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Mom & Pop type bakeries for birthday cakes etc?

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Hello all.

Can anyone give me recs for a mom & pop type (or similar) bakery where cakes or cupcakes are made fresh to order and taste spectaular. Interesting flavors are of course appreciated. No special diet restrictions.

I'm asking because I recently went to get a cake for my wife's birthday - kind of last minute. I love to cook, but baking is not my forte. Anyways, I ended up at Dessert Gallery and picked a red velvet cake. To my disappointment, the person who was helping me went to the back and pulled out a boxed cake from the refrigerator. I know, I know - what else could I expect for last minute options.

Anyways, I have vowed to do better for next year. I miss the old Jewish bakeries in Chicago. Your suggestions would be very much appreciated.

Thanks!

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  1. So not mom & pop, but Crave has excellent cupcakes. Also the chantilly cake at Whole Foods is awesome!!! Chocolate Bar has cake that is out of this world.

    1. It doesn't get any more Mom and Pop than Alma's Cakes on Fallbrook. They are not Jewish, but Mexican I believe, and literally Mom and Pop. Check out their story.

      http://msalmas.com/aboutus.aspx

      They are near the horse track, and just down the street try Hickory Hollow for chicken fried steak or a great burger. To me their BBQ is fair. I like stopping by Alma's for some tres leches, they serve it by the slice.

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      1. re: James Cristinian

        Alma's looks awesome! I will try and order a pie or two from them for Thanksgiving. The pics on their custom cake orders are pretty amazing.

        Thanks James! This is just t the sort of thing I was looking for.

        1. re: caliking

          Try 3 brothers bakery. THey are a jewish bakery and everything is great!!

          1. re: luvtoeat10

            Added 3 brothers to the list, thanks. Anything in particular that you love from them?

      2. Moellers Bakery at 4201 Bellaire Blvd, Houston (West U?). Been in business since 1930. Their spice bars have been a tradition at our house during the holidays for years.

        http://www.yelp.com/biz/moellers-bake...