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I live in MontCo and I have yet to find a decent bakery in my area. I hate to admit this, but I use the bakery section in my local Genuardis far too often. I'm looking for a place with great birthday cakes, cupcakes, butter cake (I'm getting hungry thinking about it). Also, a place with great bread would be a huge bonus! Any suggestions in Eastern Montgomery County? I live in Ambler and I would be thrilled if I could find a really good place within a 15-20 minute drive.

To any aspiring entrepreneurs, any of the shops along Butler Ave in Ambler would be a great spot to open a new bakery (hint, hint)! I feel the local corner bakery is slowly becoming a thing of the past!

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  1. AmblerGirl, though it isn't technically in "the burbs," Bredenbeck's bakery in Chestnut Hill is right around the corner for you and, in my opinion, is the semblance of a corner bakery. They have great cakes, pastries (think danish not petit fours, though they have those too) and cinnamon buns, as well as a full ice cream shop. I find their prices to be very reasonable, and they have great hours as they are open 7 days a week from fairly early until fairly late by bakery standards (plus you can buy their baked goods through their ice cream shop once the bakery has closed for the day). Cake (as mentioned here on another post) and The Night Kitchen are also awesome bakeries in the Chestnut Hill area, though I wouldn't classify them as corner bakeries. If you want a great butter cake, as well as amazing donuts, cinnamon buns, cakes, etc, I would get in the car and head up the boulevard to The Holmesburg Bakery on Rhawn Street in Northeast Philly. It isn't in your neighborhood, but it is definitely a corner bakery at its finest. Good luck!

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    1. re: Laura D.

      The Lucky Cupcake in Pipersville (about 1 mile north of Doylestown) on Route 611 is the only place I can recommend. They have a great website listing the 30 types of cakes/cupcakes that they carry. We have had their items 3 times now and they are consistently good and fairly priced. Unusual flavors, standard flavors, the icing, cake are decent. Finally a decent bakery. Wegman's chocolate cake is good too. Weinrich's in Willow Grove is Ok for standard fare. Buttercrumb in Chalfont is also decent basic fare. There is also Rillings on Street Road in Southampton - a little above the other two. There is also J. Scones in Doylestown - good but very expensive. My vote goes to the Lucky Cupcake.

      1. re: doylestownhoppie

        doylestownhoppie have you tried Let Them Eat Cake or the cheese shop, both in Doylestown? Lately I have been going to Alice Bakery and Confectionary in North Wales. Ran into cgarner there (not literally although the traffic can get a bit crazy) and it was so much fun to meet someone I've talked to on chowhound quite a bit. I really like that Alice stays open til six pm on tues-fri. They also have a nice bathroom near the seating area which is a plus for people coming from a long way off or stuck in traffic. Another thing I noticed when I visited on wednesday was a huge flat screen tv on the wall that was off. Now that is a nice touch.
        My friend and I got there about five twenty five or five thirty and even though someone had just finished cleaning they let us eat our late afternoon snack at a table. I got some good coffee, a cinnamon bun and split a chocolate croissant with my friend. The chef cheerfully warmed our baked goods even though it was close to closing time. I was feeling stressed, but I took one bite of that warm sticky bun and suddenly I was having an awesome day. Just like that.

      2. re: Laura D.

        dont forget about baker st in chestnut hill. they were the first all natural preservative free bakery in philadelphia & paved the way for other bakeries like metropolitan. they have amazing tomato pies/pizzas & their pastries are really good. there have been multiple food blogs recently on their cran-orange walnut biscotti & i just bought their chocolate chunk brioche loaf to make some french toast with :)

      3. Wegman's in Warminster (which is only 15-20 minutes from where we live in Ambler, if you take the "back" roads) does a nice job with birthday cakes,and the cakes are reasonably priced. Much better than Genuardis!
        Ann's Cake Pan in Horsham http://www.annscakepan.com/
        is a place for special occasion cakes though I must admit to also liking Night Kitchen a lot. Night Kitchen has locations in both Chestnut Hill and Doylestown.

        1. Hey AmblerGirl, my fiance and I have been searching for the same stuff, since we recently moved to Glenside. I personally love Genuardi's cakes, because they're moist and I've never been a fan of buttercream frosting (which they don't do).

          But I do have one suggestion for you. In my opinion, Weinrich Bakery in Willow Grove has very yummy cupcakes http://www.weinrichbakery.com/. I haven't tried anything else there yet, but I would order from them again in a second. I have tried both a chocolate and vanilla cupcake there, both of which were moist with sweet frosting, just the way I like them.

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          1. re: potroastcat

            I second Weinrich's. Their cakes are terrific, and they do a lovely job of decorating. Their chocolate sheet cake is about the best I've ever had. The cupcakes are also really good. Their other baked goods vary in quality and are mostly fine, but kind of ordinary.

            1. re: potroastcat

              I tried the cookies from Weinrichs once and was very disappointed... they just were not good at all.

              1. re: missfunkysoul

                I have to agree with you...I wasn't impressed (it wasn't bad, just wasn't very good either) with any of their stuff, though I did go to the Newtown Square location so I'm not sure if that made a difference

              2. re: potroastcat

                If an important cake I'd avoid Weinrich's. I ordered a large 40th birthday cake that I planned on using as the table centerpiece. I was mortified when I picked it up, it looked nothing like the sample they had on display I had ordered and they were unable to remedy. Fortunately my local florist bailed me out with a floral centerpiece and I hid the cake away. They have beautiful samples on display but apparently fancy cakes are not their specialty so they can't really reproduce.
                The two in Chestnut Hill are reliable. I'd use them anytime.

                1. re: mhozlock

                  I also am not a fan of Weinrich's. Heavy-handed birthday cakes, the kind my kids would like (and they do).

                  1. re: Karen K

                    Karen K. aned mhozlock: wow. That has never been my experience. I'm sorry to hear that your experiences were less than good.

                    1. re: PattiCakes

                      UPDATE: we just had Weinrich's do the cake for my daughter's baby shower. She was very specifi about what she wanted: no supper sweet filling, no heavy buttercream. We ended up with a wonderful strawberry shortcake. It was a very big cake (half sheet, but double the height of a regular cake), and beautifully done. Very light, airy, sponge cake, in 2 layers, with a not-too-sweet strawberry preserve in the middle. Vary light whipped cream icing & studded very generously with strawberries. It was so light that you could eat a mega piece without feeling like you'd had you sugar quata for the next week. We were more than pleased. One of the guests was so pleased that they want a similar cake for their party.

                2. re: potroastcat

                  agreed! i LOVE weinrich's!!!

                3. Perhaps a little out of the way, but Hennings in Harleysville has a great bakery. I love their cakes, they are so rich and moist. Their chocolate chip pound cake is to die for. Their breads and rolls are also excellent, beats Genuardi's hands down.

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                  1. re: jaime79

                    Hennings bakery is awesome the chocolate chip cheesecake is really good too.

                  2. THIRD ON Weinrichs!!!!!

                    Good BD Cakes and great Cinnamon buns(Now a little cafe next door so go dn try the differerent yummies!

                    Also there is tucked away in a little strip shopping center on Mt Carmel Ave in GLenside/North Hills a bakery called Mindys!!!!(Next to a great produce store) I have not had much from there but what I have had has been GOOD!

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                    1. re: jazziellen

                      No reason to drive all the way to Bredenbecks for mediocre fare when you have Roma bakery in Center Square (Blue Bell) right around the corner. It's a European-style bakery with lots of Italian influences.

                      1. re: luvlemonchow

                        Where exactly is Roma bakery and, btw, do you know if the place replacing Ravenna has opened yet?

                        1. re: luvlemonchow

                          i, too, consider bredenbecks to be mediocre.
                          it does have that 'corner bakery' thing going, it's very family friendly, but i don't like their baked goods. it's closer to me than cake or night kitchen, i'll always walk to them rather than go to B's.

                          1. re: Bob Loblaw

                            Couldn't agree more. Bredenbecks is a sorry choice when Cake, the Night Kitchen and the totally fantastic Metropolitan bakery are all a stone's throw away. I'd be suprised if B's uses actual butter, anything I've ever had from there tasted like it was from a package from a super market. I avoid it completely.

                            1. re: missclaudy

                              Hmm, I'm surprised to hear that some of you feel negatively towards Bredenbecks. While it isn't a place I'd go to for "pastries" per say, they have some of the best pound cake that I've ever tasted, and I don't think that anything I've had from there has been bad. They offer a lot of the simple desserts that places like Cake and The Night Kitchen do not...in my mind that is what a corner bakery is.

                              1. re: Laura D.

                                I agree about the pound cake. It is very good. The other cakes are too cloyingly sweet for my taste and I also wonder about the butter content. Agreed totally about Night Kitchen, Cake and Metropolitan. In addition, have you ever tried Zake's Cakes right there in Ft. Washington, a stone's throw from Ambler? Their cakes are fabulous; in fact all of their pastries are wonderful. In addtion, Flourtown Bakery makes the very best cake donuts! Not like the air-raised fluff from Dunkin' Donuts. Flourtown Bakery is family owned and operated and they are right next to the Genuardi's Shopping Center in Flourtown.

                                1. re: gardens4me

                                  have you tried baker st in chestnut hill?

                      2. I love Daryl's Bakery, in Glenside. They make delicious birthday cakes (with real buttercream icing), amazing danish, muffins, scones - you name something yummy for breakfast, they have it. Prices are inexpensive, too.

                        It's located at Keswick Ave and Mt Carmel, just a couple of blocks away from the Glenside train station.

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                        1. re: malkazanie

                          Daryl's should definitely be considered. I make a tradition (excuse) to stock up their every year for my birthday, buying goodies for my office -- always including at least one of their "melt-away" rings (which might be secribed as a large variation of a rich crumbcake), some sticky buns, a chocolate cheesecake ring and other treats. And, when I pick up the pre-ordered baked goods on the way to work they're still fresh and warm when I get them. Unbeatable. I strongly recommend stopping by to at least scout out the place -- while you enjoy some of their freshly brewed coffee, and perhaps an egg breakfast sandwich or scone and cold juice, parked at one of their tables inside, or outside on a warm day (seating for about a dozen).

                        2. Velvet Sky Bakery in Jenkintown. The cakes and cupcakes are delicious! They are just like the bakeries downtown. Modern, Trendy, good recipes.

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                          1. re: ggbake

                            I disagree with the poster about Velvet Sky. They do "interesting" cupcakes, it's true, but I sampled some of them and they seemed to be kind of old, and dry tasting. Like they had been sitting around for days, and that was on a Saturday. Weinrich's, however, had the moistest cupcakes ever!

                            1. re: ggbake

                              I second the rave review of Velvet Sky Bakery. The cupcakes are always yummy and are complete eyecatchers with the attention to detail. You can't go wrong. Weinrichs on the other hand? There is an odd aftertaste to their frosting. And Bredenbeck's cupcakes look like they were made by a second grader. If you're looking for butter cake, you're going to have to relocate to The Danish Bakery in Rockledge on Huntingdon Pike. Sort of a haul but well worth it!

                              1. re: PaigeJennifer

                                thanks for the reviews... i happened to drive by today, and velvet sky looks so cute! didn't have time to stop, but can't wait to try...

                            2. I think you're fairly close to Roma Bakery in Blue Bell and their quality is excellent. The place is a bit quirky but I have them make all of our birthday cakes. Their tiramisue cake is excellent as if their strawberry whipped cream cake. They make a rum cake that will delight any old-school Philadelphians in the family and they also put together lovely cookie trays.

                              1. Weinrich's in Willow Grove and/or if you can swing it Rillings in Warminster.

                                1. If you dont mind a drive " The Bakers of Buffington" in Downingtown PA are great! The have a grat buttercream icing and the are so reasonable! Check out their website , great photos!

                                  1. I personally love Lochel's Bakery on York Road in Hatboro. They are family owned and I have never gotten an un-yummy item from there. Their old-fashioned bakery appearance can be a little deceptive -- they are very creative and up-to-date with their cake decorating but charge wayyyy less than Ann's Cake Pan. Their cakes and cupcakes are delicious and their butter cake is completely out of this world. As far as their breads are concerned, I like a hard, crusty Italian or Portugese, and they don't really do that. Their rolls are good though, and so are their white and ryes loaves.

                                    1. I'm surprised there's no mention of Zake's Cakes in Fort Washington. It's on Bethlehem Pike, right near Marita's Cantina. They are a small restaurant that has a selection of beautiful and tasty french pastries. As a side note, their breakfast is surprisingly decadent. Particularly the pancakes with a homemade caramel dipping sauce.

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                                      1. re: masonwasp

                                        Not a bakery, per se, but the baked goods at Costo, particularly the pies, are really outstanding for taste and value.

                                        1. re: Bashful3

                                          this doesn't include the muffins right?

                                        2. re: masonwasp

                                          I've got to say, I love Zake's for lunch (way overpriced for dinner though), and their cheesecake is great, but their regular cakes (chocolate and vanilla varieties) are bland and dense. I don't enjoy them at all.

                                          1. re: masonwasp

                                            I too am surprised that no mention of Zake's Cakes in Ft. Washington. Excellent cakes and pastries!!! One caveat: make sure the tall-gal-owner is in a good mood or else she can be tactless and brutal!!!

                                            1. re: sdculinary

                                              Sorry, didn't see this when I posted about Zake's above. Agree, what's with that prix fixe dinner price???? I wouldn't go back again for that price. Marlene and Joe (brother and sister) own Zake's and I think if I worked in that small crowded dining room with a line out the door I might be in a bad mood as well. Someone should tell them to move to Ambler! Get more space. They started in East Falls years ago, just doing cakes and then moved to Ft. Washington, which has been phenomenally successful with the lunch crowd. I don't count Marlene as a 'friend' but she's always been very cordial to me.

                                          2. Hiya,

                                            Jacquettes Bakery in Broomall is pretty good. We've enjoyed their birthday cakes in the past. 2076 Sproul Rd Broomall, PA 19008. Maybe 21 minutes from Ambler...

                                            Shenk's Bakery has been a favorite since childhood..theyre in NE Philly (Rhawn and Veree). Butter cake...yum. Maybe 27 minutes up 73 to Cottman to Rhawn.

                                            But then..why mess around..go to the top... Terminis..South Philly or Reading term... a bit of a haul but youcant beat it...cannolis...ooh aaah...

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                                            1. re: GBak504

                                              jacquettes is awesome!!! but really out of the way :(

                                            2. Don't waste your time on Bakers of Buffington (Downingtown). I'd heard good things about them, so I ordered my birthday cake from them last week. When I picked it up today, it was so lackluster and the colors were so disappointing (it looked nothing like the cake on their website, which is what I'd picked), that I went right down to Clay's Creative Corner (Berwyn) and took home one from their showcase. Clay's cakes are stunning, absolutely gorgeous, and lucky for me, they make about twelve extras per day to put in the showcase (unlike Buffington, where I wasn't able to see even one real cake the day I ordered -- their shelves are bare!).

                                              Well, we just tried both cakes -- both were chocolate with a color-tinted white buttercream frosting. Clay's chocolate and golden cakes are just ordinary, traditional cake, not a torte or anything like that. And Buffington's was also an ordinary cake. So this was a perfect test. Clay's was infinitely better -- a fine, traditional, rich chocolate cake. Buffington's had an odd, chemically undertaste, was denser and less uniform than Clay's, and the frosting was underflavored, and stingily applied. Worse yet, they hadn't blended the color into the frosting fully, so my purple cake had greenish blue streaks.

                                              When I expressed my disappointment at how it looked, the woman at Buffington's didn't try to fix it, or help me -- she told me "Well, we have a lot of satisfied customers." :-p I hope they have enough of them stay in business, because I won't be one of them!

                                              Clay's cakes are so gorgeous, I routinely take photographs of them before we cut into them. The decorating is better, the cake itself is better -- why would _anyone_ go to Buffington's when Clay's is right there in Berwyn??!

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                                              1. re: Fjordstone

                                                We had Clay's Creative do a cake for a birthday party yesterday. When I called to order, I asked them what people liked and chocolate chip pound cake was suggested. So I went with this, with chocolate buttercream frosting and told them to surprise me with the decoration.

                                                Clay's Cake: it was good but on the dry side... not buttery as I'd expect from a pound cake. The edges were very browned and barely covered with the frosting....

                                                Clay's Icing: barely enough to make any commentary. Wow - are you kidding? I don't think there was 1/8" on any part of the cake - incredibly 'stingily applied'. It was obviously a cake for a party with kids... and kids LOVE frosting. It was good but I wouldn't say anything more than that.

                                                Clay's Decoration: I thought it was cute, creative and artisitic. Fjordstone comments here that another bakery had not blended the color fully into the frosting - I think this is intentional by the artist and the cake I received had this same unblended frosting. If you're going to ding a bakery for this, then Clay's needs to be 'dinged' as well but again, I think this is intentional. If allowed, I'll attach a photo so the 'blending' can be seen.

                                                Bottom Line: I paid $36.50 for a 9" round cake that in no way rocked my world. Thankfully I also ordered a 9" round cake from Whole Foods ($25) which (again) was a hit. Vanilla cake, buttercream frosting, a layer of raspberry filling. Fantastic last year and fantastic again this year. Decorated just as I had asked.

                                              2. Does anyone have any opinions about the Flourtown Bakery on Bethlehem Pike? I have driven by this place countless times but only just stopped in today. It was bigger than I thought, and had a wide variety of items (cookies, donuts, cakes, cupcakes, pies, bread, etc). I had no "reason" to get anything, so I wound up getting two cake squares (similar to cupcakes though square and probably not as high)--one was chocolate chip with vanilla icing and one was chocolate with vanilla buttercream icing. I didn't ask for a specification on the difference between the vanilla icing and the vanilla buttercream, and ordered both items so that I could try each kind of frosting. I threw out the chocolate chip/vanilla icing square after one small bite, as it had no real taste other than of the refrigerator. The chocolate cake and buttercream were both pretty good--not phenomenal but I would definitely get the combination again.

                                                So, does anyone have any recommendations for what to order at this place, or has anyone had any experiences there? There was no one in the bakery when I went in, and given that I've never seen anyone walking in or out of there when I've been driving by I'm surprised they are still in business,unless perhaps they are doing some sort of commercial business. Thanks!

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                                                1. re: Laura D.

                                                  They've been around for a while and used to have a different location. I've lived in Flourtown for 10 years and they've been around at least that long. We don't buy much in the way of sweets and mainly buy birthday cakes there when we need one.

                                                  I think the absolute best bread in the area is in Springhouse at Taste of Italy. A guy named Gregorio brings it down from Brooklyn every day and it's fantastic.

                                                  1. re: Laura D.

                                                    The reason to go to the Flourtown Bakery is their cake donuts...so much better than Dunkin' Donuts. By the way, Bredenbeck's also used to make very good donuts, and I was very sorry to see them stop the practice of making cake donuts.

                                                    1. re: Laura D.

                                                      To specifically talk about donuts, the best cake donuts are at highland orchards out in Chester County. They are called Apple Cider Donuts but to me, they don't taste like apple cider - theres just a slight hint of apple taste and oh i could gobble up sooo many of these! they bake them fresh every morning and you can sample before you buy. I know its a hike for some folks but very worth it. I haven't tried their pies but they look great. Don't miss out on the donuts!!

                                                      Highland Orchards
                                                      http://www.highlandorchards.net/
                                                      1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Road
                                                      West Chester, PA 19380

                                                    2. AmblerGirl,

                                                      If you are ever in the Royersford/Collegeville/Limerick area I highly recommend a place called Steve's Homemade & Nelson's Ice Cream Store (main street in Royersford). They have a yummy selection of homemade (mmmm...buttery!!!) baked goods such as a cupcakes, incredible chocolate cake, and an amazing variety of brownies to die for! They are only open until Thanksgiving but open in the spring - around March - SO worth the ride! My posterior needs the winter to recover and gear up for next season!!!

                                                      1. We are also in Ambler (which sadly lacks a bakery) and since I am known as "bakery boy" I thought I better respond, in no particular order:

                                                        1) Night Kitchen in Chestnut Hill: While technically in the city, not too far from you. Best for their sour cream coffee cake. A recent article highlighted the new ownership and stated they are putting butter in the recipes.About time. That explains the improvement.

                                                        2) Daryl's in Glenside: Have not been there in a while but their babka is awesome.

                                                        3) Bredenbecks in Chestnut Hill: Ok in a pinch. When I am driving into Center City I'll stop in for a danish pastry to eat in the car. Yes, I have a messy car.

                                                        4) Zake's Cakes: Gourmet cakes with true buttercream frosting by the slice. Perfect for the Thursday night munchies.

                                                        5) Metropolitan Bakery in Chestnut Hill: Usually a good bread bakery doesnt make good pastry and vice versa but they manage to pull it off here. Flaky croissants which are hard to find in these parts.

                                                        6) Feast & Fancy: A little gourmet deli on Bethlehem Pike in Spring House has tasty chocolate chip cookies with raspberry and almonds.

                                                        7) A Taste of Italy: Also on Bethlehem Pike in Spring House. Crusty bread and bagels delivered from New York every day. The pastries come from Staten Island and can be stale.

                                                        8) Crossroads Bake Shop: On 611 north of downtown Doylestown in the Poor Richards shopping center. Similar to Metropolitan. Excellent bread and baked goods. I believe they have butter cake too.

                                                        9) Cake Place (name?) on Germantown Avenue in Germantown. Happened to be driving by recently and since it was a bakery I had to stop in. About a dozen or so old fashioned cakes by the slice. I'm not sure about the name.

                                                        10) Giant Supermarket: Believe it or not their sour cream donuts are a winner.

                                                        11) Whole Food in Jenkintown. They still use real ingredients like butter. The stuff in Jenkintown is fresher than the stuff at their North Wales store.

                                                        Was disappointed by Velvet Sky in Jenkintown. They sure look pretty but what they say is buttercream frosting is not.

                                                        Can anyone recommend good crumb cake and cake (not yeast) donuts?

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                                                        1. re: TeamPhilly

                                                          The Giant sour cream donuts are now different and are bland and soggy

                                                          1. re: TeamPhilly

                                                            Crossroads is terrific for breads and pastries, I don't know about their cakes. If you are ever in the Doylestown area in the morning, get a morning roll at Crossroads. It's all butter and sugar, and it's all good.

                                                            1. re: TeamPhilly

                                                              Cake donuts...three or four types at Flourtown Bakery.

                                                              1. re: TeamPhilly

                                                                Can't speak for whole foods in jenkintown but the whole foods in devon has a truly incredible buttercream vanilla layer cake. wow is it good!!

                                                                1. re: TeamPhilly

                                                                  The best scones and donuts I have ever had are at the Carversville General Store in Carversville near New Hope. But they sell out pretty quick. The scones have crystalized ginger and they are to die for. Crossroads breads are good but I find their desserts somewhat lacking in flavor. There is a Night Kitchen Bakery in Doylestown as well as Chestnut Hill but is small with a limited selection.

                                                                  I wish there was a decent bakery around these parts.

                                                                  1. re: TeamPhilly

                                                                    Tabora has good crumb cake- it's a coffee cake with a crumb topping. I like it too much. It's rich- prob. has sour cream in it. It's round and sort of right in front of you when you walk in, a little to the left.
                                                                    I've had decent crumb cake from Whole Foods, too.

                                                                  2. I forgot one more. The Chestnut Hill Women's Exchange in Chestnut Hill has old fashoned butter cookies by the pound. It is somewhere in the middle of Chestnut Hill, in the back of a building.

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                                                                    1. re: TeamPhilly

                                                                      I thought the Women's Exchange had closed. Are they still open and making their amazing tea sandwiches?

                                                                      1. re: ese

                                                                        They have reopened as Drakes...same cookies and they still sell tea sandwiches as well as other take-out foods.

                                                                      2. re: TeamPhilly

                                                                        have you ever tried the sweet dreams cookies (or any of their other pastries/breads) at baker street in chestnut hill?

                                                                        1. re: chrissy1221

                                                                          Wow Chrissy1221, you're quite the fan of Baker Street. I feel like they should pay you to be their spokeswoman!

                                                                          1. re: Laura D.

                                                                            ;)

                                                                            1. re: Laura D.

                                                                              lol i am but in all honesty i moved to chestnut hill from chicago about 8yrs ago & have fallen in love. i love all of the shops, baker st i stop at every morning so theyve kinda become my fav BUT im not a fan of metropolian or brednebecks. i think that the french bakery & cake & night kitchen are probably the best for pastries. & the french bakery is overlooked alot because of its location. the night kitchen is also super green & now has a cafe seating area which is very nice. SORRY for littering the page with comments :( BUT i hope it makes more people come to chestnut hill!

                                                                              1. re: chrissy1221

                                                                                No need for apologies, as Chestnut Hill is definitely in need of proponents of the merchants there.

                                                                        2. If you're looking for just cupcakes, Dixie Picnic has Upcakes, upside down cupcakes that they ice all over. They're based out of Ocean City, NJ, but they have a stand at the King of Prussia Mall for the holidays, right outside of Sephora, near the food cafe area in the Plaza. They have a great variety of flavors and some of the best buttercream you'll ever have. You can also get upcakes online at www.dixiepicnic.com I absolutely love them and tell everyone about them!

                                                                          1. My husband's family had a bakery in the Pittsburgh area so they're a bit of cake snobs. I'll list here my experience with some of the bakeries listed here:
                                                                            Roma: my older son's first birthday cake was from here and it impressed no one. Dry, flavorless. We would have been better off with a grocery store cake.
                                                                            Giant: I picked up a little vanilla cake with chocolate icing for a small gathering for the same son's 4th birthday and it was really good. Even my husband, who does not like cake (I assume due to his cake eating overload as a child) said what a good cake it was. He picked up a dragon decorated chocolate cake for the daycare celebration and this too was pretty good.
                                                                            Costco: fantastic cakes at an unbelievable price. I've had these for work functions.
                                                                            Bakers of Buffington: As my husband does not like cakes we had them do cupcakes and a cupcake tree for our wedding 6 1/2 years ago. I didn't choose this bakery - it's who you had to choose based on our venue. So I knew nothing about them and didn't expect much but OMG did I LOVE those cupcakes! I've had a few other samplings of their stuff and thought it was great. If the location in Downingtown was a bit more convenient for me, I'd be there more often.
                                                                            Whole Foods (Devon): They did my older son's 3rd birthday cake and we really enjoyed it. Delicious, like homemade, real ingredients. The colors were muted as they use more natural colorings which I wasn't expecting but actually prefer. My second son's first birthday is next month and I think they'll be doing that cake for the guest with the dragon Giant cake as the 1st birthday smash cake.
                                                                            Steve's Homemade/Nelson's Ice Cream: the ice cream part is open now but they have signs up that they hope the bakery part will be stocked mid to late April. I'm more partial to ice cream but I have had their baked goods. I took a pie to a friend - we went for dinner and I brought it as an offering... cherry I think. We never ate it but they told us later it was very good. Personally, I think Steve could improve his customer relation skills but I guess he's there to be a baker not a gracious host.

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                                                                            1. re: jayellobee

                                                                              The Bakery at Chester Springs, which is actually in Glenmoore at Rt. 100 & 401. Probably the best bakery within 20 miles. I've been going there for years (since it was over on 113 and Yellow Springs Rd). If you live nearby, make the trip.

                                                                            2. Another Vote for Roma Bakery. They are right on 202 near 73 (next door to Trinacria next to Lai Lai). Tiny little place but their cakes and cookies are fantastic. I will admit they are a bit pricey but worth every penny. We use them for all our major family get-together's.

                                                                              1. I'm still enjoying Virago in Lansdale. I went on a day when I could taste lots of samples and I really liked their cakes. My one friend got one of their big cupcakes and the frosting was very buttery and the chocolate cake was moist and scruptious. But I still crave their cheese eddy danish the most. It is a whole wheat glazed danish with cheese. Too bad they are closed mondays or I would be going there in a few short hours!

                                                                                1. Aux Petits Delices ( http://www.auxpetits.com/ ) has a good selection of French Pastries and cakes.

                                                                                  For good bread, try a local Superfresh which carries bread from Acme bakery from Toronto.

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                                                                                  1. re: percyn

                                                                                    any ideas for a good bakery...need a cupcake tower...near Swarthmore/Media.....

                                                                                  2. I know this isn't exactly 'the burbs' but its not center city either. Cafe Roma on Ridge Avenue in the Roxborough area of philly is a great little italian bakery. its kinda an old school place, mom/pop joint which makes me like it even more! you can go have a cup of coffee and a muffin for about 1.75 or so. the owners are nice too. To top it off they have the BEST buttercake! wow... its awesome. I haven't found better in this area. Also I bought a german chocolate cake from there once and it was incredible too. But don't go there without picking up one of their butter cakes!! don't miss it! good prices too here...

                                                                                    1. For real French bread, Bakers on Broad is wonderful. Owned and operated by a Frenchman. It is on Broad Street in Souderton. Not too far from Ambler. Closed on Mondays.

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                                                                                      1. re: murano

                                                                                        I have to second Bakers on Broad. It's small, but the breads are phenomenal. They also do pastries that are pretty tasty and some wonderful croissants. If you're going to the Doylestown area, I'm with those above about Crossroads Bakery. I've had a couple of their cakes and they're rich. De-lovin'-lightful, if you ask me. Lot's of butter. Instead of getting a whole cake, try out one of their itty bitty cupcakes to get a sense for how the cake would be. You won't be disappointed.

                                                                                        1. re: murano

                                                                                          this is my friend's bakery. I have been eating his bread for years and it is wonderful. before owning his own bakery he worked at crossroads. their breads are not as good now, compared to his.

                                                                                          1. re: murano

                                                                                            Tried Bakers on Broad for the first time. I bought a loaf of Country Grain. It is outstanding! I'll be going back again to try a different bread. Between this place and Crossroads in Doylestown, I've just about sworn off "bagged" bread.

                                                                                          2. The Bakery House on Lancaster Ave in Haverford -- a little on the expensive side but sooo good. Chocolate cake with butter cream icing to die for, outstanding pies, cookies, muffins. Enjoy!

                                                                                            1. Hornberger's in Bensalem is pretty good. It's a bit of a ride, but one piece of their buttercake would make it worth the trip.

                                                                                              1. What about the French Bakery in Chestnut Hill? It is in the parking lot area right at the top of the Hill near Monkey Business. My family and I used to go there on weekends and I remember them having a great selection of pastries. Has anybody been there recently? My all time favorite would have to be The Night Kitchen. I always got their chocolate mocha cake for my birthday every year and they did our wedding cake as well.

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                                                                                                1. re: spicemistress

                                                                                                  yes...I go there pretty often...stuff is still good...But I love Night Kitchen,,,,AND Zakes cakes

                                                                                                2. OK, I had to sign up just to reply to this post. I live in Spring House and I grew up in Wyndmoor. I know every bakery in the area and still miss the best Eiselen's bakery in Flourtown but it is now off Ridge Pike on the way to Manayunk. Growing up I had a friend who worked at the original Flourtown Bakery. It might not be the best for Bday cakes (my vote would be Weinrich's in Willow Grove) or bread but all their stuff is delicious. Just thinking of those little butter cookies with the spoonful of chocolate in the middle makes me hungrey. It is the closest to Ambler. On Bethlehem Pike right next to the Jiffy Lube. It is worth a try!

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                                                                                                  1. re: Marla66

                                                                                                    Sounds wonderful! I'll have to check it out! Now for a really petty question: do they charge tax? My favorite bakery charges tax on danish and slices of pound cake and such and I am too much of a wimp to confront them about it. Or do most bakeries charge tax on baked goods?

                                                                                                    1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                      Givemecarbs, I used to work at a gourmet market, and we charged tax on individual desserts (cookies, cupcakes, brownies, mini desserts...or, in your case, a slice of cake) but not on full sized cakes. However, we would charge tax on cakes over the standard 8' size. Apparently, or at least according to my old boss, this is what the IRS/tax codes request. I'm not sure why an 8" cake is considered an essential item and thus non-taxable whereas an individual dessert is not, but I don't think your favorite bakery is in the wrong by charging tax. I have been charged tax at several bakeries, and have also avoided the charge at others. My personal wimp philosophy is to probably leave well enough alone lest they spit on your danish or pound cake. Just kidding!

                                                                                                      1. re: Laura D.

                                                                                                        Heh. Thanks for the heads up. It is really confusing. There is a bakery about a mile from my favorite one that doesn't charge but the baked goods are mostly oddly tasteless. Plus the vidalia bakery doesn't charge tax on their danish and such. Shrug.

                                                                                                        1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                          How could I forget about Fleck's at the Q-mart in Quakertown??? They don't have a huge variety but what they do, they do oh so well! If I get there early enough, my favorite is the still warm cinnamon buns with walnuts and raisins. But they sell out early and the rest of their offerings are to console disappointed sticky bun fans. They used to be located in Montgomeryville in the old farmer's market that did a cracking business on sundays because nothing else was open. It was body to body there, but almost everyone was clutching a box or three of Fleck's sticky buns. I don't know if they charge tax or not. With that seductive smell warming my soul, the sight of the buns just pulled out of the oven with the sugary juices boiling on top I'm lucky if I remember my name.

                                                                                                          1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                            Are they the place at the Q-mart with the "Jennie/Jenny?" I believe this was some sort of cinnamon bun/doughnut hybrid that you could get with a few different kinds of icing. I only had it once but it was quite good.

                                                                                                            1. re: Laura D.

                                                                                                              No, Flecks has been there quite awhile. They are on the side near the highway in the middle of the mart. Go through exit 21 and make a left I think.

                                                                                                          2. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                            Single servings are taxed (or should be) because they are foods "to go". Any prepared food that can be eaten immediately is taxed (ie, a sandwich, but not a roll and lunchmeat). Small cakes are not taxed because they are regular food stuffs which are not taxed (like a roast or veggies, a small cake is essential. Large cakes however are luxury items for parties and are thus taxed (certain hi end clothing like tuxedos are taxed although a regular suit is not) Welcome to the PA tax code!

                                                                                                    2. I heartily second the recommendations for The Bakery House in Haverford and Aux Petits Delices in Wayne. For about ten years in a row, on even years I'd get the raspberry genoise cake with raspberry buttercream from Aux Petits Delices, and on the odd numbered years I'd get the chocolate mocha cake from The Bakery House. My family augments our Christmas cookie tray with two pounds of the Christmas butter cookies from Aux Petits Delices and a pound of a mix of the fancy cookies (palmiers, almond lace cookies, meringues, etc.) Aux Petits makes absolutely phenomenal homemade candies and truffles as well; their vanilla caramels are full of deliciously runny, buttery caramel and you can feel the tiny vanilla seeds crunch in your teeth.

                                                                                                      The Bakery House is justifiably famous for their beautiful fruit tarts on a shortbread crust filled with homemade pastry cream and adorned with an assortment of fresh fruits. I have already talked about their magnificent chocolate mocha cake. Their muffins are very good as well, though I was not a giant fan of their cookies (but I'm not much of a cookie person). Beware, though: The women who own the place have A LOT of attitude. My family refers to the place as "The Bitches of Bryn Mawr."

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                                                                                                      Aux Petits Delices
                                                                                                      162 E Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA

                                                                                                      Bakery House
                                                                                                      604 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA

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                                                                                                      1. re: Miss Clare

                                                                                                        Bakery House. The best! Far from Ambler.

                                                                                                      2. there is this one place located on rt 100 and 401, just north of the downingtown exit of the Pa turnpike. I think it's called "The Bakery At Chester Springs". What a treat!!!!! I ordered a cake from there for my son's 1st birthday last year and it has become a weekly stop for me and my family ever since then. You can tell that the cake was made from scratch, also, Michael, the owner/baker was a great help in helping me decide what flavor to choose. It seems he runs the place entirely by himself. I like having a place to go where it actually feels like they appreciate your business.

                                                                                                        since last year, the bakery makes ALL of my family's cakes for any occasion, and its also a great place just to stop in and grab a few treats for dessert of a saturday morning breakfast. 5 stars!!!!

                                                                                                        1. Don't know why there can't be any really good bakeries in the Doylestown area. Up here, its Wegman's in Warrington (their dark chocolate cake), Night Kitchen is closed, Landis Markets in Perkasie/Souderton is better than average, and Costco in Montgomeryville is a good value for the money. But nothing that really knocks your socks off. Lily's restaurants (Lily's, Smokin Lil's) has nice desserts and you can order but they are very expensive. Any one have any places near Doylestown?

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                                                                                                          1. re: doylestownhoppie

                                                                                                            La Maison du Cheese on state street for their wonderful croissants. My friend likes the strawberry ones and I like the chocolate and the almond ones. If I time it just right, they are still slightly warm!!! Also I haven't been in ages, but Crossroads Bakery is still there I hope. I'm still mourning Hornberger's. Sigh. I agree about Wegman's though, and they are still open 24 hours. Stopped in after seeing Watchmen at the regal and snagged a manhatten pecan kuchen last week. Was divine. Oh, and an olive roll too!

                                                                                                            1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                              I agree with Metropolitan Bakery for bread and also pastries. I love their prune danish. For birthday cakes I like Night Kitchen's lemon curd cake, but I do find their tiny little cakes expensive.

                                                                                                            2. re: doylestownhoppie

                                                                                                              Doylestownhoppie, your post made me say "WHAT?!?" in an uncharacteristically loud voice, and I'm not one to talk to the computer. Crossroads Bake Shop is still there, and it's so good!
                                                                                                              It's expensive, but worth it. Butter costs a lot more than Crisco or Vreem.

                                                                                                              1. re: doylestownhoppie

                                                                                                                How about Rilling's in Davisville? Excellent poundcake and family owned! They'll decorate your cake pretty much any way you want. Buttercake=YUM, and they have the best petit fours and butter cookies. They also have German specialties around the holidays like Springerle and Stollen. Sorry my font is huge I'll try to fix it!

                                                                                                                1. re: foodfan59

                                                                                                                  I've only been there twice but Rillings has very good poundcake and I am a huge fan of their buttercream icing. Great recommendation!

                                                                                                              2. Roma Bakery in Blue Bell is the best ever! Plain and simple! They are all from Rome and put so much effort into every little tasty bit. They can make anything you like. Completely worth it!

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                                                                                                                1. re: cheffor15years

                                                                                                                  I always seem to be driving past that place right after they close. What are your favorites from there Chef?

                                                                                                                  1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                                    Cakes are exactly like in Rome = strange to American palates. My favorites (therefore): biscotti, irresistable pignolia cookies, pretty cookies and cupcakes for the kids

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                                                                                                                    1018 Dekalb Pike, Center Square, PA

                                                                                                                2. The Master's Baker in West Chester, PA hands down! Awesome family bakery that has been doing all our families cakes for years!

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                                                                                                                  1. re: cfw18

                                                                                                                    I second The Master Baker. We have been getting our cakes from them since they had their Exton location near the train station.

                                                                                                                  2. Just came across this old post on the Chow. My vote for Butter Cake would be Distelfinks in the Allen Forge Shopping Center - Valley Forge & Allentown Roads. They also have an awesome Blueberry Cream Cake that I tried recently. If you want a lovely drive on the weekend - also open late Friday nights for pizza - try Saint Peters Bakery in St Peters, PA (off Rt 23 above Limerick) Their pastries, cookies and pies are to die for. Not cheap - but well worth the trip. There is a boulder field behind the bakery with French Creek running thru it. St. Peters Village is a very small, old mining village. It's like stepping back in time. Very relaxing. If you go, please give Peter and Melanie my regards

                                                                                                                    1. The Little Bakery in bluebell is behind the Blue Horse. They don't sell retail but their offerings can be had at various businesses. I got some tasty cherry almond biscotti from DeKalb Produce on friday. The guy I bought them from says they might do catering. The number on the little bag of biscotti is 267 708 0984. The biscotti were very good and there are several different varieties as well as cookies and more.

                                                                                                                      1. If you're looking for donuts, coffee rolls, apple fritters and the like; Suzy-Jo (from Bridgeport) opened a small store in the back side of the small shopping center where Rita's and Sushikazu are located (corner of 202 and 73). By the way, they closed their store (Am-E-Lyn) in the small shopping center across from Jim Wynn VW/Volvo.

                                                                                                                        1. Has anyone tried SophistCakes in Drexel Hill? Its in the strip of stores when you enter Drexelbrook apartments. We had our wedding cake done there and it was magnificent.

                                                                                                                          I know the OP stated in the burbs, but by far the best I have ever eaten from a bakery is from Denise's, somewhere in Philly. People from my office bring in birthday cakes and danishes from there and it's absolutely amazing.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: paychecktoday

                                                                                                                            I was just at a baby shower and the cake was from SophitiCakes and they did fancy cupcakes as favors

                                                                                                                            why is it that the cake was so much better than the cup cakes?

                                                                                                                            Cake was a 9.5 on a scale of one to ten, tender, flavorful, not too dense or sweet, a slight almond flavor, light not to sweet frosting, just delicious

                                                                                                                            the cupcakes were beautiful, but they tasted like pilsbury cake mix and canned frosting, too sweet, the cake was crumbly and dry, yet managed to leave the paper cup it was baked in looking quite greasy... the frosting was heavy and TRULY tasted like it came out of a can. I'd give them a 2 at best! my 11 year old daughter didn't even want the other half, and she lives on sugar

                                                                                                                            SophistiCakes - cakes yes, cupcakes NO

                                                                                                                            1. re: cgarner

                                                                                                                              I heard good things about Sophisticakes a few years ago from a co-worker, but I've never actually tried them as I believe they are special order only. They are somehow linked to Rillings bakery, right?

                                                                                                                              Regarding your cake/cupcake question--most cake recipes suffer a bit if made into cupcakes without being modified. So, either the baker used the same recipe for the cake and cupcakes and there was a loss in quality of flavor/texture because of this, or the baker did as they probably should and used a modified recipe, and that modified recipe wasn't that great. I also wouldn't be surprised if they used a different icing on the cupcakes. Not sure what was on your cake, be it buttercream, fondant, etc., but it wouldn't surprise me that a different icing would go on the cupcake as many bakeries decorate cupcakes differently.

                                                                                                                              1. re: cgarner

                                                                                                                                I have not had the cakes, but tend to agree about the cupcakes. We live not far from here and were thrilled to have hopefully found a good place to get dessert. Our experience with the cupcakes has been very mixed. Sometimes they are fresh and moist; other times they have been dried out and tasteless as if they have been sitting there for a week. The red velvet has been the best cupcake I have tasted, of theirs. Overall though, the cupcakes are very small, and the frosting overwhelms them -- 1/3 cake, 1/2 frosting. About half the size (or less) of the Brown Betty cupcakes I get in the city. They always look pretty, but the taste doesn't live up to the look, IMHO.

                                                                                                                                1. re: pjo

                                                                                                                                  It would seem to me that it is more difficult to keep track of the age of cupcakes than of cakes. At bakeries I worked at we marked the cakeboards underneath the cake with a small sticker to indicate the date the cake went into the case. Given that cupcakes don't sit on a cakeboard (and that it would be difficult to inconspicuously put a sticker onto the cupcake wrapper) I wouldn't be surprised if a bakery who isn't super organized and doesn't do a huge cupcake business winds up with stale cupcakes on occasion, or more frequently depending on how much they sell. While many individual items like cookies have a fairly decent shelf like (and ideally should be selling quickly enough that they still taste fresh) cupcakes don't have any kind of an amazing shelf life, drying out quickly when in the refrigerator (which is where they'll be put to either extend their shelf-life/protect from spoilage or to protect their icing) or they'll go stale if sitting out too long. Cakes do better than cupcakes because the icing on them goes all the way around and protects the cake from drying out.

                                                                                                                            2. Nothing in Ambler! But you could try Weinrich in Willow Grove, Night Kitchen in Philly, or Lochel's in Hatboro. I could tell you more but they are further in Bucks and Philly.

                                                                                                                              1. I recently discovered Distelfink's (sp?) on Valley Forge Rd. Great cakes, cheesecakes, pastries. What I really like is they have small pastries\cakes\petit fours as well. A real old school bakery.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                  try the buttercake at distelfink, it's sweet and gooey and buttery and OMG you won't even care that you can feel your ateries hardening as you go for 'just one more little piece"

                                                                                                                                  1. re: cgarner

                                                                                                                                    mmmm . . . butter. Will definitely try that out (wish I had read this before my lunch at Ray's).

                                                                                                                                    1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                      don't hate me, but I think Ray's Cheesesteaks are over rated
                                                                                                                                      Huey's has a really good steak sandwich, just be sure to ask for the fries well done
                                                                                                                                      they have a thing against crispy fries there

                                                                                                                                      1. re: cgarner

                                                                                                                                        Hate? Over a cheesesteak?? Don't think so.

                                                                                                                                        Ray's isn't the best, but they have the option of ordering a 1/2, which is good for me. Never been able to eat more than 1/2 a cheesesteak .

                                                                                                                                        I have tried Huey's in the past (never the cheesesteak though). The problem there is that service is too slow to make it a viable lunch stop. Coworkers and I tried it a few times, and enjoyed the food, but finally had to cross it off the list as not do-able in an hour.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                          The halloween decor at Huey's should be fun by now. They really do go all out. I usually go late night and eat in the bar area. I get a french dip. Haven't been in awhile but the service was always fast. I guess there is a different vibe at lunch.
                                                                                                                                          My favorite story from Ray's is when I ordered two chicken parm dinners to go on a lovely saturday afternoon just like this one today. I was coming to a stop at a light when the monster truck behind my little compact car rear ended me and totaled my car. The Lansdale police were wonderful, even the chief showed up, and I was shuttled home by them quickly, but with no dinners. My friend called to explain why we wouldn't be able to pick up our order, and the very nice man immediately asked if anyone was hurt (my dog and I were fine) and insisted on driving the dinners out to us even though they don't do deliveries at Ray's. He was the chef and maybe even the owner and he would not accept a tip. My favorite sandwich from Ray's is the meatball parm. Meatball sandwiches are a favorite from my childhood just like gooey yummy butter cake. It is the best offering Distelfink has.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                                                            Yeah, the "family" vibe is one of Ray's attractions. They really are nice folks there.

                                                                                                                                            Now I know Monday's lunch plans--meatball parm at Ray's and pick up a butter cake at Distelfink's for a little afternoon nibble.

                                                                                                                                            And who knows, maybe as we get closer to Halloween I can talk one of my coworkers to try Huey's again. (It seems at lunch they have a lot os seniors enjoying a leisurely meal and don't understand a working person's need to get in & out in under an hour.)

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                                                                                                                                              Might want to make your plans for tuesday gaffk. One or both of those places might be closed on mondays. Wish I was going to Trenton on monday, hear they have a heck of a Columbus Day parade.
                                                                                                                                              I like the liquor store in the Ray's shopping center too, open til ten most nights. My friend John and I went there last night and he got a bottle of kracken rum. Release the Kracken!!!!!! Oh and they actually had a few halloween decorations at the state store. Having put up with bleak Penna liquor stores most of my life it was pleasantly jarring. Thought I was in Jersey for a minute. But hey, why shouldn't a spirits shop have some little ghosts floating around?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                                                                What was I thinking? No self-respecting bakery is open Monday. Tuesday it is.

                                                                                                                                                Agree on the state store there too--very decent premium wine collection as well as some liquors you can't get elsewhere (esp good vodka selection). One of the few that has some knowledgeable staff as well. How I miss living in Philly--15 mins from Jersey, the land of full-serve gas and awesome liquor stores.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                                                                  OK, did the wine store (Malbec)\Ray's (1\2 Italian hogie)\Distelfink's (butter cake) run at lunch today. And no, I didn't sample the Malbec or butter cake immediately. Just had the chance to try the butter cake now and it is artery-clogging delicious.

                                                                                                                                                  I think for tomorrow night's slice I'll whip up a little chocolate ganache for dipping. I am sure the heart-friendly effects of the dark chocolate will make it more of a health food ;)

                                                                                                                                  2. I have a client who runs two successful bakeries in the city. I have been BEGGING her to open a 3rd location in the Ambler/Blue Bell area - she could make a mint!

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Betharu

                                                                                                                                      Yes she would do fabuous! A good bakery right along Butler Ave would be perfect. She would have no competition. Heck, if she makes a good cupcake I think I personally could keep her in business :)

                                                                                                                                      As an aside, I did try the cupcakes at the Flour Pot in Ambler this past weekend. They are known for their designer cookies (very pretty but very expensive!). But I have toi say their cupcakes were fabulous, I had chocolate on chocolate and they were perfect. I typically shy away from chocolate icing because it can get sticky sweet but this was a really delicate chocolate buttercream. I ate an entire box by myself, they were that good!

                                                                                                                                      1. re: AmblerGirl

                                                                                                                                        I've not had her cupcakes but her cinnamon buns are to die for!

                                                                                                                                        She made the desserts for my housewarming party a couple of years ago - little mint fruit tarts and chocolate mousse cakes! Unbelievable!

                                                                                                                                        I need to send her this thread!

                                                                                                                                    2. I realize this o/p is from 2007, but someone may have taken Ambler Girl's advice because there is a new bakery opening in North Wales

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: cgarner

                                                                                                                                        Oooo! More info please cgarner if you have any. I'm chomping on a coffee roll from Yum Yum Donuts in Colmar right now. Got it last night and it is still ridiculously fresh.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                                                          The shop at 101 N. Main St reet will serve specialty coffees, espresso, latte and cappuccino. Her signature item, cinnamon bread, will be featured.

                                                                                                                                          See full article here:
                                                                                                                                          http://thereporteronline.com/articles...

                                                                                                                                          1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                            I think Nettie Jane's is finally open, it looked like there were people inside this morning and they appear to have updated their website w/ hours and days
                                                                                                                                            I will report tomorrow if they are!

                                                                                                                                          2. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                                                            I drive through that intersection (main and walnut) every day on my way to work... I am anxiously awaiting their opening
                                                                                                                                            (and if they're good, I'll treat my team to some goodies from Nettie Janes)
                                                                                                                                            http://www.nettiejane.com/index-1.html
                                                                                                                                            their name shoud be a little more prominent on their website, dont' you think? but it appears to be stillin the making as well, so ces't la vie

                                                                                                                                            1. re: cgarner

                                                                                                                                              If you pass there every day, you'll have to let us know when it opens for sure.

                                                                                                                                        2. surprised no one has mentioned Crossroads Bake Shop in Doylestown. best baked goods i have eaten, hands down.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: rooy1960

                                                                                                                                            I'll definitely second Crossroads.

                                                                                                                                          2. Try THIS!!! :

                                                                                                                                            http://felixscaketeria.com/

                                                                                                                                            BEST cupcakes I have ever had. I live in NJ, and just found this place 1 month ago. I ordered 2 b-day cakes and probably a crazy amount of cupcakes! I am so happy!! I hate that I have to drive 40 minutes, but it certainly is better than Wegmans's Food Market!

                                                                                                                                            The owners are sooo sweet, too!!!

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: Angelina

                                                                                                                                              Ugh, NO! They are SO Overpriced and they don't taste that great either. Not worth a trip there at all!

                                                                                                                                              1. re: littlecmad

                                                                                                                                                I think $ 3.00 for a cupcake is the going rate these days. I especially like the Fleur de Sel and the Red Velvet...sooooo good!!!!

                                                                                                                                            2. I know this isn't exactly what you're looking for, but if you ever need a truly special occasion cake, I have to recommend Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, NJ (yes, the "Cake Boss" from TV). I ordered a 1/4 sheet cake for a bridal shower, and it easily fed 40+ people, and was, by far, the best tasting cake I've ever had! Granted, it's a serious drive (I live in Abington) and it's super expensive, but it's definitely a once-in-a-lifetime place to get a cake. Take a weekend road trip up there and get a few things to bring home. You won't be disappointed. I'll have to read the other recommendations in the area, because I, too, haven't had much luck finding a really good bakery in Montco.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: cheflynnie

                                                                                                                                                I have to disagree with the Carlo's recommendation. It's the classic "tourist trap". Lines are a couple of blocks long, for a bakery that is nothing special, simply because it's been featured on TV. If you want good bread/rolls in Hoboken, go to Marie's. I don't know of any really good dessert bakery in Hoboken.

                                                                                                                                              2. Have you tried Daryl's in Glenside? The place has really great donuts and a chocolate croissant that is to die for. Everything we've ever ordered from them has been great. They even have good bacon, egg and cheese's on kaiser rolls. And good coffee. We go there for breakfast on weekends a lot.

                                                                                                                                                1. Weinrich's has always been a family stand-by. Is Zake's Cakes in Ft. Wasington still doing baked goods?

                                                                                                                                                  1. Just hears that a bakery is opening in Ambler - at the corner of Bethlehem Pike and Butler Ave. Site of old gas station. Has anyone else heard this?

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: soccermom327

                                                                                                                                                      I haven't heard what is being built on that lot. I assumed it was going to be another bank because they're digging a basement for what could be a vault. But it makes sense if it is a bakery to build the kitchen in the basement. I hope it's true; we could use a bakery. I used to think it would be a good location for a Starbuck's before they were everywhere.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: soccermom327

                                                                                                                                                        What???!! I would be thrilled if a bakery opened there!!!! It is a short walk from my house, I really hope it is true, I agree we really need a good bakery here! I think you made my night :)

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: soccermom327

                                                                                                                                                          I don't know, but they put that building up in about 20 minutes...

                                                                                                                                                        2. Ok, I don't know if it's too late for you now, but, I have 3 bakeries I use, I live in Abington. The closest is Daryl's in Glenside. They have great birthday cakes (double layer, 2 sizes, chocolate or vanilla with raspberry sauce filling) and danish and different coffee cakes and breads and make breakfast sandwiches on rolls. The second closest is the Danish Bakery on Huntingdon Pike in Rockledge. They are good for all kinds of danish, breads, jelly rolls, butter cake and german chocolate cake, not birthday cake though. The furthest, and probably the best is Hesh's Bakery on Castor Ave, in Philadelphia. The ultimate best breads, birthday cakes, raisin breads..... but, it is probably a 20-25 min ride from Ambler. I had them come out to my mom's yard a couple years ago to deliver and decorate a 3 tier chocolate chip wedding cake. Their staff and decorators are really good. Their birthday cakes are a solid moist pound cake in white, marble or chocolate chip with a butter cream or sugar frosting. (I like the butter cream). I've been to Weinrich's, a couple of times, I don't care for them. They are often dry, mediocre at best. Often crowded and taste like day old pastries. The local grocery stores taste like frozen cakes that they decorated and partially defrosted, however, the ShopRite has it's own bakery, has fresh breads and a variety of cakes and pies, though I have never seen a butter cake. Costco has decent pastries and breads of all sorts and rolls and their cakes are decent, but generally huge and they need 24 hours to get anything written on the cake. Hope that helps......

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: godiva73

                                                                                                                                                            Hi Godiva73,
                                                                                                                                                            Is it safe to assume that since Hesh's is a kosher bakery (at least that's what came up when I googled them) their buttercream is not butter based but instead made with margarine or shortening? Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Laura D.

                                                                                                                                                              Hesh's is a dairy kosher bakery. Definitely real butter in the buttercream.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: waking1

                                                                                                                                                                Any idea whether they have slices of poundcake, etc., or does one have to order/pre-order an entire cake?

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: godiva73

                                                                                                                                                              Hesh's chocolate chip pound cake was a staple. Every birthday for mom, dad, four girls, mom and dad's anniversary, and any other special event for 30 or 40+ years was the chocolate chip pound. And their chocolate pastries, both French and German, are ridiculously good and ridiculously cheap. Don't even get me started on their breads and scones.

                                                                                                                                                              I think my biggest regret in moving to the burbs was removing myself from Hesh's.

                                                                                                                                                            3. I just learned that Sweet Bytes is opening a bakery, which is fabulous their cupcakes are soo good! Grand opening is January 22, it is on Main Street in Ambler, not sure if they are opening a new site or adding to their existing spot at the cafe. Regardless, that's good news!

                                                                                                                                                              1. -- Not far from you, Ambler Girl - Alice's Bakery in North Wales. SIngularly the best honey buns. Excellent Callibault pan a chocolate. Definitive great cupcakes for adults (I never undersood Red Velvet before). Irresistable heavy crust ciabatta. Absurdly fine teas. Expensive & worth it.

                                                                                                                                                                -- Worth the trip: Souderton, Bakers on Broad. A genius with puff pastry - croissant, chocolate croissant, cherry cheese danish, raisin cream bun (pain raisin). Irresistable pineapple chunk macaroons on Thursday. A genius with bread - olives still moist in the olive bread and not bitter; walnut bread - what can I say - irresistable. Pastries sell out by 10, 11am, bread last till 2, 3pm. Great coffee & decaf. Here I learned that the most etherial, delicate, palmier in the whole world tastes like Kellogs Frosted Flakes.
                                                                                                                                                                -- Roma is great, weird, too authentic in the cakes. Stick to the great biscotti & cookies.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alanalan

                                                                                                                                                                  Your are absolutely on the mark, alanalan, with your takes on Alice's and Baker's on Broad. I'm not a big fan of Roma and I don't know what you mean by "too authentic".

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alanalan

                                                                                                                                                                    I seriously cannot say enough about Roma's cannolli cake. It is pure heaven.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Night Kitchen is the best bakery near us (Chestnut Hill) . Their Mocha Mousse and lemon curd are so incredible that my family drives hours to get their cakes there.