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Best Carrot Cake (Boston/Cambridge/Somerville)

heathermb Apr 26, 2007 02:00 PM

Looking for a bakery that does an exceptional carrot cake...thanks!

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    drboom RE: heathermb Apr 26, 2007 07:10 PM

    I'm sure it isn't what you had in mind but I rather like the carrot cake ice cream cake from JP Licks.

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      dustycolby2 RE: drboom Apr 27, 2007 02:57 PM

      i LOVE carrot cake...its actually the only kind of cake i eat these days (well, other then ice cream cake).

      We did get a sheet carrot cake for my b-day a few months ago from Rita's Catering in Everett....possible one of the best cakes around....i had the left overs for breakfast lunch and dinner for a few days!! EXCELLENT. very moist, perfect amount of yummy frosting!
      my mouth is watering jut thinking of it!

    2. gini RE: heathermb Apr 27, 2007 06:04 AM

      Pemberton Farms makes a really great classic carrot cake. I also love the carrot cake loaf at Formaggio Kitchen.

      1. finlero RE: heathermb Apr 27, 2007 07:13 AM

        Outside of my wife's kitchen, I have yet to find *my* place for carrot cake around Boston.

        Having said that, I find that both the Modern in the North End (and Medford) and Lyndell's in Ball Square, Somerville do some pretty tasty old school versions.

        Milk Street Cafe makes a good one as well, but you may need to call ahead to order.

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          buffet king RE: heathermb Apr 27, 2007 07:42 AM

          Hoffs Bakery on Sixth Street in Medford makes a delicious carrot cake. They also make a delicious cheesecake. I usually get a large cheesecake with 3 toppings (blueberry,cherry and strawberry). You can view their website at www.hoffsbakery.com.

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            buffet king RE: buffet king Apr 27, 2007 07:43 AM

            Let's try the website link again; www.hoffsbakery.com/.

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            Spike RE: heathermb Apr 27, 2007 07:59 AM

            I'll probably get strung up for mentioning it, but cheesecake factory's carrot cake is excellent (and bloody huge). Very moist and tastes better slightly cooled. When I get a slice, I end up nibbling on it for close to a week :-)

            The only one better than that I've ever found is a modified epicurious recipe I use, but it's more a spice cake.

            1. heathermb RE: heathermb Apr 27, 2007 08:07 AM

              Hmmm, Lyndell's is right nearby, might have to do a taste test! Has anyone tried the versions from Flour or Rosie's? Thanks!

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                ahipoke RE: heathermb Apr 28, 2007 04:48 AM

                I was just going to put my vote in for Flour's one - cake base is not too spicy, very moist. Good balance of cream cheese frosting and cake. Best, I think, at room temperature when frosting has had time to warm up a bit. On the top is a curl of glaceed carrot. Mmm...

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                  rebs RE: ahipoke Apr 28, 2007 02:32 PM

                  agreed... flour makes a kick-ass carrot cake. i brought one to my sister's house for dessert 2 years ago and they still talk about it! the cream-cheese frosting is out of this world...

              2. Lgalen RE: heathermb Apr 28, 2007 10:15 AM

                I know that many will turn up their noses, but Costco's carrot cake is REALLY good. The frosting is maybe a tad sweet for some, but, especially if you have to feed a crowd, it's great! They'll decorate it as you wish, or with little frosting carrots that make it easy to cut and serve.

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                  emilief RE: heathermb Apr 28, 2007 10:23 AM

                  Quebrada Bakery in Cambridge(?Somerville??) (I go to the one in Wellesley) has a really delicious carrot cake.

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                    gini RE: emilief Apr 29, 2007 05:23 PM

                    Quebrada's outlet over here is in Arlington.

                  2. finlero RE: heathermb Apr 28, 2007 03:40 PM

                    Two more I'll add that I haven't yet tried, but both of which looked really good, around Central Square:

                    Carberry's - terrific looking carrot cupcakes topped with a nice mound of cream cheese frosting and carrot-shaped icing.

                    Whole Foods - available in a smaller and a larger size. Looked like a very good, traditional version.

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