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Sep 19, 2010 09:57 AM

Need B'day cake for Oakland foodie's 30th.

I need rec's for a good to great b'day cake for this Lake Merrit living foodie's 30th. For a great cake I can/will travel beyond the Lake district. Cake should serve about 20. Flavor is flexible as long as its good, including the frosting. Thanks much.

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    1. re: wolfe

      They're using the old Neldem's recipes for cakes, and I would not recommend Neldem's cakes to anyone who wants good frosting. If you don't already love those kinds of cakes and you're looking for a great cake, that's not going to be what you want.

      For the OP: what kind of cake do you want? Do you want a layer cake? If so, I've had good cakes from the Market Hall bakery in Oakland, though I can't say I have a favorite place for those kinds of cakes (even though they're my favorite, I just make them). Do you want a fancier kind of cake? If so, you might try Crixa in Berkeley. Other recommendations that often come up for cakes (I've had other things that I recommend at these bakeries, but haven't personally had the cakes): Sweet Adeline, and Masse's, both in Berkeley. Oh, and close to you there's Ladyfingers in Oakland -- I haven't been there in years, but remember them having good cakes.

      Sweet Adeline
      3350 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA

      1. re: wolfe

        If you go to Taste of Denmark, stick with the Dream of Cream cake (4 layer light devil's food with whipped cream & smothered in chocolate shavings). To maximize shavings, don't get any other decorations. Used to be very reasonably priced @ Neldam's; don't know current prices.

        I agree about JasmineG's frosting comment. However, Cathy (one of the employee owners) told me on Saturday, they are updating their offerings in addition to adding new baked goods to the old Neldman's line-up. Should be interesting to see.

        Taste of Denmark
        3401 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

        1. re: Stephanie Wong

          Surely you can taste before you buy at ToD.

          1. re: wolfe

            I haven't asked recently (have been going there for almost 35 years). They do sell slices.

            1. re: Stephanie Wong

              I was referring to their apparently dreaded frosting..

      2. I don't know about the lake area in particular. Possibly La Farine on Piedmont Ave in Oakland, but I've only had their fruit tarts. or a bit further on College Ave, Katrina Roselle Bakery.

        La Farine
        6323 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

        1. I would highly suggest Crixa Cakes -

          Crixa Cakes
          2748 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703

          1. We had the tres leches cake from Market Hall bakery for a birthday and it was really delicious. The frosting is quite good -- I think it was some sort of vanilla buttercream. Their largest round cake probably serves 20 easily.

            I've had white cake with fresh cream and fruit from Ladyfingers and it was light and refreshing for a party n a warm day, but I wouldn't recommend it for a self-described foodie -- the cake itself is rather ordinary.

            The next time I order a special cake it will be from Crixa. You might want to check they make cakes big enough to comfortable serve 20. I had a problem finding a cake to serve 25-30 (we ordered that half sheet tres leches and had leftovers) and can't remember what the "cutoff" is for the largest round cake at most bakeries I called.

            1. I would go with Crixa too. I used to work in the same building with her before she moved into her present location and she always made amazing cakes. They tasted good too.