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Jan 20, 2009 01:29 PM

Old-fashioned American Cakes in SF

I'm hungry for traditional 2 layer cakes, yellow and chocolate, with fluffy frosting. Maybe a caramel cake, or German chocolate, a coconut cake or a lemon cake that has a tart icing and sweet cake.
I love the cakes at Miette, but these are a little fancy. Imagine a homemade birthday cake from the 1960s and 1970s. Can anyone suggest a bakery in SF that does these cake?

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    1. I have been thinking about it. You don't need any fancy up scale bakery. Any neighborhood bakery that has been in business for some time will gladly make what you want. In the East Bay examples are Virginia, Neldams or Merritt. In San Francisco just a quick look yields WestPortal, Ambrosia.

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      1. re: wolfe

        Eh ... West Portal & Ambrosia. They really fall into the class of the East Bay bakeries you mentioned .. though I'd place Virginia at the top. For the cakes the OP mentions, they are just above Safeway. They do a better job of whipped cream types of cakes.

        I still have Arizmendi on Irving's chocolate cake on my to-try list. And even though they aren't what they once were, Just Desserts still does it for me for that type of cake.