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Nov 18, 2010 12:54 PM

Christmas cake

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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  1. 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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    1. re: julesrules

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

      1. re: julesrules

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

        1. re: Full tummy

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

        2. re: julesrules

          Thanks!!!! Am going there tonight!!

          1. re: julesrules

            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....

          2. 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 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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              1. 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

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

                  1. re: ComeUndone

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

                2. 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

                    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?

                    1. re: froglegs

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

                      1. re: Giulia_F

                        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

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

                        1. re: CocoTO

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

                            1. re: 5andman

                              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.