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looking for a good birthday cake - St. Paul

I'm stumped... Surely there's a decent bakery where one can find a good birthday cake in/near St. Paul? Bonus if it has a fabulous chocolate cake. I don't get the affection for Cafe Latte - meh - but surely there are other places as we're not exactly a small town. Where did all the bakeries go?

Many thanks!

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  1. What do you want in a birthday cake? If you don't need a traditional cake Bravo Bakery on Grand does some very beautiful fruit filled cakes. http://bravobakery.net/documents/inde...

    ~TDQ

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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      +1. We got our daughter's birthday cake there a couple of years ago, and it was superb-- everyone kept talking about how delicious it was. And pretty. If you don't like goopy buttercream, it's a great option, since (at least for the cake we got) they use whipped cream....

      1. re: mtullius

        I have to get in there for a slice. (I assume they serve it that way with coffee.)

      2. re: The Dairy Queen

        This looks like Hong Kong style cake?

        1. re: Ummm

          I don't know what a HK style cake is, alas, but it could be I suppose. What are the qualities of a HK style cake? The owners are from Taiwan. http://www.citypages.com/2007-03-21/r...

          ~TDQ

          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            I don't know if I have had Taiwanese style cakes so I don't know if it's the same HK style, but the decorating style is quite similar! Guess I'd have to try it sometime. Mango mousse sounds good :)

        2. re: The Dairy Queen

          +1 for cakes from Bravo Bakery

          Ive had their taro cakes, mango cakes, and green tea cakes, and they were all divine. Their cakes are moist but light and not overly sweet. I especially love that their cakes dont have this thick sickeningly and grossly sweet frosting, but they have lighter frosting with fresh fruits.

          They also have one of the most AMAZING tiramisu. Ive ordered their tiramisu a couple of times to some parties, and they were always major hits. The other really good stuff that they have is cream puff. It's again .. amazing.

          :)

          1. re: moomon

            I looked at their website yesterday and the pictures are beautiful of cakes with fruit decorations.

            But it sounds like they use whipped cream for frosting. How does that hold up? Do you need to serve it right away?

            1. re: karykat

              Ive only had their cakes by the slices so they were pretty much eaten right away. Only their tiramisu that Ive ordered by the whole rectangle sheet. Im pretty sure they can give you suggestions on how to store the cakes before serving though.

            2. re: moomon

              OH I like taro, green tea and mango cakes! Roughly how much is it per slice? Do they always have these flavors in stock (without ordering ahead?)

              1. re: Ummm

                I dont really remember how much is the cake per slice cos it's been quite a while since I got the cakes by slices there. Id say 3-5 bucks? No so sure though

                As for the cake flavors, maybe you can call them before going there and ask? Im looking at their website now, and they have other fruit flavors too .. kiwi, peach, pineapple, strawberry, mocha walnut, chocolate fruit, and even durian!

                So id suggest you give them a call and ask about the flavors.

                :)

          2. A Piece of Cake on Selby Avenue does a good job. In the CAKES menu on their site, you'll want to select Buttercream Cakes.

            http://www.apieceofcakebakery.net/

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            1. re: Brad Ballinger

              Ditto to that. I had a great one this year from them.

              1. re: gildeddawn

                Me too...I've had really good luck with everything from A Piece of Cake and they are reasonably priced for the quality. I prefer buttercream (good buttercream not the crap grocery stores turn out) to whipped cream and theirs is good.

                1. re: Bobannon

                  +1 for a Piece of Cake - I've had nothing but great results from them for birthday cakes, they're my preference.

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                  A Piece of Cake
                  485 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN

            2. Also the Baker's Wife has a great birthday cake (with some odd decorations). Not in St. Paul, but not too far over the Ford Bridge, either.

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              1. re: jaycooke

                What are the decorations like? I've never been there. But certainly heard of them a good amount.

                1. re: karykat

                  They throw all sorts of stuff on there -- hersheys kisses (in the wrapper), toys, etc. Even on adult cakes. Here's one photo of a kid's cake: http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4120/47...

                  1. re: jaycooke

                    I have personal loyalties to TBW, but the past 2 birthday cakes I've had from there have been terribly dry. I'm not sure what's changed as we got fantastic cakes from there a few years ago.

                    1. re: katebauer

                      After reading about TBW cake here and elsewhere, I made a special trip in to try a piece. It was very very dry. Very disappointing.

              2. An off the expected possibility might be cupcakes from Sweets bakeshop.

                They are truly excellent and beautifully decorated.

                You can get mini-ones and then people can try more than one kind.

                Especially a few kinds the birthday guest would really like.

                There are good ways of displaying and serving them.

                Here's their assortment of flavors:

                http://sweetsbakeshop.com/menu/cupcakes/

                1. If the birthday cake *MUST* be from St. Paul, I love the Chocolate House Cake from the Keys Cafe on Lexington & Larpenteur. OK, it's in Roseville, but it's mere blocks from St. Paul. You must order ahead to get a whole cake (they normally sell slices only), but it's worth it. Rich, moist chocolate cake with a great sour cream frosting drizzled with more chocolate. Yum!