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Jun 9, 2010 12:20 AM

ISO East Bay bakery that will sell unfinished cake for me to decorate

When I lived in SF Destination Bakery on Chenery made -- and filled with chocolate cream -- a fabulous vanilla butter cake that I cut and frosted myself for a birthday cake. Noe Valley Bakery also had good pricing and tasty cake as a backup.

I have no idea where to start looking for an alternative in Oakland/Berkeley/Emeryville and would really appreciate any suggestions for a source of a good butter cake. I'd like something made with actual butter, sugar, etc., i.e. the good stuff I would use myself to bake at home. (Never mind that I'm going to coat it in a heinous commercial fondant.) I already asked La Farine and they don't do unfinished cakes.

Destination Baking Co
598 Chenery St, San Francisco, CA 94131

Noe Valley Bakery & Bread Co
4073 24th St, San Francisco, CA

La Farine
6323 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

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  1. You might try Neldams or Ladyfinger in Oakland. Virginia Bakery in Berkeley. Boniere in Alameda.

    Virginia Bakery
    1690 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

    1. Could also ask the folks at Katrina Rozelle in Oakland, though I have no idea of the likelihood of getting an unfinished cake from them.

      1. Do you want frosting on the outside (plain white)? If so, I bet Katrina Rozelle would sell you a completely undecorated but frosted cake. It would just be expensive. I've succeeded in this endeavor at Costco, but that's not really the "good stuff" either of us would make at home. I like Virginia Bakery for what it is, but I wouldn't consider it to use much in terms of real butter and the like. I would also try Sweet Adeline. I find them to be pretty accomodating, and their cakes are great.

        Virginia Bakery
        1690 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

        Sweet Adeline
        3350 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA

        Katrina Rozelle
        5931 College Ave, Oakland, CA

        1. Check with Buttercream Bakery & Cafe in Albany, they might provide an unfinished cake for you. I know they do special orders such as ube with young coconut filling, or mango cake with fresh mango filling.

          Buttercream Bakery & Cafe
          841 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

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          1. re: AntarcticWidow

            Thanks everyone, will definitely give these a shot. I asked hopefully at Crixa and they were very nice about but basically said no before I even had finished asking the question. I can understand why, given how constructed their cakes are, with liqueur soakings and so on.

            No frosting on the outside -- just plain. Filling inside and unfrosted would be great again.