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Suggestions for a Non-Dairy Cake in Berkeley

I'm looking for an AMAZING non-dairy cake for a birthday tomorrow. Does anyone have a recommendation for a place in Berkeley that makes something truly, mouthwateringly great? Chocolate is a plus!

I do see vegan cakes all the time at Whole Foods, but have never been brave enough to try one to see if it's any good (I'm not vegan). The birthday girl can eat eggs, just no dairy.

Thanks for any help you can give!

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  1. there was just a thread a few days ago about allergen-free bakeries, and one earlier this month about dairy-free:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/622797
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/617999

    i'm thinking Crixa, Crave or Mariposa might be a good bet even though you don't need GF...or maybe Nabolom Bakery.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Mariposa does an amazing job considering they eschew gluten (I would have had no idea), but I don't think they're good for vegans.

      Nabolom's not good for anything.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        the OP specified dairy-free only, eggs are okay, and Mariposa does offer quite a few DF items, including squares and cakes...but the really *good* stuff probably isn't DF ;)

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Mariposa doesn't make cakes. Their Web site lists one dairy-free cake, a chocolate-hazelnut torte, which they get from Kapcakes, which means it might need to be ordered two days in advance.

          http://www.kapcakes.com

        2. re: Robert Lauriston

          Yeah, I think Mariposa would probably be a good bet.

          And as Robert said, avoid Nabolom. Really.

      2. Call Crixa and ask if they do one. They are great with chocolate.

        1. As noted above Crixa. When she was a vegan, my daughter loved their Russian Lenten Cake.
          http://www.crixacakes.com/archives/no...
          I'm sure they can accomodate you if your birthday girl's name isn't Elisa.

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          1. re: wolfe

            Of course it should have read "even" if her name isn't Elisa. Where did you go? How was it?
            This is a fairly frequent request and feedback is very important. Food allergies seem to be on the rise . Either that or they have a better publicity agent these days.

            1. re: wolfe

              "Food allergies seem to be on the rise . Either that or they have a better publicity agent these days."
              ~~~~~~~
              LOL. i think it's a combination of rising incidence AND increased awareness/diagnosis/reporting.

              1. re: wolfe

                Sorry for the incredibly late response. I did go to Crixa and picked up their ginger cake which I'd had before. It is a good tasting cake, but it isn't particularly festive looking. I also prefer my cake to be of the chocolate variety. When not accommodating vegans or my gluten intolerant friends, I exclusively buy cakes from Masse's. They are my hands down favorite for cake. I also really like La Farine's fruit tarts with the cream base.

                I've done the flourless chocolate cake at Masse's for the gluten intolerant but still have yet to find a really excellent vegan cake in the east bay. I hear Millennium does cakes, but I rarely am planning far enough ahead or make it to the city to make that work.

                Thanks for all the suggestions. BTW, I did ask Crixa about vegan cakes other than the ginger and they weren't particularly helpful. I also need to check out Mariposa for gluten free cakes.

                1. re: Hungrymama

                  You might want to try Grand Bakery in Oakland. It's a kosher bakery which means they make a lot of dairy free treats. We got a cake from there for my husbands birthday last year and it was good.

                  1. re: ElenaRose

                    Grand Bakery does challah perfectly, and some good cookies (and dairy catering), and has good borekas, adn fabulous customer service. They fill an important community need. But, their pareve (dairy-free) frosted/decorated cakes are not chowish in my opinion -- frosting is shortening and powdered sugar, cakes are pretty flavorless, and they are not beautifully decorated, etc.