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We need a birthday cake for our daughter who's turning two in a couple of weeks. This is the cake for the party with a bunch of kids and their parents and other assorted grown-up friends & family (I'm making the cake for our immediate family celebration...all three of us). Probably 10-15 people max.

I'd like it to be tasty, made of quality ingredients. I think this means that grocery store sheet cakes are out of the question; let me know if I'm totally wrong on that front -we don't shop at the larger grocery stores in general so I could be misguided. Maybe they have great bakeries. But it would fit more with our ethos as a family to get her cake at a locally owned, independent bakery. I'd also prefer that the bakery be in St Paul so I don't have to trek all over the metro for it.

I just don't know which bakery...we don't tend to get cake at bakeries. I know Sweets does cakes but I've only ever had their cupcakes (and I don't want to do a bunch of cupcakes this time). Anyone had their cake? Are the incredibly beautiful decorations on their cakes correlated with less-than-yummy insides (like with many wedding cakes?). Other bakeries whose cake you love and who customize cakes? Jerabek's?

Note: we do not need the marketable character type of cake, daughter is too young to know any really. Her parents would prefer something more creative or pretty or like that.

Thanks!

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  1. Check out Bravo Bakery on Grand Ave. Gorgeous cakes.

    P.S. Happy Birthday to your Chowpuppy!

    ~TDQ

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    Bravo Bakery
    1106 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      Bravo Bravo Bravo (can I vote 3x)? .. seriously!

      PS another fun option is an ice cream cake from Grand Ole Creamery but I have had both & Bravo is better.

      1. re: reannd

        Oh, Izzy's makes lovely ice cream cakes, too!

        But, Bravo's are so unique and beautiful--I like the mango one.

        ~tDQ

      2. re: The Dairy Queen

        I ordered a cake for my spouse's bd this coming Tuesday and will post a review and a pic. I considered a durian cake as he does love durian, but as I can't be in the room with the fruit and we have guests, along with a $30 price, I followed the suggestion on this site and went for the mango cake. Hope it is as good as the recomendations.

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        Bravo Bakery
        1106 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

        1. re: docfood

          Heh! Yeah, you have to have a room full of durian lovers for that, I think.

          I hope you like the mango cake. It's very unusual, but delicious (at least, by the slice, which is the only way I've had it.) Happy birthday to your spouse!

          ~TDQ

          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            thanks, TDQ

            1. re: docfood

              Had the Mango birthday cake this evening, and wow!!! Deep mango flavor, exquisite whipped cream frosting, and beautifully decorated. My guests and the birthday person were all swooning, smiling, and giggling with joy and happiness at the sweet richness of the indulgence. Finally, great pastry in St Paul at a reasonable price!!! Even the parsley decorative bits added a great flavor contrast.

              1. re: docfood

                yay! So good to know!

                1. re: docfood

                  Yay, more <3 for Bravo!

        2. While I've never had their actual "cake", I've had multiple (10+) cupcakes and other desserts at A Piece of Cake Bakery on Selby, if their cakes are anything like their cupcakes you will most definitely not be disappointed with any flavor / cake you get. Everything I've had has been top notch and never dry. On a side note their rice krispy treats are ridiculously buttery and delicious.

          http://www.apieceofcakebakery.net/ind...

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          A Piece of Cake
          485 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN

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          1. re: NugarifiK

            I got a souffle cake from A Piece of Cake on Selby for my niece one year and it was very good. I love Sweets cupcakes and would have to think their cake is also good but admittedly, I've not had it. Good luck!

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            A Piece of Cake
            485 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN

          2. Wuollet(sp?) bakery on Grand Avenue, not too far from Lexington.

            1. Cafe Latte on Grand does cakes.

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              Cafe Latte
              850 Grand Ave Ste 1, Saint Paul, MN 55105

              1. Thanks, everyone! Knew you would have good ideas. The other day we decided to try some cake at Bravo and A Piece of Cake. And after thinking about Cafe Latte and Sweets (and we considered Izzy's earlier in the summer when it was HOT out but who really wants to eat ice cream cake outside in October???), we've pretty much decided to go with Bravo. Their cakes are really lovely and different- lots of fresh fruit and we like the whipped cream frosting. The vanilla souffle cake we had at A Piece of Cake was also good, just not as unusual and not quite as yummy.

                Bravo also has a nice website with lots of photos of their cakes and you can order a cake on-line.

                Will try to come back and post a photo of chowbaby's actual cake.

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                Cafe Latte
                850 Grand Ave Ste 1, Saint Paul, MN 55105

                A Piece of Cake
                485 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN

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                1. re: turtlebella

                  I would love a report on your Bravo cake! Me, I keep requesting an Asian-style Bravo or Keefer Court cake for my birthday, but no-one ever takes the hint. I'm not suffering, though, because I usually get cakes from Franklin Street or Salty Tart or Birchwood - all fabulous places for cakes. But someday, I'll get a cake from Bravo. I want the one decorated with chocolate turtles, kiwi slices, and parsley...

                  Anne

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                  Birchwood Cafe
                  3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

                  Salty Tart
                  920 E Lake St Ste 158, Minneapolis, MN 55407

                  1. re: AnneInMpls

                    Is that parsley in the photos? I always thought it was green tea matcha powder. Either way, I love the photos of those ones with the chocolate turtles!

                    ~TDQ

                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                      Yes, parsley! The baker brought out a cake she had just finished for me to view-- and there was parsley on there! :)

                      1. re: turtlebella

                        Wow! That is so funny! I always thought it was green tea in the photos. Did you get a chocolate one then? With turtles (for turtlebella ha!) though, it's not your birthday, so maybe tiny turtles?

                        ~TDQ

                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                          Actually we're considering pigs. Our daughter loves pigs, and one of the pictures shows a cake with pigs on it-- how cool is that!

                          1. re: mtullius

                            The pig ones are so jolly!. I've always wondered if the chocolate animals in the photos were for people celebrating "year of the pig" birthdays or "year of the turtle" birthdays or what--I just love the one of the turtles marching across the sheet cake. hey also have chocolate tea sets. Again, I have no idea what the intended purpose of these items are, but I'm so glad you are having fun with them!

                            ~TDQ

                          2. re: The Dairy Queen

                            the fruit ones have parsley, the green tea one is surely green tea. best.cake.ever !! yum. the mango one is good, too. wow i want to drive there right now.

                            1. re: reannd

                              Yes, when we were in there today ordering our cake, I noticed that the slices of green tea cake had green tea powder and immediately thought of TDQ! hehe. We ordered the strawberry one cos I don't like mango (although I beginning to suspect that I just don't like RAW mango...anyway). If I was ordering one for my personal consumption, I'd go for the green tea one. But as the cake is for mass consumption of people-I-don't-really-know (ie various toddlers and their parents), I thought the safer route was for the pink cake. Some toddlers have aversions to anything that *might* be vegetable...(in our case, our chow'ddler eats spinach from Brasa, sweet potato fries from Ngon Bistro, and sometimes veggies that we put in soup. And that's about it! aahhhhhh. Some day this too shall pass. Although I hope she always loves Brasa. it's late ... okay, it's late for ME, I'm babbling)

                          3. re: turtlebella

                            turtlebella,

                            Since this is a cake for your toddler, depending on the cake you order, you may want to ask the staff at Bravo about the use of food coloring. I love their cakes and have purchased many whole cakes for different occasions. But, I think their mango cake, for instance, has a little bit of yellow food coloring in the whip cream, and I don't know if it is natural or artificial. Their green tea cake's color may be from green tea powder. And yes, their cakes are often decorated with many, many sprigs of parsley!

                    2. The birthday cake was a hit! We got the strawberry fruit cake- strawberry-flavored and colored cake with whipped cream frosting and fruit within the frosting as well as on top (and of course, parsley!). We couldn't resist and got a couple of chocolate pigs too. Moist and not overly sweet it was also aesthetically pleasing. Everyone was very impressed with the cake and several people asked where we got it. Birthday girl chowed down on her piece.

                      Thanks for the recs, everyone! Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure...