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kjcinny1 Dec 6, 2010 10:53 AM

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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    MRS RE: kjcinny1 Dec 6, 2010 11:00 AM

    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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    510 Lexington Avenue, Mount Kisco, NY 10549

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      kjcinny1 RE: MRS Dec 6, 2010 12:01 PM

      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.

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        wincountrygirl RE: kjcinny1 Dec 7, 2010 02:40 AM

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

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          MRS RE: kjcinny1 Dec 7, 2010 03:04 PM

          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.

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            apples RE: kjcinny1 Dec 7, 2010 05:06 PM

            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

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              kjcinny1 RE: apples Dec 8, 2010 10:08 AM

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

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                apples RE: kjcinny1 Dec 8, 2010 11:42 AM

                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.,

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                wincountrygirl RE: apples Dec 9, 2010 08:18 AM

                Where is Edelweiss/Bedfors Pasty shop?

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                  apples RE: wincountrygirl Dec 10, 2010 09:24 AM

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

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                    wincountrygirl RE: apples Dec 10, 2010 11:15 AM

                    Thanks!

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                      wincountrygirl RE: apples Dec 10, 2010 11:17 AM

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

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                        apples RE: wincountrygirl Dec 13, 2010 12:06 PM

                        yes

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                      Peg G RE: wincountrygirl Jan 24, 2011 09:10 AM

                      i agree. This one is superb.

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                        Peg G RE: wincountrygirl Jan 24, 2011 09:12 AM

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

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                          kjcinny1 RE: Peg G Jan 25, 2011 06:07 AM

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

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                            Peg G RE: kjcinny1 Feb 11, 2011 07:55 AM

                            definitely

                2. Sra. Swanky RE: kjcinny1 Dec 6, 2010 01:41 PM

                  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

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                    Elisa515 RE: kjcinny1 Dec 6, 2010 10:20 PM

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

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                      Agapimou RE: Elisa515 Dec 7, 2010 05:40 AM

                      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!

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                        kjcinny1 RE: Elisa515 Dec 7, 2010 05:07 PM

                        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.

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                          Elisa515 RE: kjcinny1 Dec 10, 2010 10:42 AM

                          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.

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                        byramgirl RE: kjcinny1 Dec 8, 2010 05:11 AM

                        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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                          cubanat RE: byramgirl Dec 8, 2010 11:47 AM

                          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.

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                            byramgirl RE: cubanat Dec 9, 2010 08:38 AM

                            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.

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                              cubanat RE: byramgirl Dec 9, 2010 12:07 PM

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

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                              Jim Leff RE: cubanat Feb 10, 2011 10:37 AM

                              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.

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                                cubanat RE: Jim Leff Feb 10, 2011 03:34 PM

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

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                                  Jim Leff RE: cubanat Feb 10, 2011 06:24 PM

                                  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.

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                            kjcinny1 RE: kjcinny1 Dec 9, 2010 06:59 AM

                            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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                              kjcinny1 RE: kjcinny1 Dec 28, 2010 06:19 AM

                              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!

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                                AdamD RE: kjcinny1 Dec 30, 2010 09:24 AM

                                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/

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