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ISO a cake worthy of a special occassion

pinkprimp Jan 25, 2011 01:39 PM

Hi hounds!

An important celebration is coming up and I am in charge of finding the cake. Normally, we buy from Le Cigogne but I am looking for some new ideas. Does anyone have a cake that they really love?


(1) preferably heavy, rich and decadent (we like butter cream frosting a lot...mousse is alright, though it usually doesn't feel "decadent" enough)
(2) taste trumps appearances, so I am not primarily searching for for "artistic cakes" (ie cakes shaped like a shoe, unless of course, it happens to taste great!)
(3) preferably nothing larger than 10 servings
(4) it can be anywhere in the GTA
(5) price is not an issue

I know there are some sweet teeth out there...can anyone help? :-)

Thanks in advance!


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    fickle RE: pinkprimp Jan 26, 2011 11:53 AM

    I love the Mozart Torte from Stubbe. I like my cakes to be on the chocolatey and dense side so it might be worth checking out if you're looking for something along those lines:

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      toveggiegirl RE: fickle Jan 26, 2011 08:49 PM

      If you like dark chocolate, their truffle torte is very, very good.

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        fickle RE: toveggiegirl Jan 27, 2011 02:54 AM

        Thanks! I'll have to try that one next.

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      peppermint pate RE: pinkprimp Jan 26, 2011 12:58 PM

      It's been a while since I've had it but Thobor's (previously Celestin) used to make an outstanding cake - I think it was called "Le Royal" or something like that - hazelnut dacquoise, chocolate mousse, chocolate croquant. Absolutely decadent and delicious.

      From the other PP...

      627 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

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        chillihigh RE: peppermint pate Jan 26, 2011 01:31 PM

        Recently tried the black forest cake from St. Philips bakery in woodbridge at a birthday and have to say it was delicious, one of the best black forests ive had.

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          Splendid Wine Snob RE: peppermint pate Jan 26, 2011 01:46 PM

          Second Thobors cakes. They are beautiful and decadent.

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            petek RE: Splendid Wine Snob Jan 26, 2011 02:13 PM

            Yorshire Pudding Catering on the Queensway has what you want/need.
            Their most popular cake is the French orange but the also do a wicked carrot and a chocolate almond caramel cake(my favorite)
            854 The Queensway 416-233-9863

        2. pinkprimp RE: pinkprimp Jan 27, 2011 01:42 AM

          Thank you all for your replies so far! This will be a great list for me to reference in the future as well, as I find myself bringing more and more cakes to dinner parties...

          fickle - those cakes look absolutely amazing and what I pictured in my mind when i was thinking "decadent"...I'm struck with indecision as they all look so tempting!!!

          peppermint pate (the other PP lol) - is "Le Royal" anything like the Mont Blanc at Amadeus (if you've had it)?

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            peppermint pate RE: pinkprimp Jan 27, 2011 06:25 AM

            Hi pinkrimp - never been to Amadeus but I just looked the Mont Blanc up online. It describes a soft meringue and nothing equivalent to the chocolate croquant so my guess is that at least texturally, the cakes would be quite different. I personally love the crunch in contrast to the creamy mousse in the Royal - plus the dark chocolate and hazelnut add a bit of bitterness to balance the sweetness of the mousse. I just called Thobors and confirmed that they do still sell the cake - it's $4.85 per slice and if you order ahead, they will make it to your size specs based on the slice price (eg. $48.50 for a cake for 10). Okay, it's not cheap but honestly, years later, I'm still dreaming about that cake and it's so rich that I would assume 10 people could comfortably enjoy a 6 person cake or something like that (and if you're a smaller group, you have the option of ordering a smaller cake - they have a 4 slice cake in their window as we speak!!).

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              pinkprimp RE: peppermint pate Jan 27, 2011 10:19 AM

              Hi peppermint pate - thanks for looking up the Amadeus cake and comparing it to Le Royal for me...and for calling Thobors! that crunch with the creamy mousse DOES sound divine. I have another celebration coming up next month so I will order be sure the Le Royal for the next event. In the meantime, I will hopefully swing by Thobors this weekend (and hopefully they'll have some slices to buy). I'll let you know how it is!

              627 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

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                pinkprimp RE: peppermint pate Jan 30, 2011 01:08 PM

                PP, just wanted to let you know that I made it to Thobors today and bought a slice of the Royal to go with my afternoon tea...and it was delicious! I actually found that the mousse was less sweet than the other components, which was good because it would have been just way too cloying. Since I am a huge chocolate-raspberry fan (Dufflets' Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, anyone?) I couldn't help but think that it would've been even better with a nice layer of raspberry preserve...maybe I will put some raspberry sorbet on the side when I serve it at a party. Thanks for the rec!

                627 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

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                  peppermint pate RE: pinkprimp Jan 31, 2011 06:45 AM

                  Love it!! So glad you tried it and that it hit the spot - I've actually been craving it myself ever since this thread started. Thanks for the feedback!

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              kwfoodiewannabe RE: pinkprimp Jan 27, 2011 07:01 AM

              Had my Birthday cake from Phipps Bakery (Eglinton and Ave. or Leslie St.) a couple of weeks ago and it was great! If you LOVE chocolate, I highly recommend "Mom's Chocolate Cake". Other stuff on their website looked great too, but for me... it's all about the chocolate!

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                lilaki RE: kwfoodiewannabe Jan 27, 2011 07:56 AM

                i also love phipps bakery ... their cakes are really cakey (i.e. dense, rich, buttery). i ordered a banana cake from phipps once and brought it to a dinner party and everyone loved it. i've also ordered the chocolate banana cake from dufflet ... again, a dense, rich cake with chocolate filling and icing. i've ordered it direct from dufflet's HQ in etobicoke and it's always been super fresh.

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                  pinkprimp RE: kwfoodiewannabe Jan 27, 2011 10:26 AM

                  i'm pretty sure i've had "Mom's Chocolate Cake" before...and if i remember correctly, it was super moist, rich and heavy...mmm.

                  have you tried their "apple divine cake" or "ultimate chocolate mousse"? they were quite a hit at the dinner parties that i had brought them to! not too heavy, just enough to satisfy the sweet tooth.

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                    kwfoodiewannabe RE: pinkprimp Jan 27, 2011 12:47 PM

                    Pink... Re: Phipps, you are correct re: Mom's, etc. It is quite dense and maybe even a bit "heavy". YUM! I have never tried the mousse cake (a bit light for me?) or the apple (would LOVE to...) but everything on their website looks SCARY good.

                    Probably a good thing that I no longer live in T.O. - I'd be much fatter. LOL

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