Johnson's wedding cake. J. Edgard Hoover used to send over for his lunch from the restaurant. Bess Truman loved their strawberry shortcake. http://www.reevesbakery.com/html/abou...
                    We always got birthday cakes for the office from them. Totally delicious! And fabulous donuts and cupcakes too. A great old fashioned bakery. Only open Monday through Friday.