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May 8, 2013 03:02 PM

need cake recommendation

We need to bring a cake - layer or ring cake - for our family Mother's Day cookout, and I feel too lazy to bake this year.

Any suggestions for a good cake in Center City?

Not strawberry shortcake; someone is bringing that.


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  1. Termini's, in reading terminal or the Comcast center.

    1. If you are only feeling half lazy, get a lemon pound cake from the Amish in the RTM, slice horizontally, add lemon curd, serve with whipped cream - and some fresh berries if you can get them!

      1. The rum cake from Isgro's is pretty amazing.

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        1. re: Unkle Al

          The raspberry pound cake from Termini's is really, really good. Their lemon cooler cake is pretty good too.

          1. re: bluehensfan

            What is a lemon cooler cake? Sounds interesting.

            1. re: sylviag

              It's a white cake frosted with lemon curd (I think maybe it's a ring?) The flavor is kind of a cross between a lemon square and a buttery cake.

              1. re: caganer

                Termini's version is actually a round ring of pound cake with lemon curd in the middle of it and a lemony tasting topping spinkled on top.

        2. In South Philly, not Center City, but the zuccotto from Varallo Brothers is a great Italian cake.

          1. Didn't The Swiss Pastry Shop reopen or did I dream that? If it is open, their hazelnut mocha cake is amazing.

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            1. re: Chefpaulo

              They have been open for a few years (or more?) now under new ownership. People drool over that cake (it's not sweet enough for me) but they have really good nonpariel cookies there.