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found great red velvet cake but with a problem

I want to buy a large Red Velvet Cake for a holiday get together. I found an amazingly good one in of all places the Captain harvey's Submarines the original owners opened on Merritt Boulevard in Dundalk near the beltway. So far so good....BUT!!! They wont sell me a whole cake!
I can not serve individual slices like that...I want it to stand as a decoration on the table as well as just a dessert. I was thinking of two of them actually. Their slices are enormous and the whole cake must be gorgeous, but they wont budge on this. Should I take them up on their offer to sell me the slices at a discount from the individual slice price and figure out a way to make it decorative, or should I keep looking?
This is for Sunday, December 28th, so I have at least a little time to make up my mind. Thank you in advance for your help

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  1. Keep looking. Check out Sugarbaker's in Catonsville. May be more expensive than you're looking for, but it's fantastic.

    1. *makes mental note to not go to Captain Harvey's Submarines*

      1. I am betting they do not make the cake. They probably get it from somewhere else or they should be willing to sell whole. So I second the keep looking, codes vary from state to state, but they should have to verify its source or be able to provide a complete ingredient list. Asking this may tell you who wholesales it.

        1. They say they get it from a baker in New York and that the cake already is presliced, and that they can not get a whole cake. They were very honest about it. They said that because it is already sliced they would sell it at a steep discount to the per slice price but could not sell it whole because it doesnt come that way. I asked if I could special order one not sliced and he said he was almost positive it only came sliced. They are huge pieces and the cake tastes great. I just wish they would sell it as one whole cake.

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          1. re: dan101

            I would inquire at the bakery itself. Unless its a way prefab type product it should be possible to get whole. I imagine it comes to them in the round with slices cut and papers in between slices. Could you serve this way, minus the papers? Ussually cakes are still presentable, you may even be able to cut slices again for better yield since they are so big. OR redecorate cake - some chocolate shavings and whipped cream can go a long way.

            1. re: coastie

              I am going back down there next week for lunch anyway. I will ask them about what you brought up...Do you think they would take the papers out and make it look more like a cake or well, exactly how does this work? I am not familiar...

              1. re: dan101

                They might - depends of course on them. When the papers are pulled out its likely still in the round and has a cardboard ring around the whole cake to keep together. Ussually the cake maintains its shape and integrity after removing papers. It may look fine. Not knowing the product its hard for me guess about its final state and I'm not familiar with establishment facilites and capabilities. Its something you could do yourself if they won't, its very easy. But they may not keep fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings around. ( nuts would work too)
                Also, icing might have enough stick to it that u don't need whipped cream

                1. re: coastie

                  I will not wait until next week. I am going to call there tomorrow. They will remember me...I eat there at least three times a month. I couldnt believe when they had this cake...they just started selling it the day before I went there.
                  I think I would need them to set it up for me because I am afraid of pulling the papers you are talking about. I have never seen paper on any of their other cakes either so I dont know if that is what they do or not but I will ask them.
                  THANK YOU!

                  1. re: dan101

                    paper is a small piece of waxed paper inserted between layers. Easy to pull out. Common method of packing cake.....but there are others.
                    ur welcome!! have a nice Hoilday

                    1. re: coastie

                      OK....I got my cake! I spoke to the owner or one of the owners, its a family, and you were exactly right! He said it is shipped to them already cut with paper dividing the slices, and that what he would do would be to get me
                      one whole cake like that and take the paper out. I am going to do what he suggested which I think will be very pretty. He said that the cake is sturdy enough that if I keep it cold until I need to have it out it will stay together jut fine, but that he suggests taking one or two of the slices out and putting them on a plate near the cake so people can see exactly what the slices look like laying down next to the big cake standing up.
                      He also thought it was really funny that this was being discussed on the internet and would be glad to talk food with anyone who wants to give him a call or write him on their website. Oh, and I got a really good price too....THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP ON THIS Coastie!

                      1. re: dan101

                        Excellent - Have a great party!!!

                2. re: dan101

                  Don't be such a fussbudjit! Buy a cake, take the dividers out from between the slices (don't forget to wash your hands before and after!), put it on a nice plate, and let your guests enjoy it. Somebody's gonna slice it anyway.

                  I've occasionally bought a cake from Restaurant Depot for a party, and all of theirs are pre-sliced. They taste just fine and look good, too.

                  Be creative in your presentation. Pull one slice out a little so that it looks like it's ready to be put on someone's plate.

                  What's with red velvet cake anyway? I think that's the most-discussed cake on this forum. There seem to be only two kinds - the most wonderful and dry. ;)