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Feb 15, 2012 09:33 PM

Best Chinese Bakery on Spadina for Fruit and Cream Cake?

When I lived in Richmond Hill there were tons of Chinese bakeries that sold those white cakes with whipped cream icing and fresh fruit on top, a nice light dessert that is not too sweet.

I wanted to pick one up for a birthday party next week but I really don't want to drive all the way up to Richmond Hill or Markham for one... however I don't know which ones on Spadina (or Dundas) are any good.

Any recommendations?

Do I need to order in advance?

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  1. Sorry I do not have much experience with the bakeries on Spadina except to say there have been some new ones popping up.

    I am wondering though. I would like to pick up a cake as you describe when I am up North. Is there a standout place west of the Don Valley where one could buy this cake without ordering in advance? Thanks!

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    1. re: justsayn

      Now that I live downtown, I don't know which ones are the best, but I seem to remember Lucullus Bakery on Hwy 7 west of the 404 had good cakes, if not ordering in advance you have to take what you can get at most of these bakeries, sometimes the specific kind you want might be sold out.

      If you are looking for something in North York, Maxim's on Finch west of Leslie is more high end than the typical Chinese bakery, but I usually bought the cakes with meringue in them there, not the cake I have described.

      Let's hope we both find our cakes!

      Cafe Maxim's Patisserie Ltd
      648 Finch Ave E, Toronto, ON M2K2E6, CA

      Lucullus Bakery
      505 Hwy 7 E, Markham, ON L3T 7P6, CA

      1. re: LovelyAsia

        +1 to Lucullus. I like their bao too.

      2. re: justsayn

        It won't let me add the link for Lucullus:

        Lucullus Bakery
        505 Hwy 7 E
        Thornhill, ON L3T 7T1
        (905) 762-0625

        Cafe Maxim's Patisserie Ltd
        648 Finch Ave E, Toronto, ON M2K2E6, CA

        Lucullus Bakery
        505 Hwy 7 E, Markham, ON L3T 7P6, CA

        1. re: LovelyAsia

          Thanks very much!! My relatives who live up there will be very happy next time I visit!

          Hopefully you will get your answer too!

      3. I haven't been satisfied with any cakes I've purchased in Chinatown. Since you mentioned the ability to drive, I suggest going to T&T on Cherry St., which is close to Chinatown. You can order in advance via phone. Their website lists their selection of cakes. To access this list, enter BC as your province and then click "order online" as that option isn't available in Ontario. This will allow you to view what's available. Hope that helps :)

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        1. re: LTL

          Thanks LTL, I suspected that the cakes in Chinatown would be low quality as the demand for high quality would not be there the way it is in Richmond HIll and Markham.

          I had thought about T&T but I wasn't happy with their Swiss Rolls so I have never tried any other cakes there. I will try to get a single slice there and if it is good I will order the cake there.

          Thanks again!

          Speaking of Swiss Rolls, thanks to Chowhounders I will only buy my Swiss Rolls from Richmond Hill Bakery, who make the best ones, especially the Coffee flavour!

          Richmond Hill Bakery
          1 Spadina Rd, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3M2, CA

          1. re: LovelyAsia

            Thanks for the swiss rolls rec. I have been looking for some good ones!

            T&T does offer slices / single squares for you to try. My family's favourite is the taro cream cake (not the regular mousse cake) that is only available by special order. Good luck on your search!

            1. re: LTL

              Those swiss rolls are high quality so are more expensive than other bakeries and they don't bake a lot extra so they are often sold out by the end of the day, and they are closed on Tuesdays, but they are worth the extra effort!

              The owner explained they use all fresh ingredients, real eggs and real butter, not liquid egg product and shortening... you can really taste the difference, and they are not too sweet!

              Darn, now I am craving one! :)

        2. Just to follow up:

          I ended up ordering a cake from Furama Cake and Desserts Garden. I just had to call 2 hours in advance and the cake was ready for me, with the little chocolate Happy Birthday sign AND some candles for the cake - nice touch!

          Small cake would be $15, and the large 2 lb cake that I went with was $20.

          Everyone including the birthday girl enjoyed the cake, so I will definitely return there again.

          The egg tart and BBQ pork bun I bought while there were also very tasty and higher quality than the cheaper places.

          Furama Cake and Desserts Garden
          248 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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          1. re: LovelyAsia

            i've gotten the white cake with fruit from Kim Moon a few times on dundas.... its decent but i think we only go there cuz its an institution....

            1. re: plug

              I second Kim Moon, they've been open forever and I've never had a problem there with the cakes. Ive been ordering their fruit and cream cakes for my moms birthday for the past 8 years.

            2. re: LovelyAsia

              I'm glad it all worked out and you were able to find something in your original desired location! I tried some swiss rolls and mousse cakes from Furama over five years ago and was not that impressed, but maybe it's time to give them another try.

              plug - Thanks for the Kim Moon rec. They have been my go to for downtown moon cakes (although last year's batch was not impressive) for several years now but I never thought to try their regular cakes.