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nomadnc Nov 10, 2009 03:56 PM

Daughter a freshman at Smith. Need a great birthday cake for her. Will be ordering from North Carolina. Thanks for any help!

  1. andytee May 22, 2010 08:23 PM

    I'd say the best spot in Northampton to order a cake is the Woodstar Cafe - Ive used them before and have had friends use them as well, always to great success. They do a lot of great cakes and are right in downtown Northampton a short walk from Smith.

    La Florintina is just ok, mostly a spot for cannoli. They might have a decent cassata cake (cream and strawberries) in their repertoire but I wouldn't count on it.

    I'd guess Bread Euphoria is pretty good but they are a bit out of town, so it might be harder to unite the cake and the college student.

    Bakery Normande is also right in downtown Northampton, I can't speak to cakes there but they have a solid reputation and the things I've tried have been fine. Again, I really think Woodstar Cafe is the best bet, they do really great baked sweets and supply pastries to a number of upscale local restaurants and coffee shops. Cakes are great, esp. a lemon coconut one I've ordered.

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      homesick for food Feb 10, 2010 04:19 PM

      Fiorentina sucks. For cake, it's Sunrise Bakery in E'ton hands down.

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        fame da lupo Feb 11, 2010 07:45 PM

        Word. Great bakery. Great donuts, pies, etc.

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          VivreManger Feb 12, 2010 06:33 AM

          Is Henley's Bakery still in business? The Black Sheep in Amherst (previously in Northampton as well) is a good place to try, but I have not had their cakes in a few years.

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            magiesmom May 21, 2010 04:15 PM

            Bread Euphoria just West of Northampton on rt 9 in Haydenville has FABULOUS cakes, custom and ready made, Try the guiness chocolate cake for a deep chocolate taste with something special. The cake designer has talent and will work with you. They also sell very small 2 portion cakes, not cupcakes, true cakes

            1. re: VivreManger
              andytee May 22, 2010 08:18 PM

              You are maybe thinking of the Henion Bakery, in Amherst? Yes, they are still around, and probably the best spot to order a cake from in Amherst. But not in Northampton.

              Henion is far better than The Black Sheep, which is a servicable spot for coffee or a sandwich but mediocre at best.

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              Henion Bakery
              174 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA

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          mjoyous Feb 9, 2010 04:45 AM

          What did you decide on, and was it enjoyed?

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            bouls Nov 12, 2009 05:05 AM

            Greggory's Pastry Shop, Hadley Ma 413-586-9900 or you can try Atkins Farms www.atkinsfarms.com. both have tasty cakes.

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              april164 Nov 29, 2009 04:05 PM

              Greggory's is great but if they don't have a car, they won't be able to get the cake. I wonder if Bakery Normande could do a cake. They're just great. Right in Noho

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              mjoyous Nov 12, 2009 03:03 AM

              Am a baker and a serious pastry hound. Semi-disagree about La Fiorentina. Typical Italian bakery but with less than stellar ingredients., often bland.
              If your daughter or one oif her friends has a car, I think your best bet for a real layer cake, with a true buttercream and excellent cake (plus nicely decorated) is Bread Euphoria.
              It's a few miles east of Smith, but they are excellent bakers who use only fresh butter, cream etc, and local ingredients as available.
              Even now make a local wheat bread, though I haven't tried that yet.
              http://www.breadeuphoria.org/

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                mjoyous Nov 12, 2009 03:14 AM

                Opps, early in the morning and am directionally challenged. Store is west of Smith.

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                  kattyeyes Nov 12, 2009 05:00 AM

                  I also bake and consider myself a serious pastry hound. Guess I should refrain from recommending a cake when what draws me to La Fiorentina is their cannoli, which are fabulous. :) But the ingredients in the cannoli are certainly not "less than stellar" or "bland"--and their tiramisu is quite nice, so I could only imagine, based on that, a birthday cake from La Fiorentina would be just as delicious. Do you honestly think La Fiorentina does not use "fresh butter, cream etc." to bake their cakes? I wasn't sure what you meant by that. Perhaps I'm just nostalgic for Italian bakery birthday cakes (with layers of fresh strawberries, peaches and whipped cream) as that was what I grew up with...that is, if my mom didn't bake.

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                    mjoyous Nov 12, 2009 12:36 PM

                    "Do you honestly think La Fiorentina does not use "fresh butter, cream etc." to bake their cakes?".................yes.
                    As to cakes, not italian pastries, the frosting at LaF was a confectionery sugar, and I doubt the cake was butter based.
                    BE uses real buttercream or ganache, and everything is made with local or organic butter as available.
                    To each their own.

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                      jeni1002 Nov 12, 2009 03:52 PM

                      I agree with mjoyous - every time I've had something from La Fiorentina, I wasn't inspired to go for more (although I haven't tried their cannoli). I distinctly remember an eclair that was kind of too dry, and a chocolate mousse that was not that good. Sorry.

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                        fame da lupo Feb 9, 2010 10:35 AM

                        La Fiorentina's cakes are always too sugary for me. Their cannoli and sfogliatelle are very good, however.

                  2. kattyeyes Nov 10, 2009 04:43 PM

                    I have a hard time going to Northampton and NOT going to La Fiorentina Pastry Shop. I'm a fool for their cannoli, but have sampled many of their other treats and they are simply outstanding.
                    http://www.lafiorentinapastry.com/

                    Check out all the variations of cake from which to choose!
                    http://www.lafiorentinapastry.com/pag...

                    Take it from another November birthday girl--this is the place! :)

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