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Best Bakery for Birthday Cake (Dallas)

BJD1r Jun 7, 2007 02:11 PM

I did a quick search and didn't see much discussion around which bakeries have the best cakes in Dallas. I live near downtown, but office up in Plano so any location between would be great. I saw good things about Doughmonkey, but since they have closed their retail business I'm not sure how easy it is to go and see what the cakes look like. I'd like to get something that looks as good as it tastes.

Anyone have thoughts around Romano's, Society Bakery, Dallas Affairs, La Duni?

Thanks in advance.

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    flomogal Mar 26, 2010 06:17 AM

    I've tried many others, but Candy Haven in Denton (just off 35E) can't be beat. Order a couple of days before for a terrific selection. Their Italian Cream cake is really outstanding. Be sure to ask them to add a few chocolate covered strawberries on top...always super fresh and covered with Guittard chocolate!

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      JonFromTJs Mar 25, 2010 02:21 PM

      steins is good for ol fashion birthday cake. the kind that inspired icing flavored ice cream.

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        CocoaNut Mar 26, 2010 07:04 AM

        Old fashioned I guess! because I think they've been around since before God. Can't speak to the cake, but have always enjoyed their other confections.

        Don't know what it's called, but there's one that's a flat piece of pastry tucked into a muffin tin, then a small amount of cherry and filling is added, the pastry corners folded over, then baked and topped with a drizzle of ?lightly sugared cream cheese? They used to be bite size, but now they're larger - still outstanding.

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        primi_timpano Sep 26, 2007 05:45 AM

        Bulli's on Cedar Springs (next to Nuvo) has unbelievable cakes. My chocolate connoisseur girlfriend swears by their chocolate cake. Panninis are worth the visit, too.

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          babypiper May 19, 2008 01:42 PM

          Here is my two cents -- Dallas Affairs is really good, but a birthday cake there costs something like $140. In my opinion, that is just ridiculous. We considered them for our wedding cake and that was much more reasonable but on specialty cakes they are high. My favorite bakery, hands down, is Candy Haven in Denton, Texas. It is phenomenal and every time I get a bday cake from there, everyone asks me where I got it. The almond flavored cake is ridiculously good -- so thick (almost like pound cake). I have tried tons of bakeries in Dallas and, frankly, none of them even compare. Thankfully, they deliever to a wine shop in Plano so it is not too much of a hike if you live in Dallas. A cake there is usually around $45-$50.

          For quicker and cheaper options, A & J's on Oaklawn and Stein's on Preston are also very good. That is where we go when we didn't plan far enough in advance for Candy Haven.

          I will say that my fiance got my birthday cake at Romano's this year. We did a cake tasting there for our wedding and figured we'd give them a whirl. All I can say is THANK GOD we did not get our wedding cake there. We both thought it was terrible. I will never buy another cake there again.

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            babycake7298 Mar 13, 2010 10:36 PM

            Just curious, what winery in Plano does Candy Haven supply cakes for? How many servings is the $45.00 - $50.00 cake for and with what kind of decoration.... a simple or more decdorative one? I guess I should give them a call ..huh :)

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              dakota6 Mar 25, 2010 11:22 AM

              I definitely say stick with what you know Dallas Affairs is the spot for cake. We hit up Cretia's on Mc Kinney and what a nightmare! You don't get what you pay for - the decoration was amateurish and that is putting it nicely! The service was inexcusable and the cake was a total waste. Never again is all I have to say. I guess we learned our lesson. Dallas Affair hands down ---- Casa linda is ok

              Dallas Affairs
              Dallas, TX, Dallas, TX

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          foodie06 Sep 24, 2007 05:35 PM

          I absoultely love Dallas Affairs. They have a cake of the month special right now and they all sound divine. We are ordering the Smore' Cake for my birthday next week. Can't wait.

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            billaddison Sep 24, 2007 04:17 PM

            I've had several birthday cakes recently from Rush Patisserie in Deep Ellum, all memorable. She really nails buttercream, it's not too sweet and has just the right denseness. You need to order a custom-cake 24 hours in advance ...

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              BJD1r Sep 24, 2007 12:05 PM

              We've ended up using Society Bakery for the last three cake's we've needed. They haven't been cheap, but the cake as well as the decoration have been excellent.

              1. ErinTulane Sep 3, 2007 03:17 PM

                Society Bakery on Greenville. The cakes (and cupcakes, and cinnamon rolls) are to die for. Not dry at all - and the cream cheese icing - YUM - no shortening. Also the owner, Roshi, who is from Austin, is everything you would ever want in a baker - just joyful. I've used them three times for cakes, always to rave reviews. She will work with you for any design.

                1. jinet12 Jun 15, 2007 06:46 AM

                  Another good place for cakes is Aston's Bakery, on Lovers...They make a Texas Chocolate Pecan Cake that is decadent...

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                    avoice Nov 3, 2009 02:11 PM

                    oI got a Texas chocolate pecan cake from Astons, what a disaster. It fell apart, no one liked it, some of my guests spit it out. There wasn't enough dobasch icing, the cake was dry. I called back the next day to complain, and the clerk there said the proprietor doesn't talk to customers, wouldn't give me my money back, only store credit. I told them I was from out of town but that's their policy. When I was there to pick it up, there was yelling and shouting from the back, a lot of chaos going on, children yelling at an older lady. I do not recommend this bakery to anyone that enjoys good food for a fair price.

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                      fixer Mar 25, 2010 11:41 AM

                      I had a similar experience there several years ago. I wont go back.

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                    pinotho Jun 12, 2007 01:36 PM

                    BJD1r : Have had good luck with Henk's Black Forest Bakery , and Stein's .

                    1. Honey Bee Jun 11, 2007 09:07 AM

                      It depends on what you like in a cake. For something traditional, I choose Casa Linda Bakery. They make a very good buttercream and the cakes are modestly priced. Honestly, I think their cakes are better than Dallas Affairs. If you want something more unique, La Duni is a a good option but the cakes are not cheap.

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                        sass Jun 11, 2007 06:03 AM

                        I'm partial to Le Gateau. They can do any design, no matter how ornate or bizarre, and they taste SO good. It's owned by a husband and wife who are incredibly nice, as well.


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                          dlsmvrx Jun 8, 2007 07:24 PM

                          The past few times I've been getting cakes from Cretia's on McKinney.

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                            jinet12 Jun 9, 2007 02:44 PM

                            Cretia's has a brunch on the weekends..I've been thinking about trying it..Any good?

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                              vktp Jun 9, 2007 03:24 PM

                              The cakes are quite good, though sometimes they're TOO rich for several of my coworkers. The red velvet and sour cream chocolate cakes were just too over the top for us. But most of the others have been great.

                              Black Forest Bakery has some good cakes too-- swiss madrisa being my favorite so far.

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                                denorama Aug 31, 2007 12:38 PM

                                I've had the brunch. The menu isn't what it should be, very limited. There's a couple of eggs benedict options and some french toast. The bisquits and gravy were good. They reminded me of the cheese drop bisquigs made from Bisquick, but bigger. Other than that I was totally unimpressed. Stick to the bar and bakery.

                            2. jinet12 Jun 8, 2007 07:23 PM

                              La Duni...IMO, no contest...

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                                bigballoon Jun 7, 2007 05:08 PM

                                Fancy Cakes By Lauren - west side of Central, south of Forest, north of Northaven. Excellent tasting, beutiful cakes. http://www.fancycakesbylauren.com/

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                                  dalaimama Jun 7, 2007 03:39 PM

                                  Dallas Affairs hands down. Their cakes are pretty and the taste is divine. They did my wedding cake and have done several other cakes for me in the past and all have been nothing short of fabulous both in looks and especially in taste. I adore Dallas Affairs.

                                  I like La Duni, but just for a slice, I don't think their cakes are as good as Dallas Affairs'.

                                  Ditto for Romano's and Society.

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                                    Scagnetti Jun 8, 2007 07:46 AM

                                    I second Dallas Affairs. They also did our wedding cake, and counter to my experience eating barely edible wedding cakes, this one was delicious and there was not a crumb left. We've also gotten birthday cakes from them and they were good.

                                    I have no experience with the other bakeries that you've listed.

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                                      fixer Mar 25, 2010 11:39 AM

                                      Yes Dallas Affairs. They never disappoint. They are the best. Every now and then they will do slices. you might go by and see if you can get a taste.

                                      Dallas Affairs
                                      Dallas, TX, Dallas, TX

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