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girlwhocooks Apr 15, 2009 10:02 AM

hello- i'm heading out to the bay area from ny next week to bake cupcakes for my friend's wedding.

i'm assuming i'll be able to get the majority of my supplies at the regular grocery store. i'm just nervous about finding cake flour-any suggestions? also, i'm looking for any cake/baking supply stores. i don't drive and i don't want to bother my friends to shuttle me around every time i need something...so ideally, i am looking for things that are close by. i'll be staying in noe valley.

THANK YOU!!!

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  1. Euonymous RE: girlwhocooks Apr 15, 2009 10:07 AM

    I've bought cake flour at my local Safeway. I imagine most other grocery stores have it, too, as it's not really a specialty item.

    As far as supply stores go, I can't make any useful suggestions as I don't know where in the Bay Area you will be staying. The Bay Area is pretty big. Give us a clue and we'll be able to help more with places that are close by

    1. Robert Lauriston RE: girlwhocooks Apr 15, 2009 10:17 AM

      You can get cake flour anywhere.

      I don't think there are any cake/baking-supplies store near Noe Valley, but Sugar 'n' Spice is a short walk from the Colma BART station.

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        starburst RE: girlwhocooks Apr 15, 2009 10:53 AM

        In Noe Valley, there's a cookware store, Cooks Boulevard on Castro St and 24th. Not sure what stuff you need, but they have various extracts, chocolates, food coloring gels, sugars, etc. Check out their website: http://www.cooksboulevard.com/Cooks/
        I'm sure you can call them too, to check ahead of time if they have what you need.

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          cynwash RE: girlwhocooks Apr 21, 2009 11:07 AM

          Spun Sugar on University Ave. in Berkeley specializes in cake/pastry supplies and will have everything you need, though it will be a BART ride to get there.

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            annec RE: cynwash Apr 29, 2009 07:54 AM

            Spun Sugar did not carry self-rising flour when I went there and asked. So they don't have absolutely everything....

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              meels RE: annec Apr 30, 2009 09:34 PM

              but spun sugar WILL have an awful lot of frosting, sugaring, and decorating supplies... http://www.spunsugar.com/

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            yehfromthebay RE: girlwhocooks Apr 29, 2009 06:56 AM

            Whole Foods does not carry cake flour (though they do have pastry flour, all-purpose and cornstarch so you can do a sub). I have found cake flour at WalMart.

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              DCarbonaro RE: girlwhocooks Apr 29, 2009 08:43 AM

              While cake flour is available in grocery stores, I have found that Rainbow Grocery stocks a wide variety of baking supplies, including a variety of other types of flours in bulk, and hard-to-find natural flavorings (after checking Safeway, Sur La Table, Andronicos, Whole Foods, Williams-Sonoma and health food stores, Rainbow was the only one to have natural coconut extract). There's also lots of nuts, nut butters, dried fruits and different oils.

              It's a good place for bakers.

              Take the 48 bus down 24th Street to Folsom, then 12 bus up to 14th Street. Take a taxi back, I'm certain you'll be burdened with groceries.

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                SteveG RE: DCarbonaro Apr 29, 2009 12:55 PM

                Second that. I've also found after taste testing most of the butter available at Rainbow that for large-scale baking projects, the Jana Valley butter is a really good price. It's wrapped in foil and the source is either Europe or New Zealand, depending on the time of year, so it's always a sweet green grass butter. It's not as easy to use if you don't bake by weight, because it comes in a big block.

                Strauss butter is nice, Clover organic is nice, but they're each about twice the price of Jana Valley butter and taste similar.

                If you need demerera or muscovado sugar, interesting honeys, a wide selection of very good quality chocolate (look on the baking shelf, look in the bulk bins nearby for dagoba choco chips, ask the staff if you don't see what you need), extracts, pastry flour, normal flour, etc. it's all there at Rainbow Grocery. They don't carry "corporate" products, and I haven't ever seen the cake flour in a pink box that is widely carried at normal grocery stores, but they almost certainly have an equivalent in the bulk flour section.

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