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Mar 2, 2010 11:02 AM

Looking for special birthday cake

Hi all,

I want to get something special for my dad's 77th birthday.

He hates chocolate and doesn't like whipped cream.

For the last 25 years, he's had the Saint-Honore cake from Patachou or Riviera Bakery.

I've also got him beautiful cakes from Dufflet, Clafouti, and North Pole Bakery, but I want to get him something from a bakery I've never been to.

I know it's not much to go own, but does anyone have any ideas?

Thanks a lot!

PS: Am thinking of schlepping all the way to Rahier on Bayview / Eglinton - anyone been? Recommendations?

Thanks again

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  1. How about Stubbe on Dupont? I've enjoyed their truffles but have not tried their cakes, however they look quite special and there are a few non-chocolate options. Perhaps others have tried the cakes and can comment (as an aside, has anyone tried the Sacher Torte?)

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    1. re: dxs

      I've bought a couple of pretty spectacular-looking cakes from Rahier on Bayview. It was quite a while ago, so I don't specifically recall if they tasted as good as they looked, but there were certainly no complaints and the cakes were stunning.

      1. re: 1sweetpea

        Thanks, Sweetpea!

        I think I might just chlepp all the way to Rahier - I have heard wonderful things about this place....will let you know what I come up with!!!

        1. re: 1sweetpea

          Hi there, Sweetpea - I went to Rahier over the weekend and picked up a gorgeous cake. It was a hit - thanks so much!

        2. re: dxs

          Hi DXS,

          Have been to Stubbe - I love it there! - I took a truffle making class - it was awesome!! I've also tried their Sachertorte - it is divine!!!

          1. re: dxs

            I did not know they did cakes -- they look quite delicious.

          2. How about Frangipane? I've tasted a couple lovely cakes from there at recent baby showers and I picked up my own birthday cake there last month. Of all of these, only one wasn't chocolate but they were all pretty to look at and tasted great too.

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            1. re: sman

              Thanks, Sman - I'll check the Frangipane website.....

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              1. I am curious to know what kind of cake you got at North Pole bakery (on the Danforth, right?). It hasn't occured to me that they might have good cakes there and it sounds
                like you have good taste! Those classes at Stubbe look like fun.

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                1. re: julesrules

                  Hi Jules, if you go to North Pole Bakery and ask for an "Italian birthday cake" they will give you a lovely, light sponge cake with frosting and some vanilla or chocolate filling. You can even ask them to spike the inside frosting with a little rum flavouring!

                  As well, if you ask for a birthday cake with a "sfogliatella" inside - this is a cake with a millefeuille pastry in the centre, all covered in delectable whipped cream - it's also very good and different from the usual birthday cakes everyone gets.

                  The owner's name is Lucia.....

                  1. re: Giulia_F

                    This does sound interesting Giulia_F. How are these cakes decorated? Do they do a nice job of it?

                    1. re: millygirl

                      Also you could try st phillips bakery in woodbridge or maple, their website is i have had the chocolate cake and the st honore and they were excellent. For an extra 25 bucks, they scanned the picture of my son's birthday invitation on the fondant, and it looked great.

                      1. re: chillihigh

                        In November '09 I used "Cake Boutique" on Wilson (the Bagel World plaza)...he is a european baker and teacher..I had a specific request for my Birthday Cake (fresh Banana Cake (no artificial flavouring... with a Chocolate Fudge Icing..not buttercream) he was terrific, couldn't have been more obliging and very reasonable. I believe he is more interested in the likes of German style like Black Forest or Sachertorte BUT he did not have a problem with my request (I was turned down by Dufflet & Baker Street). The cake was extremely moist and quite dense, heavier than most but it was FABULOUS)..I would use him and reccommend him without hesitation.

                      2. re: millygirl

                        Hi millygirl, sorry for the late reply. There is no fantastic artwork in decoration, just plain and simple flowers.