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Northampton, MA need a delicious birthday cake

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

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  1. 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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      1. 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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        1. re: mjoyous

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

          1. re: mjoyous

            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.

            1. re: kattyeyes

              "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.

              1. re: mjoyous

                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.

                1. re: mjoyous

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

            2. 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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              1. re: bouls

                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

              2. What did you decide on, and was it enjoyed?