Need cake recommendations quick!
I am having my 40th birthday party, at my house, and since I love cake I want to have an array of delicious cake selections. I am not that into fruit filling, but I do want a range of choices - and I am so frustrated sometimes in the bay area everything is so fancy - there is a down side to that! For example I also want to buy some petit fours, and maybe some cupcakes - but I don't seem to be able to find anything that isn't ridiculously expensive or precious. So please, help with:
-good cake recommendations, high end, low end
You might look into Sweet Things in Tiburon if it's geographically convienient for you. They advertise as selling "American-style desserts", if that's what you mean by not wanting something too fancy or precious. I've had many great items from there in the past- old-fashioned style layer cakes, some delicious deep chocolate mini-cupcakes, a really good, not-too-sweet tiramisu cake.
where are you located and how far are you willing to travel? If you can make it to the South Bay, I think The Prolific Oven in Palo Alto would satisfy you. The East Bay hosts/boasts Sweet Adeline (all-American), Crixa (Eastern European creamy), Neldam's (I would only go for the whipped cream frosting) and Betty's (cupcakes and more). SF has Tartine and Citizen Cake. Those are just a few and I'm sure the Hounds know more.
I wouldn't recommend Costco or Safeway personally. I haven't liked the cakes I've had from those places, achingly sweet frosting and uninspired cake.
Enjoy your taste tests!