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Tomale Oct 17, 2011 11:46 AM

I need to order a birthday cake for my six-year-old's birthday. I'd probably do two, one chocolate on chocolate, the other vanilla with chocolate icing. I have information on Martha's Country Bakery and La Guli. Are both good? Is one better than the other? Any other recommendations? Thanks so much.

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    Anicca Oct 17, 2011 03:08 PM

    I always use La Guli for that sort of thing and have never been disappointed. Though I live across the street from Martha's and visit it frequently out of convenience, I find a lot of its smaller items just so so. Things are often quite heavy and stale. For that reason I have never ordered a cake there.

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    Martha's Country Bakery
    36-21 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

    La Guli Pastry Shop
    29-15 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

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      queenseats Oct 17, 2011 05:43 PM

      I'm in search of something similar and am considering Astor Bake Shop. Anyone had any experiences with them?

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      Astor Bake Shop
      12-23 Astoria Blvd, Queens, NY 11102

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        Stuartmc910 Oct 18, 2011 09:31 AM

        I don't believe Astor makes birthday cakes. I ordered one from la Guli and was very disappointed.

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          KitchenMaid Oct 18, 2011 10:08 AM

          I've never had a cake from La Guli. Martha's is horrible. It's an adorable place, but I've never had anything good there, and I've always wanted to love it!
          There is a Chilean bakery/sandwich place on Astoria Blvd. called San Antonio #2 which does bake cakes, although I've never had one there. Just a suggestion.

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          Martha's Country Bakery
          36-21 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

          San Antonio Bakery 2
          36-20 Astoria Blvd, Queens, NY 11103

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            queenseats Oct 18, 2011 10:57 AM

            Hmm...their website shows pictures of various cakes, including birthday ones. I will call to find out.

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              Stuartmc910 Oct 18, 2011 01:19 PM

              Their website states "Custom Cakes available by appointment."

              I guess I didn't make an appointment! :)

              Ring ring. "Hello, Astor Bake Shop."

              Me: "I'd like to make an apointment for a birthdaycake."

              ASB: "We have an opening on November4th at 2PM"

              Me: "Uh, the party is this weekend."

              ASB: "Sorry, that's our first open day."

              Me: "????????"

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              Astor Bake Shop
              12-23 Astoria Blvd, Queens, NY 11102

      2. ammel_99 Oct 19, 2011 07:05 AM

        If you are willing to travel to Elmhurst, Cannelle Patisserie is awesome. I have not gotten anything there I did not like!

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        Cannelle Patisserie
        75-59 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11370

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          EatontheRun Oct 19, 2011 10:30 AM

          Astor Bake Shop makes delicious cakes, and I second the Cannelle Patisserie recommendation.

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          Cannelle Patisserie
          75-59 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11370

          Astor Bake Shop
          12-23 Astoria Blvd, Queens, NY 11102

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            janie Oct 19, 2011 08:25 PM

            Martha's is average and awful, Cannelle is great, Artopolis has some pretty cakes and will custom also, I've not tried the cakes at La Guli but have heard they are good and freshly made.---If it's a bunch of kids eating the cake, then I'd go sheet cake via Costco, (there's one in LIC-Astoria area)--for 6 year olds..if there will be more adults eating the cake, then I'd go with the others---it depends on the amount of people and the tastes involved..but of course how much you're willing to spend--what's nice about Cannelle is their cakes are small so you can get a variety,,,which is always nice--but they are bit on the sophisicated side, so the design of them is not going to appeal to a 6 year old--once the kids are older they really like their cake to reflect their favorite things--at least that's what my 6 year old is like.......what I did this past year was get a custom cake with ganache (he loves that), and choc mousse, and vanilla buttercream from a wonderful old world bakery in long island--and then added decorations on top for a Batman theme.......HE LOVED IT, and so did the adults...

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            Artopolis
            23-18 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

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