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Nov 4, 2007 08:59 AM

Who makes the best chocolate cake?

I'm looking for the best chocolate cake in the city for my husband's birthday. I'd like to find something in the order of a sponge cake/devil's food cake with a chocolate buttercream icing. I know it's sounds simple and there is no shortage of chocolate cake in this city, but I have yet to find anything that I love. Help!

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  1. Death by Chocolate - cakes by Pauline. Available at Bruno's. I love this cake!

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    1. re: Yum2MyTum

      Does anyone have an update for a good old fashioned chocolate cake? It's my husband's birthday, and he wants chocolate (not hazelnut like I had hoped ...LOL). I have two places in mind, but I think one only delivers (Baker Street Desserts) and another one is only open M-F (Bake: Dessert & Co.). I would prefer uptown since I might have to go right after work on a week night or if close by, I could go on my lunch hour. I'm in Scarborough, but don't mind to drive 30 minutes or so.

      1. re: red dragon

        Flaky Tart does wonderful old-fashioned desserts. She does cakes to order with various kinds of icing. It's a Mt. Pleasant and Eglinton.

        1. re: merlot143

          Hi Merlot,
          They're closed Sundays/Mondays, but I left a message, thank you.

        2. re: red dragon

          It's been a long time since I lived in Scarborough but I remember that Fabian's cafe on Markham Rd south of Ellesmere had good cakes. If you wanted to go downtown (which you don't) I would suggest the Harbord St Bakery. Their chocolate cake is superlative.

          1. re: hoagy294

            Since Harbord Bakery is open on Sat/Sun, I might give it a try. Would you please tell me what their chocolate cake tastes like? How does it look/decorated? It's not like a supermarket cake where it's super sweet and the icing is grainy is it? I'm sure it isn't, but having not tried it, just wanted to know.


            1. re: red dragon

              It's a lovely deep fudge taste and the icing is almost like a fondant, it definitely is not grainy. They have different sizes, round or a larger sheet cake, and the last time I got one they decorated it with an icing approximation of grapes and grape leaves. It is nothing like a supermarket cake. It also is not a mousse, which i can't stand. It's more of a devil's food cake.

              1. re: hoagy294

                Sounds wonderful, thank you!!

                When you say grapes and grape leaves, were they in chocolate, or a colored icing? That would sound nice for my husband's cake, wasn't sure how to decorate it ....

                1. re: red dragon

                  Another good uptown option is Phipp's (Eglinton just west of Avenue Rd). They have a great chocolate fudge cake. It's more dense/fudgy than a devil's food cake, and has a chocolate ganache-ish icing. Mmm...

                  1. re: red dragon

                    I remember it as green and purple icing.

                    1. re: hoagy294

                      Hi Hoagy:
                      That sounds nice. Sorry to keep bugging you with questions .. I called Harbord Bakery and the lady said they charge by weight? I've never heard of a bakery doing this for a cake. For a 7", she said it would be between $15-20. Great price when I've been getting quotes for $35, but just wondering on the price range. I thought bakeries use the same size cake pans?

                      Secondly, the lady said their cakes are not very high?

                      Thanks again in advance for your feedback!

          1. re: togone

            Thanks, however, I had mentioned a bakery uptown.

          2. Ok. So it is completely old-school, but you absolutely have to try the Open Window Bakery chocolate fudge cake. It is rich, gooey, chocolate-y delicious. It will not look chic or modern, but it is a classic.

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            1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

              I used to frequent Open Window when I worked in the west end. I'll have a look if I'm ever near one. Thank you!

              1. re: red dragon

                Believe it or not, The Tulip restaurant does a great classic chocolate cake. If you call ahead they will have one ready for you, and they are open at all hours (practically) A few years ago, it was around $25 for a double layer chocolate cake, which you could easily pull off as homemade!

                1. re: shocked

                  I've had their choclate cake, it is delicious!

              2. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

                Was in a mall today and what did I see? Open Window Bakery - so I remember someone here on the forums said their chocolate cake was pretty good. Is this the cake that you bought? (They had a few versions). Other than the chocolate sprinkes which were a bit hard to scrape off and the icing being a tad like the grainy/gritty type icing, it was quite good. Fresh, moist and definitely more cake than icing. Not an expensive, deluxe type cake but it satisfied our chocolate craving. Thanks for the recommendation and here are the pics!!

                1. re: red dragon

                  Hi Red Dragon
                  Where exactly is Open Window located?

                  1. re: sugarcube

                    Here is a link to the locations. It doesn't look like the one I bought at is on the list. That one was in the plaza at the corner of Don Mills/Steeles. For 12.56 (no tax), the price can't be beat. We're still eating the cake though!



                    We bought the one called Chocolate Fudge layer. You'll notice it by the chocolate sprinkes all around the sides.

                    1. re: red dragon

                      We had a birthday celebration at work today, and I picked up a Phipp's
                      "Mom's Chocolate Cake'. Tasted homemade, very fudgey. Big success!

                      1. re: millygirl

                        I've seen those! I almost ordered one for my husband's birthday, a bit on the pricey side, but yes, the cake looked scrumptious!

                        1. re: red dragon

                          Like a lot of other institutions, sadly Open Window is not what is used to be. Many years ago, that was my family's go to place for birthday cakes and special occasions. Now I find all their cakes are pretty much tasteless, or at least, all taste the same. Next time try Phipps.

                      2. re: red dragon

                        Thanks Red Dragon.. I thought I recognized the name of the bakery. I was taken to Downsview location a few years ago. It was the aroma that drew us towards the bakery :)
                        wow, 12.56? That's a steal. Was the cake made with all natural ingredients? (specifically without hydrogenated oils)

                        1. re: sugarcube

                          For 12.56, I'm going to guess it's made with all the bad stuff (for sure).

                          Normally, I'll make my own, with all butter (not any better, but butter is a natural ingredient, unlike shortening - at least that's what the women from "Eat, Shrink and be Merry" say.

                    2. re: red dragon

                      I know that this is a very late response to your question that if you want a butter cream cake you need to get a double dip cake from open window bakery.

                      1. re: Smilie

                        I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but in case you haven't heard, Open Window has closed down. I heard that Kiva's made a double-dip copy cat cake and tried it but it did not compare. So I am back to square one. Any suggestions? It has to be as delicious as open window's but cheaper than phipps.


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