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Giulia_F Nov 18, 2010 12:54 PM

Does anyone know where I can get an excellent Christmas cake? I never liked the stuff until Pusateri's sold a wonderful cake that was mostly nut-based, at about $60 for a small piece, in their Yorkville location. It's been about 4 years since they've sold it, and I really miss it.

I've tried Grandma Deb's the last couple of years, but they have been consistently dry and very disappointing.

Money is no object - I want a nice, homemade with natural ingredients Christmas cake - it's for my mum.


1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

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    froglegs Nov 24, 2010 06:24 AM

    It is not exactly fruitcake but SOMA Chocolatemaker has a fabulous panettone for Christmas. I received one as a gift last year.
    You have to get them early or place an order because they sell out quickly!

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    1. re: froglegs
      albanis Nov 25, 2010 09:42 AM

      I had a piece from Vienna home bakery, on Queen St West a while ago. It's the kind that soaks in brandy for months. It was very good but yeah, not cheap. Maybe call and see if they still have it?

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        Giulia_F Dec 20, 2010 11:03 AM

        Thanks!!!! Will check it out tonight!!

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          5andman Jan 2, 2011 11:06 AM

          Since X-mas is over, there must be some great deals on Fruit Cake (not panettone).
          Tried the No Frills, nothing great. Anybody?

        2. re: froglegs
          CocoTO Jan 2, 2011 12:03 PM

          hi froglegs ... do they make it themselves ... I've tried sourcing a locally made awesome panettone and this may be it!

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            millygirl Jan 2, 2011 12:41 PM

            All Tne Best Fine Foods christmas cake is excellent. Perfect combination of cake and fruit.

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              5andman Jan 3, 2011 06:49 AM

              Thanks! I'll check them out!

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                magic Dec 15, 2013 01:53 PM

                Bumping this thread as tis the season!

                Harbord Bakery has an excellent fruit cake, the "Old Fashioned X-Mas Cake" it's called. It's so good.

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          FrenchSoda Nov 24, 2010 12:50 AM

          Are you headed to the One of A Kind Show? I also couldn't stand the stuff until I tasted the fruit-cake at one of the stalls there.

          I can't remember the specific name, but they always have two people standing with trays of warmed samples generously drizzled with butter sauce.

          Though come to think of it, maybe it's the butter sauce that made me finally like the fruit-cake!

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          1. re: FrenchSoda
            ComeUndone Nov 24, 2010 08:19 AM

            You're thinking of the cranberry pudding....like plum pudding but made with dried cranberries instead.

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              FrenchSoda Nov 25, 2010 12:13 AM

              Oh, you're absolutely right. Sorry about that.

          2. lilith Nov 22, 2010 10:26 AM

            I am not a big cake eater myself, but I remember some of my friends saying good things about La Bamboche near Yonge and Eglinton, and from their website labamboche.ca it looks like they have Christmas cakes. They claim to be a Japanese-inspired French patisserie (which does not mean they add green tea or bean paste to every cake), which could be somewhat different from your typical North American offerings.

            La Bamboche
            4 Manor Rd E, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

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              julesrules Nov 22, 2010 09:31 AM

              I would try Brick St, I had a tasty slice of fruit cake (no candied fruit - figs and other dried fruit) there once and I believe they sell Christmas cakes.

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                Otonabee Nov 24, 2010 11:53 AM

                I was going to say the same thing. They do a good traditional Christmas cake.

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                  Full tummy Nov 24, 2010 08:38 PM

                  Great suggestion! It is the best version I've found. Very traditional and just what I look for in a quality Christmas cake.

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                    julesrules Nov 25, 2010 07:19 AM

                    Their "plum" pudding is good too. Comes with just enough hard sauce. Tasted just like my own homemade version and saved me planning ahead.

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                    Giulia_F Dec 20, 2010 11:02 AM

                    Thanks!!!! Am going there tonight!!

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                      Giulia_F Jan 12, 2011 11:09 AM

                      I know it's late, but I wanted to thank you for suggesting Brick Street - I went and bought the last one and I still have some left....DELICIOUS....

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