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May 14, 2009 03:32 PM

Need Birthday Cake-PURPLE FROSTING! Help!

Love Cannelle, but did them last year for my son's birthday, and this year he is insisting on a Purple Cake. He is obsessed with Burt from Mary Poppins, so would like to have the cake decorated with dancing Burt, umbrellas and kites---saw one online at a bakery up in Yonkers that looked like this. So, a purple psycho version of Mary Poppins is what I'm after!

Would like to find a delicious one, and was hoping the purple could be obtained with blueberry extract or some other natural way--but I'll settle for food coloring, if need be---I'm in Queens, and prefer to find one in Queens, but would venture to Long Island, or Manhattan, or Brooklyn if it there was a great one there. Never been to Baked and on their website the cakes look so plain, and very "magnolia Like"---Just for the record, I can't stand Magnolia--or anything betty crocker looking...I need purple frosting, but still want a beautiful delicious cake--something chocolate inside would be good--no jam fillings either!

Please help!!
Was thinking that Titan might be able to make me something, a recent post said Guli was not that great, Artopolis always has the same stuff, Lety's doesn't seem to have something like this---As an aside, Recent NYC inspection reports don't look good for alot of my favorite bakeries, I really think this is shameful, because baking supplies especially need to be in airtight containers so they don't get contaminated with mickey and his poop.

So, please see if any hounds can wrack your brain, for a nice cake...was thinking that Lulu's in Westchester, but it seems a bit far........

Thank you !!!!

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  1. Well, the other day I had picked up a nice cake from Villabate Pasticceria in Brooklyn ( that was sort of purple. It was a raspberry mousse cake; mostly made of a lavender-ish shaded fruity cream and a tiny amount of chocolate cake in there too. Topped with whole blackberries and raspberries and a fruit glaze. Down side to it was that the girl told me it was blueberry and I was looking for a non chocolate cake...yet they do make lovely cakes there.

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    1. re: Judyluvs

      Villabate does have some very nice stuff, but Bensonhurst is a bit far to go..was hoping for something a bit closer...I stop by there when in Brooklyn though--thank you....

    2. You could try Aphrodite's Sweets on Francis Lewis Blvd. in the Whitestone/Bayside area, phone (718) 224-1774. I stumbled upon the bakery by accident about a year ago. Everything I've tried has been quite good, and the owner seemed nice and accommodating. Maybe you could give them a call and describe what you're looking for.

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      1. re: IWantFood

        Filipino bakeries, such as Krystal's in Woodside make bright purple cakes with purple yam - it makes a delicious cake - they can also be made with macapuno (I kind of young coconut) filling.

        If you want to make your cake, you can get Wilton paste food colorings that will give you a purple color - Party city stores sell the Wilton cake making supplies.

        1. re: jen kalb

          Those ube cakes used to be one of my favorites when I was a kid, not too sweet with a bright purple hue that boggled the mind.

          1. re: JungMann

            Ditto ube cake - love the not too sweet pinoy deserts in general. Not sure if they'll do custom stuff but it's worth a try. Engeline's or Krystal's (woodside) would be the places to check.

          2. re: jen kalb

            Philippine Bread House in Jersey City is better than Krystal's.

        2. If you're a bit adventurous, you can try the Ube (purple yam) cake at Cindee's Cakes located at 198th Street and Jamaica Avenue. In fact the entire cake is purple. It's made with purple yam. While you're there, you can also can get one of those prepacked purple yam ice cream.

          1. I don't have their contact info, but it might be worth seeing if Ambrosia Bakery (a couple based in Jackson Heights) could work with you. I'm pretty sure I've seen their contact info posted here on C'hound in the past if you wanted to call them.

            1. I suggested a ube cake, below, but I am thinking that the purple CAKE may be less important for your kid than the images - a lot of bakeries do fancy images of superheros, etc for their cakes - in brooklyn I see places that do this in hispanic neighborhoods - you surely have such a place in Jackson Hts or Corona - get a copy of the pic you want and look around to see bakeries that do this kind of work. Its not a fine baking type of product, its more mass-market, IMO. Or, probably better, go to the place that you KNOW does it in Westchester, it may be less work in the end.