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East Bay strawberry shortcake that doesn't cost an arm and a leg?

I'm hosting a baby shower for a friend in June. She's requested a strawberry shortcake for the dessert. I've called several bakeries, and have been quoted prices ranging from $80-$100 for a half sheet decorated cake. I'm on a budget unfortunately, and that price is too high for me.

Does anyone know of a bakery that makes a great, cheaper strawberry shortcake? I live in Berkeley but am willing to travel to Oakland, Emeryville, Albany, El Cerrito, or Richmond.

Thanks so much in advance!

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  1. Haven't tried them but have you priced the bakeries at Ranch 99 complex in Richmond?

    1. Strawberry shortcake is not a sheet cake. It's slightly sweet biscuits served with macerated strawberries and whipped cream. They have to be assembled right before you eat them or they turn into a soggy mess. If you buy the shortcakes (or make them yourself, it's a very easy dish) and do the strawberries and whipped cream yourself it will be inexpensive.

      Bakesale Betty makes good shortcakes, though I don't know if they take orders any more since they turned into a chicken sandwich shop. Sconehenge's look good.

      1. I'm confused. A strawberry shortcake is not a decorated sheet cake ("shortcake" vs. "cake"). If you want a true strawberry shortcake, I'd try Bakesale Betty's, which makes (or has in the past and can presumably do again by order) fabulous true strawberry shortcakes.

        But I agree with wolfe that what you probably want is what you can find in Chinese bakeries: a sheetcake made from a light chiffon cake filled with sliced strawberries and whipped cream frosting. I haven't priced one recently, but they're generally not expensive.

        1. I should clarify - I'm looking more for the type of cake that Ruth mentioned, so I guess not a true shortcake.

          Does anyone know of a good Chinese bakery around Berkeley? I'd be willing to go to Oakland's Chinatown, too, if need be.

          wolfe - I'm actually headed in that direction today, so I'll stop into Ranch 99 and take a look at their prices. Thanks for the tip!

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          1. re: M_Brent

            The Ranch 99 complex in Richmond has a couple of Chinese Bakeries. Sheng Kee is one. Look around.

            1. re: wally

              Sogo Bakery inside 99 Ranch also

            2. re: M_Brent

              If I remember correctly a half sheet strawberry cake at Sheng Kee in the Ranch 99 mall is about $45. It's probably $10-15 less in Oakland chinatown.

                1. re: M_Brent

                  You might also look at the Strawberry Cake at Taste of Denmark on Telegraph in Oakland. Haven't tried it since the changeover from Neldam's:

                  http://tasteofdenmark.localon.com/Sto...

                  1. re: M_Brent

                    Napolean, Wonder and Ruby King.

                    Princesse on 13th(?) makes good cakes too.