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pgreen Sep 22, 2007 05:54 AM

I am just visiting from Washington, DC, and have noticed that there seem to be a lot of cake bakeries, not to mention restaurants that sell home-baked cake. In and around DC, it is not so easy to find good cake (and even harder to find a restaurant or bakery that doesn't just use a mix, assuming it even bakes its own). Is Phoenix a hot-bed of cake? Why would that be?

  1. johnseberg Sep 22, 2007 10:08 AM

    I was thinking cupcakes, in particular, were a trendy fad, not necessarily unique to Phoenix.

    I'm not very interested in cake. It seems like only the higher-end restaurants have really good cake, that is worth the calories. However, I have enjoyed the Tres Leches Cake that is rarely available at Los Sombreros as the dessert special. If somebody knows of good cake available at a moderately priced restaurant, I'd like to hear about it.

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    1. re: johnseberg
      ValleyFever Sep 25, 2007 04:06 PM

      Nothing Bundt Cakes started in Phoenix I believe. They are in Vegas, Reno, and SoCal too now. Really delicious, like no budnt cake you have ever had.
      http://www.nothingbundtcakes.com/

      Let them eat cake is in the Arcadia area. They do custom cakes, but you can also get cupcakes at the shop daily.
      http://letthemeatcakeaz.com/

      Lots of Panaderia's in town that offer Tres Leches Cake.

    2. winedubar Sep 25, 2007 04:10 PM

      for the best treats its all about sweet pea bakery..mmmmmm

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      sweet pea bakery
      209 W Jackson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003

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        hollyeve Sep 25, 2007 09:51 PM

        I couldn't agree more! I made my first visit to Sweet Pea last week, and had the only bakery cupcake in the valley that I found to be worth eating! (It was the olive oil carrot cake with mascarpone frosting...yummm) I also tried the almond macaroon with chocolate ganache (very good) and the PB&J cookie (very very very good!). Oh, but I also really like Tammie Coe's "better" cookie... so many cookies, so few expendable calories :) On the cake topic, Tammie Coe's cakes are very creative visually, but they just don't taste that great to me.

        1. re: hollyeve
          winedubar Sep 26, 2007 09:57 AM

          i'm glad you liked them!! i love everything at sweet pea. the rosemary shortbread cookie is sublime!!

          i must confess - my love of tammie coe has been tested lately. i had family here this weekend, and while my chocolate banana cupcake rocked, my dads blueberry sourcream muffin was dry. not a little dry, sahara dry. :(

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