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kosher bakeries in new jersey

any suggestions? we live in middlesex county - but can travel for great baked goods.

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  1. The West Orange Bake Shop has a few really good items like the poppy cake.

    1. I will take on the role of party pooper on this site and just say that "Butterflake" in Teaneck is overpriced and overblown. How is the cookie place in Livingston? I hear they have other baked goods too.

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      1. re: cappucino

        I went to gimmee jimmy's, the new cookie place. They have beautiful cakes, cupcakes. I had a red velvet cupcake-quite tasty.

      2. The only place worth going to is Lakewood's Heimishe bakeryand maybe Classy Cakes and a Viennese Table for cheese cakes. Don;t waste you time on the places mentioned above. Some people say Zadies in Fair lawn is good, but I don't see anything special about them. (Apart from challos that look similar to zomicks)

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        1. re: EvanM

          Nothing in Lakewood--definately Classy Cakes--is worth raving about. I guess no one really knows anymore what good baked goods are. I'm betting that Williamsburg is still a place to get decent cookies and award-winning marble cakes. There's just something about straightforward, freshly made, non-artificial tasting cake. I will try gimme jimmy's thanks to you, koshergourmetmart.

            1. re: koshergourmetmart

              Just so you know, we finally got to Gimme Jimmy's. Yummy. The butter in the batter obviously makes a difference. Expensive, but a once in a blue moon treat. I think the sugar high will last me a couple of years.

              1. re: cappucino

                gimmee jimmy in livingston has lost its hasgacha

                1. re: koshergourmetmart

                  Heimishe Bake Shop is good but not great. However, they have the best coffee of any kosher establishment I've ever been in.

        2. Zadies is phenomenal. Their chocolate kiss cake is great. If you are willing to travel I would also recommend Rollings bakery in Elkins Park, Pa (a little north of Philly).

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          1. re: vallevin

            I'm intrigued...what is in the Zaide's chocolate kiss cake?

          2. Zadies in Fair lawn is by far the best and worth the trip from anywhere. Their Chocolate Chip Challies make a GREAT French Toast.

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            1. re: Benaw

              Just tried Yochie's Heimish Bakery on Main Avenue in Passaic. Old-fashioned bakery with all the usual cakes, cookies and pastries plus breads and rolls. The honey cake was still warm when we bought it and ohhh the chocolate babka....all very fresh. Although we stopped in Eruv Rosh Hashanna, friends tell me it's consistnely good there.

              1. re: medford

                Yochie's makes a great challah too.

            2. Butterflake in Teaneck is great for their Challahs. Their cakes however are only average. We love the cakes from Zaidies in Fair Lawn.

              1. The kosher dairy bakery in the Hackensack Costco has some very good (and large) items. Also, the bakery in the Bergenfield Pathmark is worth a stop (dairy and pareve items).

                1. I think Butterflake and Zadies are both great. Butterflake ships worldwide and their challahs arrive fresh. The cinnamon challah is fantastic. At Zadies, try the chocolate mini-bells. Amazing.

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                  1. re: kosherliz

                    I think Zaides cakes are generally better than Butterflake, though butterflakes birthday style (frosting) cakes are better. Zaides Challah's are good too but they don't usually have water challah which is my favorite. I highly recommend Zaides chocolate cinnamon loaf and any of the strudels. For Shavuos they make an amazing cheese strudel that is unbeleivable.

                    1. re: azna29

                      I would dissent on the B.Flake birthday-type cakes. They are wildly overpriced and the frosting tastes much like colored margarine. The chocolate cigars are quite good as are the apple pockets.

                      1. re: Kosher Critic

                        Where is there a pareve birthday cake with frosting that _doesn't_ taste like colored margarine?

                        1. re: GilaB

                          Bakery or homemade? I truly believe the parve "buttercream" frostings I make myself are tasty, and really don't have that waxy, margarine taste. I also make a tasty parve cream cheese frosting, also usable for birthday cakes.

                          1. re: GilaB

                            Yochie's in Passiac pulls it off, actually.

                            1. re: GilaB

                              Zelda's Sweet Shop in Skokie, Il. makes incredible pareve "buttercream" frosting. My daughter (a baker) and I could not believe it was pareve. "I can't believe it's not butter."

                      2. I heard of a terrific kosher Bakery in South Orange called Kate and Abby's. Has anyone sampled their products?

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                        1. re: Maven123

                          South Orange??? Not really a hot bed of kosher consumerism.

                          1. re: vallevin

                            Yes, Kate and Abby's is in South Orange and it is kosher.

                            1. re: Maven123

                              I called the above (technically they are called 'Cait and Abby's').. they are under supervision from Rabbi Orenstein- BethEl synagogue. If you are interested, here is a link to Rabbi Orenstein and BethEl http://www.bethelnj.org/index.shtml

                            2. re: vallevin

                              Considering South Orange is home to a kosher bakery (Cait & Abby's) and a kosher market (Zayda's), and it has two very large conservative synagogues (Oheb Shalom, Beth El) within its borders and an orthodox synagogue less than a half mile from its border (Maplewood Jewish Center) that draws from South Orange, I think you might want to reconsider that comment. It may not be Passaic or the Five Towns but your head is in the sand if you think there isn't a lot of kosher consumer activity in South Orange (and Maplewood).

                              As for C&A, it is an excellent bakery--with a branch in Short Hill as well--but as noted, its hechscher is not universally accepted and it is open on shabbos.

                            3. re: Maven123

                              Kate and Abby's is very very good but it's in Millburn, not South Orange.

                              1. re: tal531

                                There are two locations, one in the Short Hills section of Millburn, and one in downtown South Orange Village.

                            4. Try Gaston Avenue Bakery in Somerville. I just bought a pareve vanilla cake with chocolate frosting - it was unbelievable! Their challahs are good too!