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Area's best red velvet cakes?

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In your opinion, which bakery in the greater Boston area makes the best red velvet cake?

I'm looking for a cake for a birthday, but also possibly for my wedding next year. Thanks in advance for the suggestions!

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  1. I was quite happy with the red velvet from Yum Bunnies on Belmont St. in Belmont. A very simple red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting (inside...buttercream on the outside) was tastefully done and didn't break the bank at under $30. http://www.yumbunnies.com/

    1. Just this week I tried a red velvet cupcake from Bella Moto Bakery in Arlington that was out of this world. I'm not sure whether they make a full cake version but it's worth checking. I daresay it was the best red velvet cake I've ever tasted.

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      1. re: cambridgejen

        Frances at Bella Moto does make a full red velvet cake, which I recently served at a birthday party. It was moist, tasty, with the requisite cream cheese frosting, but not too sweet. I thought, and several guests agreed, it was the best I've had in Boston.

      2. Anyone able to provide a comparison between local red velvet cakes and say the one from Cake Man Raven in Brooklyn?

          1. I like the one at Firefly's BBQ. I don't have an authentic benchmark to compare it to, but it is very "homemade" tasing in a good way. Very thick cream cheese based frosting, and the cake is both light and very moist. What I like best about getting it at the restaurant is that it is served warm, so the frosting gets even gooier. We bought a whole cake from them for a birthday, and it was really cheap for the size (I think $24). You should call ahead to make sure they can set one aside unsliced.

            1. Dave's Fresh Pasta has EXCELLENT red velvet cupcakes (and really cute mini cupcake versions as well) - so I am guessing they may do a cake? Not sure - but it is so good, that I had to recommend. Give them a call...

              1. Thank you all for the suggestions! I ended up getting the cake from Firefly's, but regretted it and gave most of it away to unsuspecting friends! It is huge ($22) and while a good value (feeds 10-12), it is not very good. It's akin to Duncan Hines cake mix, but not as good -- it is almost tasteless in need of a stronger chocolate flavor and cake flour.

                After sampling a much better cupcake from Sweet, I learned they make cakes to order for $25 (feeds 6-8). Other places I called -- Rosie's, Whole Foods, Russo's -- do not make it or only make it during Christmas-time. I'll continue to go on my quest for the best red velvet in Boston!

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                1. re: asimplecook

                  Wow - you must have gotten a really bad one. As noted, it's not very fancy, but I have enjoyed it when I've gotten it. I definitely wouldn't consider it a primary form of punishment for my enemies ("fetch...the comfy chair!")