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where to get really good cake by the slice in the evening, Berkeley/Oakland?

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I don't eat cake very often but right now (Sunday evening) have a severe jones for a really good slice of cake, & I don't want to cross a bridge to get it. I'm envisioning something slightly fussy & old-fashioned & light, with lots of little layers, maybe with berry flavors. Chocolate ok but there should be other flavors involved. In other words, I don't want a slab of flourless chocolate cake, or carrot cake... come to think of it perhaps a tiramisu might scratch the itch, but think I'd prefer something more fruity.

Any suggestions? I'm assuming it will be in a restaurant. Feel free to suggest places I could go on a different night, if it's closed on Sunday -- for future cake cravings ;)

(I do know where to go in the daytime: Crixa, Masse, Katrina Rozelle...)

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Poor you. Which is to say, this is a tough one. We finished a disappointing (see earlier post) Tomato Dinner @ Oliveto and didn't want any of the tomato desserts and walked over to Crepevine, having a memory of a display of layer cakes. Sure enough, there they were. Looking good. And tasting so bad (as in, a mix). I'm racking my brain, but can't think of what restaurant in Berkeley/Oakland serves a good cake, of the sort you're craving.

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    Oliveto Cafe
    5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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    1. re: sundeck sue

      Yeah, it has to be several notches better than Crepevine, which is why I'm assuming it'll be in a restaurant & not a cafe. A $9 slice, not a $4 slice....

    2. i once had a nice tiramisu at Bucci's...

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      Bucci's
      6121 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608

      1. I know you don't want straight-up chocolate cake, but this long-running thread might offer some helpful leads nonetheless:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/603365

        Anyone know if Cioccolata di Vino has gotten any better? All the reports were pretty lukewarm around the time they first opened.

        Another thought is that the new cafe section of Boot and Shoe Service is open in the evenings whenever the restaurant is open. So you can go there and just order coffee and a dessert without having to wait for a table at the restaurant proper. That said, I've never ordered dessert at Boot and Shoe, so I have no idea whether they do cake (or if it's any good).

        Eventually, Kitchen 388 will be open during dinner hours, and at that point would be a good place to target. All the pastries and desserts I've tried from there have been good, including their apple cake and, on the weekends, their cupcakes (especially the banana cupcake with cream cheese frosting!). Nothing at all fussy though...

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        Cioccolata di Vino
        1801 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

        Boot and Shoe Service
        3308 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

        Kitchen 388
        388 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA

        1. Anyone try PIQ in downtown Berkeley? I've seen choco cake there (didn't order it) and lots more. I think they're open until 9p.m. most days.

          1. Thanks for the suggestions... I ended up at A Cote because I remembered liking their desserts before. The lemon pound cake I got, although good (with mascarpone cream & huckleberries) , was not really what I was craving. Will try Boot & Shoe next time. Hopefully though, this craving will have the good sense to strike during Crixa hours! Sigh!

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            A Cote
            5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618