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Feb 1, 2010 03:56 PM

Pound cake

Where do you go in Montreal for great pound cake? Something like lemon or orange pound cake. Thanks.

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  1. Première Moisson (chain) does a plain gâteau quatre-quarts and what they call their "week-end" cake, lemon or orange.

    I'd also check out Cocoa locale for that sort of thing. I'd suggest phoning or e-mailing Reema in advance.

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    1. re: lagatta

      AFAIK Cocoa Locale doesn't do pound cake.

      Au Pain Doré has small lemon pound cakes (which they refer to as "cake citron"). There's a chocolate version, too. Not bad though not as good as homemade.

      1. re: carswell

        Patisserie de Gascogne makes a lemon pound cake as well.

        1. re: cherylmtl

          The one on Marcel Laurin only sells orange & chocolate, I asked for lemon but was told that they weren't making lemon. Don't know if that applies to all PdeG or if it's a seasonal thing

          1. re: RhondaB

            Maybe it is orange, and not lemon - it's been a long time since I've bought one there. And apparently my memory's not what it used to be ;-)

    2. Thanks for all the suggestions so far. I originally posed the question, to narrow the choices down to who makes the absolute best pound cake in town. I'm aware of establishments that make them, but if I could only get one lemon(or orange) pound cake, which should I choose? Realizing it could come down to personal preference.

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      1. re: BLM

        Do you have recs for plain pound cake? I have had a hard time finding this in Montreal.

        1. re: hungryann

          I don't know who makes a plain pound cake. That I have no idea.

          1. re: hungryann

            Can't vouch for its quality, since I haven't tried it. Saw a plain butter pound cake with walnuts at the Callia bakery in Chinatown earlier this week. Maybe Harmonie bakery close by also makes one occasionally(I didn't see any at Harmonie bakery when I checked on same day). A home-made plain pound cake is much harder to find in Montreal.

            1. re: BLM

              I don't know about their pound cake, but most everything I've tried from Callia has been sub-par. If you really want good pound cake, you should try making your own with high quality ingredients. Pound cake is just about the easiest thing you can bake.

              1. re: SnackHappy

                Good idea, to try making my own pound cake using quality ingredients. What's your opinion on Harmonie bakery's products(everything from their food to drinks)?

                1. re: BLM

                  I like Harmonie a lot. They make some very tasty pastry. Everytthing I've had from there has been very good. I'm a big fan of their cheesecakes and their savoury stuff. Their basic dough for all their buns is a bit sweet for my taste, but that's about the only problem I have with Harmonie. As for pound cake, I don't think I've ever had any from there and I'm not sure if they make any.

                  I've tasted a few of their drinks, but I've never actually ordered any. They were all pretty tasty, though.

                  1. re: SnackHappy

                    If you want something a little less sweet, try the "paper cup cake" - very light and not too sweet.

                    I've also liked pretty much everything I've had there: their raisin-twist roll/pastry is a particular standout.Flaky and fluffy and a real steal. I'm pretty sure I've had some sort of pound cake-type thing there and enjoyed it.

                    Their Hong Hong-style milk tea is very good, if a tad too strong for my taste.

                    The only thing I've ever had that disappointed was the fresh fruit slush - I think I got strawberry-banana and though it must have had fresh fruit in it given the name, it had an artificial/chemical taste that put me off. Much better fresh fruit slushes at Tapioca Thé.

                    1. re: SnackHappy

                      Harmonie and MM Legendre make something similar to a regualr pound cake, Harmonie makes walnut cake which is basically a butter pound cake with walnuts on top.

                      I've had tall cupcake walnut cake and butter raisin cake from MM LeGendre that were similar in shape to glass sponge cakes, and were a poundcake type cake.

              2. re: hungryann

                I was just at Premiere Moisson and on the counter was gateau quatre quarts (pound cake) not flavoured. Good or not, who knows, but plain pound cake nonetheless.

            2. Le Maitre Chocolatier makes a wonderful orange cake.

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              1. re: souschef

                Just went to Le Maitre Chocolatier and bought two tiny morsels of orange pound cake for $4.50 each ($10.16 with tax). A whole pound cake would be about $20-$25. The owner wasn't sure of the price. I was advised to preheat my oven to 350 and heat the cakes for 2-3 minutes before indulging. Initially, the price was $4.00 a piece. I don't know whether to eat one or frame it! I'll let you know if it was worth the price. I was told that they prefer fewer customers paying more for their products. I suggested that they could charge slightly less and have more customers.

                1. re: naturelle

                  Wow $20-25 for a whole orange pound cake. It better be excellent at those prices.

                  1. re: BLM

                    I will admit that the texture is dense, although paying $20-$25 for a cake is a better deal than $4.50 a piece (She said there were approximately 12 pieces per cake).

                    1. re: naturelle

                      So was it worth it? Would you buy it again?

              2. Just go here....

                Les Delices Lafrenaie


                The Lemon cake is awesome

                1. Gryphon has orange, lemon, lemon-poppy, choco-date-nut, banana, etc. call first to reserve, 485-7377. I think the price is $12-ish.