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Best birthday cake with fine ingredient in greater Boston

mariehenri Mar 13, 2013 02:04 PM

Hi! I am looking for a place to order a fantastic birthday cake. I am hosting a birthday party and all the guests are super foodie. Where can I order a birthday cake that is made with the finest ingredient and tastes good? I don't care about a lot of decoration but the actual taste of the cake. Thank you!

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    Crazy Egg RE: mariehenri Mar 13, 2013 03:25 PM

    Try Danish Pastry House in Medford or Watertown. We've ordered birthday cakes from them for several years and I have had many compliments, particularly from transplanted Europeans. Their Othello cake with a marzipan border is delicious! My DH and I do not generally like buttercream, but we actually enjoy the buttercream on DPH cakes, eg their Lemon cake. The other items at DPH are not as good as their cakes, except the french macaroons.

    Also, Vicki Lee's in Belmont. I only have had slices of her cake, but I enjoy them very much as well.

    Good Luck! Please let us know what you ended up with and whether the cake was good.

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      Pia RE: Crazy Egg Mar 14, 2013 05:41 PM

      Second Vicki Lee's -- I've tried all of these places and for the refined cake it sounds like the OP is looking for, definitely Vicki Lee's. (Modern is great too, but a different style of cake.)

    2. pinehurst RE: mariehenri Mar 13, 2013 03:34 PM

      I truly like the cassata from Modern Pastry in Boston's North End. I haven't tried other cake types from them (only cannoli and other pastries), but the cassata has been consistently good on the four times I've had it.

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        treb RE: pinehurst Mar 13, 2013 03:39 PM

        2nd Modern, great tasting cake.

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          CportJ RE: treb Mar 14, 2013 01:48 PM

          I always get Modern, and my favorite is what they call strawberry shortcake, but is really a layered rum cake with strawberries (or peaches) and raspberry preserves. I'm not big on dessert, but this is pretty much the perfect cake in my opinion, just ethereal. Plus, I think it's a great deal at $30 for one that will feed most of the neighborhood, and you get to skip past the line of North End tourists to pick it up (and might as well throw some macaroons in as well, right?). They are also in Medford Sq.


          Konditor Meister is also great, esp. for chocolate. Not sure if they deliver or if you have to go to Braintree.

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          opinionatedchef RE: pinehurst Mar 15, 2013 12:58 AM

          I am a fan of Modern but was not aware they did a 'cassata'. But cassata just means cake so it could be anything. would you describe it plse>> is it a pound cake with a ricotta filling that includes chocolate bits and candied orange peel? all glazed in a choc ganache? thx much!

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            CportJ RE: opinionatedchef Mar 15, 2013 05:00 AM

            It's described on the link I posted. It's a layered rum cake with chocolate and ricotta in between.

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            StriperGuy RE: pinehurst Mar 15, 2013 07:04 AM

            The Cassata from Modern would be my choice.

            I think Vickie Lee is also good.

            Not at ALL a fan of Konditor Meister, waxy butter cream not yummy, blech.

          3. MC Slim JB RE: mariehenri Mar 13, 2013 04:06 PM

            I have relied on Flour and on Konditor Meister for occasion cakes.


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              teezeetoo RE: MC Slim JB Mar 13, 2013 04:27 PM

              I'm fond of Vicki Lee's in Belmont.

            2. CocoDan RE: mariehenri Mar 14, 2013 11:41 AM

              We also like Konditor Meister cakes for special occasions. They have a lot of options.

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                catsmeow RE: CocoDan Mar 15, 2013 05:30 PM

                I also really like Konditor Meister. Their cakes are beautiful and taste just as good!

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                  Bugsey34 RE: CocoDan Mar 17, 2013 05:37 PM

                  I agree with Konditor Meister, always the best I've tried.

                2. C. Hamster RE: mariehenri Mar 14, 2013 01:15 PM

                  The best birthday cake I've had from around here was from PARTY FAVORS in Coolidge Corner

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                    mariehenri RE: mariehenri Mar 14, 2013 01:52 PM

                    Thank you all so much for wonderful recommendations. There are multiple places that I didn't know but look very good. I think I am going to try some cakes if available by piece from a couple of places this weekend and make my final decision! Again, thank you!

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                      bear RE: mariehenri Mar 14, 2013 06:55 PM

                      Dessert Works in Norwood makes gorgeous cakes that are really delicious.

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                        libertywharf RE: bear Mar 16, 2013 08:40 AM

                        Dessert works is very good. I think the actual address is in Westwood, unless they moved from off route one, of which I heard rumors to be happening. It can be a little difficult to find if still on route one.

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                        whops RE: mariehenri Mar 14, 2013 07:57 PM

                        Japonaise on Beacon St in Brookline IMO uses very high quality ingredients to produce consistently fine cakes which look and taste very good. They are very refined and pleasing rather than hearty or over the top.

                        1. opinionatedchef RE: mariehenri Mar 15, 2013 01:08 AM

                          vicki (lee)boyajian makes very high quality cakes w/ all butter european buttercreams. she uses caillebaut choc. and lists all her ingreds for every item. admirable.
                          (p.s. I find Flour's products very disappointing.
                          confectioners sugar has no place in a great cake.)

                          1. rlh RE: mariehenri Mar 17, 2013 03:10 PM

                            Don't see any mention of Quebrada in Arlington (and I suppose Belmont and Wellesley) - if you order a custom cake, it's freshly baked, simple, rich and delicious. I generally don't go for chocolate, but their ganache frosting is amazing. Be careful about picking up one already made in the shops - they are not always as fresh as if you order it for a specific day.

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                              Science Chick RE: rlh Mar 17, 2013 04:57 PM

                              I agree with most of the recs, but have to respectfully disagree about Quebrada. They used to be one of my favorites, but a special birthday cake we got last December was flavorless and overly sweet. Others have shared similar disappointing experiences of late:

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