East Bay (Oak/Berk) Birthday Cake Hunt
Looking for a cake for my mother's birthday tomorrow. Her favorites are no longer available. They were:
1)The carrot cake from Grace Baking at the Market Hall. Mom likes a moist, dense cake with nuts, but not too much spice. Cream cheese frosting is a must.
2)Reine de Saba (or similar) cake from Cocolat. We're talking a dense flourless (or nearly flourless) cake that is moist and intensely chocolate-y. She's also a fan of the David Glass Chocolate Truffle cake. And no, though I'm a fan, the Pave Vergiate at Crixa is just too light for mom.
Suggestions for a fair copy of either of the above gratefully accepted.
I haven't had it in a while, but I used to love the carrot cake from Toots Sweets in Berkeley (though I've seen some negative reports) but you could probably go there and try a slice and see how it is. I've also had good cakes (but, again, not for a few years) from Ladyfingers in Oakland, and I think they have carrot cake and a flourless chocolate cake. Market Hall bakery also has a flourless chocolate cake, have you tried there for that kind?
Market Hall Bakery
5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
150 Santa Clara Ave, Oakland, CA
1277 Gilman St, Albany, CA
I'd give Neldam's a call. You can be assured there'd be plenty of the good stuff...butter and it would be old school. They do carrot cake but I can't vouch. Might also research Merritt Bakery but that would be my second or third choice.
Neldam's Danish Bakery
3401 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
You might try Katrina Rozelle on College (near Claremont). They have really dense cakes....I fear the suggestions above would be too light and fluffy for your mom. Their menu's not online, but you could call and ask.
Also, the sticky date pudding from Bakesale Betty is really dense. You heat it and it comes with a caramel sauce....absolutely delicious.
5931 College Ave, Oakland, CA