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Looking for a Pasadena-area bakery for a kid's b-day cake

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Jojo Bruin Aug 14, 2007 11:49 AM

I've seen the raves for Hansens and other westside places, but would prefer not to trek that far. I know there are great cupcake places around here, but hoped someone could make a more specific recommendation for a bakery to do a specialty/theme birthday cake. Thanks!

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    kotatsu Aug 14, 2007 11:57 AM

    Patticakes is on the border of Pasadena/Altadena, and I've heard their stuff is very good.
    http://www.patticakesdesserts.com/hom...

    Also, there is a bakery next to Bulgarini gelatto but the name escapes me at the moment.

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      adevejian Aug 14, 2007 03:58 PM

      The bakery by Bulgarini:

      Pastries by Nancy
      761 E Altadena Dr
      Altadena, CA 91001
      (626) 794-9839

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        revets2 Aug 15, 2007 11:52 PM

        i've ordered cakes from NANCY'S for years and i must say that after nancy sold, it's just not the same.

        ordered a FINDING NEMO cake with an upcharge of $20 for the FINDING NEMO theme for my nephew's b-day party. friend was kind enough to pick it up for me. arrived at 3pm to find the doors locked and another customer already waiting 45 min outside for a wedding cake. called the phone # which went to the new owner's cell. he had to deliver a cake and would be there in 10 min. he said. my friend said it was more like an hour. opened the fridge to look at the cake and no FINDING NEMO, no fish, no anything. just a cake with the background of the ocean. called early the next morning (party was 50 min. away at 11am) and he said to bring the cake in at 8am. waited for his head baker who did not arrive until 9:30am. she took the cake back and returned with a plastic bag of non-Nemo fish and told me although he took the order for the cake he never ordered the Nemo kit and all she had were these other fish. arrghhh! she also whispered to me never to order the cake through him to ask for her first. he refused to refund me the $20 and the baker tried to sneak me a $5 from her purse!

        went to RALPHS and explained my situation. they were happy to give me a NEMO kit for $3. but there was no screen on the cake as promised, etc.

        i cannot recommend NANCY'S. it was a total disaster. i'm sorry she sold the business. PATTICAKES is really hit or miss.

    2. WildSwede Aug 14, 2007 12:14 PM

      I love Ruby Bakery's (in Eagle Rock) whipped cream & strawberry cake (they are known for this). They also have several theme cakes on their walls and I think they also have a book of items they can do. They are pretty inexpensive compared to other bakeries - cash only. 1/2 sheet (whipped cream & strawberry - feeds 40-50) is $40; whole $78.
      Ruby Bakery
      5042 Eagle Rock Blvd. (just south of Colorado Blvd. on East side of street)
      LA, CA 90041
      (323) 259-9052
      Open 7 days a week

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        Augusta Aug 14, 2007 12:17 PM

        I like the Bee's Knees in Pasadena for their cakes:
        http://www.beeskneesbakery.com/about.php

        1. Local Aug 14, 2007 12:23 PM

          you could try the Cakery Bakery in La Canada ...my friend used them for her 7 year old daughter's birthday cake. Quality of the cake and icing was adequate - it was more about the decorating.

          http://cakerybakery.net/cb/index.php?...

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            Jack Flash Aug 14, 2007 03:30 PM

            We got our wedding cake from cakery bakery, and it was absolutely fantastic, so good in fact that we got our daughter's b-day cake from there as well. I'd recommend this place in a heartbeat.

            I've also been pleased with cakes from Federico's bakery in Pasadena (Colorado & Allen), but Cakery Bakery was substantially better.

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            tbrown Aug 14, 2007 04:56 PM

            I have had the cupcakes from Violets on Holly street and they're are great. One of my son's friends had a birthday cake from there (I did not try it) and it was made to look like a roller coaster ride. It was incredible to look at!

            1. browndoggie Aug 15, 2007 10:41 AM

              I recommend this hole in the wall place called Pasteleria Miriams. It's an amazing find in a not so great area. They make the best tres leches i've ever tasted. Prices are amazing and they do a variety of decorations.

              1274 N. Lake, 626-797-4948

              1. JORDAN23 Aug 15, 2007 03:58 PM

                TAKES THE CAKE on Colorado is great.

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                  JeetJet Aug 15, 2007 04:12 PM

                  My Son just got a chocolate cake from Costso but had them put the Carrot Cake topping on it. The result was all those rows of carrots, but then he added some farm equipment and a toy John Deere farm tractor on top (Guess what the theme of the party was) and the result was picture perfect.

                  Anyway,if you are unable to create something then maybe contact Porto’s to see what they might do for you. Very good cake and good prices. It is well worth the trip to see the cakes and get some Potato balls. At the Glendale location I noticed a second floor with some party supplies but I have never went up there – too busy eating.

                  Porto's
                  http://www.portosbakery.com/cakes-dec...

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