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sylviag May 8, 2013 03:02 PM

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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    sylviag May 15, 2013 12:45 PM

    I meant to post before this.
    Your suggestions were great!
    As it happened, events kept me from getting to any of the suggested places.
    You have given me an enticing list, and since I have an ever-present sweet tooth, I hope to try all of them.

    For this occasion, since time was short, we stopped at Whole Foods and bought a Tropical Carrot Cake. The Tropical meant that it had pieces of pineapple running through it.
    It was actually pretty good. Since it had plenty of icing, the kids loved it.

    And the other treats await me!

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      Chefpaulo May 11, 2013 03:42 AM

      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
        bluehensfan May 15, 2013 12:22 PM

        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.

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        pafood May 10, 2013 09:04 AM

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

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          Unkle Al May 8, 2013 08:39 PM

          The rum cake from Isgro's is pretty amazing.

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          1. re: Unkle Al
            bluehensfan May 9, 2013 06:54 AM

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

            1. re: bluehensfan
              sylviag May 9, 2013 08:46 AM

              What is a lemon cooler cake? Sounds interesting.

              1. re: sylviag
                caganer May 9, 2013 09:09 AM

                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
                  bluehensfan May 9, 2013 11:06 AM

                  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.

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            Bigley9 May 8, 2013 08:09 PM

            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!

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              barryg May 8, 2013 04:17 PM

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

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