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La Tulipe or Lulu's?

I'm hosting a couple's baby shower in Greenwich and am looking to order a cake or possibly two (just for variety) for about 20-25 people. I've heard great things about La Tulipe and Lulu's but have never been to either. (I live in VA.) I'm looking for cakes that taste amazing, and are pretty but no specific design. Taste is the biggest concern. Also, any idea on what I should expect a cake to cost? Would really appreciate any advice. Thanks!

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  1. I have only had the cakes from La Tulipe and they are all flash, no substance, imo.

    If you want a different kind of cake, try a tiramisu cake from That Little Italian Restaurant in Greenwich, near the Portchester border. Outstanding.

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    1. re: dolores

      Dolores - once again, I so agree with you. The cakes are beautiful but no taste. I find L'Anjou better, but I do like the croissants at LT.

    2. I have never been to La Tulipe, but I have ordered 3 cakes from Lulu's in the past 4 months. The most expensive was for my son's 1st birthday party. It was a 2-tier custom cake and it cost $225 (this was for about 50 people). Top layer was chocolate cake with cookies and cream filling (I think Lulu's call it cookie monster) and bottom tier was yellow cake with chocolate pudding filling.

      The next cake was for my daughter's 3rd birthday party and it was just 1 tier custom and it cost $150 for about (30 people). This time, all chocolate cake with cookies and cream filling.

      Last cake was for my husband's birthday, and this wasn't a custom cake, necessarily, but just a 6" cake with the chocolate cake and cookies and cream filling. They did decorate it really nicely, though, with fondant stars and silver thingies on it. This one was only $30.

      In case you couldn't tell, we LOVE the cookie monster cake!

      There are some naysayers here, and people who say that Lulu is difficult to work with. I have been nothing but pleased (obviously we keep going back!) and they have always been as nice as could be.

      And most importantly, we think the cakes are delicious.

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      1. re: valerie

        Thanks for the replies. I love tiramisu but the couple has requested chocolate. Sounds like the "cookie monster" is great. Chocolate but not too dark & rich. Thanks again.

        1. re: cameronTea

          My favorite at Lulu's has always been their Brooklyn Blackout cake. I read valerie's review of the cookie monster cake (belated thank you valerie) and had to try that one next...amazing. They are so friendly and great to work with.

          1. re: annemarie115

            We've loved just about everything we've ever had from Lulu's, including Cookie Monster and Brooklyn Blackout cakes - but our favorite is the After Midnight, a dark chocolate fan's delight, based on their intensely flavorful devil's food cake.

            Oops. I just noted the OP is not looking for dark & rich - which defines the After Midnight cake, so this may not be what's wanted - but overall, you just can't go wrong with Lulu's.

      2. without a doubt la tulipe. that guy martin is one talented guy, and the french macaroons are far and away the best i have tasted in my life, and i have tasted alot!!! plus, his artistic side is unbelievable.

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          1. re: 5pmshadow

            But the OP is looking for cake. The cakes I've had from La Tulipe were decorated to the max (and uber expensive, I was told), in fact overdecorated, imo, and tasted like a mix.

            Their apple pie is sub-par as well.

            1. re: dolores

              Thanks again for all the responses! Has anyone tried the non-chocolate cake flavors at Lulu's? I was thinking of getting two flavors so the people who are not chocolate fans have another option.

              1. re: cameronTea

                Lulu's makes a coconut cake with marshmallow frosting that's really good if you're a coconut lover. I also liked their lemon-raspberry a lot.

                Also, I forgot to note their superlative German Chocolate Cake in the chocolate category - the best I've had anywhere, and I've eaten a lot of German Chocolate cake over the years! It's a lighter, milkier chocolate than the After Midnight.

                For a complete cake listing, select "menu" at their website:

                www.sweetsbylulu.com

          2. La Tulipe makes something called a Chocolate Extreme cake, that looks like a dome-- I've only had the mini version, but it blew me away. It's covered in ganache and filled with dense chocolate cake and the most amazing chocolate mousse.

            http://www.latulipedesserts.com/cakes...

            Oh, and if you need something more chocolatey to go along with it, as 5pmshadow said, the macarons-- ESPECIALLY the chocolate-- are incredible.

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            1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

              You guys have it all wrong....hahaha! (just kidding) The Glazey River is the BEST cake , if you want light and dreamy, at Lulu's. How can you go wrong with nutella and crunchy pieces of hazelnut(? ) A close second would be the BEFORE midnight, made with some sour cream light and slightly tangy yellow cake, nice tender crumb, filled with mousse and ganache. Outrageous!

              Have tried La Tulipe a few times and not terribly impressed, rather go to La Rennaisance if I want something more "French" even though their product is not as good as it used to be. I think we had the chocolate dome cake at La Tulipe, and while I must admit, it was GORGEOUS, the cake tasted o.k. and there was left-over cake, which never happens with a Lulu cake!

              On another note, however, the french macarons at La Tulipe are outstanding!

              1. re: RawTunaFan

                I can definitely see there being leftovers of the dome cake-- so rich. That's why the mini one was perfect! Yay for their macarons!

                1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                  Is the dome cake the one with the masses of stylized chocolate decoration? If so, that's the one I had.

                  I think there were leftovers because it was not a very good cake.

                  1. re: dolores

                    It was very plain, not many decorations. The mini cake I had was delicious, so either we had different cakes, or to each her own.

                    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                      I will have to also defend the Chocolate Extreme - very rich but excellent and decadent. Not fancily decorated - I believe it's glazed with a ganache and has a small chocolate decoration in the very center, with chocolate macaroons around the edge. Tasteful and delicious. That said, to me it's more of a mousse-like dessert than a true cake like the OP was requesting. But overall I've had a very positive experience at La Tulipe - have not yet tried Lulu's to compare!

                      1. re: kerryfood

                        Then it wasn't the Chocolate Extreme. This thing had layer upon layer of sheet choclate piled on top of a cake. It made cutting the cake extremely difficult, unless all of that decoration was taken off.

                        Quite a yawner.

            2. Ive only had Lulu's so im gonna say GO LULUS!!!
              Yesterday, i tried the Coconut Cake with Marshmallow Frosting... it was so insanely goood! I think everything that involves a yellow cake is divine.... its super moist, but NOT GREASY! and the perfect sweetness... i find all their cakes to be so perfectly balanced in terms of flavors!
              My favorite cake though was the Dulce De Leche.... First of all, the caramel frosting is perfection and it has slivered almonds in between the layers of cake..... a nice little crunch! I LOVE IT!