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Best Cake in the Metro Detroit Area!

I returned to the Detroit area three years ago (after moving away 13 years ago). I'm definitely impressed with the culinary scene in the D! I found an excellent baked goods vendor that sells cookies, pies and scones but have not found my "go to" place for cake. We bought a cake at Papa Joe's yesterday that was super disappointing! Forget the New Year's resolutions...I want a piece of excellent cake!!! Any suggestions?

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  1. Now Jack, you'll have to be more specific: do you want light or dense? How important is the frosting or icing? What flavor(s)? How big or small should it be?

    Gotta have more info on what you're looking for...or are you just looking for good cake places in general? What, exactly, was disappointing about the one you had?

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    1. re: boagman

      Well..I'll take "In General". I love cake of all kinds but if pushed I would probably go with dense and chocolate. The cake from Papa Joe's was more of a fruit torte. It had a disgusting shortbread crust that was greasy and heavy and the fruit on top was coated with a horrible gloppy gelatin and oily whipped cream. I am pretty picky about desserts. I can taste when they add imitation flavors etc. and that really turns me off immediately. I was trying to get Cheeky Monkeys' to make cake, I don't think they are going for it. I am sure they would do it right...do you have any pull in that department Boagman? lol.

    2. I personally have been very happy with my dealings with www.pinwheelbakery.com in Fashionable Ferndale.

      I like both their Cookies and Cake....I usually dislike cake but I actually will go back for seconds for theirs.

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      1. re: JanPrimus

        Thanks, Jan! I'll give them a try. Any flavor suggestions?

        1. re: Jack Freeman

          I think it was the White and Black and the Mocha Latte.

      2. try the french bakery at 14 and pierce in b'ham ~~ everything is wonderful !
        or, mrs maddox is good in farmington ~ they are behind greene's hamburgers at orchard lake and 10 mile

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        1. re: luckytobeme

          I will definitely try the french bakery! Sorry to say that I had a piece of Mrs. Maddox's cake and it had that weird bakery perfumey taste. I never write a place off after one try so I'll give them another shot too! Thanks!

          1. re: luckytobeme

            French bakery in B'ham is Le Petit Prince

            I have it on good authority (the owners' son who is a co-worker) that they do make various cakes and I'd bet they are pretty good based on other baked goods I've had from them

            1. re: coney with everything

              Last couple items I've had from there has been hair-raisingly expensive and not the quality I expected. Sample before buying. Even the baguette isn't as good as it was a couple years ago.

              1. re: berkleybabe

                Sorry to hear that, berkleybabe...we get our treats gratis so can't speak to pricing.

          2. I'm more of an ice cream girl, but two of my family's favorites are Elite Sweets in Livonia, for the white chocolate mousse cake, and Mary Denning's in Westland for many things, but especially their version of the Sander's Bumpy Cake, chocolate and caramel.

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            1. re: Rosedale

              I have had good cake out of Elite....but have been bored to death by Mary Denning (Twice). So I will half way agree wit you. :D

              1. re: JanPrimus

                What bored you about Mary Denning's? I have no vested interest, just curious.

                I love the bumpy cake and that's probably the only thing I've ever eaten there. To be honest, I've probably only ever eaten the frosting........

            2. Best cake hands down is at Fox and Hound Pastry Den in West Bloomfield. I love their black and white raspberry almond tort. Trifles in White Lake is a close second, best carrot cake I've found in Metro Detroit.

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              Fox and Hound
              2661 Fairfield Commons Blvd, Dayton, OH 45431

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              1. re: Erica2125

                My office is right by the Fox and Hound. I can't believe I forgot they had the Pastry Den around the back. Actually, it's probably not a good thing for my waist line you reminded me, Erica.

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                Fox and Hound
                2661 Fairfield Commons Blvd, Dayton, OH 45431

                1. re: Rosedale

                  You might be thinking of the Fox and Hounds that was on Woodward and closed a couple of years ago. Their pastry den re-opened on on Orchard Lake Road at Pontiac Trail, so your waist line may be safe yet.

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                  Fox and Hound
                  2661 Fairfield Commons Blvd, Dayton, OH 45431