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skidstop Oct 4, 2009 10:34 AM

Who makes the best birthday cakes in the cambridge/ somerville/ boston area?

  1. barleywino Oct 4, 2009 11:38 AM

    2 cakes I particularly like (although I'm not sure whether they will "engrave" them with birthday wishes or not) are the Hazelnut almond dacquoise at Flour bakery in Boston, and the pear marzipan tart at Russo's in Watertown (not quite Cambridge, but anyway)

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      BarmyFotheringayPhipps Oct 4, 2009 11:40 AM

      We've been very happy with Antoine's in Nonantum, which is easy enough to get to.

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      EllenMM Oct 4, 2009 01:58 PM

      Quebrada in Arlington on Mass.Ave., makes amazing and beautiful cakes with fresh flower decorations. My favorite b-day cake is their strawberry/whipped cream cake - heaven!

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        makonna Oct 4, 2009 07:45 PM

        I have to admit that the Quebrade strawberry whipped cream cake is amazing! I will have to go with that one. :)

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        CookieLee Oct 4, 2009 02:45 PM

        I'll put in a good word for Party Favors in Brookline, Coolidge Corner.

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          owen_meany Oct 4, 2009 04:08 PM

          Lyndell's in Ball Square Somerville makes a very traditional birthday cake with lots of frosting. Try one of their half moons if you want the experience on a smaller scale.

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            aerin13 Oct 4, 2009 07:52 PM

            I second Lyndell's- especially their yellow with chocolate frosting. Perfection!

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              gansu girl Oct 5, 2009 10:47 AM

              Another Lyndell's lover here, but it is the classic bakery b-day cake, no frills, lots of very sugary frosting, lots of options for decorating/personalizing - very nice flowers, etc. for grownups (unless you're a Scooby-Doo lover or something!?). They also have a "more grownup" hazelnut buttercream cake that is deeeelicious - my father has requested that every year for his b-day for over 25 years (used to be called hazelnut Bavarian creme) and he isn't even a big sweets guy. Lots o' nuts in and on that one.


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              fantundo Oct 4, 2009 04:25 PM

              Bella Moto on Mass Ave in Arlington does very nice cakes, simply and attractively decorated. The red velvet was a huge hit on my last birthday, but the regular vanilla and chocolate are good as well.

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                pemma Oct 5, 2009 06:55 AM

                I guess it depends on what kind of cake you're looking for. I love the Italian rum cake with strawberries and custard cream from Modern Pastry in Medford Square.

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                  MeffaBabe Oct 6, 2009 11:05 AM

                  Arthurs Pastry on Main St in Medford does the rum cakes even better than Modern I think... they have been a big favorite of our family for years...

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                    barleywino Oct 11, 2009 02:05 AM

                    i tried the rum cake at Arthurs, it was certainly very moist, although to be honest I had a hard time detecting any rum flavor whatsoever

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                  gourmaniac Oct 12, 2009 09:51 AM

                  A short drive (Braintree) but Konditor Meister is the best cake I've had in the area. Prices are reasonable (cakes and prices on line).

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                    Blinefoodie Oct 13, 2009 10:37 AM

                    Sweet Tooth bakery in South Boston makes phenomenal cakes, with excellent frosting. Amongst other choices, their Red Velvet is amazing.

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