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Best Birthday Cakes

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I'm looking to get a really good birthday cake for a friend. Where would the chowhounds recommend for the best birthday cake? I live in the San Gabriel valley but am willing to travel a bit to get it. Thanks.

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    1. re: LesThePress

      I like Angel Maid on Centinela on the West side. It is like Gelson's Victor Benes but cheaper. Good selection sometimes beyond Benes' usual offerings.

    2. the I Fu Tang Bakery is really good. its in the same plaza as Din Tai Fung and there are others of this bakery around as well - one in san gabriel i believe. I all of a sudden forgot the name.

      1. Friends have said very good things about about birthday cakes at Phoenix Bakery on Broadway in Chinatown. Also, beautiful stuff at Emmas Patisserie, which is in a strip mall on California Blvd. west of Fair Oaks in Pasadena (that may be closer to you.) Excellent cake there, but I haven't had the birthday variety.

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        1. re: MQue

          Their B-day cakes are fantastic also. My wife and I by each other a cake every year as part of our "birthday gift."

          Highly recommended. I happen to know the check/baker's (?) instructor--she had nothing but praise for Kevin's abilities and ingredients.

          1. re: MQue

            I love Phoenix Bakery -- their specialty is strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream frosting. They're available in a wide variety of sizes, always ready to go.

          2. patty cakes on new york drive in altadena.

            1. I like the cakes that Goldilocks (Filipino bakery) makes. There is a location on South Street near the Cerritos Mall. Their cakes are never too sweet, just right...

              Check out the link below:

              Link: http://www.goldilocks-usa.com/

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              1. re: elmomonster

                Good choice. I'd take Goldilocks over the overpriced Westside stuff any day. Gimme a purple ube cake topped with screaming army men spilling from a jeep, or a chocolate cake with the Power Puff Girls!

                Image: http://www.goldilocks.com.ph/prodimg/...