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Best Birthday Cakes in N. VA??

jjnLA Jul 8, 2008 08:45 PM

Not a "restaurant" related question, but important nonetheless. Which bakery makes the best birthday cakes in Tysons/Vienna area?

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    MikeR RE: jjnLA Jul 9, 2008 03:30 AM

    Any cake can be a birthday cake. What do you like, how big, and how much are you willing to spend?

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      jjnLA RE: MikeR Jul 9, 2008 05:34 PM


      The cake will be for about 15-20 people. Don't want to pay much more than $60-$75. I like moister cakes with interesting flavors...rum fillings, berry fillings, cream fillings. Do not want anything with shortening for frosting, etc.

      Thank you for your interest.

    2. Dennis S RE: jjnLA Jul 9, 2008 06:26 AM

      I'm not into sweets too much but the Amphora Bakery in Herndon gets top marks by many.

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        kodiakbear RE: Dennis S Jul 9, 2008 06:36 AM

        Pastries by Randolph on Lee Hwy in Arlington (not exactly Tysons/Vienna, but worth the short drive)

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          Culocho RE: kodiakbear Jul 10, 2008 06:52 PM

          I second this!

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            JAC13 RE: Culocho Jul 15, 2008 04:39 PM

            Third! I just got one of these cakes for my birthday and every single person raved. It was an insanely good cake!!

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          MizYellowRose RE: Dennis S Jul 9, 2008 02:19 PM

          I agree that Amphora's desserts are overrated. Once we ate at the Herndon location and saw a nice looking cake. We bought a piece, took it home, and it was terrible--stale and tasteless. That said, perhaps getting it fresh from the bakery may make all the difference...

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            ktmoomau RE: MizYellowRose Jul 12, 2008 07:14 AM

            I had this same experience with a pie I ate there, it was a "coconut cream pie" I think the meringue was actually whipped topping because it had gotten hard as a rock I couldn't eat it. But after that I have never had anything straight from the bakery, so I guess it could make a difference.

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              chowser RE: ktmoomau Jul 12, 2008 06:42 PM

              But my question is why are they selling items that are old enough to be like that? I've had the experience far too often.

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                ktmoomau RE: chowser Jul 13, 2008 07:20 AM

                I don't know I just don't take my chances.

        3. chowser RE: jjnLA Jul 9, 2008 09:04 AM

          In Fairfax City, a little farther out, is my favorite bakery for cakes, Victoria's cakery, and the only place where I think the cakes are worth the calories. But, they have heavy dense cakes which I prefer. While Amphora's (in Vienna) has beautiful cakes, I find them dry and tasteless. My in-laws love it, though, and every cake they get comes from there.

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            Dennis S RE: chowser Jul 9, 2008 10:56 AM

            For Amphora - it pays to go to the bakery and get it fresh.

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              chowser RE: Dennis S Jul 9, 2008 12:51 PM

              The bakery in Herndon? I didn't realize they shipped them out and thought they made them in Vienna. Herndon would be such a hike for us. My in-laws have special ordered cakes (Vienna), too, and once it was dry enough that they called to complain.

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                Dennis S RE: chowser Jul 9, 2008 01:48 PM

                Well I sit corrected - there's a bakery in Vienna as well. The one in Herndon is in an ugly warehouse, but once inside it's actually quite nice. They host parties and other events there.


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                  chowser RE: Dennis S Jul 9, 2008 04:31 PM

                  Is it part of the Amphora Diner? I don't remember seeing the bakery but we stayed in the main diner area and there was a huge selection of baked goods on the way in. What do you recommend from there? Over the years, we've had a huge variety of their cakes (think 20 relatives, all who order from there, most special occasions), and some of the cookies.

                  I went to the diner recently, on the way back from the airport, on recommendations from here. I hate to pan a place for both baked goods and food but I wasn't that impressed with the food there, either. I had a decent grilled vegetable sandwich but my husband did not care for the pastitsio, moussaka and spinokopita. The pastitsio was dry, as was the moussaka.

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                    Dennis S RE: chowser Jul 10, 2008 05:30 AM

                    In Herndon they're two different locations; diner and then the bakery - and at least a mile separates them.

                    I really am not into sweets. I have a few friends who swear by them, and the few bites I've had of different cakes or pies (or other treats) were good, but I'm really not going to be able to provide the critical view that I could with say, a chorizo taco.

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              jjnLA RE: chowser Jul 9, 2008 05:35 PM

              Sounds interesting, I will check out Victoria's. My family likes moister, denser, cakes as well.

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              anni RE: jjnLA Jul 9, 2008 12:34 PM

              My daughter just brought over a half-sheet that she had picked up at Wegman's. If you like regular birthday cake, this one was good and the leftovers froze well. She said it was about $25.

              1. Aphioni RE: jjnLA Jul 9, 2008 02:10 PM

                not in Tysons or Vienna, but if you are willing to travel to Ashburn for a fabulous European style gourmet cake, Cafe Rumi is amazing.


                they do minis as well- perfect for cocktail/dinner parties!

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                  jjnLA RE: Aphioni Jul 9, 2008 05:37 PM

                  sounds good...will definately check out Cafe Rumi. Thank you.

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                    Aphioni RE: jjnLA Jul 10, 2008 04:29 PM

                    there's a 10% off coupon on www.aphioni.com (does that break the rules to say that?)

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                  alexofoakton RE: jjnLA Jul 10, 2008 07:30 PM

                  I second the Victoria's Cakery in Fairfax City (http://www.victoriascakeryinc.com/ind...) as having really great cakes for all occasions. We just had one for my daughter's wedding and it was fabulous. My experience with the Amphora's baked goods have been very negative although I haven't had anything from them in a while.

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                    mechzoro RE: jjnLA Jul 11, 2008 09:44 AM

                    This is what you're looking for. Best cakes in the area.


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                      Steve RE: mechzoro Jul 11, 2008 11:01 AM

                      Cenans' is a real treasure. Though I have not had any of their cakes, just the pastries.

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                        jjnLA RE: Steve Jul 15, 2008 03:02 PM

                        Thanks....I will check them out...

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                          Aphioni RE: jjnLA Jul 15, 2008 06:17 PM

                          looking forward to hearing who you chose and what you think!

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                      kelly10561 RE: jjnLA Jul 15, 2008 08:28 PM

                      You should try BakeshopDC - www.bakeshopdc.com . It is very small, run by a local baker. He is teamed up with Murky Coffee in Arlington. So delicious, I use them for all cake and cupcake events. I'm a huge advocate of great small bakeries like this one.

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