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Oct 20, 2009 11:42 AM

Wedding Cake!

So i'm getting married next month and i need a wedding cake.
But - i am a modern bride in a recession so I don't want something large, tiered - and certainly nothing with buttercream and/or a little plastic bride and groom on the top.

Kinds of cakes I am considering:

* tres leches
* cheesecake
* possibly even Profiteroles

I really just want a straightforward good cake.
I also, don't want something very expensive.
I only need it for about 20 people....
any thoughts??

thanks so much!

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  1. For 20 people it won't be expensive (or big!) even if you get it some place fabulous.

    I'd go to masse's in Berkeley and get a delicious modern cake. I'd probably ask to go up one size from the ones in their display cases -- it might be 10", but that will be way more than enough for 20 people. And you'll spend less than $100 and it'll be fabulous.

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    1. re: milklady

      I second Masse's.

      They did an excellent job on our wedding cake and they always have some whole ones in their case. We had a chocolate raspberry cake covered in white chocolate.

      My favorite stock cake there is the passionfruit, though. It's amazing. Go taste it!

      1. re: dotMac

        I was going to suggest Masse's, too. Very nice folks. Very good European-style cakes and individual size cakes and cookies. Love those Parisien macaroons! Just call soon and set up an appointment to taste a few things (one of the best parts of wdding prep), then if youlike what you taste, get on their schedule for a cake. Since you don't need a big one, i imagine (but don't know for sure) that it shouldn't be a problem to get them tomake you one. Also, if you go on a Thursday afternoon, you can visit the organic farmers market half a block away.

    2. For his anniversary, my friend bought a fantastic lemony cake with fresh strawberries and perfectly sculpted, clean white frosting from Citizen cake. It was a gigantic cake for about 50 of us, but I'm sure something can be done for 20 that is beautiful and delicious. I hadn't been much of a CC fan until then, but the cake was to die for. Much better than the desserts in their restaurant, IMO.

      For a truly budget option, I always go with Schubert's princess cake. If you go with some of the other Bay Area bakeries that specialize in princess cake, you can specify what marzipan color you want. One year my friends bought me a lavender cake. I know, not modern at all, just really really princessy. Bijan and The Cakery both make delicious versions.

      Delanghe does a good princess cake as well as croquembuches (profiteroles towers) to order.

        My friend ordered her daughter's wonderful wedding cake from Patisserie Angelica and now PA is mailing cakes.

        Patisserie Angelica
        6821 Laguna Pkwy, Sebastopol, CA 95472

        1. Delessio's tres leches cake is my favorite. Shockingly reasonably priced and very presentable.

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          1. re: david kaplan

            I loved the tres leches cake at your wedding. But I ordered one for my birthday in April and it was terrible. A one-off? Has anyone tried one more recently?

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              I had one last week and it was good as ever. What was off about your April cake?

              1. re: david kaplan

                The cake part was compressed and not light. Grainy sugar crystals under the meringue layer, caramel was ossified, and the whole thing was much sweeter and sugary. A friend wanted to provide the cake and I made a request for Delessio's, I felt really awful that it turned out so badly.


            So worth the drive to santa cruz the day before your wedding. Will be perfect in every way. Try the carrotcake... even if you're like me and don't really like carrot cake, it is amazing.