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Looking for a great cake in SF proper

mbaldauf Aug 3, 2007 01:47 PM

Hi there,

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!

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  1. Atomica Aug 3, 2007 02:17 PM

    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.

    Petite Patisserie
    1415 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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    1. re: Atomica
      Benny Choi Aug 13, 2007 11:22 PM

      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

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      Cbop Aug 5, 2007 02:48 PM

      Head to North Beach for a toss up between:

      Stella Pasticceria e Caffe
      446 Columbus
      415.986-2914 Fax: 397-9140

      Home of the prized Sacripantina cake.
      Open daily. Late evening coffee & cappuccino.


      Victoria Pastry
      1362 Stockton


      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"

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        shellers777 Aug 5, 2007 06:46 PM


        Kara's Cupcakes
        3249 Scott Street (at Chestnut)
        San Francisco, California


        1. sabrinasmom Aug 5, 2007 07:56 PM


          Schubert's Bakery
          521 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

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          1. re: sabrinasmom
            Meredith Aug 14, 2007 04:08 PM

            Schubert's Princess Cake is my birthday cake every year, though I must admit a white chocolate raspberry cake could top it if I could find a good one.
            But with white cake, custard, raspberry jam, and whipped cream it hits a whole lot of what you are looking for.

            1. re: sabrinasmom
              jidoughe Sep 25, 2007 11:36 AM

              Anyone else tried Shubert's for a special order birthday cake? I'd be interested in the experience or another recommendation.

              1. re: jidoughe
                Melanie Wong Sep 25, 2007 11:42 AM

                At a birthday party a week ago, I had a chance to try the mango mousse cake from Schubert's. Light and delectable after a big dinner, the mousse portion is more like a chiffon and not heavy at all.

                1. re: jidoughe
                  rworange Sep 25, 2007 06:22 PM

                  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.

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                hankstramm Aug 14, 2007 01:17 PM

                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.

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                  margieco Aug 14, 2007 01:52 PM

                  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.

                  1. sfeater Aug 14, 2007 02:39 PM

                    The princess cake at Miette?

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                      mlucier Aug 14, 2007 04:10 PM

                      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!

                      1. ChowFun_derek Aug 14, 2007 11:54 PM

                        Noe Valley Bakery does that exact cake in season...give them a call and see whether they have it....

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                          vosoledad Jun 12, 2009 11:43 PM

                          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.

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