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Need Birthday Cake - Boston!

cvr1973 Jan 16, 2008 04:58 PM

I'm hosting a birthday dinner for my wife at Betty's Wok and Noodle. She will throttle me if there is no cake. Betty's is cool with me bringing one but I need a decent, nay, an OUTSTANDING birthday cake bakery in Boston, Brookline or Cambridge so I can get the cake and get to Betty's on time. Thoughts?

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    nightsky Jan 20, 2008 05:42 PM

    Another vote for Party Favors in Brookline. Always had great cakes from there. only caveat: if you're picking it up on a weekend, allow plenty of time. The place gets packed sometimes and you might have an unexpected wait.

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    1. re: nightsky
      lissy Jan 23, 2008 01:18 PM

      I had some beautiful and delicious birthday cupcakes from Party Favors a few weeks ago.

    2. NiKoLe1625 Jan 18, 2008 04:09 AM

      Modern Pastry in the north end makes an AMAZING birthday cake. Recently got one from there for my best friends birthday and it was so delicious.

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        funkluvah Jan 18, 2008 03:08 PM

        i swear by party favors as well.. they always make beautiful tasty cakes!!

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        pink dress Jan 17, 2008 09:27 AM

        Party favors has the best traditional birthday cakes - yellow or chocolate moist cake and very sweet creamy frosting - plus they're beautiful.
        But for OUSTANDING - I would go nowhere but Finale.

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          Chris VR Jan 17, 2008 10:53 AM

          I've never had anything at FInale that I'd describe as "outstanding" -- "decent", maybe even "good" but not outstanding.

          Having bought cakes from both Party Favors and Icing on the Cake, I would definitely cast my vote for Icing on the Cake.

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            pink dress Jan 22, 2008 04:37 PM

            Sad you've never had anything outstanding at Finale because they are the best!

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              BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jan 22, 2008 06:13 PM

              Seriously? I'm impressed that Chris has ever had anything approaching "good" there, because everything I've ever eaten at Finale has been mediocre to downright awful, and I would never, ever suggest that anyone ever get a birthday cake from them.

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                Chris VR Jan 22, 2008 06:39 PM

                Yeah I might have been a bit generous with the "good" comment. The thing is I REALLY want to like Finale. I LOOOOVE dessert. I love the idea of a restaurant that serves just dessert. The last time I went there I had a very nice server. But every time I go (and that only adds up to maybe 4 times) I am disappointed with the food, surprised by the price, and decide I won't go again. Then in a few years I manage to forget and do it all over again. I haven't had their birthday cakes- didn't even know they did them. But agree with Barmy, nothing I've had would lead me to expect a particularly good one, and nothing that comes close to the Orange Grand Marnier cake I got last time at Icing on the Cake.

                Icing On the Cake
                230 Adams St, Newton, MA

                1306 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

                1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                  pink dress Feb 2, 2008 02:31 PM

                  Ok I don't know what your dessert standards are, but I can't even fathom anything being mediocre or awful at Finale. Finale is my favorite restaurant because I love dessert that much - plus the art of plating dessert. I will stand by my original post and suggest birthday cake or any other plated dessert there - I don't know anyone that doesn't like Finale.

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                    BarmyFotheringayPhipps Feb 2, 2008 02:49 PM

                    Hi, I'm BarmyFotheringayPhipps. I don't like Finale. Nice to meet you.

                    Seriously, I hate Finale BECAUSE I love dessert, and I love desserts that taste as good as they look. The desserts at Finale look very pretty indeed, but the taste leaves much to be desired. I'd rather eat something less pretty that tastes good than something gorgeous that tastes of nothing.

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            Blumie Jan 17, 2008 09:22 AM

            To avoid rehashing the Party Favors vs. Icing on the Cake debate, here is the most recent discussion:


            1. SerendipitouslyNG Jan 17, 2008 09:18 AM

              Party Favors in Brookline. on Beacon street if your wife likes frosting. They can make a cake of anything (though pricy for unique creations, and the sweet buttercream frosting is to die for. Don't get chocolate cake though, the vanilla works better.

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                Canoli Jan 17, 2008 09:07 AM

                Party Favors in Brookline - great cakes!

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                  Ralphie_in_Boston Jan 17, 2008 09:04 AM

                  Icing on the Cake, in Newton. I know that's not Brookline or Cambridge but it's not too far from exit 17 on the Mass Pike, a straight shot down the pike to the Pru exit and then you're very close to Betty's.

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                    saltyair Jan 17, 2008 04:30 AM

                    Rosie's Bakery in Brookline and Cambridge.

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                      taxi Jan 17, 2008 03:01 AM

                      Royal Bakery on Cambridge Street in Cambridge has great cakes especially the strawberry shortcake with whipped cream one...

                      1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jan 16, 2008 07:48 PM

                        Party Favors, on Beacon Street in Coolidge Corner. Even better, it's an easy shot from there to Betty's.

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                          ChiOut Jan 23, 2008 12:53 PM

                          I am surprised that no one has mentioned the Japanese Bakery by the St. Mary T stop in Brookline. The places people recommended are too sweet tasting for my palate. Japonaise Bakery has one of the best cakes in Boston. They are very light tasting but delicious. The cakes are not fancy or fun like Party Favors, but you will definitely want more than one piece! I special ordered the strawberry cake for my wedding and a lot of the guests went for a second piece. I highly recommend this place. I personally like the strawberry cake and the green tea cake. The Japanese are very good at adapting French baking to their own tastes. Give it a try!

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