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EB or SF: new BD dessert wanted

rubadubgdub Nov 21, 2012 01:17 PM

Need a new birthday dessert to serve 10 for this Sunday. Doesn't have to be a cake or fancy, just has to be delicious. We've tried and loved:
- La Boulange la marquise
- Ici baked alaska
- Feel Good croquembouche
- Tartine banana cream pie
- Zanze's cheesecakes
- Love at First Bite cupcakes
- Mitchell's ice cream pies
- Prolific Oven chocolate mocha cake
- Schubert's cakes
- Victoria's princess pie
- Stella's cakes
- Doughnut Dolly doughnut cake/pile

The only thing we don't love are mousse cakes that are more mousse than cake. If b. patisserie were open, I'd snap up something from her. Those are the flavors we love. We also were tickled by the Masse's CNY desserts. Ideas?

  1. wolfe Nov 22, 2012 09:41 AM

    Depends on which birthday. For mine I give out Lao Gong Bing, sometimes called Old Man Cakes from Wonder Bakery Oakland.

    Wife or Old Lady Cakes also available.

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      absc Nov 22, 2012 07:37 AM

      How about an ice cream cake from Mr and Mrs Miscellaneous?

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      1. re: absc
        rubadubgdub Nov 22, 2012 07:44 AM

        Do they make them? I tried to call yesterday to no avail. The bd gal loves pink squirrel.

        1. re: rubadubgdub
          absc Nov 22, 2012 08:08 AM

          Yup. They do. They have done a candied violet ice cream cake for my daughter for the last two years.

      2. Melanie Wong Nov 21, 2012 02:36 PM

        Last month I was lucky to be served Tartine's tres leches cake. It's made in layers which makes quite a difference in the way it hits the palate and the saturation of the various milks into the cake.

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        1. re: Melanie Wong
          rubadubgdub Nov 21, 2012 06:03 PM

          Interesting that Tartine is making these. I've tried several others and have completely failed to enjoy this cake. Something about the texture is offputting. But the one in the photo looks different . . .

          1. re: rubadubgdub
            Melanie Wong Nov 21, 2012 06:09 PM

            I think of traditional TL cake having a rough-ish, coarse texture, the better for soaking up liquid. And when not thoroughly soaked, being pretty uninteresting. This is much finer-grained and the layers of differentiated dairy make it more complex. I've not had time to read much more about other than to find you that photo, but there are many blog reports from those who've tried baking Tartine's recipe that probably get into some of the embellishments.

            1. re: Melanie Wong
              rubadubgdub Nov 21, 2012 06:15 PM

              Yes, it's the coarse grained, soggy texture and not very interesting milky taste that I don't love. This sounds like a contender, thanks!

          2. re: Melanie Wong
            rubadubgdub Nov 26, 2012 01:18 PM

            I ended up with this cake due to the many bakery closures over TD holiday. Light caramel flavor, good cream, not soggy. You're right, it was unlike any other TL cake I've had before.

            1. re: rubadubgdub
              Melanie Wong Nov 28, 2012 09:49 AM

              Forced to buy from Tartine . . . first world problem. :)

              But did you enjoy this version of Tres Leches? It's still a mild cake.

              1. re: Melanie Wong
                rubadubgdub Nov 28, 2012 10:36 AM

                I know :Z I think you hit it on the head: mild, pleasant cake tasting mostly of cream. I wouldn't turn down a slice but it doesn't really rank for me. I probably would have enjoyed their passionfruit coconut shag more. They make delicious things but their prices are up there: $3.95 for a morning bun?

          3. Robert Lauriston Nov 21, 2012 01:27 PM

            Doughnut Dolly

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              sundeck sue Nov 21, 2012 05:30 PM

              I second Crixa (on Adeline, in Berkeley, kitty-korner from old Berkeley Bowl)--my #1 place for sweets, hands down.

              Robert, I'm interested in what you love best there, in general and for a birthday dessert, per OP.

              My Crixa favorites: pumpkin pie (but probably not for a b'day party so close to Thanksgiving), apple pie, Boston cream pie (really a cake), and a lot of the smaller pastries (eg. fatima's thighs), which wouldn't work for the occasion. If I were more of a chocolate person, I'd probably also go for the chocolate pave.

              But I've not tried many of the gorgeous items in the left-side cold case, which would be esp. festive for a birthday celebration. So interested in recommendations.

              1. re: sundeck sue
                rubadubgdub Nov 21, 2012 06:04 PM

                I may have to give them another look. For some reason whenever I walk in, see very little out, no one addresses me and then I leave. There's something about the place that doesn't inspire interaction. Also one cake I had from them I didn't love--too much mousse.

                1. re: sundeck sue
                  Robert Lauriston Nov 22, 2012 09:40 AM

                  I've liked the Boston cream pie, Caramella, ginger cake, bourbon cake, pave vergiate, and almond cake.


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