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Need a great cake!

This message is cross-posted from the "BEST" thread.

I need a delicious birthday cake for the end of December. I am looking for something fresh that tastes homemade, not necessarily something that just looks pretty. I like store-bought cakes, but most have that "been sitting in a commercial refrigerator" taste.

I have tried Lulu's in Scarsdale, but the quality of their buttercream has gone downhill - it now tastes like you're eating a stick of butter (and to be clear, I LOVE butter and buttercream more than anything!)

Riviera in Ardsley tastes fresh and the cakes are beautiful, but they aren't life-changing. I don't like Homestyle in Peekskill at. all.

Any others that I should consider? I have heard reviews of Sweet Lisa's in Cos Cob, and Alibethcakes in Sleepy Hollow. I'm leaning towards the latter since it's located in my home town!

Thanks in advance!

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  1. How about Lexington Square Cafe? They do beautiful cakes that taste good, too. Had one for my daughter's 1st birthday.

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    Lexington Square Cafe
    510 Lexington Avenue, Mount Kisco, NY 10549

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    1. re: MRS

      Thanks. I just checked their website but they don't list the frosting types. There is another place in Mt Kisco - the Pastry Corner? I've driven by a few times but never tried any of their cakes.

      1. re: kjcinny1

        Pastry corner cakes are yummy and very nicely done. They have lots of fillings, buttercreams, etc.

        1. re: kjcinny1

          I think they will do what you like, but the "fancy" ones on the website are most likely fondant b/c of the smooth finish.

          1. re: kjcinny1

            I have had many cakes from here and nveer been disappointed. Also Edelweiss/Bedfors Pastry shop is great and for "fancier cakes try L'Anjou in Mt.Kisco or La Tulippe

            1. re: apples

              Apples - to which place are you referring? Pastry Corner or Lex Square? Thanks!

              1. re: kjcinny1

                Sorry, I was referring to the Pastry corner. I have also had Lex square cakes they are good, but i think look nicer then they taste.,

              2. re: apples

                Where is Edelweiss/Bedfors Pasty shop?

                1. re: wincountrygirl

                  426 Old Post Rd
                  Bedford, NY 10506
                  (914) 234-9555

                    1. re: apples

                      Is that in the shopping center next to the old Food Emporium?

                      1. re: wincountrygirl

                        PS. but the name is wrong. It's called Bedford Village Pastry.
                        426 Old Post Rd
                        Bedford, ny 10506-1018
                        Phone: (914) 234-9555

                        1. re: Peg G

                          Thanks, I will try this one. They sell cakes?

                2. Also in Mt, Kisco, there's La Tulipe on Lexington Ave.
                  In Pleasantville, there's Flour and Sun - which has pretty imaginative flavors - they can pretty much make any one of their cupcakes into a cake.

                  latulipedesserts.com
                  flourandsunbakery.com

                  1. Try Jean-Jacques in Pleasantville. At the end of December, you could even get a Bouche de Noel.

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                    1. re: Elisa515

                      I have heard nice things about "Martines" in Tuckahoe but have not tasted it or tried it yet. If I'm in that area I will go in and "taste" a look around!

                      1. re: Elisa515

                        I've heard a few people recommend them, but have yet to actually go to the store. This is for a birthday, so I'm steering away from anything holiday-related!

                        I'm so surprised by the lack of really great old-fashioned bakeries in Westchester.

                        1. re: kjcinny1

                          Jean-Jacques has plenty of cakes that aren't holiday related. But, Bouche de Noel is such a special cake, and rarely found, I thought it might be a special treat. Plenty of other cakes to choose among, and I've never been disappointed with any.

                      2. It's out of your way, but I'm a big fan of the napoleon cake at Sal's Pastry Shop on High Ridge Road in Stamford. It's light and flaky, layered with fresh strawberries (not coated in syrup), and crusted with what they call "napoleon crunch" - small broken bits of the pastry.

                        Upon request, they will also do a chocolate mousse or canoli version, but I prefer the original.

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                        1. re: byramgirl

                          Sal's napolean is life changing-you are so right BUT I went there to try their other items and they were shockingly mediocre. Lulu's to me is still the best in the area but I do always use their cream cheese frosting over the butter cream.

                          1. re: cubanat

                            Yeah, I've never had anything else from Sal's — their store displays seem so lackluster. However, that napolean cake, oh my! People, try it once, and you'll find yourself inventing special occasions just to have the cake.

                            1. re: byramgirl

                              the fresh strawberries, crisp thin dough and that pastry cream....my god I'm drooling

                            2. re: cubanat

                              I'm dumbfounded to read this. Sal's makes the best cannoli that I presently know anywhere (since Modern Pastry went downhill a few years in Boston), and their cream puffs are very very good.

                              1. re: Jim Leff

                                really??...I will have to re-taste based on this! we did not try the cannoli or the cream puffs.

                                1. re: cubanat

                                  When I find an item to be life-changing, I tend to check out other offerings pretty thoroughly. Or, if I've done a spotty survey (as I do sometimes; one can't, after all, eat everything!), I at least hesitate to publicly opine til I've done more work. Otherwise there's the danger of contributing to a node of wrongness, resulting in fellow hounds missing out on greatness! Anyway, let me know how you like them. Service can be really difficult and nasty, be warned.

                          2. Okay, I just ordered a cake from Pastry Corner - the woman wasn't very friendly, but as long as she doesn't take it out on my cake, I could care less! I hope it turns out great - thanks for your suggestions, everyone!

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                            1. re: kjcinny1

                              Update - got a test cake from Pastry Corner and it was really awful. No taste whatsoever. And the woman behind the counter was really snotty. So I ordered a cake from Flour and Sun, hopefully it tastes great!

                              1. re: kjcinny1

                                La Tulipe in Mt. Kisco if you still have time.
                                This is our go to place when we want something impressive and delicious. Yes they are fancy and cleary made by professionals, but darn good.
                                http://www.latulipedesserts.com/