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Aug 12, 2010 09:52 AM

Best bakery Boston Cream Pie?

I love Boston Cream Pie, and would like to serve it for my upcoming birthday dinner. I'm looking for recommended bakeries, preferably in the North Bay, East Bay, or San Francisco where they make great ones. I like what I guess is the very traditional kind - yellow cake, cream filling, and chocolate glaze. Thanks!

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  1. Crixa makes individual ones. I haven't had it but their stuff is always first-rate.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I am not a fan of their Boston Cream Pie. But then I'm not much of a fan of the "gooey" side of their counter. Yet, I really like the other stuff.

      1. re: lmnopm

        I LOVE Crixa's Boston Cream Pie (and I'm from Boston!)! You might ask them about special-ordering a large one.

        p.s. to Imnopm: A Crixa devotee, I generally agree that the "right" (drier, more exotically East European) side of Crixa's offerings are better than the "left" ("gooey")! I'm always a little surprised that they're from the same baker--such different aesthetics!

        1. re: sundeck sue

          Creighton's near the old Tower market has classic Boston by the slice or whole cake.

          After many wonderful slices I bought a whole cake that was, unfortunately sour, so I advise auditioning a slice before buying a whole cake.

          Sorry, but I don't see much Boston CP here except Safeway.

          1. re: sundeck sue

            I concur with sundeck sue. The Crixa BCP is great. The custard is really nice. I'm not sure that they could pull off a larger one, however. Crixa's BCP is rather fragile because the custard sits on top of the cake, and is then covered with a thin layer of chocolate ganache. "Cakier" versions, with the custard held between two layers of cake, are more likely to succeed at larger sizes.

            That said, if I were looking for Boston Cream Pie for a birthday, I'd still choose Crixa's individual sized ones. I'd gladly give up the large, impressive, classic looking birthday cake in order to have the Crixa version. I would serve one, with a candle, to the birthday boy/girl. Then, after the singing and candle blowing are done, I would serve the individual portions to the rest of the guests. After one bite no one will regret the absence of a larger cake.