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Tres Leches Cake from Market Hall Bakery (Oakland)

Melanie Wong Jan 18, 2011 10:14 PM

I adore tres leches but there are so many bad ones out there pumped up with metallic tasting leavening, stabilizers, shortening, and excessive sweetners that give this classic a bad name.

In contrast, the tres leches cake served at a recent dinner party was a stand-out. Well-saturated but not drippy, dense cake, and frosted with soft, pure whipped cream. I had to find out who made it and was pointed to Market Hall Bakery. Don't know how much it cost, but it made me fall in love with tres leches again.

Market Hall Bakery
5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

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    bgbc Jan 18, 2011 11:12 PM

    This was the first tres leches I'd ever ordered from a bakery (had a few homemade ones; not a patch on this) and it really is incredible. We bought one for a birthday party recently. Frozen leftovers are a great alternative to straight-up ice cream, too.

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    1. re: bgbc
      Melanie Wong Jan 18, 2011 11:24 PM

      Would you happen to recall the price? Does the bakery sell slices as well as whole cakes? Frozen leftover tres leches cake, what a great idea! Though it's hard to imagine this cake not disappearing in a flash.

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        The Dive Jan 19, 2011 10:11 AM

        They sell by the slice as well.

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          bgbc Jan 20, 2011 09:05 PM

          We were serving 35 people (including kids) so the round cake (12"?) was too small, and they don't do a quarter sheet for the tres leches. We bought a half sheet and I think it was about $80 close to 9 months ago. Not inexpensive, but considering it would have served about 50 adults, not bad either.

          The slices are heavy and thick with custard and the cream layer is really generous. We found very thin slices were what people wanted. So maybe the round cake would in fact yield more than the 20 or so suggested servings. The website says a half sheet serves 35 people but that is WAY too small an estimate for this very rich cake.

      2. psb Jan 18, 2011 11:20 PM

        I havent had a 3L cake from Mkt Hall in years, but still remember it was the awesome.
        Along with the Crixa Vatrouchka, my favorites in that general zip code.

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          Melanie Wong Jan 18, 2011 11:25 PM

          Love how the closet tres leches cake lovers have emerged from the woodwork.

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            DebitNM Jan 19, 2011 05:49 AM

            Tres Leche Cakes are relatively easy to make, and the results are very crowd pleasing. People are always awed; I let them think it was hard but smile inside knowing they aren't much work.

        2. Robert Lauriston Jan 19, 2011 07:55 AM

          The menu on their Web site says $20 and $32.


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            oaktowngirl Jan 21, 2011 08:27 AM

            The College Ave. location used to sell slabs from a baking dish, like lasagna. The 4th Street location sells slices, from a round cake. Is this still true?

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              JasmineG Jan 21, 2011 09:23 AM

              I think you're thinking of the Pasta Shop -- Market Hall Bakery, which only has that one location in Market Hall, is different than the Pasta Shop, which has locations on College and on 4th Street.

              Market Hall Bakery
              5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

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