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Lulu's in Scarsdale, NY.... Not Just Cakes!

I decided to stop in yesterday afternoon because I hadn't been there in a while and decided to try some new stuff. I am still drooling over the dark chocolate brownie (so deep and rich!) and these amazing dried fruit/nuts/coconut cookies!!!! The man also gave me a few chocolate chip cookies, and omg.... just enough crisp on the edges and chewey in the middle! DELICIOUS!!!!!

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  1. Compare to Gallaway's Miki? I'm not impressed with Galloway's brownie cookie things but pies, milk chocolate chunk cookies, apple turnovers, melt-a-ways and more are wonderful. If making one stop for sweets in Scarsdale which would you suggest?

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    1. re: laylag

      I don't think Galloway's can compare to Lulu's at all on any level.

      1. re: laylag

        There is also Renaissance, I don't think Galloway's can hold a candle to them either they have more of a selection than Lulu's.

        1. re: chowdom

          i just stopped by at Renaissance after getting my nails done and picked up a pain au chocolate yummm..... just the right amount of chocolate inside! But actually, i think its too big!

          1. re: chowdom

            Renaissance is good for what they do best - their dacquoise, brioche loaf, and palmiers (the ones with apricot or raspberry preserves) are excellent, and Galloway's pies are the best in the area.

            But for all-around bakery goodness, I'd have to vote for Lulu's. Their cakes are out of this world, their chocolate cupcakes are the best I've ever had, their cookies are excellent, and their speciality takes on yodels, devil dogs, etc. are great fun (and very tasty). The only problem with Lulu's is that you never know what will be available when you just drop in.

            1. re: chowdom

              I wish Lulu's would make more French Renaissance kind of stuff. I actually like Lulu's "French stuff" better than La Ren. Crossiants, chocolate croissants, etc. The Dacquoise at Rennaisance is still an amazing dessert to take home for a nice evening of desserts, but I stay away from their other stuff ever since we had a fruit tart that was on the verge of inedible from there. I also know they don't use as high a quality of chocolate as Lulu.

              Galloways is good, in my opninion for one thing - their melt-a-way. Everything else they have is very Pathmark...speaking of, I think I'm craving a melt-away right now!

            2. re: laylag

              Well...for me, it depends on what kinda mood im in. I love Galloways when im feeling like a homemade banana cream pie or DARK CHOCOLATE chunk cookies (i emphasize the dark chocolate chunk because those cookies are AMAZING!). I also just had their cupcakes and it was one of the best i've ever had. On the other hand, when im feeling a little more "special occasion"-ish, i stop by Lulu's. I KNOW they'll have something different, beautiful, and delicious and not just your typical "i want to pick something up at the bakery" stuff. But seriously, if i had to live off one sweet item, it would DEFINITELY be the dark chocolate brownie i had last night ;-)

              1. re: laylag

                Enrico's down the road in Hartsdale village [near train station] or La Renassiance.

              2. I too am a Lulu's fan. One question though.. when you say that you "drop in" to Lulu's, when do you do that and actually find stuff available? Whenever I just drop in to select from what is available, the selection is very sparse. Thanks.

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                1. re: lilly1114

                  It really varies and is hard to predict; for us, it's more problematic since we only get there on weekends. Sometimes there are 4 or 5 different cake slices available or devil dogs/yodels or cupcakes. There are always cookies, and on weekend mornings, there are their croissants (love the "cheese danish") and sometimes french toast with sugar and almonds. Whatever there is - and you're right, sometimes it's pretty sparse - we make the most of it (sometimes supplementing with Renaissance); for special occasions, we always order cake in advance (After Midnight is my wife's all-time favorite cake).

                2. Yeah, i feel like the selections are ALWAYS different but enough of a selection in my opinion. For example, the last time i went, i was craving a piece of cake but to my dissappointment, there was none! However, there were so many other beautiful, deliciuos looking things that it forced me to try something new! And i was very happy with everything i got! FYI, the last time i went, it was around 1 PM on a Wednesday (actually it was Halloween!)... They had a huge variety of cookies, yodels, i think 4 different kinds of brownies, chocolate croissants, plenty of their enormous 1 pound cupcakes, and a few whole cakes.

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                  1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                    Lulu's is amazing and their chocolate brownies are the same as the ones from Bouley bakery in NYC --I suspect someone there worked at Bouley because the biscotti (also wonderful) is exactly the same, since I work in the city and always get coffee and a treat at Bouley. The peanut butter caramel white chocolate blondies? (I think) are outrageous -- I think its new. Its very sweet, and I normally don't like sweet, but for some reason its a very "do-able" sweet.

                    The problem is that whenever you want something, they are always OUT OF IT! I have been trying to get my hands on this chocolate yodel thing but they never have it. :O(

                  2. Ok so I made another stop at Lulu's.... Devil Dogs!!!!! The cream is disgustingly delicious... it was really sweet but since the cake part wasn't too sweet at all, so it was the perfect combo :-)

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                    1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                      Wow, I'm glad I didn't pass them up.

                      Decided against the SO ice cream cake for Mom's b/d, so I got the coconut cake from Lulu's. She declared it the best store bought cake she's ever had, and this is a woman who has been baking for almost 60 years.

                      Not wanting to stop there, I got two of the cupcakes. Still not wanting to stop, and because someone else was doing cupcakes and 'yodels' for her guests, I just had to get the 'yodels' too.

                      Saving them for tomorrow (still working my way through H-D Reserves) but thanks for the pointer to Lulu's.

                    2. Miki, I've never had a brownie from Lulu, but they sound great- just the thing for a deep chocolate urge...
                      Here's my $0.02:

                      Great at Galloways:
                      Old-fashioned American pies, such as lemon meringue, chocolate cream and coconut cream. Also, fabulous jelly donuts, meltaways, chocolate chip cookies and pull-apart dinner rolls (my name, I can't remember what they actually call them). I don't particularly care for the cakes, cupcakes or sugar cookies I have tasted from there.

                      Luscious at Lulu's:
                      Anything with buttercream (giant cupcakes), special occasion cakes (Glazey River cake had us all swooning), cheese croissant, rugelach, and yodels :) Their butter cookie assortment is very pretty and excellent quality, but they don't really do it for me.

                      Righteous at Renaissance: traditionally French specialties such as chocolate mousse cakes, fruit tarts, sarah bernhardts and their fabulous signature almond/mocha buttercream confection. I am not a big fan of their savory foods.

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                      1. re: vvvindaloo

                        When shopping for sweets in Scarsdale, don't forget Enjou, right up the way from Lulu's. Fantasic gelato. Best I have had since having the real thing in Italy. Try the Oreo one if you like chocolate. They have other ones, fruit sorbet and things. A nice change from regular bakery sweets.

                      2. Oh man guys im so glad that this thread was revived!!! I have been consistently going to Lulu's (about twice a week) for the past 6 months but today was a really special occasions.
                        May 15th was my 22nd Birthday and May 16th was my College Graduation... so today was the joint party!!! So of course i get my extravagant cake from Lulu's. After much pondering i finally decided to order the Maui Wowie... my current favorite cake at Lulu's...

                        As for the decoration of the cake, i really left it up to them because i trust their fantastic art skills!! And DAMNNNN did it come out beautiful. A huge cake with pink and green flowers, rhinestones, and silver "balls" with an enormous "22" coming out from the middle of the cake (I will post pictures when i upload them)....

                        Obviously the cake was delicious and the guests at my party claimed it was "the best cake they've ever had"... even my mom who is not a cake person (she likes other desserts though) was amazed!!! It was the perfect balance of sweet and tangy with the passionfruit curd in between the 5 (YES 5!!!!) layers of super moist yellow cake. OMG it was so freaken good!

                        I can honestly without hesitation say that everything i've had from Lulu's is just delicious because they are really talented and they use honest, high quality ingredients.

                        My favs and suggestions:
                        Yodels
                        Devil Dogs
                        Dark Chocolate-Cherry Brownies
                        Chocolate Chip Cookies
                        Dried Fruit Cookies
                        Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
                        Lemon Ginger Muffin
                        Mixed Berry Scone
                        Dulce De Leche Cake
                        Maui Wowie Cake
                        Coconut Cake
                        Cupcakes (Of course!!!)

                        Try them all!!!!!! Unfortunately they only occasionally have cake slices but if you have an occasion to order a cake... try these! I also really recommend ordering a cake from here just because you can trust that they will make it how you want it. They are also really nice and therefore easy to work with.... BRILLIANT!

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                        1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                          Miki, good thing I didn't have your list yesterday! My eye first went to the dulce de leche cake (still the best H-D flavor, imo, after my exhaustive taste test), but my mother can't eat nuts.

                          While I was there, they were coming out with a chocolate graduation cake that looked amazing. If it tasted as good as it looked -- wow.

                          I'm glad I chose the cupcakes and yodels instead of the cookies, thanks for that note.

                          1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                            I have to say that their dark chocolate (sour?) cherry walnut brownies have to be the single best indulgence ever. That and the chocolate banana cream pie at City Limits! Haven't tried the Maui thing yet I don't think -- last time I checked, "Maui Wowie" was actually something else, if ya know what I mean (wink wink) ; )

                          2. I stopped in at Lulu's yesterday, and bought my son a giant cupcake any myself a blueberry scone. I have to say that I was extremely disappointed in both. The scone had an odd, off taste -- almost bitter. And I felt that the cupcake was all frosting. There was very little in the way of cake, and the frosting just overwhelmed it.

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                            1. re: roxlet

                              Personally I love the cupcakes there - I actually think they have a lot of cake considering how huge they are -- theres almost an art to eating them- if you attack it from the top, the buttercream is too sweet and too much, I like to cut them in half and then smear the cream all over the cake so you get the right cake/buttercream ratio.

                              As for the scones, I'm not a blueberry person, but the chocolate ones are excellent and taste better than my favorite place to buy scones in London, at the Harvey Nichols Cafe!

                              1. re: Chuckaroo1991

                                Funny you should mention your way of eating their cupcakes. I kinda agree with with roxlet on that huge gulp of frosting on top, but when I take a spoonful of it off and share it with my wife (who would lick a bowl full of buttercream if she could) or my dog (who has been known to sneak off in the corner after stealing a cupcake) -- it still manages to be the best damn cupcake ever.

                                As far as the taste of the blueberry scones, I think they are perfect, sometimes messy, but quite heavenly. Maybe the blueberries weren't ripe or not in season - I'd still take out-of-season fresh organic fruit over the frozen pesticide sweeter berries any day.

                                1. re: RawTunaFan

                                  I cut them in half, and then half again, and they are quite delicious. There doesn't appear to be a single low budget ingredient in the frosting and the cupcake has a feel of sour cream.

                                  Delicious. The famous cupcake place in Manhattan has nothing on them. Or at least I wouldn't think they do.

                                  The yodel thing was not as wonderful, too much cream to too little cake.

                                  1. re: dolores

                                    heheh its so funny how everyone has their own technique on how to eat their cupcakes!! But its true.... you gotta have one!! My boyfriend laughs at how i eat them....

                                    I cut the cake into quarters first. And then i cut the cake part into 3 layers. I take some frosting off the top to smear it on the other two layers of cake!!

                                2. re: Chuckaroo1991

                                  I eat them the same way (inhale them is actually closer to the truth); occasionally they have a flavored buttercream - had one with raspberry buttercream that was incredible. My wife favors the all-chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting (not buttercream) when they have them. In truth, it's really more of a mini-cake than an eat-while-strolling cupcake - but any way you cut it, it's great.

                              2. miki

                                it would be nice to see a picture of your cake. I need to get a cake for my parent's 50th anniversary and they normally go to La Rennaisance but we tried a few things over the holidays and were not terribly impressed. The Bouche de Noel was o.k. but it had a strange after taste. They also dont seem to be able to do something "cool" with a wow factor.

                                Read some good stuff about Lulu's but some people say they are outrageously priced. Was your cake reasonably priced? The cakes on their websites look fantastic, but I dont want to spend thousands of dollars on a cake!

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                                1. re: winston669

                                  I am not miki, but I am a huge fan of Lulu's cakes. We had one for my son's first birthday party last year and my daughter's 3rd birthday too. Here are some pictures of the cakes. My son's "dinosaur" cake was more expensive because it was 2 tiers (around $225) and my daughter's "frog" cake was around $150. They fed quite a few people and they were both fantastic!

                                  http://www.flickr.com/photos/14526977...

                                  http://www.flickr.com/photos/14526977...

                                  1. re: valerie

                                    Nice cakes. Seems pricey... how many people did the frog one feed?

                                    1. re: juweee

                                      About 40-50, I can't remember exactly, and there was plenty left over.

                                  2. re: winston669

                                    I feel like i got an excellent deal. Id rather not post the price just cuz.. i dunno. I can send you a picture of the cake... my computer has problems when i try to post a picture... Ill try but if nothing shows up, just post to my reply!!!!!

                                     
                                    1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                      Miki, what a beautiful cake and it sounds like it was delicious! Congrats and Happy 22nd Birthday.

                                      1. re: momof3

                                        Thanks!

                                        1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                          The Strawberry Crush Cake, has anyone tried it?

                                          I heard it being discussed when I was there and it sounded very good.

                                      2. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                        Cake looks goreous, Miki.

                                        You probably did get a "deal" My wife went in there a few years ago and I'm sure she drove them crazy changing the size and the flavor and wanting sketches of the design and matching colors with napkins and such. The cake was to her liking but she probably paid more than I did when I ordered a cake for her .

                                        I went in and the guy there asked me what I wanted - -I told him -- he said do you want to trust us creatively so we can spend more time on your design rather than talking about it. I said do your thing. I also got a "deal" on that cake. I got more than what I expected and more than what I paid for. I guess some people prefer to work that way.

                                      3. re: winston669

                                        La Renaissance in Scarsdale has really gone downhill. Last few times the cakes were all disappointing and I'm really tired of being treated rudely. Last time I tried to buy a cake, the woman kept her back to me the entire time I was asking her questions. Why put up with that rudeness when I can go to Lulu's and everyone seems helpful and the cakes are near-perfect.

                                      4. Heres another pic!

                                         
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                                        1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                          Wow, how cute!!

                                        2. This is a great thread. Thanks everyone! I'm definitely getting my next cake from them.
                                          Could anyone sum up the different types of cakes, and what they consist of? (Maui Wowie, After midnight, Glazey River, Dulce de Leche were mentioned but no description...) I am not big on 'over the top' sweets, so I prefer a moist cake instead of a dense ganache, and I enjoy frosting in restrained amounts. Any recommendations?

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                                          1. re: juweee

                                            I like to order any of their cakes with fresh whipped cream on the outside instead of buttercream, that tones it down for me. While most people like sweeter buttercreams, I found that if you order something like say, their coconut dream cake, with fresh whipped cream on the outside instead of meringue (?) its less sweet and more scrumptious! The Lemon cake also works well with this, its addictive. Its perfectly tangy with a nice whipped creamy finish! I'm going to try this with the Dulce de Leche nxt time. Stay away from the Midnight cakes if you are not into rich...others in my family love that cake, but its too rich for me. I also wanted to try ordering it with whipped cream once, but they wouldnt let me!

                                            Another opinion is that their bigger cakes are more generously filled and more delicious. Our theory is that its hard to get all that goodness into a little cake,so we always get at least a 10" -- most times there arent't any leftovers!

                                            1. re: juweee

                                              Their menu describes their cakes in detail:

                                              http://www.everythinglulu.com/page.as...

                                              The cakes are moist, rich, and delicious.

                                              1. re: Striver

                                                awesome, thank you! I am eyeing the Dulce De Leche and Sublimity Jane... Next bday cake, here I come!

                                              2. re: juweee

                                                juweee, I've only had their coconut cake, a small one, and my mother the excellent baker for the past 60 years, declared it one of the best store-bought cakes she ever had. I agree.

                                                The cake was moist, a sour cream cake I think, the frosting was a very good seven minute one, and they didn't skimp on the coconut.

                                                The dulce de leche looked wonderful, but it had nuts and my mother can't have nuts.

                                                Since their cupcake was also delicious and the cream in the yodel was real, I would say all their products are outstanding.

                                                I heard some patrons talking about the strawberry cake and the chocolate cakes, so I assume they are good too.

                                                I DO have to get back soon to try more, though.

                                                1. re: dolores

                                                  Challah bread - La Renaissance vs. Lulus - today I ordered both - what can I say - I am Jewish and felt like trying two - the one from Renaissance looked prettier than the one from Lulu. But the one from Renaissance was sitting on the counter and put in a plastic bag - and it tasted like it - it was DRY - and tasted slightly stale - probably from being on the counter all day. The one from Lulu was soft and sweet and delicious - my extended family ate up the one from Lulu and left the other one over. That said, the pan au chocolat was delicious!

                                                  1. re: alibabadelicious

                                                    Its funny you should mention your challah face-off. While we were not fortunate enough to try the challah at Lulu becuase there were none left on the shelf, we did manage to have a chocolate babka "challenge" during Rosh Hashanah....

                                                    We discovered something very interesting. I purchased a babka from Lulu as well as La Rennaisance as well as a few other assorted desserts. Nana brought a babka from Pathmark and my brother-in-law brought a babka from Dean and Delucca in the city. Additionally someone else brought a babka from Russ and Daughters on Houston.

                                                    While they were all delicious, Lulu's tasted fresher and had a better quality chocolate filling, there was even some sort of dried fruit in it which was strange, but gave it the perfect texture. The most interesting discovery, however, was that THE LA RENNAISANCE BABKA, THE PATHMARK BABKA, THE DEAN AND DELUCCA BABKA AND THE RUSS AND DAUGHTERS BABKA WERE ALL THE SAME!

                                                    Someone please correct me if I'm mistaken, but unless we're going crazy, the consensus is that none of the other places made their own babka? With Dean and Delucca I understand since they repackage everything, but the girl at the counter at La Rennaisance assured me that they "bake their own babka" It would be quite dissappointing if it is the SAME babka, especially since it cost $6 at Pathmark (Green's Babka) and $12 a La Rennaisance!

                                                    1. re: christinepierce

                                                      Ha....perhaps all the others are actually from Costco.

                                                      La Rennaisance (what a creepy place) could be telling that half-truth soooooo many bakeries tell, i.e., they 'bake' it in their shop, but it's 'made' in the 'Babka's-R-Us' factory in Sheboygan Wisconsin. Or wherever. Hopefully not China.

                                                      1. re: dolores

                                                        all the cookies i have had from lulu's were great......that said, i find the madeleine cookies at costco in portchester subtly delicious.....am wondering if they are from the same source for their other locations as well.......

                                                        1. re: jaymor

                                                          well I hope La Rennaisance at least makes their own madeleines. Not making their own babka (although they claim to) is somewhat excusable, but not making their own french pastries would be a sin!

                                                          We also enjoyed the cookies from Lulu, especially the peanut nutter butter style cookie -- its very simliar to the ones at Bouchon bakery, just a little better!

                                                          1. re: christinepierce

                                                            Where is La Renenaissance and what is it? What are they known for please?

                                                            1. re: nbermas

                                                              http://www.lrbakery.com/home.html

                                                              jfood had a very nice conversation with the baker this afternoon about the alleged babka issue. He assured jfood that everything was made there.

                                                              Jfood only wishes that many posters could stop all the mud slinging w/o any basis. In these times everyone needs to support small businesses versus starting, rumours, piling onto to rumours and throwing mud with no basis of data.

                                                              nbermas, jfood would love to hear feedback from you if you go.

                                                              1. re: jfood

                                                                If wishes were horses. 'jfood' should search on La Renaissance. In this case, there's basis.

                                                                It's not only about babka, it's their attitude. And from what I've read here, it stinks.

                                                                With the wonderful excellent Lulu close by, who in their right mind would bother with La Renaissance.

                                                                1. re: dolores

                                                                  D

                                                                  Have you been or just repeating other posters' POV?

                                                                  1. re: jfood

                                                                    While Lulu's is definitely our go-to bakery, and fully warrants the high praise it receives, there are a few items we get at Renaissance that are fine, particularly their signature dacquoise. Good brioche and palmiers, too - and we've never encountered unpleasant attitude, snobbery, or bad service there.

                                                      2. re: christinepierce

                                                        Did you get to try Lulu's new Chocolate and Sour Cherry Babka... its incredible!!!!

                                                2. Can i just say that as the original poster who is still going to Lulu's 3 times a week, i have still not been dissappointed with anything!!
                                                  1. They are currently testing out some new Babka recipes... i am currently eating the "CINNAMON-WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIP BABKA" as i type! Heaven.... cinnamon bun in babka formmmmm OMG! The Chocolate and Sour Cherry Babka is also fantastic with plenty of ooey gooey chocolate and generous amounts of plump cherries!

                                                  2. New Cake! Chocolate Chip Banana cake with Peanut Butter Frosting... yummm!!! it sounds like too many flavors but it reallly works!

                                                  Chocolate chip cookies are still awesome, fruit-nut cookies are awesome, brownies/bars are awesome, devil dog, yodels... whatever you get, you won't be dissappointed!

                                                  Check out my post on Lulu's!! Full of yummmy pics!
                                                  http://smilessugarandsunshine.blogspo...

                                                  And my post on Lulu's Babkas!
                                                  http://smilessugarandsunshine.blogspo...

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                                                  1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                                    >>"CINNAMON-WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIP BABKA"
                                                    Chocolate Chip Banana cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

                                                    I'm so jealous.

                                                    >>devil dog, yodels

                                                    Devil dog type cake? Darn, I missed that one.

                                                    >>whatever you get, you won't be dissappointed!

                                                    You're quite right. Lulu's is simply wonderful, aren't they?

                                                    1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                                      >>Can i just say that as the original poster who is still going to Lulu's 3 times a week, i have still not been dissappointed with anything!!

                                                      If only I can be so lucky to be 20 again and go to Lulu's 3 times a week! ;-)

                                                      I had the cupcakes and some cookies. It was very very good. I'll be back.

                                                      1. re: pabboy

                                                        >>>>Can i just say that as the original poster who is still going to Lulu's 3 times a week, i have still not been dissappointed with anything!!

                                                        >>If only I can be so lucky to be 20 again and go to Lulu's 3 times a week! ;-)

                                                        And if only I could be so lucky as to have never been disappointed by a Lulu's visit!

                                                        I'll still be back (and already have been) but I have been disappointed on two recent visits - once by stale cupcakes and once by a not-so-fresh polka-dot cake. I know these things happen but the fact that it happened on 2 consecutive visits was worrisome.

                                                        The case of the polka-dot cake was puzzling - I called one day and asked if they had my wife's favorite on-hand. They were out of them but said they could make one if I gave them a couple of hours. I did and brought what I figured was a freshly made cake home and the cake part just seemed really old. Definitely not the usual Lulu's experience..

                                                        I almost feel guilty complaining about a place that usually amazes.

                                                        1. re: rafi

                                                          Sammy nailed it on here when he said to order your cake with FRESH whipped cream.
                                                          The polka dot is a "pareve" (sp?) meaning a non-dairy dessert for people with kosher restrictions so if you order it the way it is normally prepared it has a weird kosher non-dairy cream that has that typical kosher aftertaste, its really hard to describe, but not my favorite. Next time ask them to make it with fresh whipped cream, it makes a HUGE difference. That being said, we always order all of our cakes covered with fresh whipped cream now, what a difference!

                                                          In defense of La Rennaisance, I agree that it is unfair to bash them for certain things they dont make well. Especially because they do have a few favorites that you can't find at most places, including their La Rennaisance and a great baguette. And don't get hooked on those babkas at Lulu's, while I agree they are outstanding and superior to the other ones out there, it wouldn't count on them keeping it on their menu, like my favorite banana cookie which sadly went M.I.A. Who'll be crying and sorry that they dissed La Rennaisance's babka when Lulu no longer offers it or is constantly sold out of it!

                                                    2. Hey Babka lovers... Lulu's did another one! PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY! Yes, delicious.
                                                      I blogged about it here:
                                                      http://smilessugarandsunshine.blogspo...

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                                                      1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                                        My goodness, Miki. That looks outrageous....peanut butter and jelly babka? I've had the chocolate sour cherry one and that was off the charts, but this looks like a glorified PB'nJ! My wife and actually got into an argument because I scarfed down most of the chocolate babka in one sitting.

                                                        And its Monday and I think Lulu is closed on Mondays :o(

                                                        I can singlehandedly blame you and your photographs for steering me off my diet! I'm craving babka for breakfast now! Stop taking such luscious photographs, its killing me!!!

                                                        1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                                          Good grief, that looks amazing.

                                                          Good thing they're a schlep, since they're the best bakery in Westchester.

                                                          1. re: dolores

                                                            Its too bad they are closed on Mondays. I think all bakeries are closed on Mondays, I guess its like a hair salon kind of thing? Maybe I should try the "Pathmark" babka?

                                                            1. re: RawTunaFan

                                                              Lulu's is definitely closed Mondays and Tuesdays too. And I don't know about the Pathmark babka, but I was at Stew Leonard's yesterday and saw Green's Babka for $7.99. The chocolate one is really good.

                                                              Back to Lulu's, In September we had my son's 2nd birthday party and of course, a cake from Lulu's. Another winner...I will post pictures soon.

                                                              1. re: valerie

                                                                RawTunaFan, the babka at Morton Williams in Hartsdale looks good. I haven't tried it, but I did get their Zabars-like Russian coffee cake (I think it's called) and it was delish.

                                                        2. Is Lulu's open on Sundays?

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                                                          1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                            yes! but only until 2!

                                                            1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                                              Thanks... I'm going to try to go this weekend for the first time. Very excited!!!

                                                              1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                                Best store made sweets in the Tri-State area.

                                                                1. re: dolores

                                                                  How did you like them, ieat?

                                                                  Expensive, but wow, still good. Got the usual cupcakes, but also tried two filled cookies. Simple chocolate and peanut butter cookies, filled with buttercream.

                                                                  Don't know how they do it, but they still have no equal around here.

                                                                  1. re: dolores

                                                                    That peanut butter cookie is outrageous. It tastes like a souped-up nutter butter. The thing i like most is that its not too rich and not too sweet. The epitome of the perfect cookie. period.

                                                                    We also tried their mini pear tarts and they were also outstanding.

                                                                    There was one lonely slice of some organic Peanut butter Pie in the case that the person in front of me bought! Needless to say, this wasn't the first time something like this has happened in that bakery!

                                                                    1. re: RawTunaFan

                                                                      I was just there and i actually bought the last slice of the Peanut Butter Pie! I will report back on how it is... It's something I've never had so im so pumped!

                                                                      1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                                                        Reporting on the PB pie!
                                                                        Ok so starting from the bottom...
                                                                        Chocolate cookie crust, layer of chocolate, peanut butter mousse, whipped cream, topped with nuts, chocolate chips, and chopped up reese's peanut butter cups.

                                                                        YUM! So I've made a few peanut butter pies myself, and my biggest problem with all of them was that it was too sweet and therefore too rich combined with the peanut butter. This PB pie is quite rich as well, but it's not too sweet so its perfect! The peanut butter mousse-y part is very similar to the peanut butter buttercream on the PB and Banana cake that they have. It is a very delicate PB taste that I love! I also love the different textures.... crunchy crust, thick chocolate, fluffy PB, and crunchy toppings!

                                                                        I think having the whole pie would still be too much for me, but if you're a real PB lover, you'd LOVE this!

                                                                        Why does PB and chocolate taste so good together?!

                                                                        1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                                                          Peanut butter and chocolate reminds me of that commercial back in the 80's: "hey you got your peanut butter in my chocolate" ..."no you got your chocolate in my peanut butter!"

                                                                          Haven't tried the peanut butter pie...yet...but we bought a couple of slices of this chocolate cake I think its called "sweet n salty" it has caramel and milk chocolate and chunks of sea salt in it (or maybe potato chips?) at first I thought it was going to be weird, but oh goodness, how delicious.

                                                                          Something about the combination of salt and chocolate -- in a cake! We devoured both slices. I think this is now my favorite thing in the world.

                                                                          1. re: RawTunaFan

                                                                            Oh my goodness! They told me about it yesterday and told me to come back today to get it!! I am so very exciteddddd!!!!!!

                                                                            1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                                                              I wonder if they make a banana cupcake with cream cheese or some kind of vanilla frosting and nuts on it -- saw it at an open house this weekend and they were GONE. We wanted to go back there and pick some up, but oddly enough, when we called to ask, the baker didnt remember if they made a cupcake like that or not. What on earth are they smoking in there, sugar!!!! We think it either came from Lulu or maybe Riviera, but it tasted to real/natural to come from Riviera. Maybe it was from the city?

                                                                              1. re: Sammy Diaz

                                                                                Lulu make a banana cream cheese cupcake its new they told me on Sunday, but we had the most amazing cupcake ever there, a malted milkshake cupcake with malt balls on it. If you haven't tried it, its certainly a must. My new favorite!

                                                                                1. re: christinepierce

                                                                                  The Whopper cupcake!

                                                                                  We stopped in this weekend to pick up an anniversary cake (their version of Black Forest - very chocolate and terrific, as we expected) and I had to have one. The chocolate malt buttercream was outstanding.

                                                                                  1. re: Striver

                                                                                    i actually had a cake slice of the whopper cake! and it was indeed delish. However i wanted more of a texture punch! Maybe some crushed up whoppers in the buttercream?

                                                                                    1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                                                                      Hi
                                                                                      This sounds like a great place for cakes. I actually need a cake for a special party. Do they do cakes that are shaped into things? Our neighbor swears by River Bakehouse but the cake they had at their party didnt taste that great. It was pretty and was crooked and had all these bright colors on it but flavor wise it tasted pretty awful. Maybe its just me but I didnt see what all the fuss was about.

                                                                                      Im looking to get a german chocolate cake or a coconut nut cake, maybe with lemon, would be great to hear feedback. We also heard about La Tulipe and we are going to try calling that place this week. Any other places?

                                                                                      1. re: PJPasta

                                                                                        Just wanted to say that I got a very special custom cake from Lulu last weekend. While we liked La Tulipe, we found their stuff to be a bit too rich and sweet. What we did get at Lulu was beautiful and delicious and completely devoured. It was a three d handbag -- will try to post the picture. The details were stunning -- there were even tiny miniature stitches in the bag's seam. They also made a platter of brownies and bars for us - everything was insanely delicious. We finally decided on a peanut butter cake with chocolate. TOo bad when we went in for a Mother's day cake there was nothing left on the shelves.

                                                          2. I finally got to Lulu and tried a few things. The guy at the counter was VERY sweet, which makes a huge difference to me, as I hate when grouchy people work at bakeries. My sister and I shared a yellow cake/pink buttercream frosting cupcake, a devil dog, and a chocolate chunk cookie. The cupcake was the only dud-- the cake was good but the thick frosting tasted like butter. Beautiful, though. The devil dog and cookie were both amazing. As someone stated in this thread, the frosting in the devil dog on its own is kind of rich but with the cake..... oh man. YUM. And the cookie-- the batter is mixed with caramel, according to the gentleman who served us-- was out of this world. Gooey shards of chocolate, chewy, thick, outrageous. I can't wait to go back and try more!

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                                                            1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                              Totally agree with you ice cream, on the cupcake buttercream not being sugary enough, and i LOVE the devil dogs (or whoopie pies-- are those the same thing?) my wife however, thinks that the cupcake buttercream is perfect, and that the devil dog frosting is too sweet for her taste. We asked them if they could put the devil dog frosting ON TOP of the cupcake and they said we would need to special order that a dozen minimum and to me THAT was the perfect cupcake. (I have four more left in the freezer!) I love sugary sweet magnolia frosting but have a hard time with magnolia style cupcake cake parts being too dry, I think Lulu's is perfectly moist. My new favorite is the yellow cake with the chocolate fudge cream frosting.

                                                              If you haven't tried their scones, or the peanut butter cookies, then you are definitely missing out on the best thing there!

                                                              1. re: PJPasta

                                                                Lulu's cupcakes are perfect for my tastebuds. I guess I like butter more than sugar :-) I love it because its rich... actually... what i do is keep it in the fridge, and then I dont let it come to room temp all the way. It give the buttercream a little less of a too-much-butter feel/taste!

                                                                And recently, i tried their raspberry and chocolate scone.... how is everything there so good!?

                                                                I totally agree that their chocolate chunk cookies are the best! Seriously, i still havent found a better chocolate chip cookies anywhere! Try their rugelach!!! I NEVER LEAVE THAT STORE WITHOUT THEM! My fav is the triple chocolate ones... the raspberry chocolate are second! Oh and their fruit and nut cookies are divine.

                                                                1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                                                  The chocolate raspberry scones here are wicked. The cupcakes here are so very delicious. My favorite is the yellow cake with chocolate ganache. And I like their buttercream, I think it tastes buttery because this place actually uses real butter! Their cupcakes remind me of the old school WIlliam Greenberg cupcakes from back in the day.
                                                                  The peanut butter pie is perfect bc its not too sweet, and has a nice dark chocolate feel.

                                                                  I am terribly jealous of the people that live near this place. Sadly, we live in the city and we will gladly trade our Magnolias, Crumbs or Buttercup for your Lulu's any day!

                                                                  1. re: theAVE

                                                                    their Sarah Bernhardt cookies are to die for, have never ever had a cookie that compares; it is painfully only available at holiday time, have to reserve and usually sold out in a blink; between LuLu's and Zachy's .... wow... what an immense difference in quality of shops to other places I've lived.
                                                                    http://www.sweetsbylulu.com/page.asp?...

                                                                    1. re: foodlvrzen

                                                                      nice cake, must have for an apple zealot I know

                                                                       
                                                              2. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                                Ok, I had a few more hits and misses today. I've decided that I really am not a fan of Lulu's cakes and frostings. BUT their cookies are some of the best I've tasted in the area, bar none.

                                                                The salted caramel cake looked beautiful. But it is almost inedible. Maybe I don't appreciate the combination of salt and caramel, but I could not stomach more than one bite. The cake itself is chocolate, which is fine, but the salt just so completely overpowers any other flavor. A mouthful of salt in my cake? No thanks. Yuck. The red velvet cake also looks gorgeous. My sister and I argued about it for a minute because it has vanilla buttercream (as opposed to cream cheese frosting) but I won and we got it-- it too was seriously disappointing. I have given them many more chances than I should have because I know so many people rave about their cakes and I want to like them, but after 4 visits, I can say definitively: I really dislike their frostings. They taste like pure butter. On top of that, their cakes are more pretty than they are tasty. I appreciate that they use quality ingredients, organic where possible, but I will think twice before I buy another one of their cakes or cupcakes. I will take a sloppy homemade cake over one of their masterpieces anyday.

                                                                On the other hand, the cookies are amazing. We had rainbow (tri color) cookies, rugelach, another one of their gigantic chocolate chip cookies, thumbprint jam cookies, Sarah Bernhardts, all of which are both beautiful AND tasty.

                                                                1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                                  Well I guess Lulu's cakes don't work for everyone ;-( I was in there today and bought some stuff.... totally agree on the rainbow cookie, rugelach, chocolate chip cookies and all their other delish cookies!
                                                                  http://smilessugarandsunshine.blogspo...

                                                                  1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                                                    I want to like their cakes. But I think I'll stick to the cookies for now. When they debut their cupcake store in Tarrytown, I'll definitely be there to check it out... just going to avoid the buttercream.

                                                                    Oh, and great photo of the rainbow cookie.... it was soooo good.

                                                                    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                                      Do you know when their cafe is going to open? I drove by two weeks ago hoping it was opened already only to see the whole complex is unoccupied.

                                                                      1. re: pabboy

                                                                        Where exactly is this cafe and what is it...just cupcakes?

                                                                        1. re: valerie

                                                                          The cafe will be in Tarrytown in the new Hudson Harbors development. Same area as Striped Bass.

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                                                                          Striped Bass
                                                                          236 W Main St, Tarrytown, NY 10591

                                                                      2. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                                        Thank you!! Their stuff is so beautiful, they are naturally photogenic!!

                                                                      3. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                                                        well I love the salty chocolate cake - in fact I think it needs MORE salt! and Milli, your website is mouth watering!

                                                                        1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                                                          hmmmm.... buttercream that "tastes like pure butter" is a bad thing? I agree with Miki and pretty much everyone else here -- I think Lulu's buttercream is incredible. Melts in your mouth - -and yes, it tastes like pure butter! Just as it should!

                                                                          If I wanted sticky sweet I'd buy Duncan Hines frosting or go to Magnolia in the city.

                                                                        2. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                                          Picked up a few things there a week or two ago including a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese icing (and I agree - that's the right frosting for red velvet), a chocolate cupcake with chocolate ganache frosting (my wife's all-time favorite) and a coconut cake "snowball" with marshmallow frosting. It was all very good.

                                                                          1. re: Striver

                                                                            That snowball sounds really good....

                                                                          2. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                                            The Lulu's cookies which I sampled at the Junior League Holiday Boutique were amazing. I risked public humiliation b taking a second one!

                                                                            1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                                              Wait...did someone get their hands on a sarah bernhardt at lulu's? Where? When???

                                                                              secondly I happen to LOVE that cake with salt in it! To each his own, in fact I think that the cake could use more salt! Brilliant and sophisticated in my opinion. I think the buttercream is perfect - it tastes like butter, real butter, because they probably use real butter?

                                                                              I am terribly jealous of your Sarah Bernhardt, though.

                                                                              1. re: theAVE

                                                                                I love the buttercream icing too, but like Miki, I love sugar.

                                                                                I've only had the sandwich cookies, I have to 'try' to try the others. It doesn't sound easy.

                                                                                1. re: anonymouse1935

                                                                                  yeah their buttercream icing is great. the peanut butter sandwich cookie is unbelievable, havent had their other sandwich cookies. that being said, i am NOT a fan of rainbow cookies, never have been and I dont think i ever will. Perhaps I have been tainted as a child forced to eat such stuff during passover.
                                                                                  i Hope they have Sarah bernhardts today since we are in westchester

                                                                                  1. re: theAVE

                                                                                    Their Twitter says that they have Sarah Bernhardts today! GOOD LUCK!

                                                                                    1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                                                                      When we picked up our T-day order this morning (organic caramel apple pie, which we served last year to universal acclaim, and their dark chocolate poundcake loaf with chocolate icing), they threw in a little "gift box" that had some chocolate-enrobed chocolate biscotti and a couple of Sarah Bernhardts (which I had not had before). Excellent - as usual, they do a great job with anything chocolate.

                                                                                      1. re: Striver

                                                                                        OMG I stopped in today to see what they had, and I got a cookie sampler box. And they threw in some Sarah Bernhardts.... it was my first time having a Sarah Bernhardt cookie and omg what an experience! They are amazing! Its a coconut macaron bottom topped with a ganarche dome and covered in chocolate! the cookie part is super light and the chocolate is their usual perfect rich chocolate ganache.... mmmmmmmm

                                                                                        1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                                                                          OK here are pictures of the cookie
                                                                                          http://smilessugarandsunshine.blogspo...

                                                                                          And im sorry, when I said coconutty, I meant almondy ;-)

                                                                                          1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                                                                                            Just FYI, Lulu's Xmas menu lists a box of a dozen Bernhardt's for $20.

                                                                                            1. re: Striver

                                                                                              Their Sarah Bernahardts are the incredible. Just bought two boxes of "12" -- fortunately the people at Lulu's don't know how to count because my box came with 15!!!

                                                                          3. Here is one of our most recent cakes from Lulu's. It was for my daughter's 5th birthday party. The "thing" on top is the mascot at the place where the party was held. Cookie Monster filling -- another winner!

                                                                            http://www.flickr.com/photos/14526977...

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                                                                            1. re: valerie

                                                                              Great cake, Valerie....but dare I ask .... what is that creature? LOL

                                                                            2. Had a bunch of great cookies there yesterday. Surprisingly disappointing though was the blueberry muffin. Had a much better one at Renaissance in Scarsdale earlier this week.

                                                                              But boy, that peanut butter cookie...

                                                                              1. Road food recently reviewed Lulu's and the Candlelight they ordered the twinkie and salted carmel cake.

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                                                                                1. re: chowdom

                                                                                  Several years ago I had their tiramisu cake and it was amazing. Someone above had mentioned their red velvet cake is made with buttercream frosting. If you are looking for a truly amazing red velvet cake, try Martine's in Tuckahoe. And yes, it is made with cream cheese frosting!

                                                                                  1. re: agsp85

                                                                                    I've had red velvet cupcakes from Lulu's made with cream cheese frosting, so I assume that if you request a cake made the same way, they can certainly do it.

                                                                                    The cupcake was great, btw.