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Best grocery store cake (Alexandria-Springfield area)?

JoanArkham Jan 28, 2010 10:03 AM

I want to get a medium-to-largish carrot cake for Mr. Arkham's birthday on Saturday, but we've both been too busy to plan ahead. We don't want to spend a ton of money, either. Is there such a thing as a grocery store cake that's better than any other grocery store cake?

  1. alkapal Feb 1, 2010 08:53 PM

    harris teeter has excellent cakes, with high quality ingredients. just got some carrot cake today, in fact.

    1. JoanArkham Feb 1, 2010 07:38 AM

      Thanks again, everyone! We wound up with a non-sheet cake from Safeway. The cake itself was good, with a nice spiciness, but the icing was definitely on the sweet side. I generally eat the cake out from under the icing anyway though, so YMMV.

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        josie888 Jan 30, 2010 01:25 PM

        I haven't had the Costco carrot cake but I like their regular layer cakes. Whole Foods has a delicious carrot cake but it is pricey.

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          wayne keyser Jan 30, 2010 12:13 PM

          I agree about Costco. But he more "upscale" cakes (not sheet cakes) at Shoppers and Giant are very nice indeed. The Shoppers bakery makes some pretty decent items.

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            milocat Jan 30, 2010 05:40 AM

            This may be too late but I had some Carrot cake at the Chicken Out restaurant recently and it was quite good. Got some after the women in line in front of me enthused over it. They have several whole cakes in the case at any one time and I am sure they would sell you a whole one. I go to the Chicken Out on South Washington across from Balduccis.

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              weezycom Jan 30, 2010 06:45 AM

              Both the chocolate and carrot cakes are very good there and they will sell whole cakes, but the whole ones cost about $50. I think price is an object for the OP.

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              beanodc Jan 28, 2010 02:55 PM

              The Costco carrot cake with apricot filling is delicious. It is much better than the other sheet cakes at Costco. The Great American chocolate cake is also fabulous but it is not a sheet cake.

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                JoanArkham Jan 29, 2010 04:53 AM

                Thanks guys! I'm not a Costco member, but I might be able to convince a friend to take me...

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                  mymomisthebestcook Jan 29, 2010 06:43 AM

                  Wegmans! Their carrot cake is amazing!!!

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                  Jeserf Jan 30, 2010 10:59 AM

                  last time I had a costco carrot cake I thought I was going to go in to a sugar coma.
                  It was so sweet, no one in the office could eat it.

                  The best carrot cake I've had from a grocery store is from Eukrops (sp?)- a coworker brings them in. they're amazing.

                  1. re: Jeserf
                    monavano Feb 1, 2010 08:30 AM

                    Ukrop's- a Richmond-based supermarket chain. Closed Sundays.
                    I miss their fried chicken ;-(

                3. tcamp Jan 28, 2010 01:34 PM

                  Are you a Costco shopper? I've found those to be pretty good. You can preorder for personalized messages but they have non-personalized versions on hand in various flavors.

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