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Apr 27, 2009 09:03 PM

red velvet cake for delivery

I am looking for a very delicious red velvet cake to be delivered to Philly. Any suggestion of local bakeries that will deliver? Cupcakes will do if whole cake doesn't work. Thanks.

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  1. Try Tastebuds, I think they deliver and I know they do amazing red velvet cupcakes. If not, DiBruno's (the one on 18th st) definitely will. Thank you.

      1. re: joluvscards

        Brown Betty in Northern Liberties does a red velvet cake. I'm not sure if they deliver though...

        1. re: phillyjules

          I was disappointed with Brown Betty. After all the great reviews here I expected more. I found most of the cupcakes dry.

          1. re: joluvscards

            In my opinion Brown Betty's big drawback seems to be their lack of consistency. I've bought stuff there for the last 2.5 years and find that sometimes it is very good and sometimes it is just okay. I've never had anything horrible, but I have been disappointed. Good luck finding something! p.s. For the original poster--I'm not sure if you have a preference on the icing, but the traditional red velvet icing (which is a cooked custard/gravy icing) is not available at any places in the city that I know of, though there hopefully are some i don't know about. Pretty much all bakeries use the non-traditional but at this point commonplace cream cheese icing.

            1. re: Laura D.

              Laura, thanks for pointing out the lack of traditional for red velvet cake in these parts.

              I do miss my North Carolina aunt who used to cook an excellent red velvet cake with cooked icing. Cream cheese icing is too heavy to compliment this delicate cake.

              1. re: Seeker19104

                Except that with the sole exception of *gasp* a Starbucks, I've also never founds a truly "delicate" red velvet in Philly, either, so the cream cheese works.

                DiBruno's red velvet cupcake is the size of a baby's head and a bit on the crumbly side. I haven't looked to see if Naked Chocolate has a red velvet, but I generally find their cupcakes a little too close to the Magnolia style for my taste (which is not for Magnolia cupcakes). Brown Betty (or Brown Betty Petite), if you catch them on a good day, has a finer, more delicate crumb but nowhere near what you'll find in a good Southern red velvet. But there's a place on 23rd & Lombard that I'm hoping to try ... there was a recent post about it here on Chow.

                Laura D. - I'm guessing the reason bakeries in the city use the cream cheese frosting is, one, that it is commonplace (as you said) and, two, because cream cheese frosting looks prettier.

                1. re: Ali

                  Have you contacted Sweet Jasmine's Bakery in Berwyn? It's an amazing bakery and has gotten fantastic reviews. Here's the phone: (610) 644-1868‎

                  1. re: Ali

                    I totally agree Ali. And, I think that trying to describe the gravy icing to inquiring customers could be a big turn-off, as not many understand that an icing that has flour in it can actually taste good!

        2. I love the red velvet cake at Golosa on S. 6th St, but I'm doubtful that they deliver.

          Golosa La
          806 S 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

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          1. re: jerseytomato

            Last time I was in Golosa, the cake I had clearly came from Flying Monkey Patisserie in the Reading Terminal Market... you may want to check there:

            1. re: urbanfabric

              I have never enjoyed any cupcakes I've had from Flying Monkey. It's not that they aren't moist but the icing tastes like lard.

              Never tried the DiBruno's cupcakes. They do look big and a bit commercial to me, but I did try a slice of traditional vanilla cake there a few months back and it was pretty good.

              I have never seen Red Velvet cupcakes at Naked Chocolate yet...

              Beiler's Bakery in Reading Terminal has decent red velvet cakes...nothing special but very passable.

              Tartes in Old City has good red velvet cupcakes but not as good as Brown Betty IMO

              When Brown Betty is on, their red velvet cupcakes are heavenly. Fortunately for all of my visits I have not hit them on an "off" day.

              1. re: bluehensfan

                I'd be curious to know if Flying Monkey uses the same meringue-based (either Swiss or Italian meringue) buttercream on their red velvet as they do on their other cupcakes, as that is totally non-traditional and doesn't necessarily sound too appealing either (I agree with your description of their icing). I got my mom a red velvet cupcake from Tartes a few weeks ago, as she is a huge Brown Betty fan though believes just as many of us seem to that they are inconsistent. She was very pleased with it!

              2. re: urbanfabric

                That's really interesting. I asked the owner once where the cake was from and he wouldn't tell me. It's a cream cheese frosting and it was a cake slice, not a cupcake. I never go to Flying Monkey- the one time I got a cupcake from there I threw most of it away, it was so awful.

            2. if you are willing to drive to NJ, A Taste of Rubies makes an outstanding Red Velvet Cake. She's known for her cheesecakes but mmmm the Red Velvet cake is just as gooood. i think they deliver.