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Need a birthday cake for 50 people from an Astoria bakery

MarcInSunnysideGardens Mar 31, 2009 09:53 AM

It's my daughter's 4th b-day.
Her pre-school (in Astoria) basically mandates we bring in a cake for the whole school. So we're looking for an Astoria baker who can make a killer sheet cake for a large quantity of pre-schoolers (and us). Recommendations, please?

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    jenhen2 Apr 2, 2009 02:55 PM

    Bakeway on Broadway just west of 29th Street. It's really delcious and inexpensive. I got my brother's engagement party cake there and everyone raved about it. I highly recommend them! And I think the whole thing cost $20 or so. They have lots of choices of flavors and decorations.

    1. Joe MacBu Apr 1, 2009 03:03 PM

      I recommend Canelle Patisserie if you consider East Elmhurst to be local enough.

      Cannelle Patisserie
      75-59 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11370

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      1. re: Joe MacBu
        sharonj Apr 1, 2009 03:11 PM

        I second this rec! I've read that the owner lives in Astoria so he's certainly local ;-)

        I don't know how much it would cost for 50 people, but I highly recommend the chocolate mousse cake or the pineapple coconut cake for a more spring/summer season flavor.

        1. re: sharonj
          janie Apr 1, 2009 09:31 PM

          I'm one of Cannelle's biggest fans, but it's just not appropriate for a preschool function. It's just way too high end looking and their cakes are very rich (my son loves the creole and strawberry short)--....yeah, I serve it to my toddler, and a few kids and mostly adults, but an entire school? I guess if you want to impress the adults, then yeah, but the kids really go for the designs on the cakes, and as long as it's sweet and tasty, they will be happy. I've never seen a sheet cake there, either...

          1. re: janie
            MarcInSunnysideGardens Apr 2, 2009 02:37 PM

            I went with LaGuli. Two layers of chocolate cake and a layer of strawberry jam in between, chocolate buttercream frosting, plus a ballerina frosting design. The kid is a serious junior hound but we part ways on her strawberry filling fixation.

            LaGuli is like a half mile from the school, which is perfect.

            1. re: MarcInSunnysideGardens
              janie Apr 2, 2009 04:43 PM

              what price did you pay?

              1. re: janie
                MarcInSunnysideGardens Apr 7, 2009 09:55 AM

                It was expensive. More expensive than I care to say. But it ended up being a cake for 60, and it was good. Not great--I've had a lot of luck with Two Little Red Hens (in Brooklyn and on the Upper East Side) over the years, and their buttercream frosting is way better than what we tasted yesterday. But still a positive experience. The kid was happy.

            2. re: janie
              ammel_99 Apr 7, 2009 12:30 PM

              The sheet cakes are very expensive at Cannelle's. I love their cakes but a sheet cake is just TOO expensive, especially for pre-schoolers. I do buy my 6 year old's b-day cake from them. Her favorite is the creole.

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          LHT Mar 31, 2009 01:22 PM

          Costco isn't a terrible option to consider, but if you're looking for something a bit 'more' consider -
          Artopolis - 31st Street in Agora Plaza shopping area
          LaGuli - Ditmars between 31st & 29th
          these places might also deliver for you too.

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          1. re: LHT
            MarcInSunnysideGardens Mar 31, 2009 01:25 PM

            Thanks LHT. Janie, call it a futile gesture, but we're gonna go with the local bakery for the kids.

            1. re: MarcInSunnysideGardens
              janie Apr 1, 2009 09:32 PM

              It's good to support the local places, I'm sure they'll come up with something that will be just fine. They even have decent sheet cakes at Stop and Shop for the kids, too.

          2. janie Mar 31, 2009 01:11 PM

            Pre-schoolers? Go to Costco in LIC and be done with it quickly. They have lots of fun designs for the kids.

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