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Italian Bakery Item in Tampa-Zuppa Inglese

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I am planning a trip to the Tampa area in March and I am looking for an Italian bakery that makes a layer cake which I can describe but I am not positive I have the correct name.

The cake I am looking for is a sponge cake soaked in rum to make it moist then layered with a custard that has cherries mixed in with another layer of sponge cake then a layer of whipped cream and another layer of sponge cake and a layer of chocolate custard with bananas mixed in and a final sponge cake layer with a thick whipped cream style frosting.

I had this cake as a child from a local bakery in Encino California which has now gone out of business and the only recipe I can find that sounds similar is the Zuppa Inglese.

Does this sound familiar to anyone?

I would love to get one while I am there.

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  1. In Tampa I would call Pane Rustica- 813.902.8828 or Mazarro's in St pete- 727.321.2400
    I have seen that cake on many dessert menus around town and don't think it would be too hard to find.

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    1. re: rhnault

      Great. Thank-you for the info I will check out both of those.

    2. I know EXACTLY what you are talking about. I always got my cakes from Nicolosi and miss them terribly. It is the Zuppa Inglese that you describe, except it had no bananna. Here is the description from their menu:

      Zuppa Ingelesa (their spelling) - Many thin layers of yellow sponge filled with chocolate and vanilla custard, cherries, pineapple, chocolate chips, toasted almonds, and is soaked in rum.

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      1. re: BrianShaw

        Thanks for the update on the spelling. I can;t believe they closed....so sad!

      2. I don't think Pane Rustica does this cake. But, in addition to Mazzaro's, which is a very good bet, try Delizie on MacDill, (813) 837-8822. I am not a big fan of Castellano & Pizzo, but they may be able to help, (813) 289-5275.

        If you strike out, give Osteria Natalina a call, (813) 831-1210. It's a restaurant, and I don't know if that cake is on the menu, but it's a very authentic place and the owners are very nice. I'm sure they could give you a lead or two. Good luck!

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        1. re: Miss E

          Thank-you so much for the info and numbers...I will be calling tomorrow cause I will be back in town in April!

          1. re: Saabgirl

            Let us know how you make out!

        2. Sweet Carolines Bakery in Palm Harbor on Tampa Road - call ahead to order.