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Birthday cake - not fancy, just delicious (Lewisville)

FlowerMoundGirl Jul 2, 2009 08:07 AM

The only place I've bought a bday cake since moving here was at Candy Haven for someone's Over The Hill Party.... but I'm not looking for something extravaggant or that pricy, just a simply birthday cake that has that real bakery taste. I don't care if it comes from a supermarket or a bakery as long as it's delicious. Doesn't really even have to be a traditional "Birthday" decorated cake, a kick ass layer cake would be just fine. I was thinking of trying Swirl Bakery in Flower Mound, but was hoping maybe I'd get some more input here. The bday is this Saturday so need replies prior to then please :)

  1. twinwillow Mar 14, 2010 10:13 AM

    Although uncommon in these parts, If you ever find yourself at a Kosher wedding, don't eat the cake. It's, Crisco!!!

    1. twinwillow Mar 14, 2010 10:10 AM

      I've actually had great luck with cakes from Costco. Aside from being a great value, they're delicious and, made with real butter frostings.

      1. air Jul 7, 2009 10:31 AM

        As far as Sam's vs Costco, as said before it depends on the flavor you want. Either of them will be good.

        The quality is far superior to what you'd get from a grocery and a better value than a fancier cake that you'd get at Central Market or Whole Foods. My preference goes with the Sams butter cream.

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        1. re: air
          irodguy Jul 9, 2009 03:14 PM

          I would not mention Central & Whole foods in the same breath. Most of the cakes at whole foods indeed are not much superior to Sams. Central's cakes on the other hand are far superior but also far more expensive.

        2. DallasDude Jul 2, 2009 05:02 PM

          That fluffy no taste frosting is made with vegetable shortening. In other words, flavored whipped Crisco.

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            joanna.mcmaster Jul 7, 2009 10:23 AM


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              DallasDude Jul 7, 2009 12:42 PM

              As disgusting as it sounds, it is true. This is Texas and butter for a real butter cream will begin to melt at 88 degrees. The recipes using shortening can withstand temperatures of 106. As wonderful as a real butter cream is, the heat in transition will leave the top of your cake in a greasy puddle of colors. Personally, I cannot stomach the thought of a large mouthful of Crisco.

              I have seen decent compromises of half butter and half Crisco. Sort of like using olive oil with your butter when sauteing to increase the smoke point.

              1. re: DallasDude
                joanna.mcmaster Jul 9, 2009 10:14 AM

                I'm with you on the "no thank you" to a mouthful of Crisco.

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                  babycake7298 Mar 13, 2010 10:42 PM

                  I AGREE! Isn't there some kind of middle ground between sugary crisco and gourmet melting frosting. Pay an extra $15.00 and have them deliver it around the cake time. Or, would any bakery do this? Who knows? By the way Willie Mae's cakes are very hit or miss. I think Candy Haven uses the Crisco type icing too, but, their cakes are moist and well decorated for the price.

                2. re: DallasDude
                  flomogal Mar 14, 2010 03:19 AM

                  You have truly ruined my day. From here on out, I will never take another bite of birthday cake!

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              CocoaNut Jul 2, 2009 04:25 PM

              Ironically, I just came in here to post about Sam's single layer sheet cake w/buttercream. There was no hint of butter flavor in the icing, so I'm "pretty" sure it wasn't the real deal, but still, it was better than whatever that alternative, fluffy, no-taste icing is. The cake was really moist without being heavy. I went w/a friend to pick it up at lunch - I think it was $20-ish for 1/2 sheet. It beats the heck out of recent cake purchases from Tom Thumb.

              I've had cakes from Market Street that have been very good, but I didn't buy them so have no idea of cost. They weren't as moist as the one from Sam's today.

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              1. re: CocoaNut
                joanna.mcmaster Jul 9, 2009 10:12 AM

                I bought a cake for my little boy's 3rd b-day from Market Street, it was awesome, and a 1/4 sheet was i think around, if not a little under $20. (included a Thomas the train and track on the top of it).

              2. LewisvilleHounder Jul 2, 2009 02:26 PM

                I actually have found that the layer cake at Costco is pretty good. I don't care for icing but the pudding layered cake is cheap and what I like. I know I might get some flak for it but I hate icing and I hate fondant even more. I can stomach butter cream icing but that is all.

                1. j
                  joanna.mcmaster Jul 2, 2009 08:22 AM

                  i got a really, really good cake for my son's b-day at Willie mae's, but it is in Plano, not sure if that is too far for you to travel.
                  Willie Mae's Bakery
                  2141 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75075 (972) 424-6716

                  Also, the cakes on this site look fabulous.

                  haven't tried it, though.

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