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Great cake or similar dessert in/near Hayes Valley?

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sholli Nov 10, 2010 09:13 AM

I am in dire need of a last minute birthday cake (open to pie or cupcakes, too) today, with a strong preference for anything that's within walking distance of Hayes Valley. Miette is an option, but is there anything else/better? I'm also considering getting a dessert to go from one of the good restaurants in the area (Zuni, Jardiere, etc). Thoughts and/or recommendations on going this route? My husband (the birthday boy) loves chocolate, but is also open to pumpkin. Thanks!

  1. Frosty Melon Nov 10, 2010 09:51 AM

    Delessio, on Market near Gough/Valencia. Just a stone's throw from Hayes Valley. I've had the chocolate tower cake and while daunting to cut/serve, it tasted delicious.

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      sholli Nov 10, 2010 10:23 AM

      Thanks--do you know if Delessio serves cake by the slice (their sizes, at least as described online, look a little big for 2 of us)? And do you have an opinion of their tower cake vs. the Gateau Victoire at Zuni?

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      Zuni Cafe
      1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

      1. re: sholli
        Windy Nov 10, 2010 10:39 AM

        Delessio's cakes are amazing, and very reasonably priced. Not sure about slices on Market. The Chocolate Tower is enough to feed 10 or 20--very rich.

        My personal favorite is the malted vanilla, which still has plenty of chocolate to spare.

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          Frosty Melon Nov 10, 2010 10:43 AM

          Didn't know you were just looking for 2 servings -- I think most desserts at Delessio aside from the mini cupcakes aren't available as individual servings. I always end up with creme brulee at Zuni so can't comment on the gateau Victoire...but I have my doubts whether you could order desserts to go there anyway? Just thinking out loud...

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          Zuni Cafe
          1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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            sholli Nov 10, 2010 10:54 AM

            Good to know about the slices. I’m willing to get a whole cake if absolutely necessary (or if the quality totally trumps other candidates), especially a small one. I may have to call Delessio and Zuni and see what I can work out. Thanks for the recommendations—I may avoid the doghouse yet!

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            Zuni Cafe
            1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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          sholli Nov 10, 2010 08:25 PM

          Delessio was great and the birthday boy was very happy--thanks again for the advice.

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            hhc Nov 10, 2010 09:11 PM

            Sholli, what did you end up getting at Delessio?

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              sholli Nov 11, 2010 12:54 PM

              A 6" (and almost equally tall) malted vanilla cake, which is actually a dense, dark chocolate, sour cream cake w/ malted vanilla frosting. I love frosting and there was still almost too much, but the cake wasn't too sweet, and so it all balanced out. It was lovely.

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