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Jan 4, 2008 06:01 PM

unusual cakes from Chinese bakeries?

Everytime someone is having a birthday in my family, I try to get a special cake that no one has ever tasted (SLJ, Leda's, Amandine....), but so far none has interested them. OK, they only want the standard (to me BORING) Chinese sponge cakes with fruit fillings from the various bakeries in the SGV. Another birthday is coming up next week, and I am still hopeful that I can get something tasty yet interesting and unusual (topping, filling, flavor..) from one of these Chinese bakeries. Thanks for suggestions.

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  1. Taro, Taro, Taro...

    It makes for a nice natural purplish color to the cake and/or acts as a filling for the cake. Yum.

    Ask for it by name. Taro.

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    1. re: J.L.

      We've had taro many times, and it's generally well received. Which bakery do you think makes the tastiest taro cake?

      1. re: J.L.

        I agree with the Taro. I've had the cake at JJ Bakery in Irivine - Yummy!

      2. I've seen green tea cakes a lot. Not sure if this falls under the boring category though since they're everywhere.

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        1. re: choctastic

          I like green tea cakes. Which bakery do you like?

          1. re: fdb

            Hmm, I wish I was more familiar with the bakeries in the SGV area. For that, I would turn to if I were you.

        2. Get a durian cake from Van's Bakery.

          VAN'S BAKERY
          121 East Valley Blvd
          San Gabriel
          (626) 288-7272

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            Wow, Durian! That sure is interesting. I just tasted a fried durian dessert in Taiwan, but not sure if I can handle a cake.

            1. The Tiramisu cake from JJ Bakery in Arcadia. I ordered one time for my Mom's birthday, everyone loved it. (Most of the guests were Chinese)

              1. Not chinese, but I really found the Tres Leches cakes from a good mexican bakery to be equally satisfying - not extremely sweet or dense, maybe more of a 'change' w/o going overboard.

                Or else if you are at all close to Torrance there's the Paradise cake from King's Hawaiian that's very similiar to chinese cakes in terms of sweetness and lightness but have more of a tropical taste to it.

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                1. re: notmartha

                  Guess what? I've tried having Paradise Cake, which I think is very moist and tasty, before. Not a hit, either!

                  1. re: fdb

                    Tough crowd. Maybe a standard cake for them (some people really only likes the familiar stuff), and a slice of interesting cake for yourself? ;)