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teacake bakery in emeryville

huckleberry May 1, 2006 05:33 PM

Last friday, I went to a birthday party where for dessert, we had cookies and cupcakes from teacake bake shop in emeryville. I have been looking around forever for a cupcake bakery in the bay area (a la leda's bake shop in LA or magnolia's/billy's/etc in NY), and it looks like i've finally found one for all of us cupcake lovers out there! i enjoyed the madagascar bourbon vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting and thought the cake was of perfect moistness, thought the buttercream was a tad too sweet (but i tend to like my baked goods less sweet in general).

cupcakes are $3. cookies are $2. can't wait to actually go to the shop to check it out the next time i'm in the east bay.

Link: http://teacakebakeshop.com/

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    TheDive RE: huckleberry May 1, 2006 07:17 PM

    I had Teacake do cupcakes for baby shower that I threw back in January -- they were perfect. The cake itself is quite tasty (i.e., doesn't rely just on the frosting), although I liked the vanilla better than the chocolate. They are super nice at the bakery, even decorating all the cupcakes free of charge and without asking. Plus gave me a free cupcake and cookie. I'll definitely use them again for my next shindig (as I despise actually baking anything myself).

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      Robert Lauriston RE: TheDive May 1, 2006 07:55 PM

      If they're charging $3 a cupcake, I wouldn't say the decoration is free. That's an even better margin than pizza.

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        TheDive RE: Robert Lauriston May 1, 2006 08:05 PM

        Agreed, but I forgot to add that they gave me a deal on multiple cupcakes (plus gave me a taster cupcake and cookie when I ordered them). Can't remember the total, but it was less than $3 and I was pleased with the outcome.

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      sugarbuzz RE: huckleberry Aug 28, 2006 01:27 AM

      I stopped by Teacake today after some last minute back to school shopping.
      My oldest daughter got the devil's food cupcake with chocolate frosting. She ate the frosting but not the cake. She said it was too dry & bitter. I had to agree after tasting it.

      My other daughter got the buttermilk flat cupcake with chocolate buttercream. She ate about half of it. I finished the rest. She said the buttercream was way too sweet. What 9 yr old thinks anything is too sweet? But..yes it was extrememly sweet. Maybe they had an off day with that batch as I had had it before and it tasted ok.

      I got the coffee toffee chocolate cookie. It tasted like a regular tollhouse cookie with toffee in it. No hint of coffee. You couldn't tell they used premium chocolate in it because it was so damn sweet.

      So..I've been there a few times but it seems like it's usually not worth it.

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        lmnopm RE: huckleberry Aug 28, 2006 04:48 AM

        My thoughts (shared by many, methinks) is that the cookies are excellent, and the cakes aren't. I have tried a few incarnations of the cupcakes and haven't been thrilled. They are things that I want to like, and don't hate them, but they could be so much better. The cookies, however, are great.

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          Hungry Hippo RE: huckleberry Aug 28, 2006 05:13 AM

          A while ago, I had a honey roasted peanut butter cookie there, thought it was so good I bought a dozen to take home and freeze, but haven't seen it the few times I've been back since.

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            Grocers Daughter RE: huckleberry Aug 29, 2006 06:44 PM

            I like the brownie bites at Teacake. I actually like the vanilla cupcakes too, but then I like sweet desserts...

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              lnyc RE: huckleberry Aug 29, 2006 08:11 PM

              the cookies are much better than the cupcakes, especially when they are warm and oozing chocolate. Their cupcakes do not compare to Magnolia's in NY, as this place only offers chocolate and vanilla flavors. I would really like to see a variety of cupcake flavors.

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                melisky RE: huckleberry Aug 29, 2006 09:29 PM

                I can't vouch for the cupcakes, but the snickerdoodle I had a month ago while shopping with my stepsister was delicious and very rich. I felt like I was eating butter with a little cinnamon sugar and a bit of flour thrown in.

                My sis tried the chocolate chip cookie and we traded halfway through. I got a bit of a sugar headache from the chocolate chip, so I'll be sticking to the snickerdoodles.

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                  zinfanatic RE: huckleberry Aug 30, 2006 04:18 AM

                  Where are they located in Emeryville? I could not even find their location on their website!

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                    Melanie Wong RE: zinfanatic Aug 30, 2006 04:22 AM

                    Here's the location info:

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                    cornypuff RE: huckleberry Aug 30, 2006 06:16 AM

                    Of all of Teacake's cupcakes, their sour cream chocolate cupcakes are the moistest. And of all their cookies, the molasses cookie w/ orange icing is the least sweet (but still very good). On weekends they make a pretty delicious lemon cupcake with cream cheese frosting. Wish they made it all the time..

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