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Aug 3, 2007 01:47 PM

Looking for a great cake in SF proper

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. 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

      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

    2. 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"

      1. Try:

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

        1. Schubert's

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

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          1. re: sabrinasmom

            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

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

              1. re: jidoughe

                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

                  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.

              2. 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.