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Looking for opera cake

trolley Jun 19, 2009 02:41 PM

i'm looking for a really good opera cake for my husbands birthday next week. i've had the one from viktor benes and thought it was a bit too sweet and not very flavorful. i'm thinking of getting one from porto's but never had theirs. i'm in the pasadena area and can't travel too far. anyone with suggestions?

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    Burger Boy RE: trolley Jun 19, 2009 07:55 PM

    Is it a French Cake, Italian, Cuban?

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      trolley RE: Burger Boy Jun 19, 2009 09:21 PM

      it's a french cake. layers of almond sponge cake with coffee butter cream and topped with ganache.

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      attran99 RE: trolley Jun 20, 2009 02:03 AM

      The Nordstrom Cafe has been known to carry a great Opera cake...it's been featured on Road Tasted with Jamie and Bobby Dean on the Food Network. Porto's also makes a great version, too.

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        attran99 RE: trolley Jun 20, 2009 02:04 AM

        Forgot the links.

        Porto's Bakery
        315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

        Porto's Bakery
        3614 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

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          FranklinJefferson RE: trolley Jun 20, 2009 12:27 PM

          Also, Nata's pastries in Sherman Oaks has an excellent Opera Cake.

          1. SmokeyDoke RE: trolley Jun 20, 2009 10:42 PM

            I would go with Porto's. It's delicious.

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              trolley RE: SmokeyDoke Jun 23, 2009 05:30 AM

              ok, porto's it is!

            2. boogiebaby RE: trolley Jun 23, 2009 09:29 AM

              Definitely the Porto's one -- it's delicious!

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                subal RE: trolley Jun 27, 2009 11:48 PM

                Ya'll are missing it!
                Try Sweet Lady Lane on Melrose
                Not inexpensive; but well worth it!

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                  Feed_me RE: subal Jun 28, 2009 01:13 AM

                  Ummm.....you must have missed these threads. The first one
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/452658 towards the end of the second thread one poster feels he had great service at SLJ, but then reports the cake wasn't that special in a later posting. I would think if you need an opera cake and you're in West L.A. you could check with Caprice. Jean Louis is from France (Alsace if I recollect rightly) and he's a very nice guy. http://www.capricefrenchpastries.com

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                    Burger Boy RE: subal Jun 28, 2009 08:46 AM

                    Bitch Un-Lady Lane, for mediocre cake and service with attidtude!

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                      trolley RE: subal Jun 28, 2009 09:05 AM

                      time has come and gone and i went with porto's once again. the cake was great and priced right at $25. after living in weho for 4 yrs i've had enough abuse from jane and her minions. i used to go and get attitude and wondered if i had done something wrong. i'm one the ones on the longest thread as well detailing my bad experience. i'd rather buys a cake from von's than go to sweet lady jane. in fact, i'd rather have betty crocker and i hate box cakes.

                    2. DrBruin RE: trolley Jun 29, 2009 07:18 AM

                      Can't vouch for it but I saw opera cake for sale at Trader Joes.

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                        Nate650 RE: DrBruin Oct 26, 2009 12:00 PM

                        Yes, the Trader Joe's opera cake is the best opera cake and best cake I've ever had. Possibly even the best dessert I've ever had. I highly recommend it.

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                          clearly RE: Nate650 Oct 26, 2009 12:54 PM

                          lol! that carrot cake is pretty damned good too! but, that's off topic.

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