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Need a Fabulous Birthday Cake for 50

pariss Feb 17, 2010 10:16 AM

I've been searching this board and googling like crazy. I need recommendations for a GREAT
super YUMMY birthday cake. I want a sheet cake (much easier to serve). I don't want chocolate cake. I'm thinking maybe Italian (Cassata at Modern sounds yummy) or fruity something..... I live in JP - willing to travel 30 minutes max. Need it for 3/7. Open to any and all suggestions. Anyone know a great private baker? Decoration is less important to me than flavor- but I do want it to look nice of course. I would like to be able to do a tasting before ordering. Thanks.

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  1. BellatrixStar RE: pariss Feb 17, 2010 10:34 AM

    I've gotten cakes from various places in town but I finally fell in love with just one. It's in Newton called Icing on the Cake. I would call ASAP though to place your order.

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      jinx1832 RE: BellatrixStar Feb 18, 2010 05:56 AM

      Another vote for Icing on the Cake, I am addicted to the Golden Amaretto cakes, the Amaretto buttercream is incredible.

    2. Allstonian RE: pariss Feb 17, 2010 10:38 AM

      For my mom's 60th birthday I got a terrific Italian whipped-cream cake in sheet-cake size from Antoine's in Newton (Nonantum neighborhood.)

      For "fruity something" you might also consider one of the Chinese bakeries, which do lovely cakes with whipped cream and fruit fillings - in Chinatown there are quite a few options, including Eldo Cake House or 101 Bakery, or there's the excellent Yi Soon Bakery in Allston.

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        SaraASR RE: Allstonian Feb 17, 2010 11:26 AM

        For fruity, I would 100% suggest Eldo Cake House. Allstonian read my mind. SO so delicious and reasonable!

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          gourmaniac RE: SaraASR Feb 17, 2010 11:36 AM

          Much as I like Eldo (I use it a lot), the cakes are jut not as tasty as a place like Konditor Meister in Braintree. Its about 30 min from JP (without traffic). Luxurious in a European way.

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            Pegmeister RE: gourmaniac Feb 17, 2010 03:13 PM

            Konditor Meister does a phenomenal job in decorating their cakes and overall they're pretty reasonable priced. I've been purchasing cakes from them since they were doing business out of 2 car garage in Quincy. When you went in to order you always were in the way of everyone in the kitchen. The chocolate dipped strawberries on top are the best. Only one caution, avoid cakes with the white crisco type frosting, go for the whipped style frosting. Carot cake with creamcheese frosting is wonderful and the lemon chiffon is one of my favorites. My only complaint ever has been some of their frostings which I suppose they need to use for all the fancy decorations.

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              pariss RE: Pegmeister Feb 19, 2010 04:45 AM

              Unfortunately they don't make sheet cakes - I called them.

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                StriperGuy RE: Pegmeister Feb 19, 2010 05:34 AM

                I am not a huge fan of Konditor Meister. Some are good, others are just icing gloppy.

                The Cassatta from Modern however is awesome!

        2. SaraASR RE: pariss Feb 17, 2010 11:27 AM

          Wait a second... is Cassata cake "cannoli cake"? I JUST started a thread about cannoli cake in Boston about 20 minutes before reading this thread...

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            Allstonian RE: SaraASR Feb 17, 2010 11:32 AM

            Cassata is a traditional Sicilian cake. Here's the description from the modern Pastry website:
            "A classic Italian dessert. Three layers of our light and airy Italian sponge cake soaked with rum and strega liquors. Two layers of creamy sweetened ricotta filling sprinkled with dark chocolate morsels. Completely encompassed with fresh whipped cream and sliced almonds."

            I don't think we have cannoli cake around here, although I seem to recall seeing one in the bakery at a Stop & Shop several years ago and wondering what it was. It was a layer-type cake decorated on top with mini cannoli.

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              SaraASR RE: Allstonian Feb 17, 2010 11:33 AM

              Yup, cassata cake = cannoli cake. Wow, what a strange coincidence. Now I know where to get it!

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                macadamianut RE: Allstonian Feb 17, 2010 04:30 PM

                Love Cassata cake. Had the best ever at Scialo Bros. Bakery in Providend's Federal Hill. Killer with a layer of green Marzipan in the middle.

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                  SaraASR RE: macadamianut Feb 17, 2010 06:44 PM

                  YUM! Thank you so much, macadamianut! I've been meaning to get to Federal Hill for a while. Now, only more reason to go :)

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              makonna RE: pariss Feb 17, 2010 12:26 PM

              Quebrada has a fantastic strawberry shortcake. I googled it. 29 min drive. :) Custard, strawberries, and fluffy fluffy cake. :) Good luck. Fun problem to have.

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                pariss RE: pariss Feb 17, 2010 12:41 PM

                Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I think I'm going to spend Saturday doing some serious cake tasting !!

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                  twentyoystahs RE: pariss Feb 17, 2010 04:35 PM

                  You could also try Sweet, which is a terrific bakery in W Rox so would be very convenient for you. I picked up a bunch of cupcakes for a birthday party and they were delicious. Real butter cream frosting of course. They also make cakes to order, just as good. . I think their prices are pretty reasonable too.

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                    sallyt RE: twentyoystahs Feb 18, 2010 06:56 AM

                    I think that you mean Sugar... It's on Centre St, and is a great bakery. Next to the Real Deal (same owners).

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                  treb RE: pariss Feb 17, 2010 03:29 PM

                  Piro's in Methuen makes an awesome Cassata.

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                    pariss RE: pariss Mar 8, 2010 10:41 AM

                    Just to let all of you know - who took the time to post advice. I ended up at Modern Pastry and got the Cassata Cake - a half sheet. It was indeed fabulous and there was more than enough. I sent my guests home with huge chunks. It weighed a ton and it was moist and delectable. Exactly what I had in mind. It was 2 layers of sponge soaked in rum and strega with a cannoli filling of ricotta with chocolate bits in between the layers and coated with whipped cream and then covered with slivered almonds. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for this kind of cake. Thanks again.

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                      Pegmeister RE: pariss Mar 8, 2010 02:30 PM

                      That sounds amazing, now I'm glad you didn't go with my Kondeiter Meister suggestion!

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