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Feb 11, 2012 06:20 PM

Tres leches cake in SF?

Hi all,

I'm wondering if there's decent tres leches cake that one can buy whole (as opposed to restaurants that serve a great version for dessert, which is good knowledge to have, but I'm looking for birthday cake here). I would normally attempt to bake my own, but this week offers me no opportunity to do so. Thanks for your tips!

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  1. It's been a while since I've ordered one, but I like the one from DeLessio's.

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    1. re: wanderlust21

      Agree with DELESSIO. Not in SF but withing range for special occasion: I seem to remember the PASTA SHOP [Berkeley 4th street or Market Hall on College] ... maybe someone has more recent experience with Pasta Shop.

      1. re: psb

        I had Market Hall Bakery's tres leches a year ago and thought it was excellent. My friend in SF went to Oakland to pick it up. More traditional style than Delessio's.

        Delessio Market & Bakery
        1695 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

        Market Hall Bakery
        5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I'm really unimpressed with Chow's search options. I did my best to search (and hell, I'm a librarian, after all!) and did NOT come up with this thread. Thanks for pointing me to it!

    2. Tartine sells it. Have only ever bought a slice but I'm sure they'd sell you more.

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      1. re: boris_qd

        Yes, I love the slice I had from Tartine, so fresh and moist. I'm sure they have a whole since they usually bake it whole and slice them for sale. It may not be a big sheet though, probably like a bread loaf size.

      2. I think I have seen them at Los Montanas and Mi Pueblo but have had it at neither.

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        1. re: wolfe

          Yeah, but the OP is asking for SF.

          The classic is Lelenitas on Mission in SF. I have ordered it for a major birthday in the past and just had one at a friend's house this December.


          For East Bay people, Mi Pueblo is ok but I'd choose Las Montanas where I've had three of their tres leches cakes recently for birthdays. it is the go to place for the family. The only one no one was crazy about was the mocha tres leches.

        2. Dianda's in the Mission has a very good tres leches cake. I just had one at a birthday party this weekend.

          1. Thanks all for the recs. I went with DeLessio given two recs and my need to order it quickly, not to mention it is walking distance from work. Had never been there before, but they were extremely nice and helpful. Just sampled the cake, which is beautifully "sculpted." It's awfully sweet, though, mainly because it's coated in sort of a bruléed marshmallow, which is a nice texture, but makes the entire cake so, so sweet.

            I'm fairly new to SF, and I haven't been to Tartine yet, so that will be something to try. Other recs for Mission locations will be explored, too!