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I am looking for suggestions for the best bakery in the East Bay which has the yummiest birthday cakes. Specifically I'm looking for a NON-CHOCOLATE cake that does not need to be refrigerated (kept cool, yes, refrigerated, no), 8 or 9 inch round, decorated and personalized to the birthday girl. I am not interested in Safeway, Nob Hil/Raley'sl, Luckys, Costco or Walmart cakes. Thanks!

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  1. There are a lot of good bakeries in the East Bay. Any particular part of the East Bay? Price range? Style of cake (more traditional American, French, Northern European, Eastern European, etc.)?

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      East Bay=Contra Costa (minus East County), Alameda Counties as far South as Newark.
      Something with alot of buttercream frosting!
      Up to $50.

    2. Draeger's without a doubt. They'll do the writing and the cakes are great.

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      Draeger's Supermarket
      4100 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville, CA

      1. How many people/how big do you need? Katrina Rozelle on College in Berkeley (Rockridge area) has the most amazing cakes, but they're definitely not sheet cake size. My friend got a strawberry-lemonade (at least that's what we called it) cake for her birthday there and it was divine. Their buttercream is like air. It's amazing. They generally have a lot of non-choco options, and they also let you sample any of the cakes before you buy.

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        1. re: pockyjunkie

          Right:

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          Katrina Rozelle
          5931 College Ave, Oakland, CA

          1. re: pockyjunkie

            They will make any size cake if you order it in advance (and pay dearly for it!).

          2. How long do you intend to have the cake not refrigerated? Two or three hours is easy. All night, not so many choices of high quality cakes.

            I adore Masse's -- their mango and passionfruit choices are especially delicious.

            1. My birthday cake standby place (when I don't make them myself) is the bakery at Market Hall in Oakland -- they are good, reliable cakes, it's convenient, and you can pre order and they'll personalize anything. I don't think they have layer cakes, though, other than the small "bright and beautiful layer cakes" which are adorable and fun for a smaller gathering.

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              Market Hall Bakery
              5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

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              1. re: JasmineG

                Is that the same as the bakery in the pasta shop on 4th street? Those small cakes are beautiful. I've been wondering how they taste.

                1. re: Glencora

                  I haven't been to the bakery in the Pasta Shop on 4th St, but I bet it's the same place, since this one is in the building with the Rockridge Pasta Shop, and those little cakes are distinctive. They're definitely tasty, though I haven't had one in a little while so I can't remember completely. I had some of one of their chocolate cakes last week at a birthday party, though, and it was really good.

                  1. re: JasmineG

                    I recently had the Black Magic chocolate-on-chocolate cake from the 4th street Pasta Shop bakery - it was amazing (know that's not what the OP wanted, but putting it out there for anyone else).

                    I know the Market Hall bakery used to be Grace Baking, but then changed a few years ago. If they are both Pasta Shop-related now, the MH location definitely has a wider selection, but you can probably order from both.

              2. I highly recommend Sweet Adeline, in Berkeley (or maybe its Oakland, they are right on the border, where Adeline meets Stanford, and BART goes underground). Their cakes are delicious, the people are nice, friendly, and accomodating, and I think their prices are very affordable.

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                1. re: Leadbelly

                  Shoot. Tried to add the link. Add me to the list of CH incompetents...

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                  Sweet Adeline
                  3350 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA

                  1. re: Leadbelly

                    I thought about recommending Sweet Adeline, because I've liked all of the baked goods that I've had from them, but I've never had any of their cake (other than the coffee cake). This is good to know for next time.

                  2. tried tiramisu at katrina's and crixia cakes(2748 shattuck)

                    katrina:
                    -fabulous buttercream topping, not so great cake
                    crixia cake
                    -melt in your mouth, frosting and cake
                    -almost no cakes available
                    -need to order 3 days in advance.