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Best slice of cake in center city?

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athena877 May 16, 2010 05:50 AM

I'm looking for a place to get a really good single slice of cake. I'm a fan of moist, dense cakes with really sweet, heavy icing (yes, I know some people may think this is disgusting, but I love it!). I love the naked chocolate cafe cakes, but they don't sell them by the slice. I do like the chocolate cake from Honey's but it's a little far...does anyone know of a good place to get a good slice of cake right in center city? I love cupcakes and know lots of good places but this time I'm looking specifically for cake instead. Your input is appreciated!

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  1. AmblerGirl RE: athena877 May 16, 2010 07:11 AM

    Its not center city, but its a close drive out of the city. Spring Mill in in Conshy has a daffodill cake which is the best I have eaten - dense moist vanilla cake, whipped cream icing (not the heavy icing you are looking for but so good), topped with fresh berries, lemons, thick shaved coconut. So darn good!!!!!!

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      sylviag RE: athena877 May 16, 2010 09:29 AM

      Day by Day, at 21st and Sansom, sells cake by the slice. The ones I've tasted have been excellent.

      We had the carrot cake from Whole Foods recently, and it would fit your needs - moist, rich, etc. I don't know if they sell it by the slice.

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        gardens4me RE: athena877 May 16, 2010 10:57 AM

        AmblerGirl, whenever this Daffodil Cake is mentioned, my mouth starts to water. I also think the Coconut Cake at Zake's in Ft. Washington is very, very good.

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          monchichi RE: gardens4me May 16, 2010 06:28 PM

          Now I do not claim to know all the best cake spots in the city, but I have to say that I have had fantastic cake at the cafe across the street from Termini Bakery- the original in South Philly.........many cakes in restaurants are unfortunately not made in house.......although some are very good......IMO Ilike the cafe the best, so far.

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            barryg RE: monchichi May 16, 2010 06:34 PM

            In case anyone is wondering, the cafe is called Mr. Joe's Cafe and it is owned and operated by the Termini's people. So the cakes are of course Termini's and are made across the street, which is AFAIK the bakery for all of their locations.

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              Bigley9 RE: barryg May 17, 2010 09:03 AM

              Termini's in the RTM sometimes sells slices of cake - also the PA dutch bakery in the North west corner of the market sells cake by the slice as does Jonathan's Best. I only buy them for the chowspouse so I can't really tell you much more than they exist!

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                bluehensfan RE: Bigley9 May 18, 2010 03:49 AM

                Termini's used to have the best cake slices in the city. Don't get me wrong...I still love their raspberry pound cake they make in the summer. They sell it whole and now and then sell slices at Reading Terminal. The problem is this year they started making the top of the cake with vanilla icing and now the raspberry icing is relegated to just the sides and the center of the cake. It's still good but not quite as good as it used to be. Of course, Termini's vanilla pound cake is still good too!

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                  bluehensfan RE: bluehensfan May 29, 2010 08:18 PM

                  Someone at Termini's must be reading this posting (or my mind) because now the raspberry pound cake has a thin layer of raspberry icing just under the vanilla icing that was added this summer (easier to decorate I am told) so now it is just as good as it always was.

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            AmblerGirl RE: gardens4me May 16, 2010 06:42 PM

            gardens4me.....I know! I dream about that cake! I have to get over to Zake's soon to try their coconut cake.

          3. AgentRed RE: athena877 May 16, 2010 08:33 PM

            The cakes at Fitzwater cafe (on 7th and Fitzwater) are amazing. Plus the decor is really art deco cool and the staff are exceedingly friendly

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              rocknroll52 RE: athena877 May 17, 2010 09:54 AM

              The Termini's in the Market at the Comcast Center sells slices of cake.

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                Holly Moore RE: athena877 May 30, 2010 03:04 PM

                That would be a slice of the original Commissary carrot cake now available at Frog Burger outside of Franklin Institute

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                  impatient waiter RE: athena877 May 31, 2010 02:04 PM

                  The best slice if cake in CC is the checkerboard cake at Famous 4th on 19th street. The cake is moist and rich and the icing is thick and super sweet. I think it is exactly waht your looking for but they sell other flavors of cake by the slice as well.

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                    barryg RE: impatient waiter May 31, 2010 06:59 PM

                    Of course, a "slice" of cake at Famous is larger than entire cakes at some bakeries.

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                      Buckethead RE: impatient waiter Jun 1, 2010 06:57 AM

                      My favorite cake is their carrot cake (at the 4th St. location, I imagine all the cakes come from there). As barryg says, "slice" is really the wrong word, more like "slab" or "monolith"..

                    2. phillybakingqueen RE: athena877 May 31, 2010 07:57 PM

                      Day by Day, definitely.

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                        Laura D. RE: phillybakingqueen Jun 1, 2010 06:52 AM

                        I stopped in Day by Day on Saturday and unfortunately didn't see any slices of cake. Do they keep these in the back perhaps, or was my being there on a Saturday the reason I didn't see any cake? Thanks!

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                        jaba RE: athena877 Jun 1, 2010 03:14 PM

                        Golosa on 6th and Catherine puts out a VERY intense red velvet cake. It was a little dense for my liking, but it sounds like you may love it.

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