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Calgary - Pretty, Yummy Cakes

Jetgirly Dec 11, 2007 02:58 PM

I need to get a cake for about ten or twelve people. I want something nicer than the type of thing you'd get at the bakery section at Safeway. I need to be able to pick it up on a weekday morning, and the bakery (as I assume it will probably come from a bakery) must be accessible by public transport! Any ideas? I'm not going to be eating it, so I can't express any flavour preference. I guess chocolate is always good!

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    kritafo Dec 12, 2007 11:33 AM

    I would go to Chinatown and get a cake from Jing Jing just below Happy Valley, they are great, fruit filled, not sweet icing, you can purchase them by the pound and would be more than happy to fill it quickly and efficiently. If you tell them how many people it's for they will tell you which one to get..and with a top just full of fruit. They are simply amazing. It will be costly....but well worth it.

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      yen Dec 12, 2007 12:02 PM

      I assume this isnt Jing Jing Noodle you are referring to, but an actual bakery? :)

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        crigg Dec 12, 2007 12:27 PM

        T&T asian supermarket has beautiful cakes for being a chain... lol im always raving about it. http://www.tnt-supermarket.com/order/... but I dont know how big they make them. mn taro.

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          kritafo Dec 13, 2007 05:09 AM

          Jing Jing Bakery it's at 100-3 Ave SE, Calgary AB, Canada, it's in the basement, just walk down the stairs.

          You can buy a small roll of this cake it's always in the display, it's the fruit filled one, they also have Chestnut and the green filled one, sorry I can't remember what it's called. But definitely the fruit filled one, it's light and tasty!

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          sharonanne Dec 12, 2007 02:21 PM

          I'd suggest trying a small piece of cake from a Chinese bakery before buying a whole cake. Although many people don't like the overly sweet icing from Crave they might find Chinese icing goes too far the other way.

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            sweeterpea Dec 12, 2007 05:00 PM

            I agree with that. Being Chinese myself, I do find the Chinese bakery cakes look great but many times fall short of flavor compared to western-style cakes.

        3. ybnormal Dec 12, 2007 08:09 AM

          For Brulee, if its for this month, you won't be able to order one. Their cutoff was on Dec 1st. But if you show up first thing, they usually have cakes available for purchase, or call them first thing to set one aside for you. However, on weekdays, they only open at noon. But they really are the best!

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            yen Dec 12, 2007 07:49 AM

            For proximity to C-Train, i'd +1 Brulee, Latruwe, and the Coop Midtown Market (this is also the most affordable option!). Their cakes are actually quite good.

            I'd throw Decadent Desserts on there (across from the MEC). I've used them once or twice.

            1. alex8alot Dec 11, 2007 08:11 PM

              Is Manuel Latruwe easy to get to on the bus? It's just at the end of 17th Ave. THey have great cakes, not icing heavy, beautiful, and you can order ahead. They are definitely open early on weekdays. ANd you can pick up some amazing croissants for yourself as well!

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                John Manzo Dec 11, 2007 08:22 PM

                Manuel Latruwe is a not far from the Stampede LRT station... just don't walk around in that area after dark.

                Jetgirly, ya know Crave does cakes too- www.cravecookies.com

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                  CJL Dec 12, 2007 06:49 AM

                  Nectar makes great cakes as well. Not sure how convienient it is on transit though.

                  http://www.nectardesserts.com/cakes.php

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                    maplesugar Dec 12, 2007 03:40 PM

                    I second Nectar or Manuel Latruwe but this time of year I'd definitely call ahead. :)

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                      sweeterpea Dec 12, 2007 04:59 PM

                      I third Nectar.

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                cdn Dec 11, 2007 07:32 PM

                From the uni, what about hitting up one of the Crave locations, either Kensington or the new one on 17th.Super easy to take on the bus/c-train. That way you can pick up a variety of flavors too. Im a teacher and everyone loves cupcakes! Super easy clean-up if they are for the kids and easy to eat on the go for the staff. Trust me our eyes light up when we see these come in the staffroom!

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                  Jetgirly Dec 11, 2007 08:05 PM

                  I thought about Crave but I've observed this group of teachers in their natural habitat for months, and they have DEFINITELY expressed a preference for sweets that aren't as icing-heavy as Crave cupcakes. It sucks, because that is really easy on public transport!

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                  yen Dec 11, 2007 03:03 PM

                  Which part of the city were you taking it to? Public transport covers a lot of territory - that could be inconvenient if you had to carry a cake for 2 hours on buses and CT.

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                    Jetgirly Dec 11, 2007 03:53 PM

                    I'm willing to take transit for two hours... a lot of trips around Calgary take that long! I live in residence at U of C and have to take it to a school near the Chinook or Heritage C-Train station.

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                      graemejw Dec 11, 2007 04:22 PM

                      The mid-town Co-op on 11th has a superb selection. Upscale & beautifully decorated as well....

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                      aktivistin Dec 11, 2007 04:54 PM

                      I like Sunterra's tiramisu cake -- pretty, well-priced, and the 10" size is enough for twelve people. If you order ahead of time, you can get it pretty fresh. It's closer to a cake with mascarpone filling than tiramisu, though. They have a number of different cakes in different sizes.

                      There are a couple of Sunterra locations downtown. The one in Bankers' Hall is not too far from the C-Train line (one block over and one floor up).

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                        Jetgirly Dec 11, 2007 08:07 PM

                        There is a Sunterra on one of the bus routes to Heritage Station (I think it's called Britannia or something...). That's a good idea! Maybe I will start at Brulee and if nothing there works out, I can continue on the bus to that Sunterra...

                    3. sharonanne Dec 11, 2007 03:03 PM

                      Brulee has some pretty amazing cakes. I'm not sure about public transport but they are at 722 11th ave.

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