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Jeserf Feb 24, 2009 10:14 AM

I need to get set to order a really awesome "welcome home" cake for my man (adios, Iraq!).

However, I want it to be yummy, and either in the district or a place that will deliver. I will not have time to run around and pick something up (otherwise I'd just go to Wegmans).

So, the criteria is either relatively convenient to my dupont/u st area condo (NOT cakelove...icky), OR a delivery.

If only I could bake...but I can't.

Help!
thanks

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    Gigi007 Mar 4, 2009 08:43 PM

    I highly recommend Furin's in Georgetown. Another possibility would be Bread and Chocolate, and last but not least, Marvelous Market.

    1. Smiles2008 Feb 25, 2009 12:05 PM

      Pastries By Randolph

      http://www.pastriesbyrandolph.com/

      I am not sure if they deliver, but they are very good.

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        Jacey Feb 25, 2009 09:03 AM

        If you are a fan of Hello Cupcake or one of the local cupcake shops and love their flavor combinations, I wonder if they could make a cake. They could easily write on it. I feel like considering the circumstances of your boyfriend coming back from iraq, they would at least try to assist you if they have a cake pan and time.

        I've had some issues with Marvelous market cakes. They look beautiful but don't always have a fresh taste.

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          Jeserf Feb 25, 2009 09:13 AM

          I generally stay away from MM. They "changed" a lot since I first tried them, and it's just not worth the expense and it's not very good, IMO.

          Still thinking of going with Bakeshop DC. cupcakes might actually be good because the FIRST weekend he had free at Quantico over a year ago, I brought him a dozen cupcakes from Georgetown (and he ate all but one). Skinny Marines can do that :)

          So, it might be a cute to do the cupcake thing

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            ktmoomau Feb 25, 2009 10:36 AM

            Have you seen those things were people put a bunch of cupcakes together in a shape and jointly ice them? A cupcake place might be able to do that for you. And then put welcome home on it or something?

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              Jacey Feb 25, 2009 03:07 PM

              Write out a letter on each cupcake: W-E-L-C-O-M-E H-O-M-E-!

              That's a dozen cupcakes right there!

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                Jeserf Feb 25, 2009 05:23 PM

                hehe that might be too late even for him :)

                I'll probably get a dozen mixed from bakeshop DC if he'll deliver them.

                i'm already looking forward to cupcakes!

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            Doh Feb 24, 2009 04:40 PM

            What about Firehook? I like their lemon raspberry cake.

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              MakingSense Feb 25, 2009 09:31 PM

              Firehook has the best in town.
              Call ahead to order exactly what you want delivered to the Firehook shop nearest you.
              I have a hard time deciding what my favorite is.
              Hey, buy 3 or 4 of the small cakes.
              Hell, he's back safe. He's worth it.
              Thank him for us, please. He's a hero.

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                Jeserf Feb 26, 2009 03:29 AM

                Thanks!
                I could always get the "goodbye" cake from Firehook when he goes to Afghanistan! haha
                no, not so funny.

                I know firehook has yummy cookies, so I'll take a peek.

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              mselectra Feb 24, 2009 11:43 AM

              Does Sticky Fingers deliver? I dealt with their ordering person by email once and they were really nice.

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                Jeserf Feb 24, 2009 11:44 AM

                yes, they do - that's my fall back.
                We want a Sticky Fingers wedding cake, so I'm thinking of diversifying...heh

                I emailed BakeshopDC, too...

                Now I just want some cake

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                  mselectra Feb 24, 2009 11:57 AM

                  ah! I thought you'd recommended Sticky Fingers before, but mentioned it just in case. Know you've been waiting for the homecoming a long time, glad it's finally here!

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                    Jeserf Feb 24, 2009 12:10 PM

                    Thanks!
                    Bakeshop DC can't make cakes until they have their new facility, but he offered me a cupcake discount because of the military...so...maybe I'll try that.

                    It's not as nice as a welcome home cake, but people here have said "yum' about bakeshop DC.

                    Smith Island cakes DO look good. We have no alliance to Maryland in any way, but...still looks good!

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                      mmusiker Feb 24, 2009 12:23 PM

                      The Bakeshop DC cakes and cupcakes are really superb. It would be worth the sacrifice of getting cupakes instead.

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                        Elyssa Feb 24, 2009 01:01 PM

                        Maybe you can get 11 cupcakes and they can spell out Welcome Home on each one (a letter per cupcake). That could be cute :) (You can make is a smooth dozen if you get an exclamation point)

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                          Jeserf Feb 24, 2009 01:03 PM

                          HAH I could.

                          I might do that if he can deliver it depending on the time frame of his returning events....

                          I've heard good things and would look forward to trying them. Plus, he responded quickly to my email ?s which is a nice touch

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                            Elyssa Feb 24, 2009 01:05 PM

                            For special things like this I usually go with the person who I feel responded well with a personal touch. He offered a discount which is not only good business-wise but shows that he cares about his customers. I say if he responded quickly and was willing to work with him (plus their good reputation), give it a try.

                            I was recently complaining to a friend about the lack of good neighborhood bakeries in DC. In Boston (where I am from) or even Detroit (where my bf lives) there is never a question of where to get a good cake.

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                              Jeserf Feb 24, 2009 03:29 PM

                              If I could go pick the cake up, I'd know where to go.

                              But, I don't want to run around and deal with any of that when he's due back.

                              DC is tiny...a good bakery would have to pay a lot of money to have a location in certain parts. It took Cake Love a TV show to expand (but not good cakes, go figure). Though, I do think cake love's CAKES are better than cupcakes

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                                happy_macomb Feb 25, 2009 11:07 AM

                                So just for fun, where would you go if you could pick the cake up?

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                  hamster Feb 24, 2009 11:06 AM

                  Chez Hareg (9th St) does cakes, as does Locolat I assume (18th and Florida). I have not tried ordering from either though.

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                    Jeserf Feb 24, 2009 11:17 AM

                    hm locolat is around the corner (never been).

                    Smith Island does sound good...but not sure how I feel about relying on a shipping service when his return to our house is determine by the marine corps, which might hinder the freshness...BUT, possibly just for a dessert gathering with friends another time, that cake would be good!

                  2. ktmoomau Feb 24, 2009 10:29 AM

                    You could call the Sweet Shop and get Md's state cake the Smith Island cake shipped to you. They are tasty. It is now my second favorite cake after my Mom's three layer homemade german chocolate cake.

                    Near Dupont there are Firehooks? They make tasty cakes, the strawberries and cream one is my personal favorite. They might even deliver (maybe) for a price?

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                      Jeserf Feb 24, 2009 10:58 AM

                      Sorry, I should add that I'd like a lil' personalization....

                      I don't know what a Smith Island cake is - enlighten me?

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                        ktmoomau Feb 24, 2009 11:13 AM

                        It is a 12 layer cake of yellow cake, that have pancake thin layers, and chocolate icing in between each layer and on top (but you can get other icing flavors) and you can get crushed candy like Reese's or etc on top too, but I like mine plain.

                        http://smithislandcakes.net/

                        They personalize. I don't know why, but I think it tastes really good, the chocolate icing kind of absorbs into the cake a little and for some reason it makes it very tasty.

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                      Elyssa Feb 24, 2009 10:27 AM

                      I really love the cakes at Marvelous Market. They have a location in Dupont Circle (not sure if they deliver).

                      I have gotten on quite a few occassions the chocolate truffle cake. You can get it in a number of sizes and it is to die for! SO delicious. They also have a chocolate raspberry cake which is yummy. They also have a beautiful cake covered in fruit if chocolate isn't his thing.

                      Everything is beautifully presented and stays moist. Not sure if you want anything written on it, but I bet you can special order the cake to say "Welcome Home" or something.

                      Congrats on having him back!!!

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                        Jeserf Feb 24, 2009 10:57 AM

                        All the baked goods I've had there aren't that fresh - I'm looking for the ability to write "welcome home" and stuff, so having that on premisis is necessary for that, unfortunately.

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