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Konditor Meister

Friends brought individual pastries (small canolis, cream puffs, a chocolate layered sin) from here the other day, and I was pleasantly surprised at the excellence of each one. So often those which are pretty to look at are disappointingly tasteless, but these were crave-worthy. In searching for Konditor Meister in Chowhound, I was astonished to see it only mentioned twice. These pastries and goodies were exceptional.

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  1. Got another special-occasion cake from these folks recently; very pleased as always.


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    1. have worked many events where these cakes are brought in. indeed pretty, but i find the frostings achingly sweet. cake texture quite nice though, unlike many bakery cakes.

      1. Their cakes are wonderful. A friend always gets the mocha-chocolate cake with chocolate dipped strawberries topping it on his birthday. Moist, many-layered, delicious.

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        1. re: Boston_Otter

          I've always liked everything from here. Aesthetically beautiful and delish.

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          1. Our strawberries-and-Grand-Marnier wedding cake from KM was both delicious and -- because it didn't have fondant, which has somehow become the wedding cake go-to despite the fact that it tastes like spackle -- quite lovely to look at.

            1. I ordered my wedding cake here as well. It was not only delicious but beautiful too. Forgot they did pastries, worth checking them out when I'm out that way.

              1. I'm not a fan. Find their frostings distinctly waxy, but it's been a while.

                1. They made my Daughter's wedding cake, which at first I was a little against, but it turned out fabulous. Not one piece left, and I noticed no one left it on their plates. We've had very good luck with them.

                  1. These have been long known in my family as the best cakes for events. The whipped cream frosting is best for anyone who hates sickly sweet buttercream.

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                    1. re: Bugsey34

                      It's the sickly sweet butter cream that I have had from KM and has always turned me off.

                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          Their version of the strawberry shortcake with whipped cream "frosting" (not sure what they call it) is OUTSTANDING! Vanialla cake isn't one of my favorites, but I make an exception for this!
                          I also like the "non-traditional" version of strawberry shortcake they do at Guarino's in Norwood - they use chocolate cake instead of vanilla.

                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                            Coincidence of coincidences, someone brought one of these in for work today. MUCH better than the other KM cakes I have had in the past. A bit too sweet for my taste, but I must say pretty darned good. I stand corrected.

                            1. re: StriperGuy

                              How does one get a job at a place where people bring in cakes like this? My line of work is entirely cakefree.

                              1. re: FoodDabbler

                                My work is nuts, three employees bake FREQUENTLY and donuts at least 3 times a month. Miracle I don't weigh 400 pounds.

                              2. re: StriperGuy

                                You have to take their cakes out of the refig for at least 30 minutes before eating. Otherwise you will think it is waxy. The cakes are great and they sell smaller ones at decent prices.

                                1. re: libertywharf

                                  Sorry, on the butter creams I beg to differ. An hour out of the fridge and they are still waxy,

                          2. Konditor Meister is just down the street from my office so we have their cakes/pastries fairly frequently. I'm not a fan of most of their frostings and so don't care too much for some of their cakes, but I love their carrot cake with cream cheese frostings, and their pastries, as they're not heavy with frosting. My preference for bakery products is actually O'Briens in the vicinity of the BJ's in Quincy. Their mocha cakes are worth a drive.

                            1. We tasted cakes at three bakeries when my son was getting married. Konditor Meister was at the bottom. We went with Dreamworks in Norwood. The cake was beautiful - ask about the chocolate butterflies-- and so delicious that guest were coming back for seconds! Also the tasting experience was so wonderful at Dreamworks and not so much at Konditor because ultimately it is a "cake factorY. I don't think it deserves its reputation.

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                              1. re: melachap

                                I've never been to dreamworks but I know norwood is full of great mom and pop eateries. Guarano's bakery is great. Spell check. The tasting experience at konditor meister is wonderful. I had coffee next door for years with a large group from my gym. Someone was always getting a cake from konditor and all were great. I've dealt with many brides who got their cakes from there, and again all happy. They're not cheap but they deliver on their quality.

                                1. re: libertywharf

                                  FYI, Mrs. Guarino is originally from "God's county" - like me! ; )


                                  1. re: southie_chick

                                    I went to guarino's a few Mondays ago and it was closed. Bummer. Went to the mug and muffin and it was great.

                                    1. re: libertywharf

                                      Sorry liberty, maybe I shoulda mentioned they're closed on Mondays (& close early on Sunday too).

                              2. I'm probably the only person in Massachusetts who despises KM cakes.

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                                1. re: typhoonfish

                                  I am not a fan of their butter cream in particular. Recently had their whipped cream frosting and found it WAY too sweet, and they had clearly stabilized it with something, which I don't care for either.

                                  I'm with you. I do not think their stuff is really quality baking. Gloppy, too much frosting, waxy buttercreams that are fine on a wedding table for 4 hours on a hot day, but they don't actually TASTE that good.

                                  Generally when someone offers me a KM cake, buttercream in particular, I won't even taste a slice.

                                  1. re: typhoonfish

                                    I wouldn't say I despise them, but years ago I did a pretty extensive tasting of cakes to be a vendor for an event facility I was managing and KM was not at all impressive.

                                    1. re: Chris VR

                                      Well, they're not for everyone and at times I'll admit theyre too sweet. Another nice alternative is Fratelli's in Quincy behind the police station.

                                      1. re: libertywharf

                                        As much as I really like Fratelli's, and go there all the time for coffee, they are not in the same league as KM when it comes to specialty cakes. Each place has its pluses and minuses and I like them both.

                                        1. re: CocoDan

                                          Yes you are right about the specialty cake part. But km also does a walk in business. My comment earlier about having cakes with coffee next door, was always with just buying a cake at the counter. Fratelli's cakes are on par to this end of km's business. Fratelli's half moons are only second to lyndell's IMHO

                                          1. re: libertywharf

                                            Gotta +1 you there on Fratelli's liberty - haven't tried the half moons yet, but I do like their eclairs (both regular & French, which have BOTH the custard & real whipped cream in the middle).
                                            My hubby, who's not a big cake fan, will usually only request a cake from 3 places - Fratelli's, Guarino's, or Rebecca's chocolate mousse cake (he doesn't like their other cakes). He thought the strawberry shortcake from KM I had for my bridal shower was OK, but he said the chocolate nightmare cake from Fratelli's was better. He said the presentation from KM was better, but the crumb / texture & frosting for the Fratelli's cake was better.

                                            1. re: southie_chick

                                              Southie chick: funny and true story. The old golds gym in Braintree was having a customer appreciation party. In come the pastries from Montillios and I said too bad they weren't from fratelli's. Turns out the women delivering the pastries were the Montillio twins and my foot was in my mouth. I lived in Quincy for several years and fratellis was a regular visit.

                                    2. re: typhoonfish

                                      No you're not. I love how their cakes are decorated, but everything else is overrated IMO.

                                      1. re: xo_kizzy_xo

                                        Agree that the decorations are very cool, just wish they tasted better.

                                    3. We use KM for our wedding (12 years ago) and were well pleased. A word of warning, however: We had a morning tasting appointment, didn't have breakfast first, and spent a pleasant hour tasting samples and drinking coffee. By the time we got out of there, I was so wired I could barely drive.