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Need a bakery for a birthday cake (8"-10" round) under $30, hopefully in the SF Valley

I am trying to find a bakery that makes good cakes that will not charge me an arm and a leg.

I tried order a birthday cake from Portos, and it would be $20 for a 9" round cake, but they refuse to decorate it with any kind of theme. Which I found really annoying.

Can anyone suggest a bakery that makes good cake, that will make a decorated 8"-10" round two layer cake for under $30?

I live in Santa Clarita, so it would be great if the bakery was no further than the SF Valley.

tia for any help.

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  1. Try Belwood Bakery in Studio City. Their cakes are delicious; they are very accommodating and you probably can negotiate a price w/ them.

    1. what kind of theme are you looking to decorate the cake with? If you just want some flowers, with writing, I'd go with a chinese bakery. I like the Weinie Bakery in Northridge. Otherwise our favorite places for cakes are Portos and Viktor Benes (inside Gelsons in Northridge).

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      1. re: boogiebaby

        Bea's Bakery in Tarzana 1 block from at Reseda Blvd and Ventura Blvd.

        http://www.beasbakery.com/

        1. re: SIMIHOUND

          Bea's is good.

          So is Plusko's (vanilla cake w/ choc chip vanilla custard filling)

          Auntie Em's might be worth considering too.

      2. Not sure about the prices but look at CakeryBakery.net, just off 210 freeway

        1. I would go to Delicious bakery in Northridge at the Northwest corner Nordhoff and Reseda Blvd. While there you can also dine at one of the many chowie restaurants in the immediate area.

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          1. re: chuck

            Believe it or not, Vons makes a pretty decent tres leches. As a bit of a food snob, I pulled one over on unsuspecting kid party attendees.

            1. re: Fru

              Le Bon in Woodland Hills on Ventura near Topanga. Great quality french baker for the price. It will be within your price point! I've only ordered made to order cakes. Moist and not too sweet...great light buttercream. I've ordered here for birthdays and baby showers. This was a great find! I stopped ordering from Sweet Lady Jane after I found this place.

          2. Theme decorated cakes cost more because they take a little time and effort above the norm.

            Viktor Bene's in Gelson's do very nice cakes that look and taste lovely. There are Gelson's in Northridge, Encino, Sherman Oaks, North Hollywood and Tarzana.

            Bea's in Tarzana is good, but not as cheap as people think.

            Cakes by Edie in Canoga Park are tasty and pretty.

            My Cake Bakery is darn good stuff! My secret spot in the valley. Everyone who I've given their cake to has LOVED it.
            http://www.mycakebakery.com/buy/

            Have you this this place near you?
            http://www.jillscakecreations.com/