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Feb 9, 2011 03:56 PM

looking for passionfruit birthday cake

I am looking for a bakery that makes tasty passionfruit birthday cake, preferrably near Cooliage Corner. Anywhere in Cambridge, Allston, Newton will also be good. Thanks.

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  1. describe this cake, or have you not had it before? if you're making it up, your dream cake, is it basically a yellow cake with a passion fruit filling between layers? i hope you will find it, but it feels doubtful. for that cake description, you could put in a request at a bakery like whole foods or a small artisinal bakery who could have access to passion fruit puree(they usually come frozen, various fruit purees, like the Perfect Puree line) with which to make said filling, and might be willing to do a special order. Flour bakery?(maybe they use passion fruit puree at the bar at Myers and Chang;Chang being the Flour owner)

    1. a description would help but you might be able to find what you're looking for at one of the many chinese bakeries in chinatown. you could also try jnj turo turo filipino cuisine in quincy. they make custom order cakes with various fillings

        1. You can certainly order a Passion fruit cake (bolo de aniversario com recheio de maracuja for a birthday cake) made at a Brazilian bakery such as Padaria Brasil Bakery on Harvard Ave. That particular shop would most likely make it at a commissary. However, you have to like the way Brazilian cakes are made as its going to be hard to request anything custom. Usually a yellow cake is made, cut in half, and wet in a liquid (guarana soda is sometimes used). The cake usually comes with two thick and sweet fillings, such as doce de leite (com coco is with coconut), vaunilha (vanilla), brigadeiro (a brasilian truffle cream type candy), fruits: pineapple, ameixa. So you could get them to wet the cake with passion fruit juice and do a passion fruit and another filling. They might be able to make it with mousse de maracuja (or passion fruit mousse). In any case its depends on your ability to communicate with whoever is taking the order, the skills of the baker (here complicated since its offsite), and you should ask for something similar to try before ordering to make sure its to your tastes. There are other types of cakes made with passion fruit, but if you mention the birthday that tends to mean something specific. If you were willing to go to Everett I can recommend Cake and CIA on Main Street. Most Brazilian bakeries have a book of cakes you can look at, which tend toward cartoon characters, but you'll see some fruit ones in there.

          Padaria Brasil Bakery
          125 Harvard Ave, Boston, MA 02134

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          1. re: itaunas

            Is a Brazilian cake dense and rich? I am looking for a light and moist Asian type of cake.

            1. re: fdb

              If you are coming from LA and can't try their cake, I wouldn't encourage ordering from Padaria Brasil Bakery. In the Brazilian tradition birthday cake is more dense -- its a sponge cake not pound cake, but because of differences in technique its heavier than what you are used to. They have lighter cakes such as pão de ló (angel food cake, but also used as a base in many cakes) and there are passion fruit versions of this. However, the chance of you ordering the right thing across the telephone with someone who has limited English who then has to pass that order to a commissary to bake isn't going to get you the best result.

              I like Japonaise, Yi Sun, and Padaria Brasil (there is one branch with that name in Framingham on Holland which is just lousy), but think you would be best ordering something they already do... or try to bring what you want and if you have issues in the airport, pick up a nice looking stock cake at either of these and have it personalized. With any of them, at least place your order with the owner so if there is an issue with the cake you can either leave it or select something else.

              Padaria Brasil Bakery
              125 Harvard Ave, Boston, MA 02134

          2. Sorry I should have been more specific. I'm coming in from LA for my daughter's birthday next week. She loves the passion fruit cakes (with passion fruit mousse filling) from the Chinese or Japanese/French bakeries here in LA. I am assuming there are such bakeries in Boston, too. I will call the places suggested here. Thanks.

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            1. re: fdb

              Actually, there is a Japanese/French Bakery in Brookline and Cambridge, and a Boston Location.

              Japonaise Bakery:



              Japonaise Bakery
              1020 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

              1. re: fdb

                Try Yi Soon Bakery in Allston - they do beautiful cakes, many of them fruit-based.

                Yi Soon Bakery
                112 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA

                1. re: fdb

                  fdb, wouldn't carry-on be a lot simpler in the end? it's cold enough here that if you were wanting it to be a surprise, you could keep it in a camouflage bag in a car trunk for a few days..............just like a refrigerator.

                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                    I was actually contemplating about that, too.

                    I called Yi Soon & Japonaise. Yi Soon does't make passion fruit but has a mango cake. Japonaise makes a California Dreaming with mandarin orange. I think either of these will be a nice alternative. Or I may just hand carry one of her favorites from LA.

                    1. re: fdb

                      Eldo Cake House in Chinatown.. amazing, fresh, light spongy cakes... not sure about passionfruit exactly, but they definitely have fruit ones there... worth a call...

                      and btw - super cute of you to try and bring your daughter her favorite cake...

                      Eldo Cake House
                      36 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA

                      1. re: jodes

                        just want to brighten her first "real" winter on the east coast. :)