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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

              2. Two suggestions from Ypsilanti:
                I like the coffee cakes from Terry's Bakery (on Michigan Av; minimal hours, check ahead).
                For gourmet/special ocassions cakes, I'm very impressed with Queen of Hearts (on Cross Street, Depot town).

                1. WOW...I may have just answered my question from early January....I just had a piece of really really good cake from Pasquales in Royal Oak. VESUVIUS CAKE!!! White and Chocolate with two kinds of mousse and really incredible creamy frosting!

                  Who knew you could walk in to their bakery counter right inside the door and buy a single piece of cake. It is an absolutely enormous piece of cake for $ 4.50. They have about six flavors, as well as fresh cannoli, available all the time. I am doomed!

                  1. You can get wonderful Hungarian sweets @ Fancy Pastry Shop in Allen Park. It is owned by the Grandson of the original owner. (was located in Delray and moved to Allen Park)

                    1. Zingerman's Bakehouse makes great cakes!

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                      Zingerman's Bakehouse
                      3711 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

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                      1. re: momskitchen

                        Never heard of them....

                      2. We order special occasion cakes from Iversen's Bakery in Dearborn. Never been disappointed. My wedding cake was tiers of chocolate, lemon, and spice cake, and everyone raved.

                        I've heard wonderful things about the baked goods at Richter's Chalet in Dearborn, as well. It's a German restaurant, but its dessert menu is broad. I sampled my dad's carrot cake with pineapple between the layers and it was divine.

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                        Richter's Chalet
                        23920 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48124

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                        1. re: amandaqtpie

                          Iversen's makes beautiful cakes - the ones I have tried have had icing that is too sugary for my taste, though. Can you recommend a cake that I might try next there that might be different? What is your favorite cake there?

                          1. re: momskitchen

                            I have to admit that I'm not much an icing fan myself; it's all about the cake for me. I did select this bakery for my wedding cake based on the cake and the icing, though, as I don't find it to be too sugary.
                            Sorry I can't be more helpful.

                            1. re: momskitchen

                              Iversen's makes a chocolate cake with a chocolate mousse and raspberry filling that is very nice. The frosting is a poured gananche not a sugary icing at all. The majority of their cakes use a standard decorators icing which has that somewhat gritty and too sweet flavor. They make several cakes with cream cheese frosting that are also quite tasty. The carrot cake is good too. Believe me...I've been around the cake block a few times..lol.

                              Still sticking with Pasquales, oddly enough, for the best cake in the Royal Oak area. We stumbled on their Vesuvio cake and it is excellent. It is a very rich cake with both chocolate and white cake and mousse and an amazing whipped cream frosting.

                              I, of course, am still on the hunt for utter perfection!

                          2. Party Cakes in Berkley, on Coolidge, has probably the best cake i've had in the last 10 years -- for real. Ordered a sheet cake for a big occasion and it was just delicious--none of that Costco/lardicing, etc. Real flavoring, butter, hand made. And they make a variety of non-event cakes. I'd go there in a hot minute.

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                            1. re: berkleybabe

                              Thanks bb! Party Cakes is only a few miles from my house so I will definitely be giving them a try soon. Never even noticed they were there. Your comments are usually on point so I'm really looking forward to some great cake!! Thanks!

                              1. re: Jack Freeman

                                While you're in the area, check out the Butterfly Bakery...get the Hungarian bar cookie, a steal at $2.00

                                I haven't tried their cakes/cupcakes, got a snickerdoodle that was good but didn't knock my socks off, but those bar cookies...

                                1. re: Jack Freeman

                                  Thanks for the kind words, Jack. Let us know how you like the cake there!