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Feb 24, 2009 10:14 AM

Need a great cake

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.


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  1. 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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    1. re: Elyssa

      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.

    2. 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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      1. re: ktmoomau

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

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

        1. re: Jeserf

          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.

          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.

      2. 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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        1. re: hamster

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

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          1. re: mselectra

            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

            1. re: Jeserf

              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!

              1. re: mselectra

                Bakeshop DC can't make cakes until they have their new facility, but he offered me a cupcake discount because of the 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!

                1. re: Jeserf

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

                  1. re: Jeserf

                    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)

                    1. re: Elyssa

                      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

                      1. re: Jeserf

                        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.

                        1. re: Elyssa

                          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

                          1. re: Jeserf

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

            2. What about Firehook? I like their lemon raspberry cake.

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              1. re: Doh

                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.

                1. re: MakingSense

                  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.