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Aug 13, 2008 05:46 AM

Best Chocolate Cake in the city


Looking for the best old fashion chocolate layered cake with frosting. I would make it myself but I do not own a mixer. Need for a birthday party this weekend. Ella's makea good one but only offer it by the slice once or twice a week. Thanks

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  1. Haven't tried it yet, but there have been a number of positive reports on the board that Arizmendi on Irving sells a good chocolate. cake. Even with all its changes, Just Desserts makes a good one. I don't know if they have any bakeries open though or are just selling through markets now.

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    1. re: rworange

      Just Desserts' chocolate cake is good. Very much like what a good home baker would make. Their only remaining cafes are at the Metreon and SFO but you can get them at lots of other places including Costco:

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Haven't seen it at the Richmond Costco recently

      2. re: rworange

        We've had Arizmendi's version, and it's outstanding. I don't think they always have it on hand so you may have to preorder.

        Arizmendi Bakery
        1331 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

        1. re: rworange

          Near my house and I did not know they did cake. Thanks!

        2. Delessio's is known here as having great chocolate cake and other goodies. I'm a couple of years out of date with his place but I'm sure others will say if it's still as good as ever.

          Delessio Market & Bakery
          1695 Market St. (at Gough/Valencia, next to Flax)
          302 Broderick St. (at Oak)

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          1. re: Mick Ruthven

            But do they make they old type with buttercream frosting? Isn't Delessio's that whilpped cream cake?

            1. re: Mick Ruthven

              They do an intense chocolate cake almost obscene. I am looking for a round, two layered like mom makes style that is really good.
              We are having a theme birthday, diner style food party so Delessio would be too cool.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  Its the location too bad they are no longer on upper Market. They are a good do to otherwise.

                  1. re: Lori SF

                    at the location where they were on Church st., is
                    "Thorough Bread and Pastry"
                    the link has their phone number and they do make cakes, give them a call and see if they do the kind of choc. cake you are looking for...the things I have tried there have been very good!


                    1. re: ChowFun_derek

                      thanks derek, I have not walked by there in a long time.

                      1. re: ChowFun_derek

                        Thanks all. I went to Arizmedi and bought a slice of the chocolate cake with choc. frosting and I resisted getting a slice of pizza too (love their pizza).

                        This is the perfect chocolate cake. Downed it with a glass of milk which made a perfect lunch. The frosting is especially good.

                        I ordered one for Sat. $26.00, the lady behind the counter said it should feed about 12. Its nice to know the simplest things are still available.
                        Thanks again.

                      2. re: Lori SF

                        They have a couple of dozens retail outlets all over town. Click on the SF county image for a list:


                    2. re: Lori SF

                      Arizmendi's is my favorite, hands down. I was there just the other day, and I noticed they now also have chocolate cake with (I think) white chocolate frosting. And they also had the chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Did I buy a piece? Of course!!

                      I do like Delessio's very, very much BUT I do not like their chocolate cake at all. It's almost all ganache, which I find really, really gross. It's like eating a couple sticks of butter with some chocolate and sugar mixed in. I love a good chocolate frosting and plenty of it, but this is a gross imbalance. Not recommended. I like almost everything else they make.

                      1. re: Atomica

                        The round chocolate cake with white frosting might be their malted vanilla cake. The chocolate cake is lighter and crumblier in this malted vanilla cake than it is in the triple chocolate cake (choco cake / choco frosting / choco frills), and the frosting is heavily malted. It's presented with a round thin chocolate wafer that covers the entire footprint of the cake, dusted with white polka dots of powdered sugar. I love that cake.

                        It might fit the diner theme that the OP is requesting. While the malt flavor is decidedly modern and foodie-ish, it does look kinda retro with the polka dots, and it is round with two cake layers.

                        I agree that their triple chocolate cake -- or is it the chocolate tower cake? -- is not theme-appropriate for the OP, and I agree with you that it can be a little much, but sometimes I like the stick of chocolately sugared butter taste.