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Jun 9, 2010 10:02 AM

Suggestions for bakery to find large, reasonably priced, layer cake

I have to feed about 50-60 ppl a small slice of cake to commemorate the first anniversary of our group. I'm on a limited budget, but I really would prefer not to go the Costco/grocery store route. Any suggestions for bakeries that offer a decent chocolate cake, about slab size, at a reasonable price?

So far, I have Danish Pastry Shop on Pape, $59 for 17x22 buttercream.

Reithers on Church wants $98 for a 14"x20" buttercream from Open Window.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

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  1. Have you tried contacting Dufflet?

    787 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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    1. re: Full tummy

      Dufflet's cakes are great, but out of my price range.

      787 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

      1. re: hadra

        What about LaRocca? I ordered a chocolate fudge cake for an anniversary party (something similar to yours), and, as I remember, it was very reasonably priced. More than a grocery store, but not as much as some of the higher end bakeries. Everybody enjoyed it, as well:

        1. re: hadra

          Swirls maybe. Not sure on the prices though. Cupcakes are fantastic.

          1. re: froglegs

            Good lead, thanks, will see if I can order through a store in time.

      2. What about Cakes by Robert. Not sure of the price, but the cakes are excellent.

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        1. I know you wanted to avoid grocery stores, but from what I recall from my office party days, Longo's bakery makes a very good slab cake with real whipped cream or custard in the middle (this was for a white cake, not chocolate).

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          1. re: TorontoJo

            For slab cakes of this size I always use Honeycrust Bakery. They do an excellent job - very moist and nicely decorated and you can't beat the price.
            Ask for Vangie. She's great. I've referred many people to her, and have had lots of corporate cakes done through them.

            7 Parnell Ave, Toronto, ON M1K, CA

            1. re: millygirl

              Do they have anything else there you recommend? Do you know if they use butter and real cream? I've never been there, but it sounds interesting.

              1. re: Full tummy

                Hi Full tummy, Honeycrust is what I would describe as a commercial bakery. The only other items I have tried would be donuts, again for large corporate events, and they were very good.

                As to whether they use butter and real cream, I am ashamed to admit I don't know. I suppose I should be able to tell and taste the difference but sadly, I haven't given it much thought. All I do know for certain, is that for the price, quality and quantity, they do a fine job and everyone always gives rave reviews afterwards. I've referred them many times, and people have always been happy with the results.

                Again, they are a commercial establishment so you're not going to get the designer chocolate truffle decadent cakes. If you want your basic white or chocolate with old style lemon, jam or custard in between layer cake than this might be your place. To satisfy a huge crowd I would not hesitate using them. If having a dinner party, or want a special ocassion cake for a small group, I would not.

                1. re: millygirl

                  Thanks, millygirl. Does that mean they don't really have a storefront with items on sale all the time? (The only way to get a donut would be to order a bunch or be at an event where a bunch had been ordered?)

                  1. re: Full tummy

                    You know I'm not totally sure about that either. Whenever I've ordered they've delivered so I've never actually been to their facility. Best to call them directly and get the scoop firsthand. I don't know what their minimum order requirements are. Sorry I could not be of more help Ft.

                    Let me know what you think if you decided to give them a try.

                    1. re: millygirl

                      Thanks very much, millygirl, I'll be sure to check them out!

                    2. re: Full tummy

                      This is definitely not a storefront operation. It's a commercial bakery, and you go in the side door, wander around the kitchen until someone notices you and sends you upstairs to the office. You pay Vangie, who is very nice, and then she takes you back downstairs to the kitchen to pick up your cake. It was fine for a large crowd & reasonbly priced, although not spectacular. One item of note, they can do pretty much anything on a cake, including reproducing a photograph (which could look pretty cheesy, or fun, depending on your perspective and the photo used. :) Vangie also did offer to have it delivered, even to my private residence, although it would have to be early in the morning.

                2. re: millygirl

                  Thank you! Will definitely give them a call.