Looking for a great cake in SF proper
My birthday's coming up soon and I'm trying to find the most delicious cake for me to eat.
The only catch? I'm not interested in chocolate... or lemon... or coconut really - which are mostly all I see on the websites for Tartine, Delessio, Noe Valley Bakery, and Citizen Cake.
What I'd love is a vanilla/white/yellow cake with lots of berries and whipped cream and/or custard - something lighter and more summery. If anyone's familiar with Sweet Lady Jane in LA, I'm looking for something like their Triple Berry Cake or White Chocolate Raspberry Cake. Gosh, I miss those.
Any advice for me? It's looking like I may have to bake one myself!
I like the sound of many of Petite Patisserie's special order cakes. I've heard the Buttermilk Cake is good, but I'd love to try most of these varieties:
They use only organic ingredients in their work. They're nice people and easy to talk to--tell them what you're interested in and see if they can accommodate.
1415 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Excellent cakes from Gerhard Michler (Creative International Pastry). See the website for where you can buy their cakes, including their own store front, Jolt N Bolt.
Jolt N Bolt
2325 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Creative International Pastry
950 Illinois St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Head to North Beach for a toss up between:
Stella Pasticceria e Caffe
415.986-2914 Fax: 397-9140
Home of the prized Sacripantina cake.
Open daily. Late evening coffee & cappuccino.
I love the "over the top" St. Honore cake!
"St. Honore cake is perhaps our most popular and for good reason. This rustic yet elegant dessert filled with its rum soaked sponge layers, vanilla pastry cream, flaky crust and topped with vanilla cream filled puffs"
What type of cake? I used to buy special event cakes there often.
I'm not a fan of the butter cream or plain chocolate or vanilla. I think the whipped cream is the best option. One of the more successful birthday cakes I bought was the chocolate mousse cake.
For a classic butter cream vanilla / chocolate cake ... despite declining quality, I'm still a fan of Just Desserts.
Yeah, Petite Patisserie has some of the best I've tried. It's a really small place hence the name, but the cakes, cookies etc are great. The owner made the wedding cake years ago at my friends wedding and it was one of the best I've ever tried. I'm not sure where she was working then, but she's one of the best pastry chefs in the City IMHO.
You and i have similar taste in cakes... Whole foods does a decent white cake/strawberry combo. I've always liked draegers version of this, but in san mateo it's out of your SF proper.
The Saint Honore cake fromVictoria Pastry Company in Northbeach is wonderful. It has cream puffs and custard and strawberries and a fluffy cake with flaky cake layers to serparate everything. It is very good!
Noe Valley Bakery does that exact cake in season...give them a call and see whether they have it....
Sweet Adeline in Berkeley makes a great summer berries white whipped cream cake. Light spongy cake, whipped cream and berries. You have to order a at least a few days in advance. Neldam's in Oakland also makes one white cake with strawberries and whipped cream, but it looks not as nice as Sweet Adeline's. I'm like you, I always have to make my own whipped cream summer berries cake, if run out of time and actually remember to order I would go for Sweet Adeline's any day.