Strawberry Shortcake - Follow-Up, and Thanks!
I posted on Thursday asking about recs for a bakery that could make a strawberry shortcake-type of cake (basically, a white sheet cake w/ fresh strawberries and whipped cream that could be decorated in a baby shower theme).
A couple of posters mentioned the Ranch 99 Mall in Richmond, so I tried there first.
Unfortunately, the prices were more than I was hoping to pay - Ranch 99 Bakery's price was $70 for a 1/2 sheet, and the cake would be 'mixed fruit' (they do not make a strawberries-only cake). I also tried Sheng Kee Bakery, but the price they quoted me was still high - $75.
Anyway, I ended up hitting the Safeway in Richmond and was quoted a price of $25 (on special through June 19th, I believe - regular price is $35). This is for a 1/2 sheet white cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, and it comes decorated in a baby shower theme, as well.
I know Safeway cakes don't get the greatest of reviews, but I'm on a serious budget and the price is too good to pass up. So I will end up ordering it from there, most likely, and will try to post post-shower to let everyone know how it was.
I did want to extend my thanks to everyone who posted with recommendations. I really appreciated all the responses!
The Safeway special is a very good deal - you may be pleasantly surprised. A friend brought Safeway's tres leche cake to a potluck and it was delicious.
tip: garnish each serving of the strawberry/white cake with a fresh mint sprig.... and blueberries?
re: Robert Lauriston
Yes, we had that discussion in the original thread.
I think a whipped cream cake from Safeway would be fine. It's their "buttercream" frosting that's full of disgusting ingredients (do you ever read the ingredient lists on supermarket "bakery" items -- they have about 30 ingredients, including transfats, HFCS and other industrial "food") and is sickly sweet.
Don't discount Safeway. A friend did a cupcake taste-off with many of the new trendy cupcakeries, Safeway won.
+1 on Costco