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Jun 19, 2013 01:21 PM

Any DC Eastern Europan bakeries?

I'm trying to find a good bakery in DC that specialises in European cakes/tortes. I want to have a traditional Dobash cake for my mother's birthday in July and also wanted it to look very pretty...I'd probably be happy with cupcakes or a whole cake, as long as it was a somewhat authentic cake.

Any recommendations?

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  1. The German Gourmet has a good deal of info that spreads out beyond German cuisine. They may also have something you're looking for. Bailey's Crossroads.

    There's the Russian Gourmet also; one in Herndon and I believe one in Rockville or Gaithersburg. Any baked goods will probably be packaged there, but they also usually sport info to other places.

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    1. re: Dennis S

      There's also a Russian Gourmet in Old Town.

      And the Kielbasa Factory in Rockville. They're mostly about sausage but they grave a decent selection of Polish/Russian/Slavic baked goods.

    2. Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe in Arlington specializes in European tortes.

      The Swiss Bakery in Springfield.

      They don't have Dobash listed, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

      Have you thought about a Smith Island Cake? It's similar to a Dobash torte, except it's round and has 10 layers.

      Also, if you can find a bakery that makes a 7-layer rainbow cake, they could probably make a dobash cake.

      Or, if you feel up to baking one, Smitten Kitchen has a nice recipe.

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      1. re: Vidute

        I finally tried a Smith Island cake last year. It is not at all similar to a Dobosh torte (yes, that is what they are called even though they are cakes) except in appearance. The Smith Island cake was basically dry layers of what seemed to be Betty Crocker/Duncan Hines type layer cake with dry, chocolate filling and icing. It went right into the trash.

        A Dobosh torte is a sponge cake and the filling is a rich buttercream.

        Unfortunately, it seems not to be stocked by most stores except in the winter.

        Googling Dobosh torte DC: I see that Natalia's Elegant Creations can do one on order - the store itself is closed but she apparently still does special orders.

        Balducci's sells one that isn't bad.

        This one is very traditional, with the caramel topping:
        You could probably order it.

        1. re: Just Visiting

          The one at Balducci's is too sweet for our taste. We threw it away.

          1. re: Steve

            Yes, it was too sweet, but not horrible. But I think she could do better.

          2. re: Just Visiting

            just like any cake, it depends on the bakery. i've had delicious smith island cakes from the original smith island cake company. they have always been moist and flavorful. in addition to their traditional yellow sponge cake with fudge-like frosting they also have seasonal cakes. a few years back i lucked out and and a delicious mango curd filled one.


            their small cakes are also carried by select Giant stores


        2. Thanks everyone for the suggestions, I will look into it--I'm not a great baker to start, and this seems like I would be wasting a lot of ingredients and money trying to get it right for my mother's leave it to the professionals! :)